Night 1

It went much better than I thought it would! M went down for the night at 8:22. He woke up right on time at 10:12. And the sleep training began…

 

He whined a bit and then started to cry out once I didn’t immediately come and get him. We timed it…I waited 3 minutes before I went in. I soothed him for 1 minute. Patted his butt, rubbed his back, shushed him and sang our bedtime song. Hubby had to tell me my minute was up. He screamed the moment I left his side.

 

I sat in the living room for the longest 3 minutes of my life. I watched him on the monitor look around his crib and reach his arm through the bars…. he was looking for me, reaching for me.

 

It was at that moment my heart broke and I began to cry. Hubby said that wasn’t a very good start and I needed to toughen up. I handed him the monitor because I couldn’t watch my baby reach out for me anymore.

 

When I finally got through the 3 minutes I ran back in to comfort my baby. He quieted down each time I went in, and even though he wanted me to pick him up and I wouldn’t, he seemed reassured that I was there. 

 

At 10:48 M was sound asleep. 36 minutes. That’s all it took. I was expecting HOURS, but he only cried for 36 minutes! 

 

He slept until 4:00, at which time we repeated the process. He was wishy washy that time…..falling asleep then waking up crying again. Finally at 5:30 I gave him a bottle, but still did NOT pick him up! He was asleep before he was done and slept until 8:45 this morning! 

 

IN HIS CRIB THE ENTIRE NIGHT!

 

Night 2 is on progress right now… Here’s hoping for another great night of sleep (or even better)!!!

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Tonight’s the night…

We are starting sleep training tonight. For the last week we’ve established a very consistent bedtime routine: Bath, lotion and jammies, bedtime story, bottle and down. Tonight, we will not take him out of his crib, no matter how much he kicks and screams.

He’s been asleep in his crib for about 55 minutes now. When he does wake up we will leave him alone to cry for 3 minutes. After that I’ll go in to comfort him for 1 minute without picking him up.

This will continue until he goes back to sleep.

I foresee a long night ahead of us. My kid is barely 8 months old but he is already so strong willed and stubborn.

Wish us luck!

Good News!

So I bit the bullet and spent $49.95 on a recovery software so I could get my deleted photos back. I only got around 400 of the 800ish back (and I knew thats all I would get before I paid via a free preview) but to me it was so well worth the fifty bucks.

Just don’t tell my husband I actually paid that for it lol!

I have since made sure every photo I take from my phone is automatically backed up via the google photos app. I believe it is through picasa, not sure. I strongly encourage you all to figure out a way to get an auto backup on your phone (if you’re like me and take a ton of photos on it) as well! If you have an android phone the photos app will do an auto backup every time you take a photo, you just have to turn it on. A friend of mine mentioned she uses dropbox to backup her photos. Whatever you do, do something! Our pictures of our babies are too precious to lose and you never know when you will make an idiot mistake like me!

Good thing is I now have the recovery software for life should I ever need it again. I only wish I would’ve gone ahead and bought it that same day because in the last 5 days phone has already written over a lot of my photos, hence the reason I only got half of them back. Still so worth it!

Makes me SICK.

I’ve cried today. I’ve felt like throwing up today. I just want to kick my own ass for being such an idiot.

I took a video of M this morning. He’s doing this thing where I’ll raspberry at him and then he’ll do it right back and we go back and forth for a bit. It’s hilarious and adorable. He wasn’t cooperating so the video was a fail. My phone has been screaming at me that its running out of memory for a while so I deleted the video since it was just me making fart noises while M stared at me like I was an idiot.

Except I didn’t delete the video. I deleted the WHOLE FUCKING ALBUM. (excuse my language but FOR REAL.)

Over 800 photos in this album. GONE. And most of them are of my kid.

I spent most of my day scouring the internet hoping there was some way to recover them. Oh, there is. But it all involves some sort of shady software that cost a million dollars so I’m out of luck.

Its not a total loss of course. That album only had pics from May of this year until now. So everything taken before that is safe (and backed up now). And most of the really good pics of M have been uploaded to Facebook or Instagram so I can still get them. And let’s be honest, for every good pic of M in that album there were at least 10-20 blurry versions of the same photo because its impossible for a 6 month old to hold still and smile and pose on demand.

So did I lose 800 pictures? No. I lost maybe 70-80. Minus what was uploaded to social media.

Does it still hurt?? YES.

Is it the end of the world? No. But it sure felt like it this morning. And now I feel like a huge loser because my baby spent most of his day playing alone in the floor while I frantically searched google for answers when I could have been taking new pictures of his adorable face.

So let me be a lesson to you ladies. BACK UP YOUR SHIT.

I’m going to go cry myself to sleep now.

Baby Nugget – 7 Months

Well, kid, as of August 2nd you are 7 months old!

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It wasn’t a very eventful month for us. After July 4th things slowed down a little bit. We mostly just chilled at the house. But you did go to the mall with mommy one day. You rode in your stroller and took in the sights and were a very good boy! You also got to sit up in the big boy seat of the shopping cart at Walmart! You loved it and mommy is now on the hunt for a shopping cart cover for you.

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You are cutting your first tooth right now and it is NOT fun! We can see a little bit of white poking through your top gum. I’ll be glad when it’s here and I can have my happy baby back!

What are your stats and what does the doctor say?

We went to your 6 month check up on July 15th and you were 18lbs 13oz and 27.5 inches long! You are growing growing growing! You were 70th percentile for  weight and 75th percentile for height! You’ve got a pretty big head, too haha! Dr. Chris said your big head means you’re either going to be very smart or very stubborn…or both (which is what I’m banking on)! We had an impromptu doctor visit on July 31st because you’ve been very cranky and tugging at your ear. Dr. Chris said there was a HUGE amount of earwax in your ear, so much that he couldn’t see inside. So he cleaned your ear out and said everything looked good other than the massive amount of wax. At that visit you were already up to 19lbs 6oz! You are growing SO fast!

We also talked to Dr. Chris about your sleeping habits, which just seem to be getting worse. Dr. Chris suggested trying some sleep training. He gave us some literature on it and said it’s not for everyone, but that he and his wife did it with their daughter at 9 months old and wished they had done it sooner. Basically, we will put you bed drowsy but awake and let you learn to soothe yourself to sleep. Right now you depend very heavily on a bottle to soothe you, which wouldn’t be so bad except you are getting up several times a night and there is no reason you should need that many bottles at night. We let you cry for 5 minutes at a time, then mommy can go in to comfort you for 1 minute (without picking you up) and then we wait another 5 minutes and so on. I’m not sure if its something that I can do, listen to you cry, but we are at our wits end at nighttime and don’t know what else to try. Wish us luck!!!

What are you eating?

You are still eating Enfamil Infant formula. 7-8oz every 4 hours. You have baby food 1-2 times a day and like to snack on your Baby Mum-Mums (we call them Num Nums) or have a taste of whatever mommy and daddy are eating once in a while. We got you some snacks out of the baby aisle to try. You don’t care for the yogurt melts, I think they are too tangy, and you won’t even put the “baby cheetos” (Parent’s Choice Little Munchers) in your mouth.

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When do you eat and sleep?

You wake up anytime between 6am and 8am. You have a bottle every 4 hours, which amounts to 4 bottle a day. Sometime you get cereal or fruit (baby food) in the morning, and you usually get baby food at lunch time. At dinner time you like to eat while mom and dad eat, so you usually get one of your Num Nums or something you can feed yourself. You’ve been getting up 1-2 times at night lately and a bottle is the only thing that will soothe you back to sleep now that you are cutting teeth. Thank goodness that is getting better!

What do your routines look like?

Same ole same ole! You have your feeding schedule throughout the day, and you usually take a morning nap and an afternoon nap. We play throughout the day and sometimes go to town to run errands. You have a bath every other day usually. At bedtime you get your overnight diaper on and jammies and daddy reads a story, then mommy gives you your bottle and puts you down for the night. You’ve only been staying in your crib for a couple hours at a time, and once you wake up it is a battle to get you back to sleep! I’m hoping once your teeth come in this will get better though!

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What size clothes and diapers are you wearing?

6-9 months and 9 months clothes and size 3 diapers. You are getting big!

What are some things you love?

You love to eat and put anything you can in your mouth! You love to ride in the car, you get very excited anytime we put you in your carseat. You love your new toys that mommy’s friend from work brought you (her little boy outgrew them). You love being outside or looking out the window. You love our doggie, Jenny! She is a beagle and getting up there in age…at least 10 years old. I feel like I haven’t given her much attention since you came along, but now that its warmer we go out to see her often and you just giggle and laugh at her. We gave her a bath the other day and she laid on her back at your feet waiting for you to rub her belly haha! 🙂

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What are some things you don’t love?

You don’t like having your picture made (at least professionally!). You don’t like having your nose wiped or when mommy sucks the snot out with the Nose Frida. You’ve had a bad runny nose since Tuesday and you can barely breath when you lay down at night. But after the past week of Saline Spray, Nose Frida, Boogie Wipes, and the cool mist humidifier, I think you are finally starting to get better! I just hope it hasn’t drained into your ears 😦

What can you do?

You can sit up on your own like a pro! You can say Da-da. You can stand while assisted. You are trying very hard to pull yourself up. You’ve almost figured out how to get up on your hands and knees into the crawl position, but you’re not quite there yet. You can reach for people to pick you up.

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What are we looking forward to in the next month?

Before you turn 8 months old you will hopefully get that nasty tooth in that’s been bothering you and we will probably work on your sleep training at some point! Yikes!

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