I’ve Been Doing A LOT Of Not Sleeping

We have been busy… not sleeping.  We’ve been not sleeping a lot lately!  It’s really exhausting to be doing all of this not sleeping everyday!  Whew…

Due to our not sleeping, my baby girl has been very moody, and totally not interested in anything besides eating and taking lots of quicky naps.  I set her on the carpet in her play room today, and instead of immediately rolling onto her side to grab her giraffe toy, she laid on her back, didn’t move a muscle, and stared at me for 20 minutes.  No amount of prodding would convince her to play.  So I brought her into the living room, sat in my chair, and tried nursing her.  She kept drifting off, but not taking a great nap.  She won’t sleep in my lap anymore…. she wants to sleep laying down in the bed with me.  I understand, I like being upstairs better too.  I don’t mind being up there all day, but I do get quite hungry!  I need to invest in a mini fridge or some granola bars or something….

…or maybe my baby girl needs to sleep at night?  Hmm…

Tomorrow I have a play date starting at 11:30.  I’m nervous.  This is the first time in a week we’ve had plans that last a few hours.  We’ve been going up for a nap around 12:30 or 1:00 and she has been nursing for 20 minutes and napping for 2-3 hours.  What will happen tomorrow without her nap??  I mean, our nighttime sleep is pretty terrible already.  Waking up every hour and all.  I guess I will just continue to co-sleep with her in the guest bedroom until she starts sleeping longer again.  I think I’m ready for her to sleep in her crib, but there is no chance I’m getting up and running in there every hour!  Not to mention she won’t nurse in her glider, so I have to bring her into another room to nurse her….. because she won’t fall asleep without nursing!  Oh my gosh… there are so many problems with our sleeping!   Oh well… I will just say that I am SO glad that I am not having to go to work on top of this insane sleep “schedule.”  To all you mothers out there who do have to do that…. I wish I could give you all a hug and a Starbucks gift card, but since I cannot, just remember that it’s the thought that counts….

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Bad Bloggy Lady

I have been quite a bad blogger lately.  I guess there hasn’t been much going on!  My little one is still not sleeping well.  The past few nights have been pretty rough, actually.  No longer than 2.5 hours at a time.  I really think this is a growth spurt.  She is very sleepy today and has been pretty moody the past few days.  Hopefully she will be back to sleeping at least 3 hours at a time soon!

So, I have been having trouble falling asleep lately.  HOW?? Does anyone else find themselves writing blog entries in their heads before falling asleep?  Only to wake up and have all of your beautiful, perfect ideas gone?  I do this EVERY night.  It is truly crazy.  You would think I could keep a good idea in my head for more than a couple minutes, but sadly I cannot.

I don’t have much else to say…. and I’m considering trying to nap along with the little one today.  I actually napped with her in the bed yesterday.  It was amazing to take a nap.  First one in 3.5 months??  I doubt I will get a repeat, but it’s worth a shot!  Too bad she is enjoying naps around 3:00.  I’d love if she would knock out around 1:00.  I’m not going to complain about her napping though.  Whenever she wants, she can nap!

Here is a picture of Emmy fighting a dinosaur…

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Etsy What??

Well, I’ve done it.  I’ve opened my Etsy shop.  Eek.  I know my things are not the best out there, as I am just starting to really get a good groove in my crocheting, and I come up with my own patterns, but I am proud of what I’ve made.  This is what I do while the little one naps!  Makes me feel like I am doing something productive, even though I’m sitting in a chair watching TV with a drooling baby in my lap!  I hope you all will check it out!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/NikMacks

Wait A Second! Wait, A Second?!

Alright, first time mommies, how are we feeling about everyone and their mothers asking when we are going to have our second?  Who says we are going to?  Why would most of us even be thinking about something like that when our babies have yet to even sleep through the night?  Seriously.  What is up?

The worst is when they don’t straight up ask, but instead make a small comment that is meant to ask the question.  Like, yesterday I was walking by the maternity store in the mall with my mother-in-law.  I had been walking around for 30 minutes, trying to get the little one to sleep because she had not slept the night before or at all during the day.  She was finally asleep, and I was walking around like a zombie lady.  I barely realized I was even in the mall.  So when we walked by the maternity store and my mother-in-law said “you don’t need anything in there!”  And I responded “Thank goodness!”  She decided to say “Well, until the next one.  Right?!”  Seriously?  I probably couldn’t have even spelled my own name at that point, and she wants me to be thinking about having another baby?  I just… I mean… What??  My baby is THREE MONTHS OLD!!  This is not the first family member to do this either, this is just the most recent story.

Here is the deal, people of the world, not everyone can have a second child, not everyone wants a second child, or maybe even both of these things.  Quit asking people.  If a person wants a second child, they will let you know.  If they don’t want a second child, they may let you know that too, or they may just not have a second child and realize that it is none of your business how many children they have.

Rant rant rant

Me And My Drooley McGee

This is my new jam I sing with Emmy.  She loves to drool when she plays.  Not sure if it’s excitement drool or something that just happens when she lays on her back and talks, but it’s adorable.  I’m enjoying the pre-teething drool while I can.

She has also recently become obsessed with her hands.  She likes to rub them together, and hold them, and suck on them.  While I take a shower I can see her hands rising over the top of the bassinet.  She raises them up in the air and clasps them together, rubbing them around in one another.  This is helping her become a pro at grabbing and holding onto her links.  Not sure why she is still anti-putting things in her mouth, but I can totally be okay with that phase holding off for a long time!  She does, however, LOVE to lick blankets and loveys.  Got to keep an eye on that girl…

So, I want to cut my hair off.  Like, all of the hair.  I have never had my hair cut shorter than my shoulders, but I am thinking of going a little nuts with it.  Somewhere between shoulders and pixie.  Currently it is about halfway down my back.  Don’t be jealous, it doesn’t look as good, like you may be imagining.  Due to my PCOS, as my hair grows, it grows to a point.  A scraggly, thin, horrid looking point of thin hair.  Thin hair should not be long.  The biggest problem is that my hair dresser that I super trust is now almost an hour away.  No chance I could do that, so I’m going to have to trust this huge hair cut to a STRANGER!! Ah!  First world problems, right?  I know.

I almost forgot!  The little lady is also learning to roll onto her sides!  So talented!!  I am so impressed with each little thing she learns.  Babies are amazing.  Like little human sponges! Learning, learning, learning!

Three Months!

Whoa! My baby girl is three months old today!  I can’t believe how quickly AND slowly time seems to be going.  I think the only reason time seems slow is because her sleep is still wonky.  Once she is sleeping through the night (soon!?!) I’m sure time will seem to zoom by!

So, here are a couple pictures of my sweetie from this morning.  I forgot to take the picture with her 12 month hat on (showing the progression of her growing into her hat), so I will do that tomorrow.  If I remember…

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Check out this flower!  How embarrassing, mom!
Check out this flower! How embarrassing, mom!

A Real Camera

We have a real camera.  It’s used very infrequently, but my husband uploaded some of the pictures last night.  They consisted of pregnancy pictures from week 24, pictures of Emmy in the hospital, and a few others from a couple weeks ago.  It is pretty amazing to see what pictures look like taken on a nice camera instead of a phone.  They are really beautiful.  I could be biased though, since most of them are of my sweet baby girl.

Here are a few of the really good ones!  I’m pretty sure this will be the first time I’ve shown my face in the blogosphere.  Hope it’s not too scary!

Just 18 weeks ago... Amazing!
Just 18 weeks ago… Amazing!
Happy mama!
Happy mama!
4th of July
4th of July
Celebrating Fall while modeling one of my hats that I am going to try to sell on Etsy!
Celebrating Fall while modeling one of my hats that I am going to try to sell on Etsy!

 

Well, there you have it.  Just a few of my favorite photos from our long forgotten camera.  I hope to take lots more pictures with the camera so that her photo albums (if I ever get around to making one of those) will look great!

Invisible Paci

My baby loves to suck on her invisible paci.  Once she falls asleep while nursing, she continues to suck while she’s sleeping.  It is absolutely adorable.  I kind of wish she liked an actual pacifier, because I’m sure it would help sooth her more than the air does.  I’ve tried over and over again, with multiple types and shapes though. She’s having none of it.  I respect her decision…. plus she goes nuts when I even attempt to give her one.  She’s the boss!

So, a few weeks ago, we started moving her bed time up to 7:30 from 8:00 because by the time we got her into bed at 8:00, she was beyond tired.  7:30 was working for a while, but now it seems like even that is too late for her.  By the time we get into bed she is a wreck.  She’s sleeping great during the day.  She takes an early morning nap around 10:00 — usually for an hour to and hour and a half.  Then she usually takes an uber long nap in the afternoon for two-three hours.  She’s definitely sleeping enough during the day.  Not that her being extra tired by bedtime is necessarily bad.  She falls asleep quickly after her meltdown, but I don’t want her to think of bedtime as a time to be hysterical.  The hubs and I are going to move her bath time up ten minutes and get her into bed ten minutes earlier to see how that works for her.

Also, I am personally not a fan of bed sharing, or co-sleeping, or whatever else people are calling it these days (because I am 95% sure that I would injure her.  I sleep HARD), but I will say that I do not feel ready to put her in her own room.  I still wake up a few times a night to check on her.  I’m obviously not ready to have two doors between us at night.  I wonder if I ever will be?  I mean, the dogs sleep in the room with us, so why should she have to sleep by herself?  Seems unfair.  I don’t want her to be lonely.  Or…. I just don’t want her away from me…. I’m betting it’s the latter.  I think she will be in our room until at least five months… longer if she still fits in her bassinet. Tehehe…

So, when did you move your baby into another room?  Was the transition smooth?

We’ve Got A Mover!

No, it’s not crawling.  She’d have to be able to pick that big ol’ head up off the floor for that.  No, it’s a sort of wiggle.  It seems quite effective at helping her move in a counter clockwise circle.  I set her on her rug, with toys set to her right (because that’s her favorite side), and went to the bathroom.  When I got back, she was in this position…

Looky what I can do!
Looky what I can do!

Imagine my surprise!! First time she’s done anything like this.  Little wiggle worm on my hands!  So exciting!

Now she is passed out for her afternoon nap in my lap.  Love my little lady!

 

 

Normal People Pants — Kind Of — Not Really…

Okay, so, my maternity pants are all dirty.  I’m not sure why this is happening, but ever since we moved into this house, my clothes tend to come out of the wash smelling… weird.  Like vomit.  JUST my clothes.  Emmy’s, mine, and my husbands can all be in the wash together, and mine come out stinking.  It doesn’t happen every time either.  Am I leaking some kind of hormone into my clothes that makes the smell like vomit when fused with detergent??  What is the deal?!

Anyway, my pants are all dirty.  I have a skirt, but wasn’t feeling it.  I grabbed my largest “normal people pants” and quietly said “pleeeeease” to myself.  Well, they went over the thighs!  STEP ONE!  (This is the first time I’ve been able to do this)  Then I went to button them.  Not even close, but I remembered the early pregnancy trick…. a hair tie through the button hole and around the button! WIN!  Sure, my butt crack hangs out when I sit down, but I will take it.  Just don’t look at my butt crack, k?