Sleep Regression… or just a boob obsession?

Miss Lachlyn is 4 months old… also known for the notorious 4-month sleep regression. I thought this was just a myth… like the Terrible Two’s… are all babies really terrible at age 2? For us, month 4 started out great; our bedtime routine seemed to have set a pattern. Bath time was at 7 pm, then we’d read a few books and by 8 pm she was nursing. She would fall asleep while nursing, I’d unlatch her and swaddle, rock her a few times and she’d be out by 8:30 – 9:00 pm. Life was good!

I'm not sleeping

Starting about 3 days ago, things have changed. Our little bedtime routine went to hell. Still, bath time around 7 pm, read a few books, nurse her and she’d start to fall asleep. On goes the swaddle and next thing I know, she is crying soo hard her face turns red. Woah! This isn’t normal… for her. Okay, let’s switch positions and stand up to talk around. Nope, she doesn’t like being cradled while walking. Okay, lets hold her vertically, maybe she’ll get sleepy and lay her head on my chest. Nope, wide awake. Hmm… I know she’s tired. She’s been yawning and was rubbing her eyes before I swaddled her. I place her in her crib and turn on her seahorse. She stares at it, laying there. The song ends and she’s still wide awake… okay, let’s turn it on again. She doesn’t even make it half way through before fussing because she doesn’t like laying on her back. Pick her back up. I should probably note here that Lachlyn is not a pacifier kind of gal. She just doesn’t like sucking on one.

Hmm… what should I do now? I rotate through the moves again, all while she is either crying/screaming or quiet, but wide eyed. Usually by now 1.5-2 hours has gone by with nothing. I try nursing her again… with a little fussing, she finally falls asleep. I unlatch and place her in the crib. She sometimes stirs after 30 mins needing a few mins of rocking, sometimes not.

How can I get this baby to fall asleep on her own without nursing??? I mean this is a 3 question mark kind of question! I have been reading the No Cry Sleep Solution, by the way… will be trying the Pantley method.

Any suggestions, give them to me!

Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies

Having a baby is certainly a feat… but breastfeeding is another feat all on its own. I had read prior to giving birth that breastfeeding was going to be difficult at first, but sticking with it would be rewarding in the end. This statement is absolutely true, at least for me. It was extremely painful, we had a bad latch, Lachlyn was losing weight and there was concern that I wasn’t producing enough milk.

Now, being told that maybe my milk supply was low was really disheartening. It didn’t matter how many stories I had read or people had reassured me that you can make enough milk for your baby, I still felt like I was failing and starving my baby. After days… weeks even, of pumping and recording my output, I realized I did not in fact have a low milk supply. It was definitely an emotional time and caused me a lot of stress.

In an effort to increase my (supposedly low) milk supply, I searched recipes for lactation cookies. I honestly don’t know if they increased my supply or not, but they are really tasty! In the spirit of October… Halloween… my birthday… and fall weather, I wanted to create a Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookie. Here is my recipe:

Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies (adapted from this recipe)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flaxseed meal and water in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.

In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until creamed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing in thoroughly after each egg. Add the flaxseed meal/water mixture and the vanilla and mix. Add in the pumpkin puree and mix until incorporated.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and brewer’s yeast. Stir the flour mix into the wet ingredients on low until completely blended. Add the oats, mixing well. Finally stir in the chopped pumpkin spice Hershey Kisses.

Use non-stick cookie sheets or a silpat on your cookie sheets. Spoon cookie dough onto cookie sheets (approx 1 tbsp dough per cookie) about 2″ apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for final cooling. Enjoy!

My Closet ~ 27th week of pregnancy

Wow, 27 weeks gone already!?!? I can’t believe there is only 13 weeks left… it seems like such a small number!

I went to my second baby class (as I like to call it) today + the topic was breastfeeding. I have known for a while now that I will be breastfeeding, but still had a lot of questions. I’ve heard many moms say that it was too hard, that they weren’t producing enough milk, that it is stressful, etc etc. I’ve decided to just keep repeating the mantra that my lactation consultant reiterated today, “It is natural, but it doesn’t come naturally to mom.” A newborn comes into the world knowing how to suck + will even find it’s way to breastfeed on it’s own. I think there are soo many rules + stigmas around breastfeeding that it gives new moms (and even not-so-new moms) anxiety about the procedure. I’m the type of person that doesn’t like to stress or get anxiety over something I haven’t even tried yet, so I actually feel really calm going into this.

 

 

We watched various videos about the correct latch on method + having a good support system. I also learned some new things, which may sound ridiculous, but you really don’t think about it until you are pregnant for the first time. Things such as, breast milk is not produced by the stomach, so eating spicy foods doesn’t make your milk spicy… also, up to 2 (4 oz) alcoholic drinks can be consumed without affecting the breast milk. That was a complete new one for me as I just assumed no drinking allowed while breastfeeding.

 

 

Today was also my day to be tested for gestational diabetes. I’ve been dreading this test as I’ve heard the solution you drink is terrible, it makes you feel fatigued + nauseous… all sorts of icky feelings. Sure enough, here comes the midwife to ask me which flavor I prefer, I chose orange over fruit punch. Honestly, it didn’t taste as bad as I had come to believe it was. It tasted just like a melted orange popsicle. Now I suppose my love of gummy candy could have possibly made this more appealing to me than others who don’t eat candy, but I didn’t think it was that terrible. As I was sitting in class I could see the drink hitting the others in the room. Some were gagging, some looked like they were going to be sick (some actually did get sick), some just looked miserable. I didn’t feel anything. I’ve also heard of this sugar crash you feel a few hours after the test is done… I got nothing. I seriously think I’m pregnant with a super baby because I’m breezing through pregnancy with no issues when it seems like others are struggling (knock on wood!).

 

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Skirt, Earrings + Sandals ~ Charlotte Russe / Watch ~ Sprout

What was your experience with breastfeeding? Was it easy for you? Hard? Impossible!?!

~katie