Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The Christmas tree in question shows up at Mr. Willowby's home by special order, aboard a big pink truck: "Full and fresh and glistening green--The biggest tree he had ever seen." But it's just a little too big, so he asks his butler, Baxter, to trim off the top few feet that brush up against the parlor ceiling. Baxter realizes that this snipped-off top would make a perfect little tree for "Miss Adelaide, Mr. Willowby's upstairs maid." But she, too, must clip off the top of her tree... which then ends up with Timm, the gardener. Timm's trimming goes on to Barnaby Bear, the tippy-top of Barnaby's tree ends up with Frisky Fox and family, and then Benjamin Rabbit finds the top few inches that Mrs. Fox snipped off. And so it goes, until soon the whole countryside learns that it's simply "grand to have a tree--Exactly like Mr. Willowby."
There's many a lesson to be taken from this tale, about recycling and supply-side economics just for starters. But the cheerful illustrations of Robert Barry ensure that you'll have fun just watching as the ever-tinier tree gets passed on to ever-tinier families
These were all books that were read to my mom as a child, who then read them to us. I love the tradition of passing down well-loved books and I hope that Jackson loves them too!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Kellee Hampton. Don't get my wrong- I love my life. But there is just something so magical about hers. The ability to take the mundane and turn it into something amazing. Oh, and the pictures she takes. So beautiful. Even Ryan knows who Kelle, Lainey, and Nella are since I talk about what they're doing all the time. As if I know them. I want to be the kind of person who finds the joy in "the small things" instead of just muddling through life trying to hold the ends together. It seems like such a luxury sometimes to just slow down and notice my happiness. Not being as tired anymore definitely helps. So does the support of family and friends. Kelle is definitely someone I aspire to be and until then I'll just have to live vicariously through her. If you haven't had the opportunity to check out Kelle's amazing blog please head over to http://www.kellehampton.com/.
Posted by Jack & Lucy at 7:17 PM
Yuck! Jackson is constipated! This is definitely my first taste of an "illness" (which it's really not, but it sort of feels like one). The poor little booger just keeps straining and straining in hopes of getting something less-than-harder-than-a-rock out. His face turns red, the eyes squinch up (is that even a word?), and he grunts for dear life. So today we took any and all advice we could find on the subject and stuffed Jackson full of juice (his first!) and prunes (ick!). Luckily we have an extremely good eater on our hands who gobbles down everything we bring to the table, including prunes. Not it's just a waiting game to see if things get better. Oh the joys that eating solid foods brings!
I LOVE BabyLegs and I love 'em even more when they're on sale! Babylegs just announced a big 4th of July sale and there are some super-duper cute ones for only $4-6 each! I snapped up five pairs lickety split! Here's what I bought:
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Success! Jackson has now slept 7 1/2 hours straight for almost a week now!! (picture me jumping for joy) I don't know what changed but I have a feeling it had something to do with him getting older as well as my ability to establish a consistent routine now that I'm home full-time. Here's the routine we currently have established:
- He eats a small dinner of cereal and a veggie around 5pm.
- Next comes a warm bath using Burt's Bees and Johnson&Johnson's nighttime products. We let him splash around to his heart's content- he absolutely loves his baths!
- Then we give him a nice massage with Johnson&Johnson nighttime lotion and dress him in pj's.
- We play, snuggle, and read books until his first signs of sleepiness (fussing, rubbing eyes), usually around 6-6:30pm.
- Finally, he gets swaddled up in his Woombie (LOVE this swaddle) and I rock him to sleep while singing "Hush Little Baby."
- He usually sleeps soundly until I wake him up for his "dream feed" at 11pm. If he does by chance wake up and can't fall back asleep I turn on his Sleep Sheep to ocean sounds and he's out like a light.
- He now sleeps from 11pm to 6:30am without an extra feeding! Yeah!!
- putting him to bed early. Many people think keeping a baby up late will make them sleep longer. Actually they get more wired and have a lot more difficulty getting down to sleep. Putting Jacksonto bed as soon as he starts showing signs of tiredness has made all the difference! He now goes to bed without a fight and sleeps much, much longer.
- establish a bedtime routine early on and stick to it! Jackson uses this routine as a cue that bedtime has come and it's time to go to sleep.
- Use white noise all night to help your baby fall back to sleep on their own. White noise reminds babies of being in the womb and it comforts them. We have a Conair one that plays multiple sounds and connects to our Ipod.
- I feed Jackson again right before I go to bed to help keep him asleep longer. He basically nurses in his sleep and I slip him right back into bed. This didn't work for a long time for us so keep at it for a little while before giving up!
- Finally, the number one thing I had to do was move Jackson into his crib. He co-slept with me for 4 1/2 months ad during that time he was up every 1-2 hours to eat, simply because it was there and available. It was much easier to nurse him in bed, but not easier to be up all night! Moving him into his crib was the best thing I did and finally got him to sleep longer at night. To get my cuddling/co-sleeping fix I now take an afternoon nap with him. :)
Friday, June 25, 2010
Jackson is getting his first tooth! Not just any tooth- a MOLAR! Seriously?! I would attempt to take a picture, but it's quite far back in his mouth and getting my fingers into my squirmy little baby's mouth isn't so easy these days. Rest assured that it is a tooth, as I've had it verified by various medical professionals (namely my mother and lactation consultant). It's poking about a quarter of the way out so far and is a nice pearly white. We only happened upon the tooth by chance, as I was looking for two bottom teeth to erupt first. It was quite the day of fussing and sleeping as Jackson tried to deal with this unexpected pain in his mouth. Once it started to poke out though he returned to his normal happy, smiling self. Now I wonder which tooth will come in next?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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Posted by Jack & Lucy at 12:43 PM
Monday, June 21, 2010
I was lucky enough to pick up a Sleep Sheep on a recent shopping trip at Last Chance. This baby works absolute miracles, as in Jackson-put-himself-to-sleep-for-a-nap-today miracles. All I can say is, wow. We actually got the one that is travel-sized and straps on to the stroller or car seat handle which I prefer because Jackson often sleeps while we're out an about. It's a fluffy little stuffed sheep with a nice little soundbox in it that plays stream, rain, ocean, and whale sounds. Right now Jackson prefers the rain and ocean sounds and is in fact fast asleep in his crib with the ocean sounds playing while I listen to it through the monitor. He woke up shortly after I laid him down to sleep and all I had to do was turn the Sleep Sheep on and he was out like a light. We bought ours for $2.97, but you can also buy it on Amazon for $16.95.
One of my absolute favorite things to do is
spend save money. It's definitely a huge thrill to get all the stuff you want for a fraction of the price. I've learned to shop frugally partially out of necessity and partly because it's just good, clean fun. I have to credit my mom for teaching me the tricks of the trade. From the time we were walking my sisters and Iwere taught the ways to get the most bang for your buck. Garage sales, thrift shops, consignment stores, and the holy grail of all frugalista-dom, Last Chance. Oh Last Chance, how I love you. Anyways, back to what I was saying. I love to save money as much as I like to spend it. Now that Jackson has arrived my new favorite thing is saving money on the stuff he needs most- namely diapers, and lots of 'em. So I learned a new trick for paying as little as possible for them. I LOVE Target to the exclusion of almost every other store, so pretty much everything I buy is from there. Well they have some nifty little "web" coupons on their website (go to http://coupons.target.com/ ) that you can "stack" with a manufacturer's coupon to basically save double. So today I used a $2.00 of Pampers coupon for diapers, combined with a $2.00 off Target coupon if you bought Pampers and wipes. I also used a $1 off manufacturers coupon for the wipes and voila, the diapers were down to $6 and the wipes were $0.37! Man I love a good deal! I also stacked a $1 off manufacturer's coupon for any Johnson and Johnson baby product with a Target coupon for $0.75 off any Johnson and Johnson to save a total of $1.75. I find most of my manufacturer's coupons in the Sunday newspaper and sometimes off of http://www.coupons.com/. I either print my Target coupons directly from their website or get them in the mail (they come to people who register with them). Also, CVS is having a great deal on the big boxes of Huggies diapers this week. Each box is $19.99, plus you get 10 Extra Care Bucks (basically a gift card). You can use a $3 off Huggies coupon from http://www.coupons.com/ to get the big box down to $6 total! And if you're really lucky you might get an additional $3 off if you swipe your CVS card at their coupon printer in stores, which would bring them down to $3 a box! Don't you just love great deals?!
Things to get done before I go back to work:
Clean out craft room.
2. Catch up on Jackson's scrapbook.
3. Have a garage sale.
4. Sell some stuff on eBay.
Change den into playroom.
6. Get rid of fish tank.
7. Find pictures and rug for playroom.
8. Make some new crafts (baby spoon and blankie).
9. Plan baby shower fo Ryan's sister.
10. Take Jackson to the zoo.
Whew! I better get started!!
Posted by Jack & Lucy at 9:56 AM
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Things I am thankful for:
1. Jackson is now only waking up once per night.
2. Having the time to do chores like bathrooms, laundry, and emptying the dishwasher. Believe it or not, doing mindless repetitive things actually soothe me and I love having a clean house!
3. Ryan's sister Jamie is now stable and Tate is still cooking inside her. :)
4. Having money in my bank account (how did that happen?!).
5. Quitting my master's degree (such a relief!!)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Things I am thankful for right now:
- A happy, healthy baby boy.
- A wonderful, supportive husband.
- Having the summer to spend time with my family.
- The three gift cards I have for massages just waiting to be used.
- Last, but not least, my new job!!!!!
Ever since I had Jackson I've struggled with having to return to work. When I was a little girl growing up I always assumed I'd get to stay home with my kids until I was ready to go back to work. Unfortunately things didn't work out exactly that way. I was blessed to have three months off for maternity leave, but when it came time to return to work I struggled. Mightily. The guilt was overwhelming and I felt like I was missing out on so much. At times I wondered why I had brought a child into this world when I never got to spend any time with him. While I was on leave I decided to pursue a job lead that a friend had mentioned to me. The job sounded almost to good to be true. I would get to work from home while still getting full benefits. Plus I would get a $6,000 raise. I didn't hear back right away so I sort if shelved the idea and resigned myself to teaching another year (but still counting myself lucky to have a job. Well lo and behold, I received a phone call inviting me for an interview on the last day of school. Three interviews later and the job offer arrived this morning. I truly believe this a miracle and the answer to so many prayers. It's such a happy medium between staying home and working. I'll still get to support our household while getting to spend ample time with Jackson. I couldn't ask for anything better and I feel so blessed!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Things have gotten better. Not perfect, but better. I've given up on the formula, the crying-it-out, and the multitudes of other tricks each sleep book I've read has suggested. I'm doing what works for us right now and so far it's working. He's still being swaddled and yes, I am aware that eventually he'll have to sleep without one. We've upgraded to the "Woombie," which is basically a straight-jacket for babies (although it's more comfortable than that). He was breaking out of his velcro swaddles throughou the night which was causing him to wake up constantly. His first time in the Woombie was last night and he didn't break out once. Success! Basically our night looks like this- down for bed between 6:30-7:00pm, dream feed at 9:30pm, up at 3:00am to eat, and up for the day at 6:00am. Like I said, not perfect but very doable. The one take away I've learned from this is that I need to accept Jackson for who he is and not who I want him to be. Yes, I want 8 hours of continuous sleep at night, but he's just not ready for that yet. I'm tired of comparing him to other babies who are sleeping and feeling like a failure as a mother because he's not. Guess what? Someday he will sleep through the night and all of this will be a distant memory. Until then I'll drink my three cups of coffee every morning and enjoy Jackson for the individual he is.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
So we are working on the sleeping issues and for a little while things started to get better, but then we took two steps back last night. I'm reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and The No-Cry Nap Solution to try and get things under control. The first night Jackson slept from 6:30pm to 6:30am with only one wake-up and all I did was pop the paci back in his mouth and he fell back asleep. (I do "dream feed" him around 9:30pm to fill his tummy though) Success! Or so I thought. The second night he slept from 6:30pm to 2:00am and I popped the paci back in but he woke up crying again at 3:00am. This time I just went ahead and nursed him for a 1/2 hour. And he STILL wokeup at 4am. I was done with getting out of bed so I just took him into our bed, where he proceeded to kick and claw me for the next two hours in his sleep. Fabulous. So after an extremely cranky day, he was off to bed at 5:30pm. Went to sleep with no issues and is still asleep at 7:30pm. I'm going to take the advice of my friend Sara and try giving him a bottle of formula for his dream feed tonight and see if it will hold him longer.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I'm exhausted and it's not getting any better. I've read (or am reading) just about every baby sleep book there is on the market and now I'm more confused than ever. And extremely jealous of those mamas whose babies sleep peacefully through the night. Somehow the thought never crossed my mind that Jackson wouldn't be sleeping through the night by now. Or at least more than a two hour stretch. Things were so good while I was on maternity leave that I kind of figured it would only get better (i.e. he would go from 5 hours at a stretch to 6-7). Nope, not this baby. We're still up every 45 minutes to 2 hours around the clock. He naps for an hour max at a time during the day and is up constantly during the night. Unfortunately all of the books I'm reading offer a different explanation for why he won't sleep. What am I supposed to do? Does a four month old still need to eat at night? Will I cause him psychological harm if I let him cry it out (as one Harvard study states)? All I know is that I need some sleep. Pronto.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I'm brainstorming a list of things to do with Jackson this summer, trying to take full-advantage of my stay-at-mom status while it lasts. What I've found is that there's not a whole lot (of cheap) things to do with a baby under 6 months. Here's what we have in store so far:
1. Go to the Phoenix Zoo (got free passes from a friend!)
2. Take a trip to the dog park (Jackson LOVES dogs)
3. Head to San Tan Mall and play at their splash pad and then tour the puppy store
4. Take a free class at Little Gym (they have classes for babies as young as 4 months!)
5. Attend our breastfeeding support class that we went to every Friday during maternity leave
6. Go to the neighborhood park when it's not too hot in the evenings
7. Feed the ducks at Freestone Park
We haven't decided if we're also going to take our annual 4th of July trip to Coronado Island yet. Jackson is still not a fan of his car seat and I don't know if I'm brave enough to subject him to a 6 hour trek in the car! It would be so sad to miss it though so we're kind of leaving it open and hoping things get better!