Thursday, January 20, 2011

I give in

Cloee is now 8 ½ weeks old. Her daily routine seems to be wake up between 7-8 to eat (depending on prior feeding, she usually eats every 3 hours) she stays up for a little bit, sits in the swing and then drifts off to sleep for a little while. Throughout the day she eats every 2 ½ to 3 hours and cat naps all through the day. Sometimes I can get her to sleep in her bed but never for more than an hour and other times I have to calm her by placing her in her bouncer and placing it on top of the washer while the washer and dryer are both going. She cant hold her pacifier for anything but obviously wants it bc she sucks the town out of it and cries when she drops it and is instantly soothed when she has it (when one of us are holding it in her mouth for her). Many days she insists on being held and will cry and scream if not being held and nothing will soothe her except just being held close with the binky between you and her holding it in.



Night time is where my dilemma really starts after her evening feeding usually between 8-10 it takes 2 hours to calm her down. She isn't happy in bed, being held, in the swing, on the washer or anywhere she just is fussy and absolutely has to be held. Pretty much we have found the only way we are getting any sleep at all is to just give in and let her sleep on one of us. Shes happy if she is sleeping on mine or daddys chest. The past 2 weeks she has actually slept for one 5-7 hour stretch. Making it 7-9 hours in between feeding which is GREAT! However its only if she is sleeping on one of us. I have been at my wits end trying to force her to sleep on her own, sleep in her bed, sleep anywhere but on me. Ive been grumpy, irritated, frustrated and have said selfishly said I never ever want another child bc I never want to go through this again. Im too old and I need my sleep! Well today randomly I came to the realization (or had a revelation idk which) to just give in and let things happen naturally! Right now what Cloee needs is mommys unselfish loving comforts and danget that's what im gonna give her. I just refuse to lay my 8 week old baby in her bed and just let her cry till she figures out to just go to sleep. I know lots of people do it and their kids are fine for it but I never let Benjamin cry it out why should I make Cloee? I never even put Benjamin in his own room until he was 6 months old. And when I did he magically started sleeping 10-12 hours straight through and has ever since. Of course it was easier with Benjamin because I didn't actually have to hold him on my chest but he did sleep either next to me in the boppy or in his bassinet right next to me still propped up on his boppy till he started moving more then I started laying him flat. Benjamin also loved to be swaddled, Cloee on the other hand hates it and fights and fights till shes free. She even gets frustrated if I use the little pads that wont let her roll.



With Benjamin I was always worried about what he was doing compared to what everyone and every book said he should be doing. I was worried about him not liking tummy time thinking OMG hes never gonna learn to crawl because he hates being on his stomach. But eventually in his own timing he started loving tummy time and then eventually started crawling. Every baby is different and every baby needs just as much love and attention and spoiling as the prior one. So yea I give in and im gonna quit trying to force it and just let it happen naturally. I will continue to keep letting her take naps in there and daily try to put her in her crib to sleep and try other ways but if they simply won't work im not going to exhaust myself in trying to figure out how to make it happen and just believe that in time its gonna all work out, just the same as it has with Benjamin. So what if I have to hold her for a few more weeks at least shes sleeping at least 5 hours at a time and at least she knows shes safe and loved and not just left alone to figure it out all by herself at less than 3 months old. I am going to cherish the times of getting to hold her to sleep because I know they wont last forever. I remember wishing Benjamin would let me snuggle him when he got more independent. Stages are just that, they are stages they don't last forever, they come and they go and one day I will wake up and wonder where the heck the time has gone and wish for the days when I could just hold her in my arms all night. I know this special time wont last forever and I decided to cherish it while it lasts!


Misty Marie

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fab Friday!

Today is Fab Friday!  It is for sure fabulous! Why? Well several reasons! 
1st I am 1/10th of the way toward my weight loss goal!  Down 10 lbs! Just 20 more to go to get to a closet full of cute clothes that have been awaiting me since I got pregnant with Benjamin! Once I loose 50 I wont have any clothes to wear! yay!  But luckily i have a closet full of clothes that will fit me when i loose 20-50 lbs! Cant wait to get out of these frumpy mommy clothes and be cute again!

2nd the hubs and I get to spend an entire 2 days without our beautiful children!  Tomorrow morning starts our Yellow Ribbon weekend where we get to go have our head filled with knowledge of the upcoming deployment and the kidos are staying with my mom for a full 2 days!  Be praying for her! I hope they are good and don’t both have fits at the same time!!! 

3rd we are almost 1/3rd of the way through our 21 day fast and it has been great to focus on God and not ourselves for once!  I have actually been reading my Bible every day and praying and having my heart set on a specific focus for change and breakthrough in 2 areas of our lives!  I am so thankful for a church that challenges us to put God first and spend the first of the year doing something that brings focus on him! 

4th Cloee slept 5-6 hours straight 2 nights in a row! Praying this keeps up! Its been from 9ish to 2ish and its been beautiful to get a little bit more sleep at a time! She usually wakes up every 2 ½ to 3 hours! I’m anxiously awaiting the day that she sleeps 8 hours straight or even better 11-13 like her brother!!!

I could go on  and on with things that make today fab but now its time to put down the computer and get to cleaning! And packing!  Hope everyone has a Fab Friday!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pan Seared Whole Wheat Bean Burritos

Here is another 'healthy Daniel Fast' approved meal! MMM

Pan Seared Whole Wheat Bean Burritos

Refried Beans
Whole Grain Whole Wheat Tortillas
Coconut Oil 
Put one tablespoon of Coconut oil in pan and heat
Brown Onions in skillet then sit aside
Roll Refried Beans in Tortilla and place in pan folded side down until brown and then flip and repeat
Dip in Fresh made Guacamole and Salsa! MMM

Packing again

Ever since we found out the hubs was going to be deployed we have been trying to decide if we wanted to move to a new house or stay put.  The house we live in now has some great benefits but also some huge sucky aspects!  Our master bedroom is stinking HUGE! And we aren’t ever gonna find one this big again in an affordable house but we have NO closet space and in the summer sucky window units that can’t keep it cool, so we decided to go on the hunt for a new house!  For a few months I have really been believing that the perfect house for the perfect price in the perfect location would come available at just the right time!

Well we found a perfect little place for a perfect little price and its right around the block from my mom!  Living close to my mom while the hubs is deployed is going to be a huge help! Not to mention our monkey simply adores his papa and they are best buds and this will make it that much easier for them to hang out!!!
The house has a few ugly side effects and it’s a little smaller than I’m used to but I figure it’s more likely going to be just for a year.  When the hubs gets back from Afghanistan heaven knows where we will be stationed.

So now the packing begins and as I start the process I realize I have done this way to many times in my life!  In the last 10 years I have moved 14 times! HOLY COW!  I guess I was just getting prepared for my life as a military wife!  

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Zucchini & Squash Wheat Rotini

Here is a random healthy Daniel Fast Approved Yummy creation I made for dinner tonight!

Veggie Wheat Rotini

1 Squash (sliced)
1 Zucchini (sliced)
1 Large Onion (sliced)
1 13oz box of whole wheat Rotini (cooked and drained)
1 15oz can of tomato sauce
Season to your liking (I used a tomato garlic marinade with olive oil)

(can be made with any veggie combo desired)

Cook veggies in marinade (or an oil based salad dressing like vinaigrette) until tender
Mix cooked Rotini, cooked veggies & 1 can of tomato sauce and serve

Monday, January 3, 2011

Healthy Veggie Stew!

Today is the 1st day of our 21 day 'Daniel Fast' and I made a yummy veggie stew! Here is the recipe!

1 large can of Whole Tomatoes (drained and torn apart)
1 large can of Diced Tomatoes (drained)
4 15oz cans of Tomato Sauce
1/2 a head of cabbage (chopped)
1 large bag of frozen Okra
1 small bag of frozen corn
5 small red potatoes (diced and boiled separately to help soften then drianed)
Williams Chili Seasoning and Sea Salt to taste

You can add which ever veggies you want these are just the few I choose for today!

Place all tomatoes in large pot add Williams chili seasoning and sea salt to taste
Add all veggies and simmer till all are tender! MMM Good!!!!