sleep

I’ve been working with Nora and sleep training for about 3 weeks now.  After over four months of getting up practically EVERY night EVERY two hours, I had had enough.  I was tired, exhausted and frustrated and I think Nora was too.  It really is amazing how much sleep affects everything: your health; physically and mentally, mood, stress.  If your sleep, over time, isn’t restorative it can really take a toll on your well-being.  Sleep is good for the body, mind and soul.  It’s when your body rests, recovers and repairs.  So something had to be done before my frustrations got the best of me.

As I learned from the Baby Sleep Site, Nora was using nursing as a sleep association and couldn’t get back to sleep without it.  Nicole (the founder of the Baby sleep Site) made an analogy that made perfect sense, “Imagine waking up in the middle of the night [as we all do] and your pillow is gone. You can’t get to sleep without it, or else it takes a long time to do so” (paraphrased).  Nora was using me (nursing) as her ‘pillow’.

First I had to break the sleep association of nursing, and then I had to ‘train’ her to get herself to sleep so she could put herself back to sleep in the middle of night during a night waking.

Breaking the nursing part wasn’t too bad and actually, neither was the sleep training.  The premise is to put your baby awake, so she can fall asleep on her own (which I had always been putting her in her crib, asleep after nursing).  The first night she cried for about an hour, with me checking on her every 10 minutes or so.  The second night she cried for about 20 minutes, then 5 minutes, then less and NOW she doesn’t even cry when I lie her down for bed!!!  I got her a little crib aquarium that she likes to watch before she falls asleep.  Sometimes she plays with it, but within 10 minutes she is conked out!

I can’t tell you what a relief it is to lie my baby down, without tears, and have her put herself to sleep.  PLUS, now I am getting to spend more time in the evening with Cory since I am not spending, sometimes an hour, rocking Nora to sleep.  It’s nice to have a little time to ourselves in the evening, even if it sometimes just to watch tv together.

And even this evening Cory put Nora to bed for the first time.  Since I’ve been nursing her to sleep I’ve always been the one to lie her down for bed, but Cory did it tonight and it went just fine.  No crying or anything.  I think maybe I was needing it more than her.  Especially with Nora’s first birthday around the corner, I’m feeling I want her to want and need me more.  My baby is growing fast.  Everyone’s cliche saying that ‘it goes fast’ is SO true and bittersweet.  Of course I am excited for all the things to come, but I still get a little teary-eyed knowing my baby will be one soon and getting so big and won’t need me for everything, because I will always need her.

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I can’t always put her down!
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Snuggling with her bear

Projects: Nora’s birthday planning

I’ve been working on some crafts and decorations for Nora’s first birthday party (waaaaaa). 

Not only do I like crafting  decorations but it’s even more exciting to be doing it for my daughters party. Handmade items come from the heart and look more unique and personalized in my opinion (and usually cheaper in the end!)

Here’s a sneak peek:

   
   

I’ll reveal the finished projects soon!

first steps

Nora took a few steps tonight!!  Cory and I were working with her a little bit having her take a few steps between us, which she did a few times, maybe two or three steps.  But then she pulled herself up on the couch an,d without prompting or any help, let go and took three maybe even FOUR magical steps!!  Cory and I were both so surprised and I am so glad he was home to see it!

I can’t believe my baby is going to be walking soon! If I thought crawling made my day busier I can’t imagine what walking will be like.

Here’s to many more steps my sweet.

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Activity: soap fun

Nora and I had some fun with soap today!  I’ve been looking for age appropriate activities for us to do try during the day and found some great ones on Pinterest, including this soap activity

   
    
 
Nora had so much fun playing with the slippery soap and it didn’t matter if the soap got everywhere because it didn’t make a mess! She did taste a little bit of it (I used Babyganics soap which is organic so it shouldn’t be too harsh on her belly and she didn’t eat much) so she was kind of over it after that. 

But I showed her how to play with the soap with a basting brush and that got her playing again. 

   
    
    
 
Nora then thought I needed to be ‘painted’ with soap. Needless to say we both smelled really nice after this, but Nora still needed a bath. 

We had a lot of fun and I can’t wait to try more activities with her!

Liebster award

So this wonderful lady named Jamie over at Jamie’s Home Blog happened to come along my blog and she nominated me for this thing called the Liebster Award.  What is it??!?!  I have no idea, but I was honored for my little blog to be nominated for anything.  Or that even random people read my little corner of the world, thanks!

Apparently this is an award to help new bloggers connect with other bloggers and encourages participants to promote one other (as described by Jamie).

So I thought I would participate to not only find new blogs to read but promote mine.

The rules are:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.

3. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.

4. Create 11 questions for the nominees.

5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.So here are the questions I was asked:

What drives or inspires you to write your blog? My daughter, Nora Jane! She was the reason I created it and continue to have things to right about.  I am a stay-at-home mom and she keeps my days busy and fun!  I have the best job ever!

What is one item (this excludes your humans and your animals) that you absolutely cannot live without? Hmmm, I would say my camera.  I’m no professional but I love to take photos, and since having my daughter she is my muse!  Either that or my computer that has all my photos on it.

What is your favorite type of music? I would say indie rock.  But I really do like most genres of music, excluding heavy metal and most country.

If you could trade places with someone for one day, who would you choose and why?  I would say my mom, so I could understand a little bit more what she’s going through.

Your favorite memory? So many!  My wedding day was amazing and the day Nora was born, both days forever changed my life for the better.

What is your go-to stress relief method?  Either doing some kind of craft or working out, sweat out the stress and take it out on a barbell (yay for crossfit).

Your favorite moment in 2015 thus far? It’s been a pretty good year so far.  It was fun taking Nora to Mexico & we look forward to many more trips as a family!

If you could build your own home and had unlimited funds, where would you build it? Either the Oregon/Washington coast, or here in Wyoming (I’ve really grown to love this state), somewhere with some acreage, lots of trees and a small pond or by the river.

What type of house would you build? Open floorpan farmhouse with a sunroom.

Do you have a favorite TV show? If yes, which’un? I don’t know if I have a fave, but there’s a few I really like: Boardwalk Empire (series is over 😦 ), True Detective, True Blood, Everybody Loves Raymond (it’s just funny!), Parks & Rec, The Office…..

Name a goal you have for 2015! Be more patient!

I nominate:

WyoWolfpack (yes I know she has few more followers than 200, BUT I am having a heck of a time finding blogs with under 200)

Sandeep

Forcing the Bloom

Cooking with Toddlers (couldn’t find how many followers, but I like the blog)

My 11 questions for the nominees are:

  1. What’s your favorite food?
  2. What’s your favorite feature about yourself, physical or not?
  3. What’s your least favorite attribute about yourself, not physical?
  4. You have one day to do anything you want (money is no object), what is it?
  5. What’s one thing you wish you had more time to do?
  6. Favorite movie?
  7. Any rituals or routines you HAVE to do everyday or you just don’t feel right?
  8. What is your dream job?
  9. What is the best meal you can cook?
  10. How long have you been blogging and why did you start it?
  11. Hopes and dreams for the next five years?

Thanks again for the nomination Jamie and I hope some of you would like to participate!

Project: shoes

I’ve had a pair of my baby/toddler shoes as part of Nora’s decor in her room and I just couldn’t quite figure out what to do with them.  An empty frame on the wall was the perfect fit!

So I superglued a D-ring on the back of each shoe to hang them.

IMG_0020And, ta-daa!!  I love how they look in the frame!

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I originally had it empty.  Which I had intentions of putting our babies initial in.  And the ‘N’ on the far right (a wood N that applied wash tape to) was what I hung in it and it was a little big and didn’t look quite right to me.  Then I got the idea to hang the shoes in it and I LOVE the way it turned out.
IMG_0019I’ve had to do some rearranging of the wall as Nora has found it quite fun to play with the pictures as we change her diaper!