Monday, June 29, 2009

some good news...and then some more

the good news is that miles has only been up once a night for the past 2 nights. pray this continues. he has gone to bed at 8:00, woken up at 3:00 to eat, and then is back asleep until 8:00. this is fine by me!

the "more" good news, is that Lacey is successfully peeing in the potty! Thanks to the help of some consistency, a plan, and oreo's.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

sleep training

all the books rant and rave about how your baby will sleep through the night around 3 months. (that's also when morning sickness ends....obviously still slightly bitter over that one). well around 3 months is when the sleep in our house went to pot. Not that it was great before that either.

sleep has come to a screeching halt this last week when my dear boy was up every 2 to 3 hours. so last night, i got our the ear plugs. he woke up 2.5 hours after he went to bed. knowing he is not hungry, i let him 'figure it out'

45 minutes later he was still trying to figure it out.

it took 52 minutes.

mike got up and went on a run, it was 11:00 at night

Here is how last night went:

7:30- lacey in bed...she missed her nap so early bedtime.
8:00 put miles to bed. lacey still up
8:30 lacey finally asleep
10:00 I go to bed
10:53 miles up crying
11:25 miles still crying, mike goes on a run
11:45 miles falls asleep
1:11 miles up. eats, doesn't even finish bottle before falling asleep
2:23 Lacey crying...i thought it was miles. only lasts about a minute. then i realize it was lacey so i go in and give her her teddy bear and cover her up.
4:04 miles up. peed through everything so i change his entire outfit while he screams his head off. feed him.
8:15 wake Lacey up
8:30 Miles up.

at least they slept in.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

actually, it's pretty darn crazy...

how's the adjustment? I hate this question. let's see, i had my son, 24 hours later was home from the hospital and then 12 hours after that my husband was back at work 10 hours a day while I packed up everything we owned. I didn't have a set of extra hands that entire first week.

We moved across the country with a 10 day old, and a 16 month old. We moved in with friends, while we found a house to buy. Despite making multiple offers, we still haven't found a house. We are being observed and watched as we navigate life parenting 2 kids. My husband got a promotion and much greater responsibility. He drives an hour one way each day to work, working 10 hours before he comes home. He is gone 12 hours a day. My son was colicky and has some major reflux issues. We had to buy a second car, and I haven't slept through the night in months upon months (because we all know pregnant women don't sleep through the night either), I went back to school

so how's the adjustment been? well it has been hard. it is still hard. I am still being watched as I try to handle two kids with one set of hands. Miles still has reflux. I can still count on my hands the number of times Mike and I have been out by ourselves since Lacey was born. We still don't have a house, my husband is still gone 12 hours a day, Lacey is becoming a toddler and letting us know it.

but despite all that.

its good.

and i recommend everyone have kids. in fact, i recommend that everyone have more than one child if they can. i can't imagine a greater gift you can give your child than a sibling and despite the fact that its a lot of work it's amazing. and if you have more than one child, you probably get it. If you will have more than one child, just know that it will get better and its worth it.

and i can probably only say this because Miles is not a newborn anymore and he can entertain himself for a while at a time.

plus i get to pull out the exersaucer soon.


Saturday, June 20, 2009


I am done with classes until September! Hooray!

Now on to more important things like helping to plan bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and shop for cute things on for Lace and Miles.

I love the lazy days of summer!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My little reflux baby.

Miles had his 4 month appointment today. He is 14 lbs 9 oz and a whopping 26 inches long. Somewhere in the 30th percentile for weight, the 90th for height, and his weight to height ratio is in the 3rd percentile or something, barely hanging onto the chart, is how she put it.

After having Lacey, who was a little butter ball, its weird having to make sure Miles is eating enough. The doctor diagnosed him with a severe case of silent reflux, and prescribed him on Enfamil A.R., which is the formula with added rice (hence the A.R.). He still spits that up all over the place and it is NASTY.


I guess we'll just keep plugging along and changing his outfit 6 times a day.

here's the typical "look" about 10 minutes after he eats...

My poor little guy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

by the numbers

TEN- times I answered the question "what's mommy doing?" in a half an hour.

NINE- sesame street's number of the day.

EIGHT- weeks to our anniversary.

SEVEN- up in the morning.

SIX- hours of sleep

FIVE- cups of coffee.

FOUR- big blue eyes.

THREE- naps for the little one.

TWO- loads of laundry a day.

ONE- blessed mommy.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

the days can drag, but the months fly.

Miles is 4 months old today. Where did the time go? We have officially left the 'newborn' stage and are into the 'infant' stage, or as I like to call it, 'your baby has finally started to resemble a human' stage.

We haven't been to the doctor yet, but I estimate he is about 14 or 14.5 pounds. He is still very tall, but since he isn't extremely chubby he passes for 4 months (unlike Lacey, who at 4 months was over 16 pounds and looked like a 6 or 7 month old).

Miles is still a tummy sleeper, which was great when he was tiny but once he developed the ability to push himself up on his arms it became a little annoying. when he is tired he will sleep, but there is nothing more frustrating than thinking he is going to sleep, laying him down and then seeing him push up and look around the crib. We'll see what happens when he starts to roll over...

He is rolling...sort of. Not every time I lay him on his stomach, but he's getting there. He is also getting close to rolling from back to front. I am excited for him to start rolling because then comes sitting. I can't wait to be able to plop him down outside on a blanket or use the exersaucer.

Miles is still very extreme in his personality, but we've adjusted and seen that he is pretty predictable. He can go from laughing to screaming in 2.5 seconds, but we've learned to anticipate his needs so that he doesn't get too tired or too hungry. Lacey was never like that so that was an adjustment for us. In fact he is so predictable that he goes down for a nap every 2 hours on the dot like clockwork. no fussing either. That is a MAJOR accomplishment, because it allows me to have some sort of schedule and routine to my day.

Night sleeping is still touch and go. Sometimes he is up once, sometimes twice, sometimes more. Those nights are the worst. I keep reminding myself that we will get there eventually and not to stress over it. At least he goes right back to sleep after waking. He is still in our room too. We moved him into Lacey's room for about 3 weeks and during that time both of their sleep fell apart. Lacey was constantly waking up to Miles and Miles was just constantly waking up. We don't want him in our room for much longer but right now there really isn't another solution.

Right now he is grabbing for toys and he LOVES his sister (she loves him too). They have already started to entertain each other and I couldn't be happier!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

my baby must have. for everything.

if you have a baby, are going to have a baby, or know someone who fits into one of those categories, please, please, please buy them a aden + anais (ah-na-EESE), swaddeling blanket.

they are fabulous.

lightweight, breathable, huge, hugable, very soft, and super cute. Miles has quickly made this his blanket of choice. Target just started carrying their own line of these, and you can get a 4-pack for $29.99. A great deal and well worth it.

Aden + Anais


Does anyone else think that the Aussie's make the best baby products?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

giving up

so i am giving up on that new blog. seemed too unorganized and since i post there once in a blue moon anyway i decided to get back to the basics and try to find the time to revive this little thing i try to call a blog...

first i haven't had much free time lately. the weather is nice, we've been outside a lot. i love it. can i also mention that I love having AC?? Do you remember my dreary last summer with melting heat and no AC? eww, it was terrible. ironically someone gave us a portable AC unit to sell this summer. but we don't really need it, however, i am too paranoid to get rid of it since i might move into an old house someday and then will want it..maybe?

speaking of houses, we have been looking high and low, but geez those short sales take a dang long time. i think we have decided to sign a 6 month rental lease and wait for the $8000 hype to pass, wait for spring/summer to end, and then the market will deaden up again and we'll move into a house in January when it is FREEZING and no one should be doing anything. hopefully we are the only ones with this idea.

plus, i am getting the itch to go back to work and put the kiddos in daycare, that would definitely affect our plans. we'll see how that goes with school, which by the way, i got the highest grade in my class...again :) (sorry, just a little self-bragging).

oh, and I've stopped cloth diapering. that's some interesting news. if you think i am going to do LOAD AFTER LOAD of laundry then you are sorely mistaken. I have already sold them all so there is no going back. I feel bad for all the waste we are creating but i'm less stressed and that is the good news.

overall i am still busy as ever. i just went to the bathroom today for the first time and it was 1:06. terrible I know. I am pretty sure that most mother's with 2 or more kids have more free time than i do, so I am wondering how they find time. if you have any tips let me know.