Friday Night

Baby is asleep and it’s Friday evening. What to do? No babysitter means a night in! I can’t complain since we did get out last night and saw our favorite comedian, Jim gaffigan! It was a good show but hard to enjoy a night out during the week. So tonight, what better way to kick off the weekend with some much needed wine and chocolate!? Can’t think of anything better!

Ferber Method: Nights 2 & 3

This must have work because nights 2 and 3 were MUCH better!

Night 2: woke at 5:30 and fussed for a few minutes. I think she went back to sleep but I am not sure…she could have been awake just hanging out. Up again at 6, had her bottle and back to sleep until 7:15

Night 3 (last night): Didn’t wake up until 6:15! She had her bottle and was up for the day.

I am really hoping this sticks and she doesn’t retract back to waking up. Most people I know say it takes roughly 3 nights and that the first night is the worst. Now I can agree with everyone and say that this method DOES work!

~CB

Ferber Method

Mikayla was cleared yesterday at the doc…no more ear infection! There was a small amount of fluid but nothing concerning. Hopefully it will stay non concerning and not rear it’s ugly head again. We can rule out her ear bothering her and know this is not the reason she is waking up. At this point, it is all a guessing game. I have no clue why she is waking up now. She was for the most part, a good sleeper. She would wake once in the night to eat until she was about 4 1/2 months. After that she was on a good schedule. Sure, there were times when we got off track a little due to the occasional illness and teething, but not for long. She would have no problem going back to her schedule. She was never a paci user after 8 weeks old and did pretty well with soothing herself to sleep.

Now we are at 8 months old and her sleeping is back to being inconsistent. 2-3 nights mornings a week she is up around 4. I usually give her ten minutes then cave and feed her back to sleep. No bueno. Now she is expecting this every morning. The hubby and I mulled it over and decided to try the Ferber method. I figured why not give it a shot and share my experience with other Mom’s out there.

Ferber Method: Night 1

Details: 4:30am she starts the crying and after about 45 minutes we are stumped and don’t know how to proceed. The doctor  nurse (who we don’t like to see but our doc was out of town) said she should soothe herself back to sleep within an hour. UMMM ok…what happens if a full hour goes by? Then what!? Sure enough, 5:30 it is and I can’t take it anymore. I go in to get her and she isn’t moving, eyes are closed,  and she is making little noise. Could this be!? Did she fall asleep!? YESUM! Thank God! I was so afraid all that crying was for nothing. She got herself so worked up she was hiccuping in her sleep for a few minutes but it didn’t seem to bother her.

Result: An hour of crying and she put herself back to sleep. She woke up at 6:45 and was playing in her crib and smiling.

From what I have read, Ferber method can take 3 nights of crying and by the 4th night, she should be sleeping through the night. Babycenter.com has some great tips for this if anyone is interested. We will see how tonight goes and I will blog about it tomorrow. Has anyone tried this method before? Have you had success with it? Have you tried a different method that seemed to work well?

~Coffee Meet Face

 

Mikayla – 8 Month Stats

Can’t believe my little peanut is 8 months old! Looking back, I never thought we would reach this age. lol. I forgot to post her 7 month stats (oops) and a lot has happened since 6 months!

Weight: 20 lbs.  Height: 28″ (estimate)

Size:  3 in diapers but growing out of them fast!  Size 9 month in clothes, some 9-12 month.

Eats: Stage 2 food three times a day plus yogurt, potatoes, oatmeal, cheese and avocado.  4 bottles at 6-7 oz each. 

Sleep:  UGH, lately her schedule has been inconsistent.  Bed around 7-7:30 and up between 5:30-6 on a good night. She will have maybe 2-3 nights a week like this and 1 or 2 nights where she will wake up at 4 and will NOT go back to sleep. Teeth? Cold? who the heck knows! We might have to tough it out and try the ferber method. After reading about sleep for babies, there is no reason for her to eat at 4am and she is simply waking up out of habit and not falling back asleep on her own, which she needs to learn how to do. I will post an update on this later. We were doing so well!

Favorite and least favorite food: Likes just about everything! I am going to try peas tonight since she hasn’t had them in a while and hated them last time.

Milestones: Lots of milestones! Starting to clap! Crawling around everywhere and standing up on EVERYTHING! She is taking a few steps around the ottoman too.

Looking Ahead: I am hopeful for better sleep and looking forward to her taking more steps!

~CB

Kitchen Backsplash – Phase 1: decisions!

Our next house project is on the horizon! We are working on tile backsplash in the kitchen. Only problem…picking one!! We found two that we like from Lowes and brought them home to put on display for a few days in hopes to make a decision. Well, I don’t think I like either. Let me rephrase, I “like” both but I don’t LOVE them. I want to LOVE my backsplash. I am thinking that I don’t like the pattern? Maybe go with smaller squares? I like the idea of glass mosaic tile. I think we are going to try Home Depot and check out their selection. Below is a picture I took with my iphone (LOVE my new iphone ;-)). Which do you prefer?? (hubby likes the left) Any suggestions on color, shape, size, etc?

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~CB

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I meant to get to this post last week but forgot! My friend, Meghan over at Ratnam Residence has nominated Bachs By The Beach for another blogger award! Thanks Meghan!

The Rules:

1.  Display the award logo on your blog.

2.  Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3.  State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

First up, Seven Things:

  1. I am a picky eater! This is very unfortunate since Charleston has some amazing seafood. I don’t like seafood (maybe salmon and calamari) and most vegetables. I try new things from time to time but just don’t like them! (sorry babe)
  2. I hate Southern drivers. I thought NY was bad….its WAY worse here. No one can merge, pass, drive the speed limit, etc.
  3. I originally went to college to be a teacher. I thought this was my career path and decided after one teaching class that it wasn’t for me. Although, now I am re thinking that and wished I stuck with it!
  4. I am part Armenian. My maiden name is Apkarian and no one could ever pronounce it.
  5. I get bored with my hair and want to change it but never do. I go back and forth wanting to cut it short and growing it long and just can’t make up my mind!
  6. I am afraid of flying! I always get clammy and can’t seem to calm down. I get nauseous on the decent ALL THE TIME.
  7. I love Christmas! Who doesn’t!? If I had the money, my house would full with decorations! I always feel like I could use more🙂

Below are links to some great blogs I follow and have nominated for the award!

~CB

“Please Go To Sleep” – quick update

Last week I talked about Mikayla retracting from her good sleeping patterns. Luckily she got back into her routine after 4 nights and was sleeping until 6am! WOOT WOOT! Unfortunately, this did not last. Turns out, her ear infection in one ear did not heal completely resulting in another antibiotic. Today is day 3 of the meds but the last 3 nights she has woken anywhere between 3 and 4am. I I give her ibuprofen before bed but it only lasts 8 hours.

I am not sure if she is waking up because of pain or if she is now waking up out of habit. We try not to feed her and rock her back to sleep but this fails every time and we end up giving her a bottle which throws off her schedule for the day.

Mom’s: What would you do in this scenario? Let your baby cry it out and not feed them, or get up and feed them hoping it will pass once they feel better?

HELP! I need some advice!

~CB

Walking, Weight Loss and Will Power

Three topics to share today. First up….Walking.

I have had a goal of walking during work and 3-4 days a week at home. It is difficult to stick to the walking at home schedule since the hubby’s work schedule varies every week. His trips average 1-3 nights during the week. My goal is to 1. continue walking during work, even those days that get over 100 degrees (days this hot I only walk around once) 2. Try to walk more during the week at home. This presents a challenge since the hottest time of the day seems to be right when I get home at 5:00. I can suck up the heat but I don’t want peanut to have to suffer through it. It seems the best time to walk is around 7-7:30 which is her bedtime so that doesn’t work out. Maybe early morning on the weekends will have to do until the temps cool off a bit.

My Walking Buddy! (pic taken at 6:30 this morning) **side note: it poured yesterday and the backyard where I usually throw the ball for Sadie is a swamp. Needless to say, I had to get out and walk her this morning so she could do her business and get some energy out.

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2nd topic….Weight Loss

I haven’t blogged much about my weight loss goals, mainly because I was scared to commit to anything. The hubby has a current weight loss goal of 10 lbs and it makes it much easier for me to lose weight when we do it together. For the longest time I was stuck at 9 lbs! The nagging nine to lose to get back to my pre-baby weight. I am happy to report I am halfway there! I have 5 lbs to go! Now the main thing is keeping it off once I lose it! I dropped 4 lbs pretty quickly recently and I contribute it to a number of things…cutting back on carbs, eating more healthy, and pushing myself harder at the gym. My goal is to continue eating well, increase my walking, workout twice per week at the gym, and do a crossfit workout once a week with my friend.

3rd topic….Will Power

I struggle with this! I have always had a sweet tooth and have to resist eating chocolate after dinner. Unfortunately, my will power fell by the way side when I was pregnant which resulted in gaining 45 lbs! My hubby has some excellent will power and can say no to just about anything. I need to really really try hard to work on this. To help me, I have hung my designer jeans in the closet for me to see everyday. I can get these on and zipped but they are VERY tight in my legs. This will serve as inspiration to say no to the chocolate. However, I am a realistic person and can’t (and quite frankly don’t want to) cut this out completely. Every once in a while a treat isn’t a bad thing🙂

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Is there a food you just can’t resist? What is your motivation to achieving your goals (weight loss or other)?

~CB

Date Night In – Shrimp & Grits Style

The hubby and I had a date night in Friday night after Mikayla went to bed. We tried making a new recipe for dinner. Shrimp and Grits! (chicken for me since I don’t like shrimp). We used Paula Deen’s recipe and it turned out awesome!

  • 1 cup   stone-ground grits
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 2 cups  shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound  shrimp, peeled and deveined, left whole if small and roughly chopped if  medium or large
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped into tiny pieces
  • 4 teaspoons  fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup  thinly sliced green onions, white and green parts
  • 1 large  garlic clove, minced

Directions

1. To make the shrimp and grits recipe, bring 4  cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the grits and salt and pepper to  taste. Stir well with a whisk. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting  and cook the grits until all the water is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and cheese. Keep covered until ready  to serve.

2. Rinse the shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in  a large skillet until browned and crisp, then drain on a paper towel. Add the  shrimp to the bacon grease in the skillet and saute over medium heat just until  they turn pink, about 3 minutes. Do not overcook! Immediately add the lemon  juice, parsley, green onions, and garlic. Remove the skillet from the heat.

3. Pour the grits into a serving bowl. Pour the  shrimp mixture over the grits. Garnish with the bacon bits.

I highly recommend it! It is time-consuming but we enjoyed some music and wine while cooking together and it was nice not to have to rush to eat! We already have a few ideas for our next dinner date night in. Stay tuned!

~CB