Month 7

Things have returned to a new “norm”. Colette is definitely more stabilized now since last month, but there are still kinks we are trying to work out. Now that we’ve finally moved into our new space (yes, again!), we can settle in and have less variables, if you know what I mean. I am very proud to say that even though we’ve gone through so much transition and changes externally, Colette has adjusted pretty well considering! It’s always a bit of a tough one to remember that babies are very adaptable and they will just learn. There are definitely things I believe we need to do to “cater” to them, but more often than not, if you are a perfectionist-keep to routine-type of mom like me, it’s easy to forget that flexibility is OK and it won’t completely destroy everything you’ve done up to this point. And…they DO learn. These babies are tough! Continue reading

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Month 6

OH BOY! Has it been a rough month!!!! I think month 6 is most definitely the hardest month in adjustment with Colette. Except maybe beside the initial first month of life. But good news is I’m writing this post on time, meaning that she has mostly settled back down. So why was month 6 so hard? Well, Colette popped out her first 2 teeth, she went through a growth spurt, and she caught a cold. And she probably went through another Leap as well. To be honest, I stopped trying to figure it out (first in defeat, and then with peace) and just rolled with it. We definitely had some hard times of disrupted sleep (yes, I am a spoiled Baby Wise mom sleeper), and unstructured days, which lead to a very cranky mommy. And hubby and I are still re-adjusting to a normal life and going through major life changes as well (we are moving…AGAIN)!

As a treat, I decided to start moving all our products (not just food) to be organic and natural. There is this website (EWG.ORG) that rates all products from food to cosmetics! I’ve been using that to start weaning out better products for Colette, and then with us. Maybe I’ll write a separate blog about that!

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Feeding

OH MY this girl can eat! Sometimes I’m a bit worried about how much she eats, but I won’t complain as I hear how lucky I am with that. This month she’s tried yams, eggs, different types of cereals, apples, pears, blueberries, fish and probably more. She definitely loves her fruit. She definitely is not the “perfect” eater, in the sense she does still struggle and whine at times throughout her meal. She likes to pocket food in her mouth and not swallow – so she looks much like a chipmunk. We usually have to give her a touch of incentive of fruit to kickstart her to swallow and get her second wind to finish the meal.

We have also introduced feeding her water with a cup. I hold the cup and she drinks. It took her a few days to get it down, but she did it!!! But I must say she is still learning the art of swallowing enough so she doesn’t choke on it. The little lady also seems to like blowing bubbles with the water… I find it’s super important for her to get her water in as when she doesn’t she has a hard time with her…bowels. She usually poops during meals and it’s so sad to watch her when she’s a bit constipated. Nose sweat beads and all!

I’ve been reading about Baby Led Weaning. It seems like this philosophy allows kids to lead in how much and how to eat. Very different to what I’ve been doing, which is controlling how and what she eats by feeding her with a spoon. And we have taught her with a stern “no” whenever she tries to dig her little hands into her food. It sort of confuses me a bit as I’m planning on how to introduce table food for her. We’ve tried to put a few pieces of fruit on her tray at the end of her meal to see what she will do, and she just WON’T touch it. haha. I think we over-taught her with our no-hand policy :$ But I will continue to learn and experiment how to do this. Maybe she hasn’t developed enough in her motor skills as well to do this…?

Sleep

HELP ME JESUS was a prayer I kept saying this month with her sleep. It was horrendous. We had a baby who went from sleeping through the night and having 2-2.5 hour solid naps to one that kicked and screamed when being put to bed, and woke up very unpredictability for naps and during the night. Because we just did not know WHAT WAS CAUSING WHAT (i.e. teething, sick, etc), we just wanted to help her out and comfort her more – so we started soothing her more often, rocking her to sleep, nursing her to sleep (yea, I know) and just having unstructured days. It was brutal…for me. I like structure in my life, because it helps me plan out my days more. But with the constantly poor sleep for baby and us, it was just brutal. I stayed home a lot with her, feeling the need to “normalize” her as much as possible. But after awhile that burned me out because I had cabin fever and just needed to get out and take care of myself for a bit.

Some of the reasons we thought of what contributed to all this, and how we tackled each problem:


– teething (we used motrin for long-lasting effect)

– growth spurt (I added an additional meal, and more food throughout the day)

– sick (we used Hydrasense to get her snot out)

– needing less sleep during the day (trying to gradually drop the 3rd nap)

– too late of a bed time as we started pushing it to 8-8:30pm (getting her to bed earlier again around 7:30-7:45)

After all that detective work, and as Colette seemed like she was over her teething and cold, we decided to go back to the basics – sleep training. The disrupted routine due to all of the above probably formed bad habits for her. Though honestly I loved the feeling of her falling asleep in my arms (something I never allowed her to do before), I knew that was killing me and would not be good in the long run. We did the “wake to sleep” method for her middle of the night waking for 2-3 days and she started sleeping through the night again. We let her cry it out for her naps and soothed her in longer intervals, and she was fine after about a week again (by the way, sleep training in 500sqft of space SUCKS! Get ear plugs!). So now I am sitting here, after a full nights sleep and happily writing this entry while baby is asleep on her predictable structured routine again 🙂 YAY.

Milestones/Activities

Well, besides her FIRST TWO TEETH, Colette has had some major achievements this month!!

We were able to get her to do more standing activities – in the jolly jumper and in the exersaucer (she’s actually tall enough!)

She’s definitely rolling more to get to places (she has an eye on our electronics).

She’s sitting up independently for longer.

Can I say again her laugh and smile is just SO contagious.

She’s figuring some pretty ridiculous expressions with her face which…might be from mommy.

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Summary

So that was month 6. It was crazy for me as it seemed we had to “restart” all over again, but at least it’s good to know that it can be done. We are still working out the little kinks here and there and figuring out what “normal” means again, but definitely in a more settled place. I had a moment the other day, where I just stared at her and couldn’t believe she was my daughter. You know, those parental moments. How blessed we are to have a child, and an eccentric, joyful one to boost!

Colette’s schedule continues to be feeding every 4-4.5 hours. Wake up times are now 6:30/10:30-11/2:30-3/6. She will nurse, then eat her solids, and have about 2.5 hours total wake time and sleep anywhere from 1.5-2 hours. Her bed time is now around 7:30-7:45.

Month 5

Wowe – baby’s already in Month 6 and I haven’t kept up to date. Again, it’s been a bit crazy in our lives, but a friend reminded me how blessed I am each day to stare into this little face of cuteness as a reminder of how good our God is in amidst such bumps and hurdles in our lives. How can I look at this face and not be filled with joy? (Just a preview, month 6 has been torturous, thus also the delay of this post – will update more in a few weeks with that).

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Feeding

We started solids by the end of the month! I actually hadn’t planned to start solids until Month 6, but a mom friend told me that because they are less developed in month 5, it will be easier to introduce solids to them so they are less distractible etc. And it worked! As well, doing some research, paediatricians also give a range of 4-6months to be safe for babes to start solids with 6 months being the safest.

Colette was such an easy gal to start on solids. She was a monster though – gobbled up spoonful after spoonful of rice cereal. We started in the last 2 weeks of the month (so about at 5.5 months) and started with Gerber’s rice cereal because we had a freebie package. I know you can introduce new foods every 3-4 days (to watch for allergies), but because our week was chaotic I wasn’t able to do that and we stuck with cereals for the first week-ish. Oatmeal, brown rice and regular rice cereal. We also added some prune as I heard babies can get constipated with rice cereal.

She started with 2TB on her first go and went up to 6TB at the end of the first day (and probably could’ve kept going). Her feeding schedule continues to be 4 times a day every 4-4.5 hours. I feed her solids for lunch and dinner. Breast feeding still prior to meals.

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As for breastfeeding – this is the battle now. She is SO distracted. Sometimes taking her time and drinking up, but other times in a hurry and hardly drinks. Need to figure out if she’s actually full or just distracted and wants to play, as she does whine and complain when she’s “done”.

Sleep

We FINALLY got to wean her off the swaddle. We actually started because one night it was just SO hot, and our swaddle method with her to prevent her from breaking out was a double swaddle – swaddle blanket on top of miracle blanket. So because it was so hot to keep up with the double swaddle, we just went for it that night. We kept her in just the swaddle blanket, and she woke up in the middle of the night with it loosened, but we re-swaddled her with one arm out and she fell back asleep fine till the morning! YAY!

Day 1: we one-arm-swaddled her to continue the weaning, but she kept breaking out of it, so we just jumped to sleep sac. She woke up in the middle of the night but was able to be soothed back to sleep (we rub and pat her tummy while in her crib).

Day 2: She was able to fall asleep for all her naps on her own in a sleep sac but woke up early for one nap. We tried to soothe her 3x but she just couldn’t go back to sleep. So we fed her early that evening and called it a day.

Day 3: She fell asleep quick for all her naps and slept through all her naps and through the night! WOOHOO! Weaning complete 🙂 (This was about week 25). To be very frank, the next babe we will try to do sleep sac with them from the get-go. This swaddling thing just got dragged on way too long :$

Besides the weaning process, Colette is having night wakings – it went for a few days, and then she was fine for the next few, so we will see if this keeps up. I also gave her top up of formula in the evening in case she was hungry and going through an early growth spurt. We will see how this goes into Month 6 as this early waking started towards the end of the month.

Waketime/Milestones

OH MY! Our little one is becoming her own person. Can I say again how much I love her LAUGH??? It is hilarious and becoming less rare. I have a few videos on my instagram if you’re curious. Though her giggle fits are still rare and hard to call forth haha.

This month we’ve noticed Colette started:

– touching her toes

– opening the canopy when it’s covered (peeking out through the sides)

– reaching out for toys more when we offer it to her

– reaching to touch our faces

– reaching out to everything she sees

– sitting up more on her own (she falls backwards mostly)

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Summary

Our schedule remains at 6:30-7/11/3/7 for feedings. She’s up for anywhere from 2-2.5hours. When we are out she is still taking short naps (30-45mins). For feedings, I nurse her first, then we eat a meal together as a family (or the 2 of us when daddy’s at work).

It was a big month of changes! We got rid of the swaddle, and she started solids! But we have been faced with early morning wakings. So stay tuned to see if we get this resolved in month 6…

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Month 4

When a few days feels like a whole week, you know you’ve had a tough one. Has anyone out there gone through rough patches but there’s that something in your life that represents hope. It’s like a rope that’s been thrown down to remind you that there is a way out – that there is hope. Hope. I love that word. I enjoy how Colette has been this reminder of hope. When I look at her, and think of her future ahead, I am just overfilled with joy. It’s like this analogy that was in Soul Surfer (such a cheesily-wonderful movie). In the movie, they magnified objects and got people to guess what it was. And it’s nearly impossible to get the correct answer. “It’s hard to look at things that are too close” – focusing on the problem at hand in the present is HARD and draining. We can start to better understand things with time, because it gives us a greater perspective. No better way for me to get that perspective but by looking at Colette. Or for a short-term solution, just watch Pitch Perfect and laugh my tush off.

Here’s a summary of Colette’s 4th month (weeks 18, 19, 20 and 21). She got her 4 months vaccinations! She was a trooper again! Short cries after the needle, but all smiles shortly after.  Unfortunately she reacted with a fever the next day, standing at 101.8 F.  She was just slightly more fussy, but definitely VERY tired. Her wake time went from 2 hrs to 1 hr, and she actually fell asleep in the car after a few moments (something she hasn’t done for months). Despite feeling under the weather, we made the most out of her sleepy state and had more peaceful outings 🙂 We gave her one dose of baby Advil and her fever was over.  Continue reading

First Baby 101 – What you need

Hello there! This post has been in the making for awhile, but I am really excited about it as I was looking for a post like this when I was preparing for the arrival of our little one. When I was pregnant, I was researching and looking for a list of essentials to get for a baby. I wasn’t an over the top spender, but wasn’t super frugal as well. I found a couple of websites, but nothing really matched what I felt suited my personality. So as I started this blog, I wanted to add the the world of internet by contributing my First Baby Essential List (for the economic-efficient-not over the top-kind-of-mom :)). I’ve mentioned great resources before in my previous entries, but in this one, I will list items that I’ve found were necessary in having a first baby – sort of like a baby kick start kit!

Now, the baby world is CRAZY – very similar to the wedding/bridal world. There’s just so much out there, and in my opinion way overpriced. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy cute and tasteful products every now and then too, but when it comes to the everyday, efficiency is what I look for. So here goes, the list of things that I found were MUST HAVES!  Continue reading

Family outing at Crescent Beach – South Surrey

Hi y’all! A beautiful sunny day from Vancouver, BC, Canada 🙂 The winter weather in Vancouver this year has been very mild. We’ve had so many beautiful waves of sunny, good weather recently that I’ve been daydreaming more and more about our upcoming summer with the little one in toll. Thinking about the things we can do with her and the adventures we can take gets me SO excited – hiking, biking, just walking around beautiful areas of the city…just SO MUCH!

My husband and I went on a date night this past week where we had a lot of time (without the distractions of the cuteness of Colette) to talk, dream and share our visions for the future. One thing I would love to do, is to just learn, discover and experience things together as a family, especially things that are active and gets us OUT. This will be so great because we live in such a beautiful city that I’ve yet to discover much of, since moving here 5 years ago. I think we will try to go out every weekend, or every other weekend if our schedule allows, to discover BC. So if you know a good spot, please pass it on! I think we will try out the Nat Bailey Farmer’s Market next weekend with a few friends.

As well, another new project is going to be in full bloom so soon – our very own backyard organic vegetable garden! woohoo!! I’ve been learning SO much about food, nutrition and health that I want to write it all down and can’t wait to share it! Continue reading

Week 16 & 17

Howdy everyone! I think I’m going to combine my baby diaries into every 2 weeks and maybe even write up summaries once a month as her schedule is pretty set and the crazy growth that was in the beginning in the newborn phase has slowed down. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m “getting the hang of it”, or that Colette’s really just stabilized now. We didn’t think that we would even consider having our second baby until a year later, but now that things are settled, maybe we will have our talks sooner rather than later 😉

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Week 15

I’ve heard from parents that once baby hits the 3 month mark, it is almost like a magical switch – where everything feels settled. I am definitely feeling that since about 1-2 weeks ago. Her naps have miraculously stabilized after we switched her to a 4 hour schedule. With feeding every 4 hours, I feel like I can do SO much more in between feeds, especially when my husband is at home and can play with her and put her down. I can actually run more than one errand! Wow…I’d say that’s quite the achievement!

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Baby Shower

Last week we helped throw a baby shower for a friend who’s due in March. It was really fun, and it felt like the first real event that I’ve helped organize/coordinate since the hurricane that came in this last season of so many new things. I feel like I’m finally back on my feet and doing the things I use to do more and more. One of these things is just exercising my creativity, making little DIY projects and hosting people in our home. It feels great! And I’m proud to say that I handled Colette well (with the help of my amazing husband) while hosting this fun event, meaning less stress and more enjoyment for me 🙂

A lot of people commented on the decor, which I actually spent a lot of time planning and DIY-ing, so I am pretty proud of it and want to showcase it. I’m discovering the fun things of Pinterest, so these are all Pinterest-inspired ideas for a baby boy baby shower! Continue reading

Week 14

My little cute monster is 3 months old! I don’t know why I like calling her a monster: poop monster, cute monster, booger monster, milk monster…she’s just my cute little monster and I mean it in the most endearing way. The more I get to know her, the more I’m getting to see her personality – a little monster or fierce fighter in every way. I can tell we will have our hands full with her (in an exciting way!). I am so excited to raise a daughter who will be fearless, supernatural and powerful! Here’s an unusual picture of her in a docile state looking at her new discoveries of her little footies this past week.

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