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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

CIO- Day three update

Well, I don't know if this is a fluke, but CIO seems to be working... Now that I've cursed myself, I am going to be doomed forever to a child waking up seven times a night. Ugh. Anyway, we put her down at around eight last night, she cried for a total of about three to five minutes, then fell asleep and stayed asleep until 6:30 this morning. :)

In recap:
Night 1- 37 minutes of screaming and crying. (We went in every five or so minutes)
Night 2- 15 minutes of crying (no screaming)
Night 3- 3-5 minutes of crying/whining

Night 4? We'll see, that's tonight.

In other news, I get to pick up her portraits from JC Penney today!! I'm so excited!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

CIO Upate- Day 2

Last night went better than the day before. She cried for about 15 minutes total, then fell asleep. The only thing I did differently was put her to bed a little bit later than the night before. We'll see how tonight goes. I want her to STTN so badly (mainly for her!), but I just hate listening to her cry. :(

Hopefully tonight will be better!

Monday, April 26, 2010

CIO Sucks...

I am sitting here, in tears, listening to my sweet little baby cry her head off. It is absolutely killing me. I HATE that we have to do this, but I know it is the best method for all of us. I know that in a few days it will be better. I hope in a few days it will be better. So far she has been crying for 37 minutes. H went in there twice to reassure her. That's when we learned that she knows how to pull up in the crib. Something we were trying to avoid until after she learned how to sleep through the night again. Sigh... She's starting to wimper now, so hopefully that means she's falling asleep.

I just love her so so deeply. This crying is so very hard to listen to. :( Being a mom is not easy some times.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cry it out... 1st round, day 2

We are on night two of Cry It Out. Everyone I've heard from said that it will take 3-5 days to really work. Here's a recap of the night before:

Bed at 7:45pm, bottle, put in crib very dowsy, fell right to sleep. Woke up at 1:30am, cried (mostly whined) until 2:25am. Went back to sleep and woke up at 6:25.

Last night:
Bed at 7:45pm, bottle, put in crib very drowsy, fell right to sleep. Made a grunting/growling sound twice through the night, never actually woke up though. Slept until 6:25am.

So last night was AWESOME! It could very well be a fluke though...we'll see.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

9 Months!

Norah had her nine month well visit yesterday. I was so nervous for the appointment, and really for no reason at all. She didn't have any shots, so I wasn't worried about that. I think it was because I was nervous that they were going to tell me that her head circumfrence was off the charts... it almost was. Before I go on, here are her stats:

Weight: 19lbs 6 oz 60%

Height: 28inches 65% (this is up from 23%!)

Head: 46.7 98%

That's right...98%. Wow. That's totally ok though. She is so beautiful and it really doesn't look like her head is all that big.

So the pediatrician told us that she is perfectly healthy. No ear infections--yay! But she was veeeeeeerrryy slightly anemic. They said that it was supposed to be 32 or something and she was 31.6, so seriously, very slightly. Norah did have a virus last week, so that could be a reason why she registered as anemic.

We were given the ok to start table foods! I am excited for this! I assumed she would tell me to leave out the salt and spices, but she told me not to! She said, "No, Norah needs to try as many different things as she can right now." I'm excited! I hope she isn't too picky.

I brought up the fact that Norah wasn't sleeping through the night to the Dr. She said, "When did she stop?" I told her that up to her 6 month shots, she was sleeping through the night 8-6:30. Much to my surprise, she said that the shots were why she wasn't sleeping. I said, "Wait, so some shots from three MONTHS ago are affecting her sleep now??" She explained to me that Norah must have been uncomfortable for two or three nights in a row and woken up. We came in there to tend to her, and from then on, it was a new routine. Holy cow, that was like a slap in the face. I had never even considered that that was why. So she recommended that we CIO. I am not fully against CIO, it just breaks my heart a bit. H and i discussed it, and we know it is the best thing for all of us in the long run, so we are doing it. We started last night. She went to sleep fine, as usualy, then at 1:30am, she woke up whining. I turned down the monitor on my side, H turned down the monitor on his side, and we let her whine/cry. She never even came close to hysterics (which I won't let her do), and around 2:25 she fell back asleep. So... almost an hour. We'll see what happens tonight. She was exhausted, which may explain why she's been napping for about an hour now! (That NEVER happens!)

So all in all it was a great check up. She's getting her second tooth! It should be in today or tomorrow. I love her little teeth. Her first one is barely halfway out. It is so so so cute!

That's all for now!

Friday, April 2, 2010

The weather makes me do crazy things!

A few days ago we checked the weather and it said that today was supposed to be beautiful and 81 degrees, so in preparation for that day, we bought Norah a itty bitty swimming pool and her first bathing suit! ...well, the meteorologists lied. It was GORGEOUS and 83 degrees! It was amazing. We went to TJ Maxx where I practiced restraint and didn't buy Norah anything, we went to Sam's and got a ham to cook on Easter, and we played in the pool!

I cannot believe that we busted a pool out in April, but oh my goodness it was just perfect outside! I knew the water from the hose was still going to be quite cold, so I filled up the itty bitty pool with mostly hose water, then boiled a huge pot of water and poured that into the pool. Once it mixed together it was a perfect temperature!
We stuffed her into her bathing suit, lathered her up with SPF 50 sunscreen, put on her shades, grabbed a towel and headed outside. She was adorable.

So she got in...cried for ten seconds until she realized that she could splash. She splashed like crazy and had so much fun. She was so happy.

After her swimming escapade, we went inside, got her changed into some nice, dry clothes, and she and I laid down for a nice 1 1/2 hour long nap...heaven. :)

All in all it was a wonderful day spent with my amazing husband and daughter. :) Oh, and I can feel the top of the tooth now! It's very sharp!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dry skin and teeth

Norah is still up to being the light of my life. :) She is doing well these days I suppose. Still no crawling-- blech... we're still just on all fours rocking. She'll get there one day, and I will be so excited that it didn't happen sooner, I'm sure!

When I picked up Norah from daycare yesterday, I saw that she had a really red spot on her arm, and all of the dry skin that she's always had looked a little worse. I ended up taking her to the doctor because I am a worrier. The doctor checked her out and diagnosed baby exzema. :( Poor baby. Apparently some Aquaphor and hydrocotisone will help. I hope she grows out of it. I've known a few adults with exzema, and it is not something I'd like her to always have to deal with.

They weighed her at the post office too! My sweet little baby is a healthy 18 lbs 12oz. That's quite a lot! I looked it up and one site said that that was totally average, and the other said that it was 25th percentile...not sure which is correct, but at least she isn't the 27 lbs that I dreamed the other day!

Also, she's getting a tooth! I know it will probably take some time to come in, but I saw the white blister yesterday! I hope it comes through soon. I'm dying to know how she handles cutting teeth. I am hoping and praying for an easy break... hoping. :)

Can't say anymore right now...soooo busy! Gotta go!