Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Sleep Easy Solution

It has been one crazy week at my house! I decided that it was time to wean Braelle off of her night time feedings, so both of us could get some sleep! To be able to successfully do that, she needed to know how to put herself to sleep, so that she would be able to go back to sleep in the middle of the night without a snack. Chrissy went online and ordered a book to help us with this process, "The Sleep Easy Solution." By Monday afternoon, we had highlighted what we needed to know and had a plan!'s the plan!
6:00 - Dinner Time (Braelle basically just downs a ton of blueberries)
6:45 - Bath Time (Braelle and I still bathe together & this is her FAVORITE time to lean over and get something to drink! ha!)
7:30ish - Quiet Time (We read books, play with toys, and rock...all in her room)
8:00 - Bed Time (I put Braelle in her crib, whisper some encouragement, and close the door!)
If she cries, I go back in every 5, then 10, then 15, ect minutes until she is asleep and tell her that I'm right outside the door, that I'll see her in the morning, to have sweet dreams and that I love her very much!

The Results
Night #1 - Braelle screamed, cried and sniffled for 45 minutes
Night #2 - Tears for 30 minutes
Night #3 - Tears for 30 minutes...*sigh*
Night #4 - 13 minutes!! HOPE!
Night #5 - ZERO MINUTES! I put her in her crib, she laid down and went to sleep without a peep!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

8 Months...8 Teeth

Braelle started getting teeth when she was 4 months (VERY early). I can't believe she already has 8 teeth when she's only 8 months old. This whole teeth situation makes breastfeeding interesting...but a bite here and there, even though it hurts really bad, is well worth the pain to have a healthy baby girl. Check em out!

(please excuse the turkey in between her bottom teeth) :D

Braelle has grown up a lot this month. She went from practically exclusively breastfeeding for the first 8 months of her life, to really enjoying some good solid table food. (Yes, she skipped baby food-she's too independent to let someone feed her). Some foods she really likes include: asparagus, green beans, carrots, apples, grapes, cherries, blueberries, and recently, chicken and turkey! Healthy girl, I'd say!

A recent HUGE pet peeve is when other people try to give MY baby foods I wouldn't approve of. (like cake icing and potatoe chips). There is a reason why she is my baby and not theirs...God wants her to be healthy and I take my job seriously. It would be great if they'd stop going behind my back.

On a lighter note, Braelle was all smiles today. Ahhh I just love her so much :)