Saturday, February 26, 2011

Random Cuteness

A little random video for the weekend. I was trying to be sneaky and tape Caitlyn but the second I pulled out the camera she was all over it. Enjoy!!



Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

11 Months Today

Caitlyn is 11 months today! I can't believe in just one month she will be a year old. I know I've said this before and I'll probably say it again. Time is going by way to fast and I wish it would just slow down a little bit. 

At 11 months Caitlyn is definitely developing her own personality. She's got a certain amount of stubbornness that comes from her mama. She is moving around a lot these days and getting into things she's not aloud to have, cat food for example. When we remove her from an area she's not supposed to be in or take something away she gets this devastated look on her face and cries like crazy.

She's also very easy going which definitely comes from her daddy. She doesn't really have any stranger/separation anxiety unless she's tired.

It doesn't take her long at all to warm up to new people. It looks like she's going to be a lefty (like her mama), she consistently grabs at her toys and knocks down towers using her left hand.

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For all the days I sat here and wished that Caitlyn was crawling and moving around, I'm so glad she waited for a while before she did. She's been crawling just under a month now and is getting into EVERYTHING. Its amazing to watch her move around the house and explore. She loves to be walked around the house while hanging onto our hands for support and is obsessed with remote controls, telephones and computers. She pulls herself up on the furniture and is now starting to cruise around the couch a little bit. Childproofing has been a priority and I think we have most things covered.


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So with 1 month left until she is one year old I plan to enjoy our time together and make the most of this last month before I return to work and life gets even busier than it is now.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sleep Update

I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who read my last post and commented. Mom, Ruby, Amber, Yolanda, Angie, Monica, Leah and Kelly, you have no idea how much I appreciated hearing your suggestions and just knowing I'm not the only one out there having these types of problems.

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Here's an update on where we are since that post.

Over the next couple of nights I worked really hard at changing my approach so that I wouldn't be so frustrated. Once I just accepted that she would wake up I found that I could stay calmer which was good. However things got progressively worse peaking Thursday night. Brock had to get up with Caitlyn every night because she refused to go to sleep for me. Thursday she was up every two hours. At this point it wasn't so much about her waking up it was the fact that it was practically impossible for me to get her back to sleep once she did wake up.

After hearing from some people who used the Ferber method and were successful we decided to go ahead and try it. I knew full well if it didn't work or Caitlyn's crying got out of control I could always back off and try to find something else that worked.

Here's a quick synopsis of the approach:
Put baby down in the crib awake. Leave the room. If baby cries go back in at progressively longer periods of time to reassure her and then leave after 1-2 minutes.

The timing we went with was: 3min, 5min, 7min, 10min (never longer than 10min)

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We started Friday night and overall I think it went really well. Here's what happened:

Bedtime Routine started at 7:00pm, in her crib awake at 7:40pm.
Cried 3 min, I went to lay her down and comfort her. When I left she was still crying.
Went back after 5min and laid her down again. This time she fell asleep right after.

She slept until 11pm. This session was the hardest. She cried for the 3, 5, 7, and 10 minutes twice. Overall we were up about an hour. Her crying never really got out of control but this was the first time she's ever woke up in the middle of the night and I didn't pick her up. She seemed a little devastated the first time I laid her back down but by the end she was calm and went back to sleep and that's what mattered.

She woke again around 5:30am, this time Brock brought her to bed with us where I nursed her. She didn't want to sleep in bed with us and Brock ended up going downstairs to the couch with her. She slept until 7:30am.

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Saturday naps were pretty uneventful. We followed the same formula and I only had to go up once during her morning nap, she wasn't even really crying. She was whining a bit and I could tell that she was probably sitting up in her crib. I find once she's sitting up she doesn't think to lay back down so I need to go in and get her tucked in again so she'll go to sleep.

Saturday Night was better than Friday night. She woke up at 3am and only cried for 3 min. After I went in the first time she went right back to sleep until 6:30am.

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Sunday Naps were ok. I had to go in a couple of times during her morning nap but that was it.

Sunday night was the best night. She went to bed with no tears. I heard her around 10pm but she went back to sleep on her own without me going in to comfort her. She slept until 5:30am and I went in to nursed her and put her back in her crib where she went to sleep with no tears. At 6:30am she came to bed with us and slept until 7:30am.

Monday we had a relapse of the Friday 11pm session but aside from that the night was pretty good overall. She woke up at 11pm and 3am, but then slept until 7:30am so not to bad.

Overall I found that it was easier than I thought it would be. Caitlyn's crying never really got out of control or so intense that I couldn't handle letting her cry anymore. It seems like she's caught on pretty quick to the new routine and understands now that we're not going to be picking her up every time she wakes up anymore. Hopefully the trend continues.

Thanks again everyone for your support and advice.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

10 Reasons why I love my husband

Valentine's day is a day when you can take a little extra time to show your loved one how much you care about them. While yes, it can be considered a "Hallmark holiday" I still like to take some time on Valentine's day to reflect on my relationship and honor my husband. I feel so lucky to have Brock in my life and while it's important to show him that I love him every day it's still nice to do something a little extra special on Valentine's day.

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10 reasons why I love my husband

10 - Takes out the trash and does other chores I'm not fond of
  9 - Is great on the bbq
  8 - Changes poopy diapers
  7 - Checks out the bumps in the night while I stay curled up in bed
  6 - Kills spiders and other creepy crawlies even if he's busy when I find them
  5 - Makes a comfortable heating pillow on the couch during the cold winters
  4 - Takes over cranky Caitlyn duty even if he's worked a long day
  3 - Is extra supportive when I've had a challenging day
  2 - Holds me when I'm sad or upset
  1 - Shows me he loves me in too many ways to count

Having someone to share the joys and challenges in your life makes everything just a little sweeter. Brock is a wonderful husband and father and while I only listed 10 reasons why I love him there's about a thousand more.

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Happy Valentine's Day Babe!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So Frustrated

Disclaimer: This is not my typical happy post. I may rant just a little, or a lot. 

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Why oh why can't she just sleep through the night? She used to, for a couple of months before she started solids Caitlyn would sleep from 7pm to 6am. It was heaven!

Then we started solids and she stopped sleeping through the night. I wondered if it was the solids causing her to wake up and thought the phase would pass. That was 4.5 months ago.

Then we had a friend stay with us and we thought he was waking her up in the evening because she wasn't used to the kind of noises he made. He left a month ago.

Now, well now I'm just insanely frustrated and this '__' close to sleep training. I'm not a fan of the Ferber method. Letting her "cry it out" just doesn't seem right to me. But I've heard it works wonders for people and only takes a couple of days.  I'm still working on a couple of options, but man am I ever getting desperate.

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Tired face with a little bed head


I went to Facebook and Twitter recently to get some feedback from my mommy friends on how they got their kids to sleep through the night. I've implemented the suggestions and so far it has helped. She's gone from being up 3-4 times per night to once.

The suggestions were:
Give her oatmeal before bed
Stop nursing at night
Use a vaporizer/noise machine

So far I've:

Stopped night time feeding
Changed bedtime routine from: Bath every other night, nurse to sleep
To: Milk/cereal, Bath (every night), Story, Bed (while still awake). We also added a Vaporizer to increase the humidity/warmth in her room.

She falls asleep on her own just great with no issues. Its the waking up in the middle of the night where we are having a problem.

The past few days, its been very tough getting her to go back to sleep once she wakes up. The fact that I'm not nursing her back to sleep probably has a lot to do with it. She's also recently discovered how to sit up on her own. She wakes up crying, I pick her up, rock her to calm her down and she seems to doze off in my arms. The very second I set her down in her crib she proceeds to roll over and sit up and start crying all over again. Its like a bad movie scene set on repeat because she does it over and over and over again. (can't say I didn't warn you about the ranting). 

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What makes it awful, is these days I'm so fed up with waking up in the middle of the night that I get angry and I can't seem to help it. I'm worn out and tired and I feel like there's nothing I can do. Brock does try to help but with him working it makes it harder for him to help during the week.

I know eventually it will get better, she has to start sleeping through the night sometime right. Maybe by the time she's 12?? If you have an additional suggestions to help me avoid the Ferber method I'd love to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment with your experiences.

Fingers crossed that tonight's the night she sleeps through. Or not, immediately after I typed that last sentence she started crying, Murphy's Law loves me.

We'll be back to our regularly scheduled happy posts soon :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Great Debate continues

A while back I wrote to you about The Great Debate

I think I'm winning!! Not that this is a contest or anything, ok yes it is!

Caitlyn is finally starting to resemble my baby pictures. I came across this photo while cleaning out my bookshelf the other day and thought to myself gee she's finally starting to look like me.

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Brock is being quite the gentleman and putting up with my excitement. Poor guy, you would think by my reaction that it would be bad if she looked like him. That is totally not the case, he is quite handsome if I do say so myself.

But still, there's something to be said about knowing that your daughter just might grow up to look a little like her Mommy too.  Can you tell how happy I am that, after all these months of hearing she looks just like her Daddy, I can finally say she looks like me too!

Yes, I was jealous and yes, I'm very happy that now no DNA test will be required to confirm I'm the Mommy :)