Sleep Training Diary

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The past 8 months, we have been having quite a bit of trouble getting baby Liam to sleep through the night. First he was a newborn then he started sleeping all night like normal… then he got sick, then he started getting teeth, then we traveled, then he got sick again, then he got more teeth and finally he just seemed to have gotten in a bad habit of not being able to put himself back to sleep. It makes it super hard when you never seem like you get a full nights sleep. So, after making sure he’s not sick or in pain from teeth and its just a middle of the night habit, we began to do some re-sleep training. I am a super light sleeper and cannot sleep if my baby is crying even if dad is helping him. So each night I lie awake watching him on the baby camera, waiting to see if he can try to put himself to sleep. I usually spend those wee hours looking at social media. That gets old and not too much updating at 2 am so I started a little diary while I was awake with my most intimate middle of the night sleep re-training thoughts.  I hope no one takes it too seriously and gets a bit of a little laugh.

Night 1. It is 3:30 am. Liam is not really crying but not really sleeping. Watching him on the camera until he falls back to sleep on his own…20 min tonight. Now he’s awake again at 5:30. Hungry. Not much to do except be awake too. Everyone else is sleeping. Im tired. 6:20 hubby offered to go watch tv with him.

Night 2. 1:30 am. Liam is doing the same thing. Lets hope faster fall asleep. Jake keeps coughing. YES! Only 15 min tonight. I hope we are making progress.  Liam woke up Jake… thank goodness he’s a good sleeper! 3am and Jake came down. I jinxed myself. I think he doesn’t feel well. 4:45am. Liam’s awake again. SOB! what a terrible night. I don’t think i’ve slept at all. I can see Liam yawning. Did I mention it’s officially Mothers Day now too. Im just going to nurse him at this point I’m too tired and the hubby is snoring anyway. 5:15… all boys asleep… maybe ill get a few hours. I really wanted to go to the beach today. (Jake had a bad dream and I was able to get enough sleep to go to the beach.)

Night 3. Holy shit! Is it really 6:00am?! Did Liam really sleep all night?! Omg I’m so happy!

Night 4. 3:30 am. Not luckily enough to have an all night repeat… damn…sadness. 15 min now…he’s getting louder not sure if I continue to let him try to go to sleep or go up there…going up there. He’s crying hard. Broke down and nursed him. Maybe he was randomly hungry. 4:08 am now and hoping to sleep until morning. Morning wake up at 6:44. Not bad except the 3:30 problem.

Night 5… it is 5:44 am. Seeing if hell fall back to sleep but he’s probably hungry. He did way better. A little early but at least he slept all night.

Night 6… 2:05 am. He’s doing his sleep whining. Waiting for him to put himself back to sleep. I just cant understand why we cant always sleep all night. ☹ Update… 2:21 am he’s looking around, rolling, standing and crying on and off. 30 minutes to fall back asleep (at least i think he is now). 2:51 am. I have no idea if I’m doing the right things to get him to sleep. Broke down and I’m downstairs rocking him. Maybe he’s got a cold like jake? Teeth? Do i give him tylenol? Ugh I’m tired frustrated and have no idea after 8 months and a kid before. The cat keeps bothering my feet now too. Ended up waking the hubby for help. I needed someone to help me figure out whats going on. Determined he’s not feeling well. Gave some meds and let him nurse. 3:43 am and I’m going back to sleep. (We concluded he had an upset/gassy tummy)

Night 7: Its 6 am!! He slept all night!

 

That was just the nights this past week. I am hoping we get a night 7 repeat going. 🙂 Over Mother’s Day weekend, I bribed Jake with fruit snacks to do a mommy and me photo shoot. I do really love these boys more than anything… sleep or sleepless nights included. IMG_8413IMG_8423^He discovered he loved pushing the self timer button and kept running back and forth.^

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Hope you other sleepless moms out there know you are not alone. Let’s raise our Starbucks and cheers to all the hard working mama’s out there. Until next week, XOXO.

Mom Hair Inspo and Thoughts

This week I have been so busy. Liam is cutting teeth again and isn’t sleeping well. I hope he gets done soon. I’m new to this teeth issue. Jake’s didn’t seem to bother him at all. At least Liam is happy during the day. Just has a bit of trouble going back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night. But really this week I feel like we’ve just been running around everywhere! I have several projects I have been trying to work on but I really haven’t found a good balance of when to get them done yet. One day this week Liam randomly didn’t take his nap and now today Jake isn’t napping. And now on top of the boys and the animals to take care of, it’s also been sooo dry down here that a bunch of our trees are dying and we have to make sure to water them all the time. SOOO much stuff right now!

I think alot of time most everyone thinks I am a crazy stressed out person who needs a break. Actually I love staying home and taking care of everyone… well I could really care less about the trees. I am not normally crazy either, it is just hard when people question what I do or try to confuse me. And I do get stressed out but not usually from the boys; I get myself stressed out about what other people think of me. I have a hard time and worry that everyone thinks I am a crazy bad mom who doesn’t do the right things for my kids. I also know I am not the only mama that worries about these things and with Mother’s Day approaching, make sure to tell mama’s you know how much you appreciate what they do and that they are doing a good job. I know it will mean tons to anyone.

But since I didn’t work on any projects to post about. I thought I’d share some hair inspo with you all. I don’t like to just wear leggings or yoga pants and top knots all the time. I do enjoy staying up to date with fashion and looking good. That is something important to myself and goes a long way to make me feel good. I spent my tiny naptime break yesterday searching pinterest for hair ideas. Some of these I have actually tried in some way or another and are pretty easy to do.

and here were some tutorials on how to do some easy mom friendly hair styles. As you can see I love the braid option especially since it’s so hot down here.

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I have tried a simpler version of this Pull thru braid and I just love the look of it. It really doesn’t take too long to do and give your side braid or pigtail braids a nice full look!

I also like this Braid into ponytail too. It is harder for me to do and mine never turns out quite as good as hers. But I still like the look and its just adds a little bit to a boring ponytail.

Here are some pics of different times I’ve tried these various styles and other fun braids.

And not to forget the classic mom go to top knot or messy bun or pony. I’ve tried to make mine not so lazy looking as well. Heres a few different tries.

Anyway just sharing a few of my go to mom hair styles and maybe inspiring a few of you to try them as well! Until next week, I’ll be enjoying mom life. XOXO.

Strollin’

We spend a ton of time driving the Little Blue Truck all around the driveway and sidewalks around the house. We got Jake the Little Tikes Cozy Truck for his first birthday and he just loves it. If anyone is struggling for a first bday idea, I highly recommend the truck or the coupe from Little Tikes. Super durable too! It has worked out perfectly since The Little Blue Truck books are some of his most favorite books. “Mama! I want to go drive my Little Blue Truck!”

For little guys, we have quite the small car and bike road ways. I always think it would be funny to see our little parade and I decided to set the timer on my camera and capture it. Randomly, it was not going well but my hubby showed up and snapped a few pics for me. I am glad whenever I get to see pictures of me with the boys too. Since I enjoy taking photos, I am rarely in my own pictures and they usually don’t turn out as nice as they would if I had taken them. A bit of a photographer’s dilemma. Well anyway here are a few pics of our Little Blue Truck Parade… I especially like this first one because we got Emma dog in it too. She will follow or led Jake anywhere!

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And just for some extra fun are a couple more snaps of the boys and I at St. Petersburg Sunken Gardens. They were really not into pictures.

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I am still working on a few new projects but we just returned from a little vacation up north to visit family. One day it will be nice to see family more often and then actually get a chance to travel to new places on vacation!

Until next week, XOXO!

Kitchen Helper Stool

It is so fun to have a little kitchen helper lately. I know he isn’t much of an actual helper and actually makes more work for me, but I love spending time with this wonderful little man. 2015-10-28 09.24.57

^Don’t worry! I was right there the whole time. He was not in danger of falling off the chair. ^

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I wanted to make something that my son could stand on and “help” me cook in the kitchen instead of just a chair. It is sooo much easier to have him right there playing with the measuring cups or helping stir than running around and climbing everything while I try to cook dinner. I saw some cool Ikea hacks made from the step stool. I decided to make my own. It was pretty simple to make and works great! My husband helped with the adding on to it so it is done a pretty professional, but you can make one without the fancy wood working.

First I built the basic stool from Ikea.

Next I turned it over to my hubby who added the railing on the top. Jake and Emma helped. Well, they tried at least.

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He made holes for the railing posts to go.

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Measure twice, Cuss once 😉

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2015-11-08 12.57.442015-11-08 12.53.48We put a lower railing on the stool because Jake really likes to climb and we thought it might help keep him contained better. Depending on what you want to do, you do not need the secondary railing.

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After all the assembling we had to wait for the glue and wood putty to dry. Then of course some sanding. You do not want sharp corners and edge if a child is climbing on it.

Then the final step was painting. You can paint or stain any color or combo of colors you want. The nice thing about the stool is that it is unfinished wood so it is very versatile. I did a combo of two colors, River Rock and Sailor Blue, to create a cool effect. Make sure you do a top coat to seal it so you can wipe it down after using without worrying about messing up the paint.2015-11-10 15.21.372015-11-10 15.22.062015-11-10 15.21.542015-11-10 16.36.142015-11-10 16.36.27

And we tested it out by making a Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake of course!

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The Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake was delicious. I highly recommend it. These faces prove it was tasty…

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Until next week, XOXO.