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Sleep Regression… or just a boob obsession?

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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!

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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!

It’s been awhile…

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I’ve been on a short hiatus and well… that’s because we welcomed our beautiful little girl into the world on August 26, 2012. Words can’t even describe how in love and happy and excited we are to have Lachlyn. She is so precious, tiny, sweet and adorable all rolled into one small package. It is hard to not just stare at her sweet face in awe.

 

 

Not to mention, my wonderful mother-in-law came for the birth and it was important to us to have her here. She truly is an amazing woman who gave us support, love and all the help we needed. We wish she could have stayed longer.

 

I could never forget this man… my husband. He was strong for me… helped me relax… and stood by my side through labor and delivery. Watching him with our girl makes my heart melt and I fall in love with him all over again. He is spectacular father and a breath-taking husband. Thank you for being my rock.

~Katie

My Closet ~ 39 weeks pregnant

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So here we are… 39 weeks pregnant. That means there is only one week to go. Well, one week till my due date, which in the grand scheme of things doesn’t mean much considering no baby is coming on their due date unless you happen to have a schedule c-section. I do not. The number of days left is definitely limited though… + counting down.

Husby + I have been doing a lot around the house to prepare for our baby girl: rearranging rooms, prepping cloth diapers, washing baby clothes, finally putting together the baby’s mobile (post to come later), setting up the spare bedroom, + generally all those things you do when nesting kicks in. I’m still on the lookout for a teeny tiny bedside table for our spare bedroom, so if you know where to find one that is unfinished or birch, let me know!

Something else that creeps up with your due date is figuring out how to make yourself go into labor. I’ve heard that first time moms generally have late babies. Might be true, but I’ve also been reading up on things you can do to kickstart labor. For instance, I made a batch of Lemon Drop Cupcakes (via Lemon Sugar) that are possibly meant to cause a full-term woman to go into labor. I’ve had two, so far… nothing yet. I’ve also heard that staying active + lots of walks help out. I mowed + edged the lawn yesterday… turns out I really just feel like someone beat me up, not so much in labor. What else… acupuncture, evening primrose oil, pineapple… all sorts of crazy ideas. Do any of these really work? I mean who knows… I could eat an almond, go into labor + next thing you know pregnant women everywhere are swearing that eating almonds made X number of women go into labor. So you should definitely try it! Like, right NOW!

I’m pretty sure that I already know I’m going to miss having this little one rolling around in my belly. I feel like it will be soo weird not having those jabs + pokes all the time. Clearly she will be on the outside to distract me, but I still think I’m going to miss it.

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Skirt ~ Old Navy / Earrings ~ Charlotte Russe

What tips + tricks have you heard that cause labor to start… old wives tales or fact (if there is such a thing)?

~Katie

My Closet ~ 36 weeks pregnant

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Whew… 36 weeks gone already! I have a feeling the next 4 weeks are going to drag though. All this amping up + getting prepared has made the time fly by, but when you know the end is near things always slow down. Days seem longer… weeks are crawling.

 

I have approximately 40 cloth diapers I need to prep + a dozen pre-folds. Let me tell you, there is not one way to prepare cloth diapers. There are a million different opinions, different detergent options, different brand recommendations… I mean where does one start? I for one, have no clue. I’ll be doing some research over the next couple days to try to figure that one out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Cardigan ~ gift / Leggings ~ Motherhood Maternity / Earrings ~ Charlotte Russe / Heels ~ eBay / Bambi Necklace ~ Joyful Jewelry Designs

How do you prepare your cloth diapers before first use? Do you boil or use your washing machine? How is your prep different between pre-folds + pocket diapers?

~Katie

My Closet ~ 34 weeks pregnant

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Just a few days late with this post, but that’s alright. I was busy with painting + organizing the house to prepare for baby! We’re getting down to the wire + it really does hit you like a ton of bricks… there is going to be a baby in this house in just 6 weeks! I don’t know about you, but the older I’ve gotten, the faster 6 weeks flies by without even blinking an eye.

As time has been getting closer, I realize that there are a lot of things that I’m clueless on about newborns. Can you take them to the beach (with adequate shade, of course)? Are our dogs going to freak out when new baby arrives? How do you know if the baby is too hot or too cold? I mean, there are a lot of factors here that I just have no idea on.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading… books, online forums, resources that my wonderful midwife group has provided. One piece of advice I’d say not only works for newborns/birth, but most things in general… stay away from Google! Don’t get me wrong, I love Google + use it often, but when it comes to pregnancy, newborns, + birth, Googling is possibly the worst possible place to search. Unless you really want to see/hear/read every horror story in the book… then by all means, have at it!

One question that has been on my mind is the pacifier vs. anti-pacifier debate. I’ve heard it is bad for the baby’s teeth… I’ve heard it soothes the baby… I’ve heard they are the devil! So what is your opinion?

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Jeans ~ Loved by Heidi Klum / Earrings ~ Charlotte Russe / Bracelets ~ gifted / Platform Heels ~ Delia*s

~Katie

My Closet ~ 31 Weeks Pregnant

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Another Wednesday, another week gone by. Our baby girl is just over 3 lbs now + still growing! I can feel her little feet sliding across my ribs as I type this… such a weird feeling. When you really stop to think about it… there is a tiny human body inside of mine… like a whole person, with her own brain, arms + legs. I don’t know about you, but that screws with my mind a little. Okay, a lot!

It seems that everyone I talk to asks me the same question, “Are there questions that you hate being asked?” It seems like people are more in-tune to the fact that pregnant women find it annoying when you ask them certain things. I think it is more interesting to see what responses I give that annoy people. For example, people will tell me to stock up on diapers now + when I respond with the fact that we are going to cloth diaper, you’d think my head turned green. Nothing will make someone cringe more than telling them you are cloth diapering. Granted there are the few that are excited for you… but I’d say the majority in my experience, not so keen on the idea. Another example, people will say to me, “I bet you are ready for that baby to just come out already!” Um… nope, I’d kind of like her to stay in there until she is full term… or I like to say something like, “Why? Do you see an arm?” whilst looking between my legs.

Tank Top ~ Wet Seal / Jeans ~ Loved by Heidi Klum / Earrings + Sandals ~ Charlotte Russe / Watch ~ Sprout

What annoying things have you been asked while pregnant? Or what advice were you given that seemed outrageous to you?

~katie

My Closet ~ 30th week of pregnancy

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Here we go… week 30. Another week gone + onto a new one.

I think I’m finally hitting a stage where it is harder for me to get up when sitting on the couch, I am having a hard time putting my gym shoes on if I’m standing up, + my back aches if I’m standing for too long. I can’t complain though! I mean, it had to get this way eventually + I’m lucky that it is just in the beginning phase now. The other women I know that are due in August have all been having these issues for quite some time.

As we get closer to our little girl arriving, I’m starting to wonder about things like: how much do I really need to baby proof at first; what is the best position for the car seat in the back of the car; who is going to visit + when; how do I get my dogs to stop barking at the tiniest noises? You know, important stuff, right?

I have a feeling these last 10 weeks are just going to come + go. Next thing I know there is going to be a tiny girl in our house! I feel like as much as I want to prepare, what can you really prepare for? As long as she has a place to sleep, clothes to wear, a car seat to get home in… everything else will just fall into place. I don’t think there is a “right” amount of onsies to have, diapers in stock, blankets on hand, etc.

Top ~ Motherhood Maternity / Skirt ~ Wet Seal / Earrings ~ Charlotte Russe 

I’m off to child birthing class tonight with our topic being “Coping with Labor.” I’ll be interested to see what type of techniques the midwife suggests. Did you attend child birthing classes, Lamaze, etc? I’d be interested to hear your experiences + what worked (or didn’t) for you?

~katie