12.11.2010

surviving santa

Yay! She loved it!



12.10.2010

everything but the house

Something so little requires so much. If you don't have a child, maybe you can see from this list how much STUFF you have to bring on vacation. Men, prepare yourself. You thought your wife packed a lot. Ha! You haven't seen nothing yet.

If you do have a child, what am I forgetting? Disneyland minus 24 hours.

1) Car bottle warmer
2) Video Camera
3) Camera
4) Water
5) Formula (2 containers)
6) At least 50-60 diapers
7) 2 packages of wipes
8) Bottles (2-3)
9) Bottle liners
10) Bottle nipples
11) Pacifiers (Soothie Duck!) & extra 3-4 (Soothie Duck on MOMMY MUST HAVES PAGE)
12) Spoons
13) Cereal
14) Solid food
15) Rags & bibs
16) Mums
17) Teething tablets
18) Baby Tylenol 
19) BOB
20) Car seat
21) Blankets
22) Swimsuits 
23) Baby life jacket
24) Bumbo
25) Pack N' Play
26) Toys
27) Monitor
28) Baby movies
29) Sheets & crib pad
30) Mobile
31) Ear muffs
32) Travel kit (first aid & shampoo/wash) 
33) Diaper bag (fill with diapers, wipes, rags, books, changing pad)
34) Disposable bibs 
35) Travel changing pads
36) Rain jacket & warm jacket
37) Sunscreen 
38) Baby towel
39) Hats & gloves
40) Cool outfits
41) 5-6 pairs of pajamas
42) Shoes
43) Hair accessories 
44) Sunglasses
45) Hand sanitizer 
44) Snacks in diaper bag!

Camping trip when A was 5-weeks-old. She required less then and it still looks like we are moving.

12.09.2010

silent night...holy night...

With everything in my life, I am organized. Since Audrey was born, I wanted to get a schedule for feedings, sleeping, seeing visitors, play time, etc... I understand now that is hard to accomplish. The minute we think we've got a routine down, she changes it on us. 

For the most part, we are constantly dealing with a sleep routine. Chris and I thought we were literally the most blessed parents because from about 3 months to 4 1/2 months, Audrey slept 12 to 13 hours including 3 two hour naps. Not to mention, they were all on schedule and she absolutely loved going to bed. 

With a cocktail of Day Light Savings ending and her teething, everything went screwy. She then wanted to blend her late afternoon nap and just keep sleeping- since it was dark at 4 p.m. After that, she wanted to wake up around 2 a.m. and then again for good around 5 a.m. That was not going to work. 

I am still trying to figure this out. Audrey now is back to three naps: a shorter morning nap, a long afternoon nap, and a quick evening nap. She then wakes up around 6-7 p.m. and stays awake until 8ish- not waking up again until 5 a.m. Friends gave me a book they praised called, Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child by Marc Weissbluth, M.D. Here are some really good points that 
helped me:

 
  • Overstimulation (i.e. overly tired). My mom would called this, "Rummy". If Audrey does not get good naps and is being kept up past her bedtime, she will get overstimulated and then I have to prepare myself to listen to her cry for 15-30 minutes sometimes. I have cued into her sleepy signs like rubbing her eyes, having heady eye lids, etc... I like to put her down at this point and not at the point where she is crying because it is "nap time". She goes down SO much easier when I get her before she is overly tired.
  • After 4 months of age, the best sleep is in their crib. The author makes it seem like you must not have a life because your baby must sleep every nap and bedtime in their own crib. OK, that just doesn't happen. But, I do prepare for her nap time and bed time when we are elsewhere or running errands. I make sure she has her bedtime pacifier and blanket. These things are markers for "sleepy time." If we are going to a hotel or someones house for dinner, the Pack N' Play or a crib is the best. She won't sleep well on a bed or in her car seat.
  • A well rested baby is a baby who wakes up babbling, smiling, etc... If she is crying when she wakes up, I know it is not time (even if it has been two hours). I give her the pacifier and she goes back to sleep.
  • Never wake a sleeping baby EXCEPT when you are trying to protect a sleep schedule. About a week ago before we started getting this new sleep routine down, Audrey wanted to continue to sleep after she went down around 4 p.m. I started to nicely wake her up around 6 p.m., and she stays up until between 7 and 8 p.m. Now, she is waking her self up. 
  • Letting your baby cry it out is NOT the way your baby will learn to sleep- she will learn to sleep when parents focus on timing and soothing style. I will let her cry, like I said before, for 15-30 minutes because she is overly tired; however, if she wakes up in the middle of the night screaming, letting her cry for an hour does nothing but keep us all up. I usually know that she is trying to tell me something. 
  • Big meals before bed do NOT make your baby sleep better. I heard it many times, "Put rice in her bottle. It will make her sleep better!" Chris and I were so excited to try this. We were then disappointed because it made no difference. We actually found that Audrey sleeps better when she is not extremely full. If she eats a bunch before bed, she usually wakes up more hungry. If she goes to bed with a smaller amount of food, she wakes up at her normal 5 a.m. and has a snack of 1-2 ounces less than what she usually eats. She goes back to sleep until 7:30 a.m. 
The author made a good point about babies 4-6 months of age usually don't like to be awake more than two hours during the day. Audrey was exactly that. Right at two hours from her last nap, she would start complaining. 
The author also created this sleep pattern that by following some of the stuff, Audrey is exactly on: 
Start of the day 7 a.m. 
First Nap 9 a.m. 
Second Nap 1 p.m. 
Third Nap (varies)- Audrey is around 4 p.m. 
Bedtime 6-8 p.m. 
First Awakening 
Second Awakening (Audrey skips the first awakening, and this one is at around 5 a.m.)

Just like us, babies will have good nights and bad nights. I wish Audrey could just say, "Mommy, my teeth hurt." But that doesn't happen. Therefore, I try really hard to pay attention to the way she is crying and moving in bed. If she lays there and is staring at me, she normally just wants comfort so I give her the pacifier. But the last few nights she will just toss and turn violently and cry. I can tell she is in pain. I usually give her a little Tylenol and food. 

I would suggest getting the book. It goes all the way through childhood since as far as I know, there will ALWAYS be sleeping issues and new things to learn.

12.08.2010

some craftings

I am not crafty. I have the motivation to be crafty, but not the patience nor the skill. However, sometimes it is my only option when I don't want to pay a pretty penny for something I look at and say, "I think I can make that."
Here are some baby craftings...by me and my crew (sister and friend Terra)

pillows

I really wanted a woods/whimsical theme for our baby. We all LOVE owls. This cost $8 total. I bought the pillows at a craft store ($2 each) and then bought some clearance vintage fabric along with white and black felt. I first took a needle and white thread through the top and pulled it down to create a gather up top and then dragged it through the sides to create small pinches for ears (worked better on the more narrow owl). 

Inspired by: Etsy

scrapboxes

These "scrapboxes" are fun because it brought together both my husband's and my childhoods. I LOVE looking at the baby pictures all the time as Audrey grows to see who she is resembling. Cost was about $30. Each shadow box was $14.99 from Target.

Inspired by Darcy Miller @ marthastewart

wall name canvas
My very own Martha Stewart of Roseburg, Terra Lee, made this for Audrey. She used 1 ft x 1ft canvas' and covered them in my chosen fabric. She then hand pained the letters (yes, those are hand painted!). If you want one, let me know! She is awesome. 

fashion headbands
I can't find anywhere in town that sells fashion headbands for babes. We have a Christmas party Friday and I needed something quick (since everyone says SHE is a boy), so ordering one online was not going to work. This cost me $6! I got silk ribbon which is in the jewelry section at Michael's and then picked out which flowers I liked. It took me 5 minutes to sew the flowers on the ribbon. I also like the ribbon because it it soft, ties (so can be used for a long time) and does not leave marks on their head. PS: Also pretty cute on mom!

Rasta onesies

Every baby needs a little Rasta in their life. My sister hand painted this! The only cost was the white onesie. Buy a pack of white onesies for $8.99 at Target and do some painting.
Out of a pack of five onesies, you can make some pretty cute stuff! Tye-dye made by my sister as well.

12.07.2010

tuesday tape

vlog for the day...Audrey growling at Mo
video

12.06.2010

more eggnog please...

When growing up, my dad wanted really one thing for us girls in our mate. I suppose he figured this one skill meant a lot of good things of this man-- that, or my dad is just looking for a scapegoat. My dad wanted the man to be able to cut down the Christmas tree. So, I went and married myself a logger. 

Last year, we made my dad's Christmas. We took my husbands parents, my grandparents and my parents way up in the mountains for serious Christmas tree hunting. We had the whole forest to choose from. Chris whipped out his chainsaw and cut down some huge, beautiful trees. 

This past weekend, we did it again with just the three of us. We bundled Audrey up and headed two hours southeast. This trip went a little differently. 

Since pregnancy, I now get car sick. Sweating, nausea and headaches. That is how the trip started. Just as I was feeling better, Chris slowed down the truck to check on these people that were pulled over. Nausea rushed back as I saw them pulling a dead deer over a log with its guts left in a pile behind. 

We then get up as far as we can, snow permitting, and get out to pick our tree. I've always taken hours to select the perfect tree. This time I pointed at one and down she went. Audrey started screaming at the chainsaw noise. Guess she is not daddy's little logger. 

Once the tree got home, it was chaos. The tree was huge. Chris brought it in our tiny living room and it was like a scene from Christmas Vacation. Branches were crawling up the windows and walls and scraping the ceiling. I sat back and directed Chris on where to trim and how to turn it. His nerves started to boil over as I directed him on turning it a smidgen to the right, then back to the left, back to the right-- for about 30 minutes. Once it was ready, I started lights. I asked for his help which again led to me telling him he was doing it wrong and taking over.

I drank a little too much eggnog, so the next morning made for even more fun. I stayed in bed while Chris got up with Audrey. A few minutes later I hear this THUMP and wailing begin. I jump out of bed and say, "Where did she fall?" "Off the couch," he said. Aren't we just parents of the year? She probably falls of the couch once a week. Then he says, "Yah, want to watch? I filmed it." WHAT? 

Well, he was filming her standing on the couch and eating the tree (another fabulous parenting moment) and she loses balance and flips off the couch. You hear him on film go "Ah" and shut off the camera. I'm not going to post this in order to avoid calls from child services.

So I took her in my arms and comforted her. I handed her this orange pony ornament my sister had painted me when she was little. She immediately puts it in her mouth. A few minutes later I catch a glimpse of orange paint on my hand. I look at her, sitting on my lap facing outward, and she is chomping away at orange paint- absolutely covering her mouth. 

She lived. No bumps on the head and no paint poisoning. Every day makes for some adventure. Today, I'll probably let her eat some wrapping paper.

 
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