Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 25th!

One year ago today I woke up excited when my husband's alarm went off at 5:50am. I jumped out of bed and went to the bathroom. I'll be honest, I peed in a cup and then put the stick in it. I was never good at peeing on the stick. I set the timer on the microwave and I think 2 lines appeared right away. I yelled to Hubby, "There are totally two lines!" So then I got the digital test and took that one.

Hubby and I were so excited that the tests were positive. I think he gave me a kiss and I said, "We did it, Babe! Your swimmers work!"

August 25th, the day I took the test is my Mom's birthday. I texted Mom and Dad and told them we wanted to watch Mom open her presents on Skype. When Hubby got home from work we texted Mom to see if she was ready to Skype. She didn't text back for awhile so I called her. (Hello like the biggest news ever to tell you can you text me back please!) So she says, ok we can skype really quick. So we watch her open her presents and read her cards. Then we tell her we want to sing her a song. So together Hubby and I sang the birthday song and when you get to the part where you say, "Happy Birthday dear (insert name)". We said, "Nana" I held up the positive pregnancy test. My mom had the biggest grin on her face and started clapping. My Dad was super shocked. He had no idea we were trying to get pregnant.

Now it is one year later and we have an almost 4 month old! So excited to celebrate my mom's birthday tonight with the result of those two little lines!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's Tuesday! Bringing back the tips and tricks from moms! Cry it out or not cry it out?

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Chase is 16 weeks old and I am stupidly weaning him of his swaddle and attempting sleep training at the same time. I think he is a little congested too. I wanted to write a blog about sleep training because I need a place to just vent!

The sleep training stuff started when I called the advice nurse about his green poop. It came up that I struggle knowing if he is hungry because I hold him for some of his nap. She told me I need to read healthy sleep habits, happy child. I had skimmed it before and was waiting for it from the library already. So I asked a mom friend of an 8 month old for advice and got the book.

The book said we had been doing fine putting him in his crib asleep. But now that he's almost 4 months he needs to learn how to fall asleep on his own which could involve an hour of crying. I was so upset. How could I let my baby cry for an hour?!

I asked all the moms I knew if they had let their babies cry it out. The majority said yes. Some would go in at different time intervals to calm the baby down.

Chase has been able to fall asleep if I put him in his crib drowsy for his #1 and #2 naps. He usually does great at going back to sleep after nursing at night. The thing I think he needs to work on is falling back to sleep. He wakes up from his nap sometimes after 30 mins and is still tired. In the evenings we put him down for bed and he wakes up a few times before he is asleep for good.

What I struggle with is if he is old enough for all of this. My friend has a baby 3 weeks older whose pediatrician said they were too young to cry it out. I've tried letting him cry and never last more than 5 mins. My maternal instinct is that he needs me. He gets pretty upset and I just have to go to him. Then I feel like a bad mom for not letting him cry but I feel like a bad mom for letting him cry.

I'll keep you updated on what we end up doing :(

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