FFF: Garden Party Baby

I am in love with the new Baby Gap clothes. I see a lot of freelance work in my future so I can purchase this cute outfit for Edie. Those chartreuse cords kill me!

garden party

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ups and Downs

This week has had it’s ups and downs but it is almost over and we made it through. Unfortunately with all that has been going on here we have not had a chance to post but don’t worry we will be back at it next week. Until then I leave you with this:

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i miss sleeping.

Over the past week there has been a huge change in Edie’s sleeping and it is hitting us hard over here.  Edith has been pretty consistent with her sleeping patterns since day one.  Around 80% of the time we spend 30-90 minutes getting her to sleep and then she sleeps 4-5 hours, nurses, sleeps 1.5-3 hours, nurses, 1.5-2.5 hours, nurses, lounges and sleeps 30 minutes -1.5 hours.  Don’t get me wrong we have had a few cluster feeding nights and a few lucky nights of 7-7.5 hours of straight sleeping but in the past week our routine has completely shifted.

Edith is still taking 30-90 minutes to get to sleep but now she is sleeping 2-4 hours then waking up and nursing but not going right back to sleep for 30-90 minutes and then sleeps 1.5-2 hours (if we’re lucky) and then is up for  1-2 hours and then sleeps for 1-3 hours and then is up again for the day with maybe a nap in the morning if I’m lucky.  On top of not sleeping as well she is having fussy, crying, screaming fits when she is awake during the night.  I nurse her, change her diaper, and burp her but nothing seems to help except a little bouncing or back patting and of course just when I think she has settled down and is back to sleep as soon as I put her down she is fussing and eventually wailing.

I know that she is still so young that sleeping is pretty unpredictable but during the first 9.5 weeks of her life  she has been pretty predictable and consistent.  Neil and I are the most exhausted that we have ever been with him working crazy hours and then being woken by a screaming baby just hours after going to bed and lately as soon as I go to bed (which is like 9:30) Edie is waking up and doesn’t want to go back to sleep.  Last night I went in to bed at 9:30 and spent an hour trying to nurse and sooth her back to sleep but eventually gave up and put her out in her swing in the living room where Neil was working  so that I could get a few hours of sleep since I didn’t get any when Neil was away this past weekend.

I spent the morning googling what might be going on and for the most part the responses I have found are:

Until babies are closer to four months their sleep schedules are unpredictable.

Could be sleep regression due to developmental changes. This could be a possibility however the generally timeline for developmental phases at this point is at 8 weeks and 12 weeks so she is right in the middle however from what I have learned babies don’t always fit the standard timelines.

Could be that she is not feeling well. This is very possible has she has been stuffy and we have been watching her temperature because it’s been between hovering around the high 98’s to low 99’s (doctor is to be called at 100.4F).

After a hectic weekend alone (which I’ll blog about soon) while Neil was away at a work conference this whole not sleeping thing is really exhausting me to the point where I have developed a bit of a cold and so has Neil.

Any suggestions or words of wisdom on how we can get back to a better sleeping situation? We are headed out of town for Neil’s 1/2 Marathon this weekend and I am really hoping that maybe Edie will sleep better before then because Neil is exhausted and now worried that he won’t do well at the race.

Our Weekend in Numbers

I’m currently trying to recover from a single parenting weekend so here is a highlight of Edith and my weekend in numbers:

Naps: 6 <—crazy!
Hours of sleep: 14 (My sleep between Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Cups of coffee: 4
Showers: 3 (Friday, Saturday AND Sunday)
Baths Given: 1
Workouts: 2
Break downs (mine): 3
Diapers changed: 40 (or so)
Hours nursing: too many to count
Episodes of Gilmore Girls: 20
Photos Taken: 380

Our First Playgroup

The second and fourth Thursday of every month my yoga studio has a playgroup for moms and babies up to crawling. So this past Thursday Edie and I attend our first playgroup, although playing isn’t quite what happened in our case.

After a wonderful morning and day of cuddling, babbling, eating and going for a walk of course it would happen that as soon as we got in the car Edie had a breakdown. We arrived at playgroup with a fussy baby who needed to nurse and nurse we did for the first 30 minutes of playgroup. I didn’t feel so bad though because there were at least three other mothers nursing as well and a few who joined in along the way.

While Edie nursed we went around the group introducing ourselves, our babies and sharing an ups and downs. Once Edie finally stopped nursing she looked around with her big eyes noticing all the new faces and all the little people around her. It was so much fun to watch her stare at the other babies in the room.  We hung out and chatted with the other moms for a bit before all of a sudden Edie went from happy to fussing.  After a bit of bouncing and shhshing I decided to take out the trusty boob and of course she wanted to eat once again.

Although there wasn’t much playing going on or socializing on Edie’s part it was really wonderful to get together with a group of moms with babies ranging from 4 weeks to 8 months and share stories and tips.  I am really looking forward to our next playgroup in two weeks!

Q: Do you go to a playgroup with your baby or child?

Preparing To Be a Single Parent…

Tomorrow Neil is heading out of town for three whole days for work.  Edith and I will be on our own and I am a mixed bag of emotions.  On the one hand I am so excited for Neil to go to this work conference, something he has wanted to do for years, but on the other hand I am nervous about being alone with Edith for three whole days.

Well, okay, I should note I won’t be totally alone as my parents are coming over on Friday for a bit and my girlfriend Laura is coming over on Sunday for a bit but ultimately I will be alone with Edie for three whole days and it stresses me out a bit.

Will Edie be calm or a fussy mess?

Will I be able to get her to go to bed at night without the bouncing and snuggling she usually does with her daddy?

Will I have a chance to shower, workout and eat?

Most of these are all pretty irrational fears because I have been a SAHM for two months now and I have never missed a meal or a shower.  The only real legitimate fear I have is that she will be a challenge to get down at night because Neil is the baby whisperer; but we’ll manage and as I’ve learned over these last 9.5 weeks it is so much easier as a parent to adapt to situations and work on less sleep.

Q: Have you ever had to single parent while your partner has been away? How did it go? How did you deal?

 

 

Creating A Pregnancy Book

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to document my entire pregnancy with photos and weekly blog posts.  I started to take photos around week twelve and write weekly blog posts around week 14 and by week 30 I decided I really wanted to create a pregnancy photobook.

At first I was just going to create my own and get the pages printed up but then I saw that Shutterfly had a pregnancy photobook template and because Shutterfly is always having some sort of deal I knew that I could create it now, finish after our baby arrived and buy it when it was on sale.

Here is a peak of a few pages of my book:

Creating a pregnancy book is a great way to document your pregnancy and is a wonderful keepsake.  I can’t wait to show Edie the book when she is older and share what it was like being pregnant with her and how we prepared.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post all thoughts and opinions are my own. I purchased this book.

Edith: Two Months

I really can’t believe that Edith is now two months old. She is no longer a little newborn baby and she is growing like a weed.  It’s amazing how each week she becomes more interactive. She is starting to coo and babble and is all smiles now.

Likes: Eat and then eat and then eat some more. She recently found her hands and loves to suck on her fist, thumb and finger; it’s pretty hilarious. She still loves being bounced on the exercise ball to be soothed but recently has also taken to being patted on the back or bum. She also came to really enjoy her swing around five weeks which has been a life saver for our backs and does a great job in soothing her when we are sore from bouncing. Something else that’s new is that she is really enjoying taking a bath.

Dislikes: Being in her car seat <–so frustrating. Our baby who once did an amazing job riding in the car or her stroller (has the car seat adapter) now screams 9 out of 10 times we put her in.  Naps. Yes, naps she is boycotting them– HELP!

Sleeping: Sleeping has been going fairly well at night and even had two nights of 7-7.5 straight hours of sleep this week but as I said above Edie is boycotting naps and by the end of the day she is exhausted.  I really am trying to respect her need for naps and when I am home alone with her during the day I jump to try and put her down for a nap the moment I see a yawn or her playing with her ears but she just won’t go to sleep- I am losing my mind and my house is a mess since my usual cleaning times are being spent trying to get Edie to sleep and no sleep happening.

Eating: Still loving eating all boob all (okay 99%) of the time. She is taking a pumped bottle about once or twice a week from Neil.  I wish she could have one more often but I have trouble pumping enough for her.  I don’t have an oversupply and she nurses every 1.5-2 hours (sometimes ever 45-60 minutes) and with no naps it seems like she is eating more. Lately I have been making an effort to pump right before I go to bed because she has been sleeping a minimum of four hours before needing to nurse at night, some nights I get 2 ounces and others only .5 ounces.  Oh how I wish I had an over supply.

Playing: We love to do workouts together, our favorite being Shiva Rea’s Mama & Baby yoga.  We also read books and play on her play mat.

Wearing: Edie is still wearing newborn tops and bottoms but most of her newborn onesies are two short. She has just started to wear 0-3 months most of which are still pretty big on her especially pants around the waist.  For diapers she is still in 7th generation newborn, I tired the size one’s last week but they were still a little too big for her and she is wearing workhorse newborn cloth diapers, bum genius newborn all-in-ones and a few larger cloth diaper although only at home due to the fact they are just a little too big and sometimes result in leaks.  I ordered a few more gently used bum genius newborn size (they go up to 12lbs) from Jillian’s Drawers because it seems that it will still be a few more weeks before she is big enough for large sized cloth diapers and I’d really like to cloth diaper more exclusively but since we only have 15 that fit her really well and only 3 of them that I really like (more on this later) we pretty much stick to cloth diapering at home only.

Here we go on to month three! Time is really going to fast but we have so many new adventures coming up this month that I can’t wait to share with you all!

Here are some of my favorite photos from Month Two:

Big Smiles

Loving her wubbanub

Edie’s First Art Hop with Ma, Pa & Auntie Laura