Saturday, July 19, 2014

NEWBORN SLEEP


When I found out two months ago that we were having another baby, I was beyond excited. Over the last several weeks, however, the memories of almost five long months of sleepless nights have made me cringe in fear. Our son woke up every two hours on the nose, twenty four hours a day without fail for months. My husband and I were zombies. I was suffering from nausea and dizzy spells due to the sleep deprivation. It was rough.

Along the way we learned some tricks. First off, he was a tiny escape artist and would bust out of his swaddle blanket within minutes. I was never really good at swaddling anyway so I gave up on it altogether until someone suggested I get a pre-sewn swaddle blanket with a velcro closure. I ran out and bought several SwaddleMe blankets and holy cow, was that a good idea. Our son jumped from waking every two hours to every four and after three months of him waking so often, this was the relief we all needed.

Second, we never had a cradle/co-sleeper or anything like that. We plopped our tiny newborn in his full size crib every night and I'm sure this contributed to his constant waking. I've read so many articles, studies, etc... since then that newborns "generally" like to sleep in smaller spaces. It makes sense. After all they've spent the last nine months all cozied up in their mothers womb, right? How could they possibly feel all safe and secure in the open space of a huge crib. This is a mistake we wont be repeating.

I've spent some time on the old interweb lately trying to figure out what type of newborn sleep solution is right for us and although I'm not committed to anything as of yet, I'm leaning strongly toward a hanging and/or baby responsive cradle. Here are a few I've got my eye on.....



The womb like design of this baby hammock by Amby promotes increased airflow and visibility. It helps sooth common conditions such as colic, gas, cramping and reflux. It also responds to your baby's kicking with a gentle rocking and swaying motion. If you were wondering what I meant by "baby responsive cradle", this is it.



This cradle may take a more traditional design than the others here, but it still fits what we're looking for. It's gentle springy movement makes it easy for babies to rock themselves to sleep. The mesh sides promote airflow and make it easy to see your baby without having to lift your head. It's compact and easy to move around or even travel with and it's just the right height to place beside your bed.



This hanging cradle can be suspended from your ceiling or from their tripod stand (sold separately) and swings gently in all directions helping to not only sooth your baby, but also promote a sense of orientation. You can read more about it's concept here.



The "Beautiful Dreamer" Hammock by Arm's Reach Promotes Airflow and baby led movement and even features an adjustable back to help sooth colic and aid in digestion. It's cozy design and movement is meant to continue the feeling of being in the womb.




Have you ever used or considered using a baby hammock or hanging cradle? Do you own one of these? If so, I would love to hear about it. Please let me know what think or if you have any suggestions in the comments section.




Friday, July 18, 2014

29/52




"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014"

"He tried so hard to scoot backwards and squeeze under that gate but in the end, no dice"






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE.....

Guess What!!! we're having another baby!!!! Funny story......it took about 7-8 months to conceive the little guy. I remember crying to my doctor about not being able to get pregnant. I remember getting so frustrated and upset with every passing month of my "failure" to become pregnant. I would misinterpret pms for early pregnancy symptoms only to be let down a few days later. Then one day I just felt funny. I felt like I had motion sickness. I told my husband I thought I was really pregnant, like REALLY for real this time. He smiled and shook his head because he'd heard those words come out of my mouth every month since we started trying. A few days later I took a test and for the first time, there were two lines on the stick!! We were elated!

This past spring, we started talking about trying to have another baby, but we were also entering into a period of transition and uncertainty. My husband was days away from starting a new career which would require him to be away from home on a regular basis for training and eventually we would have to move all within less that a years time. On the other hand, it took several months to conceive our son and we wondered if the same would be true this time around. The little guy was almost one and a half and we didn't want there to be too much of an age gap. I told my husband I didn't think we should get pregnant until after we moved and got settled. Then one night while riffling through our medicine cabinet, he said "oh shit, we're out of condoms". I said something to the effect of "who cares. It's not like we're gonna get pregnant this one time". I mean after all, it took almost as long to conceive the last one as it did to gestate him in my belly, right?

Well.......


Now you all know why I've been so mia around here. Remember when I said I was working on a big exciting project. Between the 24 hour a day unrelenting nausea and complete exhaustion, it's a miracle I managed to post at all. If it wasn't for my dedication to the 52 week project, I probably would have abandoned ship altogether (temporarily of course). The good news is that I'm FINALLY starting to feel better. I'm thirteen weeks pregnant and I can't wait to start sharing more of this impending bundle of joy with you.

And just in case you didn't already figure it out from the title of this post........It's A GIRL!!


xoxo

Alia



Saturday, July 12, 2014

28/52




"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Cars and Cheerios = 20 minutes that I didn't have to play "human jungle gym"





Friday, July 11, 2014

MINI SPACE

This is probably my favorite nursery tour to date. I love the combination of black and white and eye popping brights! 

















nursery tour via




Monday, July 7, 2014

27/52



"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014"

We went to grandmas house for 4th of July. He ran around her huge yard all afternoon and only lost a shoe once.





Friday, June 27, 2014

26/52




"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Every day he gathers up pieces of different toys that are the same color. 





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