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Toothless wonder no more

Yep, my little girl.  My little newborn baby that I still vividly remember carrying in my womb for 9+ months has not only her first tooth but is valiantly working on #2.  You hear that right.  I was all “look at my little girl and her first little toofy!” on Facebook just 7 days ago and now she is working hard on #2.  I mean she is only a few days past 5 months old and she is about to pop through a second tooth!  At this rate I will have a one year old with a full set of teeth.  She must be an engineer like her mommy and want to get the whole teething thing done in the most efficient way possible.

This of course means crabby baby, chewing on everything in sight baby, and “I will protest that nap with every fiber of my being” baby all rolled into one.  I remember this with Rose but much like the pain of childbirth, the true reality of it has been buried deep within my subconsciousness.  For days I have been wandering around in a hazing thinking that “Rose wasn’t this bad” then I went back to my diary (yes I keep a diary for those private thoughts like “OMG I haven’t gotten a full nights sleep in soooo long”) and saw that I was going through the same thing with Rose at this time.  The difference with her is that she didn’t actually get any teeth through until she was 6+ months.  Apparently the one-upmanship between siblings has already started.  Blech.

I have one of those amber teething necklaces but I have been too nervous to try it.  Anyone and everyone tells you not to put anything around your babies neck so it freaks me out a little just thinking about it.  It does have a plastic clasp so in theory it would break if put under a lot of stress but…..  Humph.  Anyone have any real life experience with them working?  Is it worth the “I’m putting something around my babies neck” freakiness?

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Evelyn’s First Tooth

I guess we can stop blaming my old caffeinated pumped milk on the past two sleepless nights. 🙂

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Baby Sleep Issues Update Pt. 2

When we last left off on The Young and the Sleepless, our heroine was disparately attempting to wrap her sleep deprived brain around a solution to rid her life of the dreaded Sleep Bandit.  She tried everything she could think of but to no avail.  Finally after a seemly random full night of sleep, she used her slightly fuzzy powers of reasoning to determine the most likely cause of the Sleep Bandits temporary absence……

So was it the Vit D or the absence of decaf coffee and chocolate in my diet.  The Vit D was easy to try.  Her wonderful day care provider made sure that Evelyn was out in the sun off and on most of next day.  That night, she did go down easier and had one three hour stretch of sleep but then was back up every 2 hours.  Check that one off the list.

That left the decaf coffee and chocolate.  I already knew that Evelyn was sensitive to what I ate.  A single glass of anything citrus (orange juice, lemonade, etc) will cause her to empty the entire content of her tummy on whoever is holding her at some point by the end of the day (or on your aunt’s beautiful hardwood floor. Sorry Gayle!).  I had seen charts showing the amount of caffeine in “decaf” coffee (25 mg) and tea (12 mg).  Dark chocolate is on there too (20 mg). While the numbers are smaller in comparison to regular coffee (75-120 mg), it’s nothing to sneeze at when you think I was drinking three cups per day with the occasional piece (or 3 pieces) of dark chocolate per day (hey, it’s free at work).  I might as well have been drinking a cup or two of regular coffee.  I did a little searching of the internet and found that apparently this is a known issue for babies under 6 months.  If fact it can be worse for people who avoided caffeine during pregnancy.  Dang me and trying to be healthy during pregnancy.

To test this theory, I cut out all coffee, tea and chocolate for two days.  Then took the pumped milk from the third day directly to daycare.  Halfway through the second day of exclusively caffeine free milk, Evelyn had a huuuge diaper and then was a changed baby.  She was more smiley, napped better and generally gave off happy baby vibes.  That evening she woke only once to eat at 3:30 and then again right before it was time to get up anyway.  Humph.  As the days went on, the happier baby continued to be stick around and the sleep continued to go well.  Yay?

To cap off the study, on Monday she went back to daycare and went back to eating the older caffinated milk.  During the day she was cranky.  Night time sleep, up twice.  Tuesday night sleep, every two hours.  Uggg. 

So the conclusion is that if you have a cranky colicy no sleeping baby it may be the caffeine in the milk.  Poop.

Luckily milk chocolate has very little caffeine or I might have to switch to formula.  (kidding!!)

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Baby Sleep Issue Update Pt. 1

I started writing this as one post a few days ago and apparently I rambled too much as it got way too long for a single post.  So here is pt 1 of the latest in my baby sleeping saga.

Last week I was prepared to write a post wishing that I could report that the sleep bandit has left the house and we are all getting a good 5-6 hours at time.  That darn creature had been sticking around despite my repeat efforts to find a way to kick him out.  I had been all set at the beginning of the week to try and remember to just stick the binky in instead of immediately picking her up to feed if it had been less than 3 hours, which is really hard to do at 2am (I was going to go as far as putting up a white board next to the crib to write down the last feeding time) but she chose that night to go through some type of reflux/sleep regression/growing pains/I’m going to screw with my mommy thing and scream her head off when she woke up instead of just rolling around grunting as usual.

Then Saturday night happened.  She woke up as usual around 11:30 pm to eat which caused me to get mentally ready for the now every two hour wake up.  I tucked myself back into bed closed my eyes and then…. wait for it…. didn’t wake up until 5am.  You read that right.  I rolled over to look at the clock and it was FIVE AM (sorry for yelling but I was pretty excited).  After a brief moment of panic (I started breathing again when I heard her soft sighs) I lay in bed stunned.  My baby had slept without waking for 5.5 hours.  Not only that, but I dosed for another 1.5 hours until she woke up at 6:30.  Needless to say that certain parts of me (mammary glands) were very uncomfortable by the time she did wake up but oh was it worth it.  That was literally the first time I had gotten more than 4 hours of sleep in a row in 16 weeks.  My brain didn’t know what to do with all that sleep.

Was this it?  Was this the at least temporary end to the nasty sleep cycle?  Would she finally give me enough sleep to be able to function with more than half a brain at work?  Wahahaha! (Cue evil laughter)  Nope, Sunday night she went right back to waking cranky every 2 hours.  I figured I brought it on myself for bragging about the previous night online.

Monday morning I knew I needed to do something.  I had already Googled the heck out of sleep training infants a few weeks ago when initially attempting to rid our bedroom of the sleep bandit so I knew it was down to me to figure something, anything out.  Yes, I know that some babies are just light fussy sleepers but darned if I wasn’t going to try every last option before giving in to another nine months of multiple wakings every night (I’m nursing for a year so after that Steve can get up, ha!).

Something had to be different.  Something on Saturday allowed my up and down all night little girl to keep her eyes closed for 7 hours straight.  After analyzing every minute of the day it came down to two things.  My mom had watched her for a few hours that morning and spent quite a few of those hours outside so that Rose could play in the garden.  Vit D???  It was also the first day in a long while I hadn’t had even one cup of decaf coffee or chocolate.  I had been staying away from the caffeinated coffee thinking that some of it might be getting in the milk but had been imbibing in at least 2 cups of decaff in an effort to trick my brain into thinking it was the real stuff.  Hmmmm.

Coming soon.  Pt. 2: Where I make a wonderful yet sucky conclusion.

Where there is less of this….
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 And more of this.
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Evelyn at 3.5 months

Our little Evelyn girl is growing so fast.  It seems like yesterday that I was lamenting that I hadn’t yet seen her give even a little smile.  Now she grins up a storm and will talk your ear off given a chance.  I still haven’t heard a good giggle yet but if the squeals and gurgles are any indication those are just around the corner.  She also discovered her shriek which may or may not have been the source of a sleepless and noisy night that evening.
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That girl is growing physically like she is trying to catch up to her sister.  At 3.5 months, she has been in 6 month clothing for about a month now.  This, unfortunately is ruining my grand plans of only using Rose’s clothes and saving tons of money.  The clothes fit fine but the seasons are already starting to get off (Rose was born a month later) and I have had to buy 6 month summer things to get her through the remnants of this Indian Summer.  I foresee the separation in clothing seasons getting further and further apart.  Boo!  Girl takes after her daddy.  Loooong and skinny!  We should take bets now on when she will get taller then her sister.  I’m thinking sometime in grade school judging by the current growth rate.

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She has been grabbing and manipulating things for a few weeks and can achieve her targeted trajectory with her hands about 70% of the time now.  Those objects which were grabbed go directly into her mouth so the lessons on what not to put near the baby are currently being taught to her older sister.  I’m looking around our house and realizing another of the differences between the first and second.  With Rose, we didn’t have any problems baby proofing and keeping all little things out of her reach.  I wondered (ignorantly) why parents thought the whole “baby proofing” thing was so hard.  You just keep the floor picked up and put on some cabinet locks right? Ha!  Enter the older sister.  Once Evelyn becomes mobile (even with rolling) we have a lot of work to do to keep all the little toddler toys up off the floor.

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Speaking or rolling, she is soooo close to rolling over back to front.  She has the scrunch legs up-thrust hip over movement down pat and will turn her head and reeeeach her arm out in an attempt to flip.  It’s just that darn lower arm.  IT gets in the way every time.  She can’t figure out what to do with it.  I forgot what an instinct this flipping thing is as she really doesn’t have an actual desire to be on her tummy.  In fact if you help her along and she actually achieves the tummy position she immediately begins to loudly protest her sudden tummy time.  Silly girl.

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Once she hit the three month mark, both she and I started to loose our hair.  My postpartum hair loss is getting a little out of control.  I’m fairly certain that I could have donated a whole wigs worth of hair to a small child with what I have lost so far.  Luckily no bald spots though.  Yet.  I also have a paranoia that it is all going to grow back in grey.  Blech.

Evelyn is getting the same “ring around the head” that Rose had but she still has a ton more on top.  In fact it is growing longer to the point that she resembles Albert Einstein after a bath.  Time will tell if she looses it all and becomes a q-ball like Rose or if she just looks like Moe on the Three Stooges until it grows in again.  The hair that is there on the top is lightening and has a slight red sheen that she obviously gets from her daddy.

We are falling in love with our little girl more and more every day.

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The Sleep Bandit

Dear Sleep, 

How do I miss you.  It’s been 11 weeks now since I have seen you for more than a few hours at a time.  I’m starting to think that our previous relationship in which we would spend long hours together, sometimes up to 9 hours at a time, is over forever.  Our time together has been increasingly stolen each night by a tiny person I can only describe as a sleep bandit.  This little creature, while utterly adorable, has been breaking into our togetherness on a regular basis and it is getting to be an issue.  I have a vague recollection of you running away like this when the bandit’s big sister was her age but it’s mostly a blur.  I wonder why?

I have tried tying up the bandit at night but the confinement unit only keeps her contained for so long before she either gets out or complains loudly enough to scare you away.  I have tried bribing the bandit with food right before I go to sleep but that works sparingly or not at all.  I have tried repeat insertion of a muting device but she has become an expert at extraction.  I have tried keeping her up later but all that results in is a very pissed off bandit.  My husband has offered to put himself up as a victim collateral a buffer between me and the bandit but I know that this will result in you running away again while I kick him awake multiple times a night.

I know that you keep wanting to see me during the day at work but my boss highly discourages your visits to the office (he has turned down my request for a futon in the back room).  Please please please tell the Sleep Bandit to let you come back for longer periods of time at night.  I want you, I need you, please be mine again.

Yours in loving memory,
Valerie

“You want to sleep mommy?  Hahahahahaha!”
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See, sleep visits the sleep bandit regularly during the day.  Lucky.
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Teething

Ah teething.  The process in which parents would gladly pull out their own teeth and give them to their child just to stop the crabbiness.  I haven’t figured out the evolutionary reason why babies are born without their teeth thus forcing them to go through the torture of having hard objects being shoved through the skin of their gums.  Although thoughts of newborns learning how to latch with a full set of teeth sends shivers up my spine.  Maybe it was survival of the fittest.  lol!

“Mmmm, Daddy your fingers are much better than my own.  I can chew all I want and they don’t hurt!”

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“What?!  Your fingers are getting sore?  Fine, I will move on to Sophie.  Mmmm, lets start on a hoof.”

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” That’s a little tough.  I’ll try the rump.  Nice and tender.”
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“Nope, I’m still crabby.  Uuuu, an iPhone.  That will distract me for a while.  I can call my peeps.”
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“I’m just a happy go lucky baby.  Don’t pay any attention to my hand wandering over to the keyboard.  hehehe.”
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