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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.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bink Bink Weaning Night 2

Well, we tried to go up a notch in the bink binks by cutting a small part of the tip off like Bye Bye Binky says to do... it didn't go over well at all. She was so mad that she didn't have her real bink. We gave her back the other one (the one with just a small pinhole in it), and we are now going to take things veeerrryy slowly!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bink Bink Weaning



When Norah born, she was amazing. While we were in the hospital, she slept most of the day, and when she didn't sleep, she opened her eyes, looked around, and was just content. She never needed any kind of bink, she was totally happy. Well, that all changed the SECOND we were discharged to go home...which was ironically funny.

As I put her into that absolutely adorable pink dress with white polka dots and white cardigan, the wailing commenced. She screamed her head off. She screamed and screamed this high-pitched scream. I thought it was a sign that we were destined for failure as parents. Then I thought, "Hmm...what if I gave her a bink?"

Well, the binks that we brought with us were already in the car since we were literally walking
out to go home when all of this began. I had Daniel run down to the nurse's station and ask them if they had one--they did. So back he came with a translucent white bink bink. We put it in her mouth, and she immediately spit it out. We tried two more times before it stuck. It was heaven... a tool to instantly calm and quite a screaming baby.



So as the months progressed, we bought Norah a few more bink binks. She was particulary fond of the Nuk brand...in fact, she never took anything else.

So we let her use them. Seriously, why not? We had no plans to let her use them past a year, they made her happy, and they made her sleep better. I saw nothing wrong with it.

Now here we are. Norah is just barely over 18months old. I have vowed since before I was even pregnant that I did not want my child to EVER use a pacifier after 2 years old. I have seen too many three and four year olds walking around with a pacifier in their mouths...to me that is just icky. I LOVED the pacifier for when she was little and we needed it, but now she's getting to be a big girl ::cries::, so it's time to wean!

I researched a few methods for weaning pacifiers, but the one we are going with is this one. Bye Bye Binky is supposed to work miracles for even the most addicted baby. Norah isn't insanely addicted to her bink, thank goodness, but she does rely on it for sleep, and I rely on it for her claming down while being in the car.

Day/Night 1
We started this Bye Bye Binky program last night. I crawled around everywhere looking for binks. I am nervous because I only found 5... I poked a pin hole in each one last night, and gave one to her when I put her to bed like I usually do. She noticed a difference immediately. The program tells me that when she notices, I should give her another one and say, "Oh, this one must be broken." So I did. She ended up taking it, and slept the normal amount of time last night. (7:45-7:00)

Nap time came today at it's usual time (11:30ish), and we did our routine that we do when she's not at school: talk about going night night, read two books, rock for a minute, ask her if she wants to get in her bed, then put her in her bed, give bink bink, and leave the room. She noticed the bink bink change again, so I gave her another one, and she went right to sleep. It's been an hour now (so I expect her up any minute), and she's still sleeping.

I don't really know what to expect for the rest of the Bye Bye Binky program. I am anxious to see if this works. I am hoping she wants nothing to do with the bink in about 5-10 days.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's been a looong time! So here's a long post!





Ok, so the last time I updated, which was in June, Norah was 11 months old? Holy cow...that's pathetic! She's a year and a half old now! Norah is still the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I am so incredibly in love with her, I can't even begin to explain it. Here are some things we know about Norah at 18 months:


*She is SUCH a happy girl. She is always laughing, giggling, smiling, playing, etc. She's always happy.
* She loves to play. She loves to play by herself, with other kids, with me, with Oliver, with any one or anything. She's always trying to "get" us and "trick" us. I love it. :)
* She is FINALLY a decent sleeper. I really hope I don't jinx myself by saying this, but she sleeps every night from about 7:30 to 7 or sometimes 8 in the morning. I LOVE it! She also takes an hour and a half nap around 11:30 every afternoon (*Thank you daycare!)
* She loves anyone and everyone. Norah will go to anyone on the planet. She will run over to you with her arms wide open, even if you are a complete stranger. We were visiting in S.C. the other week, and while we were paying for the bill at Perkins, she just ran over to all of the people sitting down eating, and gave every one of them hugs. There were ab
out 10 of them! Of course I was right behind her while she was doing it, but seriously, she loves people.
* People love her. I don't think there is anyone on the planet that doesn't like Norah. She is so friendly, that it really is difficult to not like her. She gets passed around at church like it's nobody's business, she gets visits from her aunts constantly...she is well loved.
* She is currently 24.2lbs. :)
* She still loves Mickey Mouse, but she's just recently gotten excited about Elmo ::shudders::.
* She eats all the time. She loves snacks (animal crackers, graham crackers, cherrios, nilla wafers, etc.), and she loves to make an absolute mess at dinner with her ravioli or spaghettios. :)
* She TALKS. Holy moly, she talks. About three weeks ago we tried to write down the words that we knew she could say and use appropriately. We got to 65 before we stopped. She has so many more words than that. She picks up a few words every day. She talks all the time, and I LOVE hearing it. She talks to me, to daddy, to monkey, to Ollie, to anyone. I <3>


Yesterday Norah got tubes put in her ears. It was one of the worst feelings ever leading up to the surgery. I couldn't see how I was going to be able to hand her over to the nurse to take her back to be put under and to be cut. I was terrified for her.
But, when we got there, Norah helped me out. Not only did I not have to hand her over, she reached her arms out for the nurse. :) That helped, but I still broke down crying after she left. Daniel held me for a few minutes, then I composed myself and went back to the waiting room. I tried to send out a text to my family about the progress of the surgery, but by the time I finished writing it, they called us back and said she was done. It was FAST! The surgery went perfectly, and they even said that Norah woke up smiling, which is not was normally happens. :) So proud of my baby girl.

Because she was so good, we went to Toys-R-Us later on that day and let her run around wherever. We were going to get her something, but she never got attached to any one thing. She just wanted to look at and touch everything. :) We ended up getting her her first ringpop. She LOVED it. :)

I'm such a proud mama. I love her to pieces. I love every thing about her. I even love the fact that our house is NEVER clean because of her. I love all of it, and while I am sad that she's growing so stinking fast, I'm excited for what is to come!

Been a looooonnng while! So Long update!



Ok, so the last time I updated, which was in June, Norah was 11 months old? Holy cow...that's pathetic! She's a year and a half old now!


Norah is still the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I am so incredibly in love with her, I can't even begin to explain it. Here are some things we know about Norah at 18 months:


*She is SUCH a happy girl. She is always laughing, giggling, smiling, playing, etc. She's always happy.
* She loves to play. She loves to play by herself, with other kids, with me, with Oliver, with any one or anything. She's always trying to "get" us and "trick" us. I love it. :)
* She is FINALLY a decent sleeper. I really hope I don't jinx myself by saying this, but she sleeps every night from about 7:30 to 7 or sometimes 8 in the morning. I LOVE it! She also takes an hour and a half nap around 11:30 every afternoon (*Thank you daycare!)
* She loves anyone and everyone. Norah will go to anyone on the planet. She will run over to you with her arms wide open, even if you are a complete stranger. We were visiting in S.C. the other week, and while we were paying for the bill at Perkins, she just ran over to all of the people sitting down eating, and gave every one of them hugs. There were about 10 of them! Of course I was right behind her while she was doing it, but seriously, she loves people.
* People love her. I don't think there is anyone on the planet that doesn't like Norah. She is so friendly, that it really is difficult to not like her. She gets passed around at church like it's nobody's business, she gets visits from her aunts constantly...she is well loved.
* She is currently 24.2lbs. :)
* She still loves Mickey Mouse, but she's just recently gotten excited about Elmo ::shudders::.
* She eats all the time. She loves snacks (animal crackers, graham crackers, cherrios, nilla wafers, etc.), and she loves to make an absolute mess at dinner with her ravioli or spaghettios. :)
* She TALKS. Holy moly, she talks. About three weeks ago we tried to write down the words that we knew she could say and use appropriately. We got to 65 before we stopped. She has so many more words than that. She picks up a few words every day. She talks all the time, and I LOVE hearing it. She talks to me, to daddy, to monkey, to Ollie, to anyone. I <3>


Yesterday Norah got tubes put in her ears. It was one of the worst feelings ever leading up to the surgery. I couldn't see how I was going to be able to hand her over to the nurse to take her back to be put under and to be cut. I was terrified for her.


But, when we got there, Norah helped me out. Not only did I not have to hand her over, she reached her arms out for the nurse. :) That helped, but I still broke down crying after she left. Daniel held me for a few minutes, then I composed myself and went back to the waiting room. I tried to send out a text to my family about the progress of the surgery, but by the time I finished writing it, they called us back and said she was done. It was FAST! The surgery went perfectly, and they even said that Norah woke up smiling, which is not was normally happens. :) So proud of my baby girl.

Because she was so good, we went to Toys-R-Us later on that day and let her run around wherever. We were going to get her something, but she never got attached to any one thing. She just wanted to look at and touch everything. :) We ended up getting her her first ringpop. She LOVED it. :)

I'm such a proud mama. I love her to pieces. I love every thing about her. I even love the fact that our house is NEVER clean because of her. I love all of it, and while I am sad that she's growing so stinking fast, I'm excited for what is to come!