#Shesgotlegs Challenge

A friend of mine over at In Balance Yoga Crystal, who I went to school with is an amazing Yoga teacher and great friend. We have two kids that are within days and weeks of each other! Our boys are a day apart and our daughters are a few weeks apart. When she challenged me to the #shesgotlegs yoga challenge, I thought it would be a good way for me to be intentional about my yoga practice at home. I’m more of a studio yogi and can’t seem to get motivated enough at home or know exact poses to do.  It’s a challenge where there are poses every day in the month of August, and you do the pose to the best of your ability and snap a picture of yourself in that pose and post to Instagram with the #shesgotlegs hashtag.  It’s that simple.

I thought it was a helpful challenge to me, but I learned some things about myself and ultimately I have decided to quite doing this picture-taking portion of the challenge.  I think it’s a great challenge and it’s great for people to encourage one another to go further in their yoga practice, but for me, it ultimately left me with some insecure feelings.

Let me elaborate. I  know yoga is for EVERY Body. I know… However, it has really brought out my insecurities about my weight having pictures taken of me in yoga positions when I’m not fit.  I know it may sounds very superficial and maybe self absorbed, but it’s true.  I know some of you understand.  The unfiltered truth is, that when you have extra weight on you, that not only is it more difficult to get into more challenging poses, but they don’t photograph as well either. You can’t suck in, you can’t do that “skinny” angle…it’s very open and vulnerable.

There’s good news in this though.  It has really been just the motivation that I’ve needed to get back into shape.  The right way… the feel good and look good way. The motivation not to stop until I’m living a life that I know I should. No excuses. I’m too young to be continuing on  the way I have and I’m too smart to not just “do what I need to do” to get there.

My grace period is over. I’ve had three kids in three years, gone through Lyme disease and the ailments that followed, and now that I’ve recovered, it’s time to get serious!  My goal is to focus on cardio and strength training 4-5x a week with yoga mixed in 2-3x a week.  Dan and I signed up for a 5k at Lake Lanier in November, so I am working on getting in shape for that.  I’m working on eating less and retraining my body limit foods with processed sugars, grains, carbs and  fill with whole foods and protein. Not easy, but totally doable! As a longer-term goal I can focus on next Spring when Dan and I will be celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and even though we don’t have anything planned, I would love to be fit, looking good, and feeling good by then!

So here I am… flaws and all. Letting the chubbies all hang out. I enjoy practicing yoga, and I will continue to do the #shesgotlegs challenge on my own, I just won’t be taking any more pictures of myself in the poses! Crystal was able to give me tips on how to do a headstand too. I was using a chair to help me kick up at first, but now I can do one on my own without a chair. This week in Heated Power Yoga I was able to do my first headstand at the end of class. Something I had been working towards for several months! Baby steps! I never thought my body would be able to do all these yoga poses and inversions, but it has. This has reminded me that my body is capable of so much if I have faith that it can do it! I’m asking God to help me along the way with prayer and intention, to work through me during my workouts. More updates to come!

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Bits of randomness…

~It’s crazy that in the life of a stay at home Mom that I continue to stay so busy week after week. Between play dates, house cleaning and grocery shopping, it seems that I find myself wondering how the day got away from me so quickly. Then, before I know it…the week is over.
~Parker turned seven months last week. I can’t believe that we’re actually closer to a one year old than a newborn now. It’s bitter sweet for sure. So, what does a seven month do you ask? Teething… yep. It’s starting with his bottom right side. So far it hasn’t been too bad. He’s woken up a few times at night grabbing at his mouth and fussing. Tylenol did the trick. He’s also starting to crawl. Yay! Not forward though. He’s pushing himself backwards and clockwise. I left him on the blanket near the coffee table, and while I ate breakfast, he worked himself all the way over towards the fireplace! He was giggling and babbling the entire way.  When I took his picture, he looked up in with a smile, proud of his accomplishment.  Let the fun begin!

~ Earlier this week we went to visit Aunt Marie.  It was nice to drive up to Marietta to visit.  In the past, that has always been difficult because Parker always had three or more naps that he needed to be home for, but now that he’s only taking two, things have been a little easier when it comes to venturing out.  Parker had a blast.  My cousin Lewie was playing with him and trying to teach him how to crawl.  The dogs Wolfie and Thor could not get enough of him, smothering him with kisses and love.  Of course Marie got her fair share of hugs and kisses too.  Parker absolutely LOVED all of the attention.

~So, Dan told me I need to watch Food, Inc. which aired on PBS last week.  My sis in law wrote about it here last year.  I’ve kind of lived by the thought when it came to this kind of stuff  that “What you don’t know can’t hurt you”.  That was until I watched this.  Um…Yuck.  I almost want to become a vegetarian.  Watching images of people chainsawing cows in half that that stand knee high in manure, then moments later it is ground into hamburger meat, was enough to make me want to loose my lunch.  It wasn’t just beef though Nooooo my friend.  It was SO much more than that.  There are so many genetically engineered foods out there, in order to produce a product quicker, larger, and one that last longer. They are pumping hormones and antibiotics into chicken, beef, and other meats.  This my friend is not only wrong…it’s gross.  I know you don’t want to know…but you should.  If you haven’t already, you should definitely watch it.  It’s mind blowing.

~On the heels of watching Food, Inc. I decided that I needed to make some changes in the way we eat.  I dug up some organic coupons by going to a few sites I found on here, and headed to Harry’s Whole Foods Market.  I found a great recipe on Mojo Chicken that I wanted to try.  It really turned out great.  I felt good about making a dish that had all natural ingredients and wasn’t loaded with sodium or high fructose corn syrup.  I’ve never been a fantastic cook, but I enjoy learning and challenging myself to try new dishes.  Next week I’m excited to try some vegetarian dishes.  Tofu Parmigiana tops the list!

~Not only are we being conscience of our own eating habits, but we are also wanting nothing but the best nutrition for Parker too.  Lately, feeding has been a bit trying as my supply has taken a big dip, and nursing has become a pain again.  For some reason, this seems to happen every time the feeding “schedule” changes.  About a week ago I decided to stop waking Parker up for a 5am feeding and just let him sleep.  I was waking him because I was concerned about his lower percentile in weight, but after talking to the doctor, I decided that I would pump during that feeding, and introduce that missed feeding in with his solid foods during the day.  He’s doing great sleeping 12hrs +/- and now we’re doing three solid meals a day and five nursing sessions.  That worked out just fine until about two days ago.  Parker tried to nurse during the third feeding of the day, and my let-down response was taking forever.  After several mins and lots of cries, the feeding began.  Needless to say, this has made feeding time very frustrating.  I’ve reluctantly introduced formula, but I’m glad that I’ve just let the perfectionist in me go, and as a result I’m stressing less about it.  I’m still pumping or feeding every three hours in order to boost my supply.  I know my supply will get back to where it was…but right now it really sucks. No pun intended.  A friend of mine gave me a book called “Child of Mine: Feeding with love and Good Sense” I’ve heard wonderful things about this book as an empowering guide to fostering a loving relationship between the parent and their child around food.  I’m only on the first chapter, but I’m eager to learn how this can help me to be a good parent when it comes to feeding Parker.

~Remember when I posted the “Forced Motivation” back in November?  Well…I’m back to my pre-preggo weight!  Woohoo!  Unfortunately, pre-pregnancy was also post-holiday too.  That means I still have some LB’s to shed, but in true Sunday Slim-down fashion, here’s my progress…

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Low-Down

Sunday Slim-Down
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We had a great Valentine’s day here in the Christiansen household. My little boy got dedicated today (more on that later), I got a beautiful bouquet of roses (my fav!) and I made it through the day without going into a chocolate coma! Woohoo! Actually, I’ve been doing MUCH better with my slim-down goals. I ventured out this week and got some exercise DVDs. I was a little skeptical of this, because I’ve always been a going to the gym kind-of gal. However, with a baby, and being home bound, somethings gotta give.  We started doing Cardio Max, and it’s going pretty well.  Yes, I said We.  I actually convinced the hubby to do it with me!  Last night he though it was silly of me to ask him to change into workout clothes, so he he did them in his boxers.  Yep, jumping jacks, and lunges in all!  He didn’t understand what the big deal was since we were home alone and no one was watching.  Boys are so weird.  At least it kept it fun!  The best part of this DVD?  It’s only twenty mins of intense cardio.  I say intense, because I’m completely out of shape.  Twenty minutes is totally doable. No excuses!  There’s a ten min warm up and cool down, so for a total of thirty mins, you get a great work out.

As of this week I have a new inspiration too.  We’re going to San Juan Puerto Rico for our five year anniversary in March.  I need my body back… and there’s no better time than now.  If I could just lose five LB’s before the trip, then I will feel SO much better about myself lounging on the beach.

Sleepy Low-Down

Yes!  Finally it has happened.  Our little one is sleeping through the night.  Reason to celebrate? Well, ask me again when he starts teething, gets his first cold, hits another growth spurt, or just feels like testing “the limits” again.  It certainly didn’t come without a fuss or two. “Oh my gosh!  You let your child CRY IT OUT??”  Well, considering that everyone seems to have they’re own definition of it, I choose not to answer that!  What I will tell you is this;  learn your child and follow you’re instincts.  We felt it was time for Parker to start to re-learn to put himself to sleep again, so we started letting him fuss for five mins, go in and comfort, ten mins, comfort, and only one night did he fuss longer  and it never exceeded fifteen mins.  He just “got it” after two days of doing that for naps and bedtime.  Really?? Yes, Really!  Will it last?  Who the heck knows.  It’s been about two weeks, and he has been sleeping great.  He goes to bed at 8pm and I go in to feed him at 5am, and he goes back to sleep until 8am.  Sometimes he starts to fuss around 11pm, but it’s usually for less than two mins, while he settles into his next sleep state, and he rolls over on his side, rubs his face, and goes back to sleep.  During the day, he sleeps about four hours.  An 1hr 30min in the am, 2hrs in the afternoon, and another 30mins to 45mins in the early evening.   Sometimes less during the day and sometimes more.  I’m SO proud of my little sleeper.  It seems as if once he was ready to do it again, and we set the stage for it, he really took to the idea well.  Now he’s such a happier alert baby during his awake times, which makes my heart happy.  You know what else makes me happy?  Mama getting some rest!  Amen for sleep.

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Low-Down

Sunday Slim-Down

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my slim-down goals.  So here I am.    Fortunately the weather has been nice this week and Parker and I, along with the dog have been able to get out and enjoy son nice walks around the loop.  Dan is back to traveling throughout the week, so I haven’t been able to visit the gym in a while.  Over the last month I’ve been able to loose about 4-5 lbs (four on a bad day, five on a good) and squeeze myself back into my old jeans! Yay! That was a great accomplishment, although far from my goals I have set.  However, I’m still happy that at least I’ve made some progress.  I’ve found that I can burn quite a few calories just doing housework.  Which, I never got too much into while I was working full time since we had the help of a cleaning crew.  In fact, I’m seeing just how much I can work up a sweat by scrubbing the shower and moping the floors and pushing the vac.  Ahhh…the life of a stay at home mama. Who knew?  All those peeps that thought we just watched our soaps and did carpool….Puleeez.  Just wait until little Parker becomes mobile and is crawling all over the place.  That’ll be a workout in itself.

I’ve been looking into some things that Parker and I can do together that would be fun, and started looking into the Oh Baby Fitness to see about enrolling in a few of their classes.  They’re not cheap, but it may be fun to do a few times just to change up the week a little bit.  Since it’s wintertime and the weather isn’t always nice, we have to come up with some new ideas.  I’ve also found that the more I stay busy with either chores or activities outside the home, the less I’m “snacking” and making poor diet choices.  I also have more chance  of walking more throughout the day and being active instead of staying indoors and playing on the playmat with Parker.  I’ve also heard that Gymboree has Play and Learn classes.  Has anyone been to any of these?  They sound like a lot of fun.  I’m so excited about the days ahead with my little boy!

Sleepy Low-Down

With holidays and family visiting I have to say that the sleepy low down is that he wouldn’t go down. Well, let me rephrase by saying, he refused to go down for naps.  Fighting them to be exact.  Among all of the excitement of Christmas, family visiting, unfamiliar places, and throw in a three month growth spurt and low milk supply and you have a baby on sleep boycott!  I think after things calmed down a bit, I had real high expectations that things would get back to normal in no time, but sadly they didn’t.  The naps are back to normal.  He’s taking two 1hr45min naps and one catnap in the evening.  He’s been doing great with them, but he’s been going through the typical four month sleep regression at night.  It’s crazy to think that after about a month and a half of sleeping through the night, that he would start to wake several times a night for no apparent reason.  The first thing that went through my mind is “what did I do wrong?”  “Is he hungry? Newly aware of surroundings? Teething? Ear ache? Separation anxiety? Is he off his schedule? Too attached to his paci?”  I went down the list, and did quite a few trial and errors to see if we could get him to sleep longer.  We’re still working through some of those now.  Right now I’m trying to focus on the things that I can control.  I can control his feedings, when he goes to bed, and how I respond to him when he cries.  Lately I’ve been feeding him about 8x a day.  That way, when he does wake up at night…I know, it’s not because he’s hungry (unless he’s going through another growth spurt!).  We adjusted his bedtime to earlier so that he’s not overtired and gets only two hours of awake time from his last nap to his bedtime.  We also are implementing the Ferber method, letting him fuss for 6-7 mins, listening to his cry to make sure it’s a mantra cry and not a “I really need you” cry.  I use to cringe at the thought of the Ferber method but the more I read about it, I find that he doesn’t advocate letting the baby cry for hours.  Also, this is the method that a lot of pediatricians recommend once the child is old enough (between 4-6 months) to self soothe.  We also have the benefit of watching the video monitor to make sure that everything is okay.  We originally thought he was becoming too paci dependant, but after letting him fuss a few nights when he woke up, after less than three mins of fussing he fell back to sleep without his paci, so there goes that theory.  He likes to have it to fall asleep, but he has proven to us numerous times that he will do just fine without it.  I stumbled upon this site and found it reassuring when I find myself kicking myself for things not going perfectly:  http://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/baby-wont-sleep-your-fault/

The perfectionist in me wants everything to just fall into place so I can have the perfect little sleeping baby who is attentive, happy and playful when awake, and sleeps long and well during bedtime, but when I examine it a little closer I start to realize that just like anything, it’s not going to be perfect.  I don’t sleep well every night.  I’m not always happy and attentive during my awake times.  I have my “days”… and in no way does this reflect what kind of Mom I am either.  I need to trust that God will work this out… and learn to relax and let it go and take it one day at a time.  Hopefully through the trials and errors, we will ease into something that works just right for us.

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Low-Down

Sunday Slim-Down

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday!  Where has this week gone?  One place it has gone…COLD!  Sadly, that means saying goodbye to our lovely strolls around the loop and walks in the park.  This past week I didn’t get to the gym at all, unfortunately.  Mainly because of the traveling, Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, and just getting other errand done in my free time.  However, I did manage to keep my diet in check and really watch my calorie intake.  While we were in Orlando, I made an effort to walk a lot and do things that took my mind off of eating.  I know, it’s sad that I have to do that!  Even though I STILL haven’t lost any weight, I’m really happy that I’ve managed not to gain any extra.  I normally pack on my normal Thanksgiving 5, along with another 5 for Christmas.  That is NOT happening this year!!  While I was at Target this week, I found this DVD MOm and Baby Fitness.  So, now that I can’t get outside during the day to walk with Parker, I thought we’d try bonding over yoga, pilates and finish it up with a baby massage.  I’ll keep you posted on how that goes this week!

Sleepy Low-Down

So, I found out what happens when a baby gets off schedule…!!  He’s a cranky baby!  Traveling to Orlando had it’s ups and downs.  On Tuesday we got our traveling under way at an early 8am.  He had his 7:30 feeding, but it usually follows an hour and a half of active awake/play time.  Well, we had to leave, shortly after he got into the car, he fell asleep.  This was the start of problems.  I fed him right on time (10:30) for his next feeding in the crown room at the airport, and shortly after his feeding…he had a complete meltdown crying and screaming.  I felt so bad because there were business men in there taking conference calls and working on their laptops.  We certainly got our fair share of dirty stares.  Just passing it off as indigestion, we tried our best to soothe him.  The soothing sent him right back to dreamland about 10-15 min later.  Which we were okay with because at least he wasn’t screaming.  That was until we got to the airplane.  Dan got upgraded to first class, and he thought it would be better for me to sit up front with Parker in first class, and he could take my coach seat in the back (they couldn’t upgrade me because I had a free ticket using points)  So, while the plane was taxing out to the runway he starts crying again.  I had this stupid moby wrap, which in theory is really great and comfortable, until you have to get the damn thing off of you by yourself with a screaming baby…and people staring.  One business man across the aisle asked if he could help… that’s when I noticed that I had put my jacket on over the wrap, and needed to get that off first.  I gave him this stare like, No thank you, but then he quickly pulled on one sleeve freeing my arm so I could help get him out of this origami knot that I made around my body.  Then I had to inconspicuously nurse him, before his cry turned into fits of rage.  Fortunately there was no one sitting to my left at all, but until he latched on, I felt as if everyone was staring, as if to secretly tell me that if I don’t shut that baby up soon, there was going to be a BIG problem! Fortunately, that did the trick and as I gazed at my watch, I realized that it had only been a mere hour and a half since his last feeding, and it was then that I knew his schedule was screwed for the day.  The flight was a little over an hour and he nursed at take off and landing.  By the time we got to the hotel, he was so overtired, that he cried for what seemed to be forever!  Poor baby!!  As soon as the crib arrived, we broke out the sound machine and swaddled him, and he got all the snoozin’ he needed until dinnertime.  He slept so well that night too.  It had been a while since we slept with him in the same room.  We forgot about all the baby sounds they make that can keep you up.  The next morning, he was a new baby!  He was the happiest I had seen him in a really long time.  He’s been taking his naps really well lately, and he’s been getting much better about letting me put him down awake, so he can fall asleep on his own.  He has always been good about that at night, but for some reason hasn’t been as good for naps, but he’s getting better!

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Lowdown

Sunday Slim-Down

I don’t want to blog tonight…but I am.  I feel like such a loser because I really haven’t made any progress with my Slim-Down goals.  The goal was to allow the weekly post to motivate me, so if I didn’t exercise or eat right I would feel like shit having to post my failure, thus motivating me to exercise.  Well, I succeeded in feeling like shit, and that’s about it.  Seriously though… how long is this really suppose to take?  Why do I force myself into this blogging antics to loose weight and then not go through the effort?  I think there’s only one explanation: something’s gotta give, and now…it just happens to be my waistline.  I’m really focusing on trying to be a good mom, wife, homemaker, cook, etc. and sometimes eating right and exercising just isn’t high on the list for the day.  I’m not going to beat myself up over one bad week.  I was still able to make it to the gym this week, but my eating was AWFUL.  I had a few chocoholic moments where I picked up snacks that I clearly had no business eating.  Nevertheless, tomorrow is a brand new week, and I can choose to make it a good one!  I found this article, and I think it has some great info to help me do just that.

Sleepy Lowdown

I hear the sound of the monitor picking up the noise from the sound machine in the nursery, I am SO glad that little Parker is snoozin’.  That’s what I’ve had to focus on this week… I have a GREAT evening sleeper and I am SO thankful for that.  I don’t think if I had to choose, that I would trade that for a great day napper.  I had a few bad days where Parker didn’t nap well and was a cranky baby and then I had one day where he took all his naps in full…BUT he woke up at night once, and then woke up again early for his feeding.  That told me that maybe I’m shooting for too much of a good thing.  So, I’m trying to focus more on being flexible and tuning in on his sleepy signals.  If I wait too long for me to get the hint that he’s tired, then it turns into a full blown cry fest!  We don’t need all that now do we?

I’m still enjoying our bonding time when I nurse him, and I think that he’s been great at letting me know when he needs more, and in turn, sleeps more as a result.  I think we’re continuing to learn more and more about each other, and I’m loving this growing experience.

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Lowdown

Sunday Slim-Down

Well, Thanksgiving is behind us, and fortunately I survived without gaining any extra unneeded weight! Wohoo!  I think this last week was the hardest because of the holiday, but I still managed to get some exercising in and catch up with family in the process.  Here’s are a few  pictures of us (minus a few people) on Thanksgiving at my grandparent’s farm in Lake Hartwell.

We enjoyed spending time with each other over turkey and getting in a much needed stroll afterwards.  We didn’t have all of the family there, and we missed those that didn’t make it a lot.  With the enjoyment of friends and family and also with Dan being home, I think it was easy for me to loose track of what I was putting in my mouth.  I tried to stay pretty active this week, but I’m still struggling with my food intake (quantity and food choices).  I think breastfeeding makes me extra hungry.  My goal this week is to try drinking a large glass of water every time I’m hungry in between meals or when I feel the urge to over eat.  I’ve heard that this can give a person a sense of “fullness” and not to mention that it’s good for you.  I’ve also read that cold water in particular will cause the body to burn a few calories just warming it up to your body temperature.  So, Ice water it is!  We’ll see how that works out.  I’ve still just made it to the gym twice this week, so my intense exercising hasn’t really increased.  I would like to challenge myself to hit the gym every day that Dan is home.  I’ve been apprehensive because that usually means working out on the weekend…which to me usually equals “fun” time.

Sleepy Lowdown

Can I say for the record that I absolutely LOVE my little boy! This past week he has been SO good and I actually feel like my little schedule has put us into this rhythm… This sort-of understood bond has developed between us and it has turned me into the confident Mom that I never thought I’d be.  We visited the pediatrician last week, and of course, I had a boat load of questions for him.  He probably thought I wasn’t ever going to shut up.  I asked him about all my concerns regarding sleep, and scheduling and he was all ears.  Of course, I should’ve  known…I’ve been over-thinking this whole sleep thing the whole time.  I was using this as a strict guide, and instead of using it as a general guideline.  The first thing that I wanted to “correct” was his short naps (particularly the early AM nap) His answer for that is that at this age, it’s virtually impossible to have a 10 week old follow a strict schedule.  He said that if he wakes up after 45 mins for his first nap, and you can’t get him to go back to sleep, then he’s probably just not tired. (duh!)  Sometimes I think because we have this information superhighway we call the internet, we tend to over think and complicate things.  It’s really NOT as complicated as I try to make it.  Try to get naps in during the day, create a predictable routine,  try to have the longest stretch of sleep at night, feed every 2.5-3 hours.  Boom…that’s it.  Simplicity.  That’s what I need to learn.  With that simplicity after Wednesday, I’ve tried to ease up on making Parker take the “recommended” hour and fifteen minute nap, and guess what?  As a result, he’s sleeping 8+ hours!  Not every night, but he slept 8 hours straight three nights this week, and fed, and slept another three hours right afterward.  See what happens when you just let go?  The heck with over-thinking it!  I’m sure there will be days that aren’t perfect, and that’s OK.  I still have my “schedule”, but I’ve been giving myself a fifteen minute “grace” period for feedings and allowing Parker to be flexible with his naps.  As long as he gets one long stretch of a nap in for the day, I’m not too concern if he has a few short naps.  As a matter of fact, the pediatrician said that it’s completely normal for babies to be “short nappers” up until they’re six months of age.  Parker has been so alert and happy lately.  He’s smiling and cooing all the time now and it just fills my heart with joy!

Sunday Slim-Down & Sleepy Lowdown

In addition to my once a month update for my weight loss goal,  I am also going to try to write each Sunday on my weekly progress at attaining my goal.  I’m hoping that this will help me become more accountable by giving me short-term motivation each week.

I am pairing this with an lowdown on the sleepy time with Parker pooh.  I’m hoping that this will not only help me remember what worked that week, but also maybe help other readers who, like me are trying to establish a good sleep/nap routine with their little one.

Sunday Slim-Down

Since last Sunday I can’t say I’ve “hit the ground running” with a great weight loss routine.  I feel as if I need someone to hold my hand…someone to smack me into reality and hold me accountable.  That sounds super pathetic, I know.  Before little baby was in the picture, I would already be up at a certain time for work, so I would just wake up earlier, hop in the car and roll up to they gym and work out.  Now I have to work around my husband’s schedule, make sure the baby is fed, and worry constantly when I’m gone.  When Parker is napping, it would be a great time to do a video work-out, but all I can think about then is folding laundry, catching up on sleep,  making the bed, getting a SHOWER…you know, the basics.  With that being said…I haven’t done well this week.  I’ve walked the two mile loop just about every day except for two because of rain.  Today was the only day since last week that I made it to the gym.  I was able to squeeze in 30 min on the cross trainer and crunches.  I managed about 50 regular and 20 side and times 2 sets.  I was able to hold a plank for about 20 seconds on my feet, and about a minute extra on my knees.  Those things are so hard!  I’ve dedicated Sundays for reshaping my abs.  I’m hoping that I can accomplish THIS one of these days.  Thanks Lisa for the great idea! Man do they need some help!  My diet has improved a lot.  I’ve reduced my sweet intake to one a day and it’s a 100 calorie snack pack.  I’ve been getting better about eating lighter dinners, and making breakfast the larger meal of the day.  I’ve been hungry a lot this week, and it sucks.  Water…been drinking lots and lots of water.  Thank God for lemon.

Sleepy Lowdown

At nine weeks, I think Parker is doing fairly well with his sleep and nap times.  We’ve made bedtime at night a fun event that little P  and I (okay, maybe just me) look forward to every night.  At 8pm sharp, we start the bath and after story time and final feeding, he goes down at 8:30.  He goes down really well right now.  After he nurses, he’s got heavy eyes, and I wrap him in his halo sleep sack, and off to dreamland he goes.  He always sleeps a minimum of 6 hours without waking.  When he does wake, we’ve tried a few different things this week.  We tried letting him cry for 15 min, to see if he would go back to sleep ( I know, it sucks!!) and we’ve also just gone in there after the first cry and put the passie back in his mouth and left the room with him awake.  The conclusion that we’ve drawn at this stage is it doesn’t make a difference if we wait and let him cry, or if we go right in.  Once he gets the passie, he’s back to dream land.  So, why let him go through all the crying?  We tried this approach after reading Baby Wise, and it doesn’t seem to work well for us at night.  By no means do I judge anyone who currently uses the methods in Baby Wise.  If that works for you and your child, then that’s great!  This may all change later down the line if there are future sleep problems.  Right now Parker goes down at 8:30 and wakes up somewhere between 2:30am and 3:30 am.  We try the passie until 4:30am (8hrs) once, but if he cries a second time, then we know he’s hungry, and I go feed him before the 4:30 (goal time).  Most of the time he drifts back to sleep with the passie and waits until 4:30.  I did a lot of reading today about this, because of the early wake time to see if I should be feeding him, because I’m afraid that he’ll continue to wake at 6 hours out of habit instead of true hunger.  I’m not sure where the balance is between wanting him to sleep 8 hours thus waiting to eat because I know he’s physically able to, and giving in at 6 hours for fear that he’s starving and I’m missing a hunger cue.    This is going to be my challenge this week; trying to decifer between the two.  I’ve heard that 6 hours is really good for a nine week old, so maybe I’m being over zealous about the whole 8 hour business.  Sleep-Training Graduates, please weigh in on my polls!

Nap time has been getting much better this week.  Parker is finally sleeping in his crib for at least two naps a day, if not three.  This is a big milestone because before he was sleeping everywhere from his carseat, to a swing, to his bouncy chair.  I’m not a stickler about making sure that these “props” aren’t being used at all, because let’s be honest… who would want cancel being able to go on walks, or go for a car ride, or out to dinner because naps must be in the crib?  Especially when he takes three plus one cat nap.  Our routine has been working out pretty well.  This is the routine that we’ve settled on and will continue through week 9.

7:30am- Wake and feed
9am-Nap
10:30am- Wake and feed
12pm- Nap
1:30pm-Wake and feed
2:30 Nap
4pm- Wake and feed
5:45-Nap
6:30pm Wake
7pm-Feed
8pm- Bath Time
8:15-Story Time/Prayer
8:20-“Snack” Feed
8:30-Sleep for the night
4:30am-Wake and Feed