The Wanna Be Health Nut

Living life one day at a time in a healthy way

2 Days until 11 Months October 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 6:16 pm

Since my last post, Sydney has literally made strides in her walking. She no longer crawls except while going upstairs, she is now a full-time walker. She spends her days walking back and forth from the living room to the kitchen to the eat-in kitchen carrying various toys in her hands. Sometimes she stops to clap or wave at me or to tug on me to pick her up.

Naps have improved drastically. Her typical schedule is a nap around 9:30-10 for 1 hr.-1 hr., 15 min. and then a 2nd nap for 45 minutes or so. This still varies by day though as some days she will not go to sleep for a 2nd nap and just plays in her crib for an hour.

She has become a very happy and even more vivacious baby who is obviously on the verge of being a toddler. We just took her to the pumpkin patch for the first time and she was a bit overwhelmed, but ended up getting a few good pictures.

Her favorite foods now include: pasta, cheerios, whole wheat pancakes; obviously she is on a carb kick :).

Nighttime Sleep- Sydney is still not technically sleeping through the night. She will sleep all of the way through about once a week, but most nights she wakes up once for a small, 5-6 minute feeding and then falls right back to sleep. I still don’t mind it too much, but at 12 months we are going to work on night-weaning the week of Thanksgiving while Ralph is off of school so that he can go in to her and calm her down if she does wake to eat.

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Almost 10 months and a walker!!! September 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 10:58 pm

Big news, Sydney started walking on September 7th at 9 1/2 months!!! I knew it was going to happen any day and now she is taking steps to and from everything, though to get around quickly, she still prefers to crawl. 

Her naps are more consistent with 2 aday anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, 5 minutes. Some afternoons, she refuses to go down though and I fear that means she is almost ready to transition to 1 nap, but I’m holding on until she is at least 12 months, fingers crossed.

Sydney is the most amazing little girl and we couldn’t ask for a more wonderful daughter. Her belly laughs are the most wonderful sound on the planet and I love her smile with her 6 big-girl teeth :). 

She loves people food and her favorites include avocado, all meat(if she can feed it to herself), Cheerios, puffs, and most fruits and vegetables. If it is on my plate, she is especially fond of it :). 

 

Almost 9 months August 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 11:02 pm

Our round of visitors are now gone after a fun 3 weeks. As anxious as I was about Sydney’s naps and so forth, things actually went relatively well and I think made me a little less anxious in general.  Though we were basically transitioned down to 2 naps, we have had about a week of getting back into the swing of things with 3 30 minute naps. Some nights we have been able to get her down around 6:30 or so as opposed to 5:45 which makes for a nicer wake up. Today, she surprised us with nap #1 lasting 1 hour, 12 minutes and the 2nd nap lasting 40  minutes. I don’t anticipate them being like this from now on, but they are nice when she extends them just a little so that I can get something done :). She is still not walking, just pulling up on absolutely everything in sight, the tv stand, walls, cabinets, the stove, fridge, windowsills, etc.

Sydney has really turned into such a happy baby and we love to hear her laugh. She loves to play hide and seek and within the past week has really started babbling. She makes pa, Ba, da, and ga sounds almost all day long. She is very inquisitive and never sits still unless she is sleeping.

 

8 months July 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 5:59 pm

We have been working on nap transitions for 3 weeks now and they seem to be going well, at least well for Sydney, haha. We currently have family in town and yesterday she went from 10:45 until 5:30 bedtime awake. We went to the mall for quite a few hours and once she was tired at her normal nap time in the stroller, I had to carry her the rest of the time in the Baby Bjorn. I thought that she would for sure fall asleep on me, but no, not my girl.

On days we aren’t out and about, a good day consists of 2-1 hour naps around 9 and 1, with bedtime around 5:45 or so. Most days the 1st nap is 45 min.-1:30 and the 2nd one is usually another 45 minutes or so. At this point, I feel like I have done everything possible to soothe her, put her down at the appropriate times, etc.

I have let myself be ridden with such anxiety over her napping and schedule that it is ridiculous. If she has an off day, there is always another :). Babies schedules change so quickly anyway that if something is frustrating you, there is always something else around the corner :).

We are almost walking– Sydney has taken 2 steps, but then falls. I’m hoping walking will happen while Gma and her aunties are here within the next 10 days or so.

 

7 1/2 months July 3, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 12:30 am

Major topic of issue yet again: NAPS

We had a good few weeks with some pretty decent 1st and 2nd naps of roughly 1 hour-1 hour 30 minutes each. The 3rd nap has always been short and pretty fitful, but about 2 weeks ago, it involved screaming and crying for 30-45 minutes. As of yesterday, we decided to increase Sydney’s awake time from 2,2.5, 3 to 3 hours and start her on 2 naps. Hopefully everything will work itself out and we will all be happier. Updates to come in a few weeks after we see how this goes. Wish us luck!!!

 

It’s Been a bit: Months 6-7 June 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 10:42 pm

Since my last post, Sydney began crawling just about a week after she turned 6 months and started pulling up onto furniture just one week after that. She just turned 7 months on Sunday and is working on perfecting her pulling up skills and scooting across furniture while standing. Way too soon if you ask me, but I knew she was a go-getter from the beginning.

Night sleep- About a week ago, she began having a dream feed around 9-10 and then sleeping through the night until 6 am, woo hoo :). We tried letting her go from 6 to 6, but she was still waking around 11 or 12 to eat, so we decided that we would rather feed her before we head to bed as opposed to being woken up by her within an hour after going to sleep. Next comes the sleeping through the night, officially. 

Naps- Still not perfect, but they have gotten better. We do have some days where she will take up to a 2 hour nap in one stint, but others they top off at 45 minutes. They are still pretty all over the place, but most times there isn’t 30 minutes of crazy crying beforehand. I think I have pretty much got her awake time down, but as always she is a bit unpredictable for naps, so from day to day, I really don’t know what to expect. As of 2 weeks ago, most days she is omitting the 3rd nap by crying in the crib the whole time, so we are working on that transition which won’t be ideal until the other 2 naps move a bit later and not leaving her awake for 5 hours before bed because her 2nd nap ended at 1 pm. 

 

Super Busy December 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — tiffers81 @ 2:58 am

Since having my daughter on November 17, 2011, the last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind. The days and nights run together and I’m pretty sure the lack of sleep doesn’t help with keeping things straight, haha. I haven’t had a full nights’ rest since November 15, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. She is the most wonderful blessing that we could have ever asked for. My reading now consists of books such as “Breastfeeding Made Simple”, “Happiest Baby on the Block”, and “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby.” I now have to plan “to-do’s” between her feedings and naps such as writing thank you notes and taking a shower.

I chose to breastfeed and though the first week and a half involved countless crying sessions, I’m glad that I stuck with it and it has definitely become much easier now that we are 3 1/2 weeks in. She still favors one side, but luckily I have been able to produce enough from one side alone to keep her happy and have her gaining on average 10 oz a week. I go to the lactation center every Monday to check her weight to make sure that she is gaining what she needs to be.

Other than that, I lost all of my pregnancy weight plus some 9 days postpartum (26 lbs) and am now in the process of trying to tone things back up because some things are a little looser and flabbier than they were pre-pregnancy. In order to begin running again, I started the C25K program and am currently on week one. I’m taking things easy because I did have a 2nd degree laceration and did have to be stitched up, so until I get the all clear in 3 weeks at my ob appt., I’ll take it one step at a time :).