Sleep Training Success

October 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm (Intro) (, , )

The first night LO cried for over an hour before settling to sleep. Then she woke up at 11:15 and needed several visits to go back to sleep.

The second night she cried for about five minutes after we put her to bed, and then went to sleep.

The third night, she fussed for just a few minutes before going to sleep.

Fast forward a few nights.

Last night, she fussed while we put her pajamas on her, and then didn’t fuss as we left, including after.

Tonight she didn’t fuss at all, and even waved to us after cuddling up with her Paci-Cat and a sall bottle.

By Jove, I think this was a success. Now, can somebody please tell me why we waited this long to sleep train our little one?


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Sleep Training Round 2

October 16, 2014 at 10:11 pm (Intro) (, )

Last night wasn’t too bad. She woke once at 11:15 and took less than 20 minutes to fall back to sleep.

Tonight she cried for about 2 minutes, and when we checked on her 10 minutes later, she had grabbed some toys and put them in bed with her. When we left, she cried for about 2 minutes. It’s been 20 minutes and we are a little afraid to go check on her.

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Run Baby Run

September 7, 2014 at 9:29 pm (Intro) (, , )

So in April, I had this crazy idea that I wanted to run a 5k in May, so I found one that would be two days before my birthday, just before Mother’s Day. What made this such a crazy idea?

~ I have never been a runner, ever.

~ I am overweight by more pounds than I am comfortable admitting.

~ I’ve broken my right foot twice, stress fractures both times.

~ I don’t like running.


But I did the race, and it was fun, even though I was so so so sore after.  And this sparked an even crazier idea, that I wanted to do 10 of these races before my next birthday.  So I’ve been signing up for these races, and this is where I am so far:

1) Mother’s Day Run – El Sobrante – 5k – May 11, 2014 – Ran with Hubs

2) Run Like  a Diva – Burlingame –  5k – June 1, 2014 – Ran with my mom

3) Davis Moo-nlight Run – Davis – 10k – July 12, 2014 – Ran with a friend and her running club

4) Susan B Anthony Run – Sacramento – 5k – August 9, 2014 – Ran solo

5) Walnut Creek Run – Walnut Creek – 5k – September 7, 2014 – Ran with Hubs, pushed LO in the stroller

Future Races

6) Rock’n’Roll Run – San Jose – 5k – October 4, 2014 – Will run solo

7) Oktobrewfest – Davis – 5k – Will run with friend

8) Not yet planned

9) Not yet planned

10) Neverland 5k – Disneyland!!! – 5k – Will run with hubs, sis-in-law, and future bro-in-law


At the halfway point, I have determined that 10k’s are well beyond me. I had to pull over to be sick twice after the Davis run, so we won’t be repeating that.  The Run Like a Diva series is an absolute blast and I want to do it again.  My times aren’t getting much better, but I am also not training, so there’s a correlation there.

If you know of any races in November through April that you think I might like, let me know!  I’m willing to travel around the Bay Area, and don’t mind running solo. Also, we’re planning on the Disney race being race 10, but at this pace it could be race 12 or even 14, which is kinda awesome.  

Here’s our band of merry races from the Walnut Run today.100_2607

And our happy little runner who stayed in her stroller for the run, but was out and about before and after.100_2610

All in all, I still don’t like running, but doing these races is a lot of fun.


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Challenges of parenting

March 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm (Intro) (, , , )

Being a parent is a challenge.  Make the child an infant, toss in parents who both work, and stir in a pile of other obligations and life is very challenging. That’s my apology for not being on here much lately! Instead of posting some original thoughts, I thought I’d share what others have written, specifically about raising a little girl.


This post discusses not judging mothers and the importance of relying on Christ.


The importance of raising Godly girls and the challenge of modesty. 


This is a Dove video (yeah, the soap commercial) that shows the transition from an average person to a photoshopped ad on a billboard. This is so eye-opening!

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Baby A’s update

February 14, 2013 at 9:22 am (Intro) (, , )

I no longer have a newborn. Instead, I have a sweet, angel-baby infant.   I realized this about 2 weeks ago, and it made me sad. This was about the time that she truly outgrew clothes and I had to sort through the next box of apparel for her to transition new items in. 



As of today, I am the proud mom of a 7 1/2 week old. She’s gotten to be a lot of fun this past week! She actually bats at her toys on her play gym, and she tracks us and her toys when we hold them up.  She laughs and smiles, and gurgles to herself.  I tell Hubs that she’s trying to talk to us.  Baby A has decided that she loves her bath time, and we have “swimming practice” at the end, where we lower the water level to just a few inches and let he chill on her back in the tub.  I’m in the tub with her, so it’s safe. She just loves splashing with her feet and arms.  She’s come a long way since this:


Baby A also has learned to kick, oh has she learned to kick!  We’ll put her down on her back and rub her tummy and she’ll kick her legs as hard as she can.  Usually her right legs just wiggles up a storm! 

Baby A did a great job sleeping last night. She’s been sleeping about 5-51/2 hours and then waking for a bottle before going down for another 2-3 hours.  Last night she outdid herself though. Hubs put her to bed at 10:30, and she woke when I turned the lights on at 11:30. She didn’t fuss, but I gave her an ounce of milk anyways, hoping to “top up” her tummy.  She went right back to sleep and didn’t wake until 6. That’s 6 1/2 hours of sleep!  She ate 3 ounces very quickly, and dozed back off. She’s just now starting to stir, at 8 a.m.  LO sleeps swaddled in her rock’n’play next to the bed.  We’ve tried a few naps in the crib, but she doesn’t sleep as well there and I’m not ready to push the issue.  Besides, I like being able to watch her sleep. 

She’s just over 22″ long now, and Hubs swears that she must be near 11 pounds. I refuse to find out because that just seems like so much! I’m guessing she is around 10 pounds though. Image


Her nicknames include Snuffle-butt (lots of sniffles), punkin, sweetcheeks, and Princess Fuss-butt.  She doesn’t fuss a lot and is such a sweet baby.  The only time she gets loud is when she wants to be fed or is fighting sleep and I kinda figure that’s our fault for not having her food ready for her or helping her get to sleep sooner. We’re working on it!

Being a parent is such a bigger blessing than I ever realized!  Our Little Miss is an absolute sweetheart and I’ve had people exclaim over how active she is, how sweet and well behaved, and of course over how adorable. I had no idea that Hubs and I could feel this way about another person.  It’s amazing.  When they said that having children was like “having your heart walking around outside your body,” they were spot on.  It’s mind-boggling.

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I Love (daddy)

January 28, 2013 at 10:20 am (Intro)

This little girl has been such a blessing to Hubs and I. Today A is 5 weeks old, 21 1/2 inches long, and I’m afraid to weight her but I’m sure she’s over 9 pounds. Most nights she wakes up twice, around 1 or 2 a.m. and again around 5. She’s been eating approximately 4 ounces a feeding, sometimes a little more. The last several days she has eaten between 32-36 ounces a day…quite a little piggy. She’s much more active lately, but has been very well behaved out and about. Yesterday she slept during church and lunch afterwards. Once we got her home, she ate, had a diaper change, and all 3 of us napped for a few hours.

Certain parts of being a parent are easier than I thought, but others are so much harder! The sleep loss isn’t a big deal, and she doesn’t cry a lot, but when she does, I feel helpless if I can’t get her consoled within a few minutes. Also, pumping is hard, and sometimes it hurts. I don’t make enough for her to just have milk, so we supplement with formula.

I love this little bug!

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Mental Health and Maternity Leave

January 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm (Intro)

I’m realizing that even though I only have a few weeks of maternity leave left, I still need to make sure to take care of my mental health.  Staying home with an infant all of the time isn’t easy, especially if you are an extrovert.  I enjoy my job, and miss working with people, interacting with adults. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my little girl, but that doesn’t mean that this is easy, or fun.  I do like the naps though.

     My solution is making sure that Hubs gets some time with LO while I get out of the house.  This means letting him take care of an evening while I go do errands or just get out. Today is Saturday and Hubs is finally on his way home.  He ended up logging over 50 hours of work this week, leaving home while it was still dark and getting home after dark each day.  When he does get home tonight, I will be changing out of my pajamas, putting on real clothes, and going to Home Depot and Jo-ann’s.  I’ll probably grab dinner with just myself and a book or else spend some time reading at Starbucks. 

   Also, LO isn’t nursing, rather I pump and then we bottle feed.  On nights when Hubs doesn’t have to work the next day, he’s supposed to be responsible for all of LO’s feeds.  He doesn’t normally do both of them though.  I hear her wake up and there are times when it’s just easier for me to do it, especially if it’s the 2 a.m. feeding when I need to pump again.  At least having him take one of the feedings is better than none.

   I’m quickly learning that as a mom, you have to find ways to take care of yourself, in whatever ways you can.  I need at least a few hours a week to myself.  I also need to go back to work, but I have to wait at least a few more weeks for that.  I’ll probably go back at 7 weeks postpartum. She’s worth it though!Image

She’ll be 4 weeks on Monday!


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How blessed I am!

January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm (Intro)

How blessed I am!

I took this two days ago, when LO was 14 days old. She’d been awake for 4 hours and didn’t want to take a nap, even though Mommy desperately needed one!

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Lyrics and thoughts

January 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm (Intro) (, )

Read some sweet song lyrics today, based on a post on hellobee.  It made me think about how lucky I am to have my little girl.  I’m not an Ani DiFranco fan, but these really touched me. How can I judge my appearence, complain about looks, when I was given this treasure to take care of?


Lately I’ve been glaring into mirrors picking myself apart
You’d think at my age I’d thought of something better to do
Than making insecurity into a full time job
Making insecurity into an art
And I fear my life will be over
And I will have never lived in unfettered
Always glaring into mirrors
Mad, I don’t look better
But now here is this tiny baby
And they say she looks just like me
And she is smiling at me with that present infant glee
Yes, and I would defend to the ends of the earth
Her perfect right to be, be, be, be
So I’m beginning to see some problems
With the ongoing work of my mind
And I’ve got myself a new mantra
It says don’t forget to have a good time
Don’t let the sellers of stuff power enough to rob you of your grace
Love is all over the place
There’s nothing wrong with your face
Love is all over the place
There’s nothing wrong with your face

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Weights and Measures

January 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm (Intro)

I need to brag just a little bit!

I am 11 days postpartum, and I am happy with my weight…for once! 

I’ve always had weight issues; since childhood I’ve been heavy.  Without going into specific numbers, I was way too heavy, but nothing much was done about it.  My sophomore year of high school, my mom, sister, and I joined Curves but that only lasted a few months.  During that time, my weight dropped down to a point where the middle digit was a 5. That’s the only number I’m giving you. 🙂

Between college and three years of marriage, I reached my heaviest, about 15 pounds heavier than my sophomore year of high school.  That’s where I was when I started this pregnancy.

As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I started on a diabetic diet and over the first half of the pregnancy, I lost 12 pounds and then slowly gained a total of 16. This meant that at delivery, I weighed 4 pounds more than my pre-pregnancy weight.  I thought I’d step on a scale today, 11 days post-partum, just to see what the scale said.  The last time I stepped on this scale I started crying because it was really far off (almost 10 pounds heavier than what the doc’s scale said a day later). Today that same persnickety scale said that I was at my lightest pregnancy weight…the same as my sophomore year of high school!  When we take baby to her 2 week appointment on Tuesday, I may ask to hop on their scale, but regardless of the number it reads, I’m already happy with my weight. And I don’t say that lightly!


Pumping is a good thing!

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