Thursday, April 25, 2013

Why didn't someone tell me?

I wish I could go back to my pre-Kaylee self and present her with this essay written by a stressed out sleep deprived mama.  I often ask Kaylee "Why Won't You Sleep???" cause it's funny to see her smile and laugh when I ask this.  :)  Here's the essay for any new moms or future to be moms or just for me to refer to the next time I decide to have another baby.....

"You shouldn’t sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you. College-aged children never need to be nursed, rocked, helped to sleep, so don’t worry about any bad habits. Nursing, rocking, singing, swaddling, etc to sleep are all bad habits and should be stopped immediately.
Naps should only be taken in the bed, never in a swing, car seat, stroller, or when worn. Letting them sleep in the car seat or swing will damage their skulls. If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the bed, put them in a swing, car seat, stroller, or wear them. Use the crib only for sleep and keep it free of distractions. If the baby is having trouble adjusting to the crib, have them play in it first. If the baby wakes up at night and wants to play, put fun toys in the crib to distract them.
Put the baby in a nursery, bed in your room, in your bed. Co-sleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never, ever do it. If your baby doesn't die, you will need to bed-share until college.
Keep the room warm, but not too warm. Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly. Put them on their backs to sleep, but don't let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed. Give them a pacifier to reduce SIDS. Be careful about pacifiers because they can cause nursing problems and stop your baby from sleeping soundly. If your baby sleeps too soundly, they’ll die of SIDS.
Don’t let your baby sleep too long, except when they’ve been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby. Any baby problem can be solved by putting them to bed earlier, even if they are waking up too early. If your baby wakes up too early, put them to bed later or cut out a nap. Don’t let them nap after 5 p.m. Sleep begets sleep, so try to get your child to sleep as much as possible. Put the baby to bed awake but drowsy. Don't wake the baby if it fell asleep while nursing.
You should start a routine and keep track of everything. Don’t watch the clock. Put them on a schedule. Scheduling will make your life impossible because they will constantly be thrown off of it and you will become a prisoner in your home.
Using the "Cry It Out" method (CIO) will make them think they’ve been abandoned and will be eaten by a lion shortly. It also causes brain damage. Not getting enough sleep will cause behavior and mental problems, so be sure to put them to sleep by any means necessary, especially CIO, which is the most effective form. CIO is cruel beyond belief and the only thing that truly works because parents are a distraction.
Formula and solid foods will help the baby sleep longer. Solid foods shouldn’t be given at night because they might wake the baby. Don't stop the baby from nursing when asleep. Be wary of night feeds. If you respond too quickly with food or comfort, your baby is manipulating you. Babies can’t manipulate. Babies older than six months can manipulate.
Sleep when the baby sleeps. Clean when the baby cleans. Don’t worry. Stress causes your baby stress and a stressed baby won't sleep."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

7 months old

Kaylee continuously cracks us up with her playfulness.  She is a very happy baby as you can see.  She is getting in a lot more hair these days after a formula change.  She went from taking 2 ounces to 4 ounces practically overnight....I think she got her Mama's tastebuds.  She definitely prefers high quality formula and food haha!  

She enjoys playing with Mama and Grandmama's hair as evidenced by one of the pictures where she appears to be swinging off a vine with Grandma's hair!  She also loves her elephant Ellie and is very happy to chew on her tail all day long.  

She has also began to vocalize "Da", which doesn't really mean anything since we call her father "Papa".  Although Grandaddy is happy to claim it as her first word because he thinks she's trying to vocalize "Grandaddy."  ;)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

6 months old

Kaylee is...

almost sitting up by herself

jumping in her jumper (loves to jump!)

pulling her socks off every chance she gets

putting everything in her mouth

not getting any teeth yet but teething a lot

sleeping on her side

learning to push down

learning to reach up for people/items