Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Operation Christian sleeping in his crib is a SUCCESS!!

Christian has been taking 95% of his naps in his crib and sleeping all night in his crib for almost a week! Yahooooooooooooooo!!!!! Once this mama stayed diligent Christian made the transition with little problem. The first night I was sure he would be up on and off all night long so I prepared myself to be awake and watched two movies I have been wanting to see on Netflix (Safe Haven and OctoberBaby).  He woke up a few times during the first movie but then he slept while his silly mama watched yet another movie.  The movies were awesome, he slept amazing and I was one exhausted mama the next day getting 3 hours of solid sleep.  LOL!! He wakes up once in a while but goes right back to sleep once I give him his pacifier.  I am pretty sure the transition has been a bigger deal for me than him but isn't that true of so many of the transitions our kids make in life.  My heart skipped a beat when I went to check on him and he was sleeping on his stomach.  I turned him over to give him his pacifier.  I've since calmed myself down, he's a strong boy and if he wants to be a tummy sleeper he will be a tummy sleeper. Sleeping upstairs in our bed again after 5 months of sleeping in my recliner has been an adjustment.  Our King size bed is so cozy but my back has grown accustom to the recliner. Downstairs in the recliner  was placed strategically to  be able to protect both my kids. Upstairs I am closer to Christian but still not close. I am working on knowing they're always protected by God, our alarm system will warn me of any intruders and I am pretty confident if it came to it I would dig deep, open up a can of whoop ass and figure out how to protect both of my kids because that is what a mama bear does!  Tonight I will try to remember to use my quiet camera to get a picture of him sleeping in his crib. Thanks for joining me on our journey and celebrating one of many milestones in Christian's life! :-)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time is FLYING - Christian is 5 months today

It's so hard to believe that Christian is already 5 months old today. Going from one child to two has been quite the adjustment. Definitely twice the work and a lot less down time. This summer was brutal because when Christian was sleeping I was spending time with LeAnne and getting cleaning done. Now that LeAnne has gone back to school the days are a little more mellow, I am able to get more done, and relax while he naps. I am blessed to have an awesome husband who is the best partner in parenting I could have ever asked for.  We compliment each other very well and take turns with the kids while looking out for each others needs.  I am blessed!

The newness of having a little brother has definitely worn off with LeAnne. She is still awesome with him but the other day she said "Mom, he is fine, he is not crying, he doesn't need you, I NEED YOU!" Every other week (John's weekend's off) as long as she has had a great behavior/responsibility week once of us will take her to do something fun.  Last week her and I had a girls movie night. It was a lot of fun!  She is settling into her new school. It was fun to see a friend call to her as she walked into school and she ran over to him.  Her teachers are still working on making sure she is challenged academically and I work with her extra at home as well.  I felt terrible after taking LeAnne to the doctor.  She has been complaining that her backs hurts and I've doubted she has been telling the truth.  Figured she hears John say it all the time and it was a way to get attention.  The Dr. says she had a knot in some muscles in her back and we should apply heat and massage it.  It has since improved a lot.  We got her birthday presents in the mail yesterday and I so can't wait until her birthday. I can't believe my baby girl will be 6.  WOW!

Yesterday I started Operation teach Christian how to sleep in his crib. Up until now he has taken all naps and slept at night in his swing. He is starting to out grown his swing and this mama wants to sleep in her own bed. I've been sleeping in my recliner most nights.  He took two naps yesterday and one nap today in his crib.  He wakes up some but its not bad.  I just give him his pacifier and he goes back to sleep.

He is such a strong and active little boy.  He in loves playing on the floor.  He is rolling over from his back to his tummy in both directions and sometime he will roll from his tummy to his back.  He is starting to scoot all over the blanket.  He hold his head up very well.  He loves to play with toys.  We raised him up a little in the exersaucer and he has begun to bounce more and turn himself around to see different toys.  All in all he is a very content baby boy!  I love to hear him laugh out loud and cherish our little chats. This month we have been giving him cereal mixed with apple juice and various fruits and veggies. He has had squash, pears, peaches, and peas.  I would say he likes the cereal mixed with apple juice the best.  He sure is a lot bigger than his sister.  He is now starting to wear 6-9 month clothes.  We are still successfully cloth diapering and love it! I have some custom diapers on order that I can't wait to get.

I am beginning to get more comfortable being a stay at home mom/house wife.  It's something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember and I am surprised at the adjustment it has been.  At first I was really uncomfortable, put a lot of pressure on myself to be working at all times, it took a bit to figure out my new role.  I am still working on a house cleaning routine, it's getting easier as Christian gets older, I am managing my time a little bit better and have realized I need to let myself have some down time because this job/role is 24/7, 365 days a year and if all I do is work, work, work I will go insane or collapse of exhaustion.  One thing I must do if incorporate a time to exercise into my daily routine.  I also find myself craving adult conversation and time with my husband and friends.  I have faith it will all come together in time.  It is a huge blessing to be home with Christian and here for LeAnne before and after school.  I love my family so much!  I pray God will help me be the best wife and mother I can be!!