Friday, June 23, 2017

Surviving Baby's First Week

Baby's first week goes by in a blur...





Read on for my top tips on surviving and thriving!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sleeping Through the Night

I struggle to remember what my first son was doing when... This blog helps a little but I didn't start it until he was around 9 months old. I know my first son did not sleep through the night (12 hours) until he was 7 Months Old. He went to bed early and I never woke him for a "dream feeding," mostly because I went to bed by 10 p.m., so he was always up for overnight feeds by 2 a.m.

It was barely a week ago that I was blogging about Lucas at 3 Months and he was still having trouble going to sleep in the evening and he was still getting up for overnight feedings. Then Lucas discovered his thumb... 



***The above picture is a little misleading...Lucas sleeps overnight in his crib. If I'm lucky he takes an extra nap in the morning in my bed (above). But I'm not willing to risk waking him by going into his room and snapping photos overnight!***

Read on for our recent changes...


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baby at Three Months

To celebrate turning 3-months old, Lucas went to sleep without making any type of fuss. Unfortunately, we did the whole bedtime ritual twice instead of just once! Read on for details...






Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Napping in the Crib

With my first son I did not sleep train/nap in the crib until 4 months. I remember going back to work after maternity leave. Since I work from home, I was feeding him to sleep a lot...then I'd try to sneak him into the swing or rock 'n play where he would sleep for either 20 minutes or 2 hours. There was absolutely no predictability to what he would do. If he seemed hungry and it had been over 1 1/2 hours, I would feed him. He was sleeping in his crib overnight pretty well, but napping could be a challenge. See my post about Nap Training my first son at four months for more info.

Well, I felt pretty firm when I had my second son that I would not try to sleep train until at least four months. Enter life with a baby and a toddler under the age of 2!!! I've been stressed about starting back to work in a few weeks! Neither I nor the nanny will be able to constantly carry around Lucas to lull him into naps. 

Lucas has been sleeping well in his crib overnight (after he finally goes to sleep). So I thought the most practical thing would be for him to go to sleep and nap in his crib.




So here's what I've been up to...

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Baby at Two Months

I can't believe I only have 3 more weeks of maternity leave! The time has gone by so quickly and Lucas has grown so much. He turned two months old just a few days ago!




Read on for what we've been up to!

Monday, May 1, 2017

"Witching Hour" Madness

Both my toddler and my baby are challenging me these days... 

Allow me a moment off topic... Over the weekend I made some Veggie Tomato Sauce with butternut squash and onion. I browned some sausage and added it after pureeing the sauce. This is usually a fail-safe toddler meal for me. Yet, the first night my toddler only wanted to eat the sausage and the second night he only wanted to eat the noodles! What possible explanation could there be for that?!?! 

So my toddler continues to be a toddler LOL... and on to the topic for this post!




My biggest challenge with my little one currently is managing the "witching hour." Fussiness sets in by 7 p.m. This is not an uncommon occurrence among babies, but every baby is different! 

Read on for my experiences and tips...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Five on Friday ~ Five Weeks Old

This was my husband's first full week back at work after Lucas's birth. He's been feeling a little blue about it, but I encouraged him to just think about walking around the house most of the day with Lucas strapped into the Baby Bjorn...this currently seems to be the primary way he likes to nap during the day. Here he is taking a brief nap in the rock 'n play. He is also napping occasionally swaddled in his crib or in his swing. I think perhaps he just enjoys variety LOL :-)




Read on for what else we've been up to this week...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Baby at One Month

The first month with a baby just flies by. Between not getting enough sleep, establishing breast-feeding, and company visiting the days were just gone before I knew it! I found the big difference between baby #1 and baby #2 has been relaxation time. With baby #1, my husband and I spent most days lounging on the couch watching Netflix while I breast-fed and baby slept snuggled up with one of us. With baby #2, there is more laundry to be done, toys to pick up, dishes to be washed...etc etc etc...plus there is a toddler to be fed, bathed, and played with. If I'm fortunate that Lucas is sleeping while Henry is napping then I feel like there are chores to be done! 





Here's what we've been up to this first month...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bringing Home Baby

Five ways to simplify bringing home baby #2 when you have a toddler and the one big mistake I made...





Saturday, March 25, 2017

The C-Section Birth Experience

My first c-section, due to breech presentation, occurred at around 4 a.m. Needless to say, I was a little tired and everything was a little rushed which didn't leave me a lot of time to take in the experience and everything was a bit of a blur when I looked back on it. With baby #2, I underwent a scheduled c-section delivery which was done at a much more leisurely pace. This left me more time to be nervous, but also more time to take in the details.




Here is my story...