Snack Time!

Mason is finally old enough to sit at the table.  Well, not entirely, but with some supervision.  He’s been having a regular snack time with Parker lately since he’s dropped bottles during the day, and switched to the sippy cup.  He loves feeling like a big boy hanging out with his brother at the big kid table!

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!

Orlando Mini Vaca

Last week I had a great time with my little Parker getting away for a mini vaca in Orlando.  Daddy had to teach a class, and Parker and I decided to go along for the ride.  Here’s a recap:

*Parker hates planes.  We were in first class too!  He enjoyed watching the TV go through the safety instructions, but after that we had to pull all our tricks out of the bag to make him a happy camper.

*Dan and I forgot how much of a loud sleeper he is.  We’re so use to swaddling him and putting him to sleep in his own crib, that we forgot what it was like to share a room with him.  He does everything from cooing to fussing and breathing heavy all while sleeping away.

*Parker and I had the most wonderful day together on Wednesday.  He was an absolute angel baby.  We hung out at the pool (which was heated to a nice 80 degrees).  I think he liked his first pool time experience, even though he pursed up his face like he was sucking on a lemon when I dipped him in.  Must have something to do with the wind blowing and making him chilly.

*We ventured out to Celebration, where we experienced perfect weather, a quaint down with picturesque houses and lovely walking trails.  We did some window shopping and basked in the sunshine as we walked through the cute town and park.  It was certainly the highlight of the trip.

*Even though we enjoyed our time away. It was nice to have Parker back home where he could enjoy his swing, carseat, and his own crib.  Lizzie Lou really missed him to.  She greeted him with lots of puppy kisses when we got home.

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.

Thankful

Today I took Parker to the doctor for his two month doctor’s appointment.  He weighed a whopping 12lbs even, and measured 24″ long.  He is in the 79th % for his height and 51st% for his weight.  So, he’s tall and lean like his daddy.  He had to get several shots today, which made him cry cry cry.  Afterward it was conveniently time to feed, so I was able to nurse him.  That helped calm him down a lot.  It broke my heart to see him in pain like that.  However, I’m thankful that we live in a place where we can get preventative care that protects us from such horrible and deadly diseases.  We don’t ever really think about it much, but I couldn’t imagine something happening to my little bundle of love.

This Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful for many things.  When I think of where we were last year…we so desperately wanted to have a baby and was so sad when it didn’t work out.  Sounds so cliche’ but I am truly grateful for my husband and son and also the wonderful family and friends that we get to continue to share life with.  Years from now when I look back, there will be no doubt in my mind about where I am in my life today…I am happy, very happy, and it feels great.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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