The Worst Sleeper… EVER

Guys, remember when I was barking up Henry’s tree for his great routine? Remember when he was doing 5-7 hour sleep stretches?

Well, I’m having a hard time remembering because it’s been SO LONG. Henry has turned into the worst dang sleeper ever. 

If Henry could speak, this is what my nights would sound like (every 1.5-2 hours, start to finish):

Hey ma, I just farted… Can you come rock me back to sleep?

Momma, I dreamed I was drinking milk and now I’m thirsty. Can I have a sip?

Mommy, did you just try to put me down???? In my crib!!!? Pick me up immediately or I’ll wake the toddler!

Momma, I have hands! Now nurse me back to sleep!

Mommy, let’s snuggle (or I’ll scream).

You get the picture…

I don’t even think he’s hungry most of the time. He just wants to be snuggled NON STOP!

Don’t get me wrong, I love how cuddly and sweet he is, but time and place, Henry. Time and place.

Essentially, I’m haggard and tired and fed up. We need to sleep train STAT, but I don’t want the toddler to suffer. Ugh. Dilemmas. 

We just spent way too much money on a ZipadeeZip… Please say this will be our magic fix.

Let me know if you have helpful suggestions. I’m tired (understatement) and about to go back to work… 

MARKch: A Celebration of Mark

My hubby turned 30 on March 30th. In celebration, I showered him with gifts throughout the month of March, which ended in a finale celebration a couple weekends ago.

It was nothing too crazy, but we will continue the celebration this October in Nashville! We’re headed there with 15-20 of Mark’s closest friends and their spouses.

Yes, our new babe will only be about 5 months old. Yes, I am insane. No, I don’t want to discuss.

Anyway, here are some photos from the many celebrations!

Celebrating with Milly
  
  
The best video ever:

Daddy Went out with Friends While Mommy & Charlie Played at Home
  

Mommy / Daddy Birthday Celebration Date Night

A surprise get together with his favorite boys.


  
Picking Up Mini C from Grandma & Grandpa’s After her Sleepover
 Family Walk to Round out the Weekend

13 Weeks & 4 Days

11/17/15

  My dates probably all seem way off, but that’s only because my due date has shifted from May 17th to May 19th and has now settled in at May 20th. No complaints here… gives me more time at the end to get baby to come out naturally.

How far along: 13 Weeks & 4 Days

Total weight gain: Crap… I meant to measure this. Sorry!

Maternity clothes: They just feel so nice hugging my big belly…

Stretch marks: None yet… Holding. My. Breath.

Sleep: Sleep has been okay. Still having at least a night or two of insomnia a week… the pro? Another book down! And FINALLY, I’ve moved on from Chick Lit and actually picked up a classic. I just started reading Pride & Prejudice… thumbs up so far!

Best moment of this week: We had SUCH a great Preschool Orientation… I left feeling floaty and happy and confident with our decision.

Miss anything: Ehh… probably, but I’m not in the mood to complain!

Movement: Sometimes I think I feel little blips, but I don’t really know. It’s too hard to tell.

Food cravings: I’ve been all over the place with this one. I’ll crave one thing and by the time it’s mealtime, I’m craving something else. BUT, one thing I’ve been craving and haven’t satisfied yet is wings. I need some spicy wings.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve been much better lately. Not too much to complain about.

Have you started to show yet: Big bump.

Gender: This pregnancy seems SO dang similar to my first… but who knows if that’s really any indication. I don’t know. But, I did make my gender scan appointment… secret is out on 12/29!

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in, but definitely widening.

Wedding rings on or off: On… but sometimes they’re tight.

Happy or moody most of the time: I’ve been a little stressed out this week. This Saturday was this big event I help coordinate every year for a school for kiddies with cognitive disabilities. Anyway, the event is a lot of work and is quite tiring. My mood may or may not have been altered because of it.

Looking forward to: Charlie’s first day of school! Maybe anxious is a better way to explain what I’m feeling. I just hope she loves it.

9 Weeks

10/13/15
It’s appointment week! After what feels like a lot of waiting, my appointment is finally only a couple days away! And, to make it even better, Hubby surprised me with the best gift EVER!

He called into work for me (remember, I work for my parents, so that’s less awkward than it sounds) and took tomorrow off for me. Yes!!! A day off! For just me!! To relax!!!

And even better, he scheduled an appointment for me to go see the acupuncturist I saw when I was pregnant with Charlotte AND another appointment for a massage and foot scrub. I’m. In. Heaven. Already.

Being pregnant with a toddler is super tiring. I’m beyond excited (and grateful) for tomorrow.

How far along: 9 weeks

Total weight gain: I might be up a pound? I’m not totally convinced. I have such a finicky scale.

Maternity clothes: My sweet little girlfriend just brought me her bin of maternity clothes… So nice, right?? My new obsession? H&M mama maternity leggings. They’re perfection. Pair them with a cute gap maternity sweater and I’m the happiest (and most comfortable) gal around.

Stretch marks: No, but I did start getting worried yesterday. So much so, that I vowed to pick up my post-bath pregnancy moisturizing routine. I feel like since becoming a mama, I’ve been totally slacking on the moisturizing. That ends today 🙂

Sleep: I’m always tired. I just can’t get enough sleep. Why isn’t nap time a thing? 6 month maternity leaves and 1-hour afternoon naptimes for pregnant mamas. If I ruled the world…

Best moment of this week: Charlotte is officially a walker. She’s so proud, too. She is really shaping up to be such a fun little lady.

Miss anything: My energy!
Movement: sometimes I think I feel something, but I realize it’s super high, meaning it’s probably my food being digested.

Food cravings: I have mega cravings all the time. Thankfully I don’t always act on them. Right now the big one is cake. I’m going to a wedding on Saturday and let me tell you, if there isn’t cake, I’m leaving immediately. Mmmmm! Cake 🙂

Anything making you queasy or sick? I get uneasy when I’m hungry and randomly throughout the day.

Have you started to show yet: of course. You know what else is showing? How exhausting toddlers are to pregnant moms. Exhibit A: 

“Sure honey, you can empty everything out from the pantry and then throw it all over the floor… Just do it quietly so I can make dinner in peace.”

Gender: I’m back to being totally unsure.

Labor signs: Thank goodness, no!

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: How could I be crabby?? Haha I can be crabby, but this week, I’m happy.

Looking forward to: My pampered day of fun tomorrow and my appointment on Thursday!’

7 Weeks & 3 Big Days

10/2/15

How far along: 7 weeks, 3 days

Total weight gain: 0 (but you wouldn’t guess it by looking at me… I have a legit baby bump!)

Maternity clothes: Yes and no… My maternity pants don’t really fit that well, BUT, my normal pants are not very comfortable. I legitimately look pregnant already… at 7 weeks! What the heck?

Stretch marks: Nope (please, please, please stay that way!)

Sleep: Still waking up 1-2 times per night. Most nights I can fall right back to sleep, some nights I’m up for an hour, 2 or more!

Best moment of this week: I had dinner with a girlfriend (Katie) on Monday and then a farewell dinner for my friends Tricia and Dylan (who are moving to TX) on Tuesday. Both were a lot of fun! Down side of the week? Mark is headed out of town today through the weekend, meaning I’ll be exhausted/pregnant/alone with crazy munchie C this weekend. Send me strength!

Miss anything: I don’t think so! I had a wine craving the other day, but nothing crazy.

Movement: I had a dream that I was feeling the baby kick. It felt super real. But I guess the answer is still no. The little blueberry is still too small.

Food cravings: This past weekend, I was really craving some Jewish deli yums. So much so, that I sent Mark out for Matzah Ball Soup, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Fried Matzah. Yum!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m on and off uneasy throughout the day.

Have you started to show yet: YES! How? I don’t know, but literally, two people have commented on my “bump.” It’s insane. I look like I did at 15 weeks with C.


 Gender: At first, based on absolutely nothing, I thought boy. But, I’m really starting to feel like this pregnancy is pretty identical to last in terms of my symptoms. So I might have to switch over to say girlie.

Labor signs: Thank goodness, no!

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: I think happy! I don’t know… ask my husband…

Looking forward to: Mark getting home from his trip. Yes, he just left today… well, actually, he hasn’t even taken off yet. But I really like it when he’s home. Also, I’m looking forward to telling my siblings. I had planned to tell them two weeks ago and then I chickened out. Now I feel like I waited too long.

Pre-Pregnancy Symptoms

9/14/15

If you’re anything like me, waiting the two weeks in between conception and your (potential) missed period is a challenge. Patience just isn’t my thing.

My husband likes to tease me and say that I thought I was pregnant with my first little love before I actually conceived. This may be true, but what I can say for certain, is that this time around, my symptoms were legit.

  • Spaciness, Forgetfulness: This is a symptom that I could probably blame on lack of sleep or just having an off day… but these past couple weeks have been pretty absurd. I’ll say something and literally 5 seconds later, I have no idea what I was talking about. It’s like my mind totally goes blank.
  • Headaches: As with my first, the week before my positive pregnancy test was filled with pretty bad headaches. Knowing that I potentially could be pregnant also prevented any treatment (no ibuprofen for pregnant ladies!). Not fun.
  • Nausea: This is the biggest symptom for me. I mean, on a normal day, I don’t feel like vomitting, so when I’m suddenly fighting back chunks at all hours of the day, I start to wonder. Honestly, the symptoms came right when Gramps was in the hospital, so I thought there was a 5% chance it could be stress. But my gut was saying pregnancy.
  • Frequent Peeing: For my first pregnancy, this was a total non-issue for me until I got ginormous. Now, at 5 weeks pregnant, I’m already waking up every single night at least once (sometimes twice). Oh I dislike this symptom.
  • Insomnia: In the past two weeks, I’ve had at least 4 nights where I’ve sat up for 2+ hours in the middle of the night completely and totally unable to sleep. Last night was one of those nights… I’m in zombie mode today.
  • Sore Boobs: This was a non-issue for me with my first pregnancy. This time around, it’s not terrible, but what I’ve noticed is that my breasts feel tender when I’m nursing my sweet Charlotte.
  • Bloating: To say I’m bloated by the end of the day would be a complete understatement.

Charlie’s Preschool Orientation

Guys, remember last night when I was having a mega dramatic mom meltdown over Charlie starting preschool? Well, today was the big day and Charlotte did SO well! We left feeling giddy and excited and just good, good, good.

When we got to the school, the administrator took us right to Charlotte’s classroom. Some of the kids were painting and some were playing with clay. There were kids from C’s new class in there, in addition to some of the older kids from the K2/K3/K4 classes. The Administrator explained to us that the kids are encouraged to intermingle. They may ask their teacher to spend some time with another class and their teacher then gives them a set amount of time, and off they go. I love how independent they’re allowed to be… and how trusted they are.

Anyway, the teacher immediately walked over to us with a couple of the little girls in the class to introduce themselves and welcome little Charlotte. They took her on the tour of the classroom, which got totally hijacked by the fish tank.

Charlotte LOVES fish tanks. A bunch of the kiddies stood by the tank with C and her teacher and pointed out different fish and other items in the tank. It was awesome watching her little head shift from the kids to the tank and back to the kids.

  
Then, it was snack time! Charlotte sat at the mini table with all of her little friends. They took turns taking crackers and apples from the plate and were all served a little bit of milk in “big kid cups”… AKA cups without sippy tops. Charlotte spilled hers all over the table… but whatever!

   
   
After snack, the kiddies sat together on the carpet and sang songs with the teacher. Charlotte was ecstatic. She joined in with the hand motions and of course, clapped and demanded more after each song.

Then, it was a big moment. It was time for Mommy and Daddy to fill out paper work and leave Charlie to play with her new tiny friends. I reluctantly walked out and turned around to see my little one’s reaction to us leaving… surprise, surprise, she didn’t even notice. She was too busy playing.

After we filled out some paperwork and talked to the administrator a bit more, we went to retrieve Charlotte. At this time, she had moved with the class to the Music Room. We stood in the window and watched Charlotte as she sat on her teacher’s lap, playing the double piano thing. She looked up and saw us, smiled, and continued playing.

I mean, could you make up a more perfect reaction?

  
We literally had to carry her out of there, she didn’t want to leave. It was SUCH a good and relieving feeling. I have a feeling that she’s really going to love it there.

And of course, Charlotte got home and was zonked. Nana held her and she just kind of melted into Nana’s arms. She also took her nap pretty early. Sleepy bunny with the big day.

   
   
Don’t worry, she had enough energy to throw her hair bands all over the floor and chase the kitty…   

   

A New Approach to Napping

Things have continued to be a little nutso with Charlotte’s sleep schedule. Today and yesterday, she slept from between 7/8 pm to 8 am.

This morning, we decided to try to go back to our original sleep bible, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” for some advice on handling the nap debacle. The book confirms that this transitional period sucks… surprise! But it also suggested putting the babe down for a 1-2 hour “rest” in the morning and then a nap in the afternoon.

The “rest” is essentially quiet crib time. If she sleeps, great. If not, no biggy. But regardless, you limit the time. Charlotte did not fall asleep during her rest time today, but she was quiet (after she screamed for the first 2 minutes) and happy for the full hour.

Then, we played a little, had lunch and hung out and started the wind down/bottle/book/pre-nap routine at aroud 1:10. By 1:30, Charlotte was totally out. Now, it’s 4:30 and she’s just waking up.

Not too shabby!!

I think tomorrow I’ll try to start the pre-nap routine closer to 12:45, but otherwise, I think things worked really well.

Fingers crossed that bedtime goes well tonight and she manages to sleep until 8 again tomorrow.

Playing Dress Up

Charlotte has been fixated on dressing herself lately. She’s constantly taking headbands and lifting them up over her head, around the back of her neck and then letting them snap off. Clearly she hasn’t mastered this art yet.

The other big one has been shoes. Whether it’s her shoes or someone else’s, the girl just wants to tote them around, put them on her feet and take them off. 

Daddy seems a bit concerned that she has my love for shopping and clothing. Could be worse, right?