The Wanna Be Health Nut

Living life one day at a time in a healthy way

5 months old: Weeks 18-23 April 27, 2012

Filed under: baby,baby sleep patterns — tiffers81 @ 5:19 pm

Sydney has now become proficient at rolling both ways. She perfected the tummy to back roll at about 17 weeks and has been doing it more and more. She now rolls all over the place and just yesterday, managed to roll into the coffee table and into a wall. I did not leave her for extended period of time, literally just turned my back for 15 seconds.

Her sleeping is still not great. Ralph and I are now ready for her to sleep longer periods at night because we are tired of being tired. She typically heads to bed at 6 and eats at 9 or so whenever we head to bed, around 1 or 2 and then around 6 when we all wake up for the day. Typing it out it doesn’t sound too bad, but not getting continuous segments of sleep does wear on you. If I could just drink a pot of coffee in the mornings to get me going, it would be okay, but since I am still breastfeeding and I have determined that she is sensitive to caffeine, I try to avoid it at all costs and just walk around sluggishly at times.

We just PCSed to Syracuse, NY, so we are trying to find a new pediatrician for her and hopefully one that we like. We have already decided that noone can compare to Dr. Popp at Leon Springs Pediatrics.

She is starting to lift herself up on her arms very high and I think that crawling may occur sometime within the next month or so, but we will see.

Other than that, when she does get the rest she needs, she is a smiley, happy baby. But when she doesn’t her nickname quickly becomes fuss bucket and the only place she is happy is in our arms. I’m thinking that since last night’s sleep was all over the place, that today might be one of those days.

 

4 months and a 10-Miler March 17, 2012

Filed under: baby,baby sleep patterns,Running — tiffers81 @ 8:58 pm

Today, my beautiful Sydney is 4 months old and I ran my first race since 2010.

We have still been struggling with naps, regardless of when I put her down, she just does not want to take them. She is still sleeping pretty well through the night at about 11-13 hours a night. Within the past few weeks she has started noticing everything around her and becomes easily distracted, especially while breastfeeding. My solution for it so far has been to take her to our darkened bedroom just so she will focus on eating as opposed to looking all around her. Last week, she started rolling from back to front at 16 weeks, but we are still working on front to back.

The run today— Surprisingly, I had a really good pace(for me) at 11 minutes a miles all of the way until Mile 6, when everything started going downhill. I had to go to bathroom badly and there was no port-a-potty until the finish line which made it very uncomfortable those last few miles. I had to walk up a hill around Mile 6.5 and my left knee started giving me trouble as I tried to run again. Once the knee started hurting, I was able to maybe run .20 more until I had to walk to the finish, ugh. I was very sad and had hoped to finish strong and running, but I guess it wasn’t the day for that. My goal was to finish though and I did, so I guess I can just wait until next time for a better finish.

 

14 weeks February 22, 2012

Filed under: baby,baby sleep patterns — tiffers81 @ 11:52 pm

For the past 3 weeks or so, it has been difficult to get Sydney to even calm down and take a nap on me. Around the time that started, I began reading baby books trying to figure out how to get her to nap either in her playpen or her crib so that I could get a chance to do something while Ralph was at work. We tried putting her in her crib for about 2 weeks and regardless of how we approached it, a lot of crying was involved and it was just extremely exhausting overall. I know that it wont be easy, but I am half-hoping she will grow out of it or in the next few weeks we will try it again with hopefully less crying involved. I love my little girl to pieces and hearing her cry just breaks my heart. She goes down very well at night and typically sleeps for 11-12 hours waking once, maybe twice to nurse.

** On a different note, starting Monday evening it is as if she is going through a growth spurt. She was up every 2.5 hours nursing that night and for the past 2 days she has been nursing every 2 hours or so. Of course it just so happens that Ralph is out of town, so that makes me one tired momma, though it hasn’t been quite as difficult as I thought it would be for me without him.

 

Checking In January 16, 2012

Filed under: baby,baby sleep patterns — tiffers81 @ 4:07 pm
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At this point, Sydney is 8weeks and 4 days old and things have definitely changed. Since about week 6, the crying from 9 pm to 1 am has ceased and I’m not exactly sure why. Was it gassiness all along? I will admit that I wasn’t the best burper in the world and still am not, but I have been working on it and manage to now pat her harder in an attempt to get a burp out. The whole time I was just afraid of hitting her too hard. She now goes to sleep around 9 pm every evening and if a little fussiness persists, we will give her a pacifier and if all attempts fail and we know she needs sleep, we will bring in the Swaddle Me. I’m not a fan of the swaddler whatsoever because I feel it looks like she is in a straightjacket, but if it gives her a few hours of really good, much needed sleep, then I am ok with it on occasion. Over the past 8 1/2 weeks, we have had to use it maybe 10 times or so, which isn’t too bad.

The sleep factor has gotten much better for us, we are now able to sleep for at least two 4 to 5 hours intervals at night. That pattern is much easier to keep up than being up every 2 hours to feed or even every 3 1/2 hours. At this point in time though, Sydney is having trouble going down for naps. She has no problem falling asleep and staying asleep in my arms, but once I stand up to put her down or put her down, her eyes pop wide open and she is wailing within minutes. As a result, I get absolutely nothing done besides eat breakfast and lunch while my husband is at work. She currently does not like going in her swing while awake and doesn’t like the baby carrier, so that leaves me holding her in my arms all day long, which makes for a very tiring day.

I plan to work on a few new tactics this week for naps in hopes that I can get something done, whether it be an exercise DVD or cleaning the bathroom, anything. Sydney’s 2 month checkup is tomorrow and I am very excited to see how much she has grown, but a little nervous about the fact that she will be receiving her first round of shots. Fingers crossed that all goes well.