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The iPhone snaps are piling up again, so time for another Life Lately post! Is it just me or do these adorable Freshly Picked mocs make Lucy's feet look a little crazy?! Haha!

This past weekend Lucy and I ventured to Paducah (by ourselves!!) to visit my friend Rindi!! The drive is about 3.5 hours so I was pretty nervous to do it by myself,  even though Lucy is pretty content in her car seat most of the time now. She did pretty good - I tried to leave around naptime so she'd hopefully sleep at least 2 hours of it, which worked on the way there but she ended up freaking out when she woke up. She likes to cuddle and nurse after a nap so she wasn't happy waking up in her car seat. The worst part was that the road we were on had no exits and construction everywhere so we couldn't even pull over, so there was literally nothing I could do for her :( Overall, she did great though! Once we found an exit and were able to stop for a bit she was totally fine after that, and then the way home she did great - awake for an hour then slept the rest of the way! 

Anyway, Rindi is currently pregnant with Lucy's future husband, so we had to go visit before his arrival in August!! 

Currently trying to figure out how to go about an arranged marriage ;)

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I have ALL the heart eyes for these two. Melts me every time.

Speaking of heart eyes... one day, Josh and Lucy disappeared... I found them reading together in her room. So. Many. Heart. Eyes.

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This one cracks me up!

We've been going couch shopping with my mom (since before Memorial Day weekend - hence the outfit!) and I've fallen in love with this couch!! It is SO soft and plush and has this cool potato wedge (my term ;)) at the end. This particular one is a sectional but it also comes in a regular couch or loveseat size also... I'm trying to figure out what configuration would work best in our space... any interior designers around to help?! We used to have a sectional, which is about the only way to get something to face our TV straight on, but I felt like it closed off our space. Of course, Josh says no new couches, but I think he just needs to sit on this to understand. ;)

Summer days are in full swing and we are loving it!! 

"It's too bright, Mom!" Ha! Poor little blue eyed baby!

Our neighbors just got a pool, which is basically the next best thing considering we still haven't convinced Daddy to let us get one... maybe one day!

Looking forward to... girls trip with Cousin!!!! We've missed the past couple years because in 2014 I got married that summer and went to Japan plus on my honeymoon so time was limited and 2015 I was pregnant. So 2016 it's high time to start them up again!! Lucy is excited about her first Girls Trip!

We are working on our summer list! We can officially cross off #5, and have #2 and #4 planned! Our weekends are packed full through July and we are loving it!!

Happy Wednesday! XOXO

Let's talk about sleep, baby!

I think the number one question I get is when and how did I transition Lucy to her crib? The second would be what is her sleep schedule in general and how did I sleep train her? 

So...

I have no advice for transitioning your baby to her crib. I didn't do it! Josh did it one night when she was around 10 weeks old. I'm glad he did it, because I probably never would have been ready!! But she did so well in there that I couldn't argue.

Back when she was that little, Josh always took her after her last feeding around 10pm so I could get a few hours of sleep, and would take that shift and feed her around midnight and then bring her to me for her next feeding around 2-3am and then he'd go upstairs to sleep in the guest room. One night I woke up around then and realized he hadn't brought her to me yet. No big deal, I thought, because sometimes they'd fall asleep on the couch or go to the basement. When they were neither of those places I thought maybe he took her to bed with him upstairs... well sure enough, he was in the guest bed but she was in her room across the hall! 

Since then, we pretty much always put her in her crib. What really helped too was that my mom moved in right around then, and I felt better having someone else upstairs with Lucy. I know it's crazy first time mom anxiety but I just felt bad at the thought of leaving my tiny baby all the way upstairs by herself (I still kinda do!), even though it's not even that far... her room is right at the top of the stairs and our's is right at the bottom. 

I would say though that I am glad we transitioned her early. I think if we had waited until now (6 months - which is when I originally thought I might try it) we'd have a really hard time. She is really attached to me and if she was used to sleeping with me also I don't think it'd go well, but now she's just used to sleeping up there!

As for her sleep schedule, I did not sleep train her. I briefly thought I may have to about a month ago, because she went from sleeping a good 6-8 hour stretch to waking up every 2 hours for about a week. I read that it could be due to the fact that she had learned object permanence, so since I rock/nurse her to sleep, she now knows I'm not there when she wakes up and needs me to go back to sleep.

However, I couldn't be sure that she wasn't waking up due to teething or something else, and I'd feel terrible if I made her cry it out or something when she really just needed me for a legit reason.

I'm honestly not a huge fan of sleep training - I feel that crying is how they communicate, and that they don't just do it to manipulate you. Even if she is crying just because she wants held, so what? She's a BABY. But I know it works great for some families and that's fine too. After those couple weeks of waking up a lot, she did have several nights of sleeping all night again, so I'm glad I didn't do it... if she was consistently still waking up every 2 hours I may think we should try something, but come to find out she was going through a Wonder Weeks leap, and one of the signs of it was worse & less sleep. 

Her schedule these days is fairly set, and she ended up kind of putting herself on it. It's usually something like this:

  • 7:00am wake up for the day
  • 8:30-10:30am morning nap
  • 1:30-3:30pm afternoon nap
  • sometimes a cat nap around 5:30pm
  • 8:00-9:00pm bedtime
  • 4:00-5:00am wake up to eat 

This varies (sometimes a lot) but that's her general sleep schedule right now. I can usually count on a 2 hour morning nap about 1.5-2 hours after she wakes up, and a 2-3 hour afternoon nap, with about 3-4 hours of happy, awake time in between them. 

So, that's what we do! Sorry I don't have much better advice. I have kind of just followed her lead on the whole thing, and it all has kind of worked itself out around 6 months old. Like I said, it's not every day... heck, last night she woke me up twice - I think it's teething! And it helps that she's pretty easy going and happy, so she doesn't get really cranky if she goes longer between naps and whatnot.. if she did, I may have pushed harder for a schedule earlier on, but we're both kinda figuring it out as we go, and really that's all we can all do - whatever works best for you!

What are your best sleep tips?!

XOXO

6 months of Lucy!

Happy 1/2 birthday, Lucy girl!!!! I blinked and somehow woke up with a SIX month old!! I can't believe we are already half way through your first year! It's amazing to think about all the ways you've grown and changed in just six short months. You are sweet and smart and such a happy girl and bring so much joy to our family! We love you to the moon and back a million times and I thank God every day for letting me be your mommy!!

Stats

Weight: 15lbs 6.5oz (36th percentile.. up from 25th!)

Height: 24.5in (6th percentile... poor girl)

Head: 16.5in (I think they said 40th percentile.. she's growing into her big head! ;))

She's wearing 3-6 month & 6 month clothes. Most fit perfect, but I can tell the 3-6 are getting a little tight! Size 3 diapers (2's still fit, but I like 3's better.)

Developmental

The first thing the doctor asked was if she could sit assisted for a few minutes... doc, she's been sitting unassisted for as long as she wants for over a month now! He also asked if she can roll over both ways, responds to noise, talks/babbles... check, check, and check! He said she looks perfect, but we already knew that! ;)

She hasn't really shown much interest in crawling, but I kind of wonder if it has to do with the fact that since she sits up so well, she's not on her belly on the floor very often. When I lay her down, occasionally she'll get up on all 4's, but even when she does she just rocks back and forth a little. She seems to pick up tasks quickly once she gets them, so I think once she's ready she'll be crawling in no time! To be honest, I don't know if I'm ready for that though!! 

And, still no teeth to report!

Sleep

There for a few weeks she was waking up every 2-4 hours and it was like having a newborn again!! I couldn't decide if it was teething or the fact that she had learned object permanence, so when she woke up she realized I wasn't there anymore and wanted me in order to go back to sleep. 

The object permanence thing is why they recommend sleep training at around 6 months, because you have to break them of needing you to fall sleep, so I thought I was gonna have to do some sleep training. But since I wasn't convinced that it was NOT teething causing the sleep disturbance, I held off. I would feel TERRIBLE if I made her "cry it out" (I say it in quotes because I don't really believe in CIO and there's no way I could do a full on CIO method...) when the only reason she was crying was because she's in pain. 

After a couple sporadic nights with a full nights sleep again, I figured it must be something bugging her and not just that she wanted me, so I'm glad I didn't do it!

Then I opened up the Wonder Weeks app (I had totally forgotten about it!) and she was right smack dab in the middle of the "Relationships Leap," of which one of the major signs is sleeping worse & less. I still think she was/is teething a bit, too... but the Leap makes perfect sense and for the most part we're back to our good sleep schedule.

She's been going to bed between 8 and 9, and sleeping until about 5, waking up to eat, and going back to sleep until 7 or 8. To my surprise, she's kind of put herself on somewhat of a nap schedule this past week, too! The past few days she's taken a good 2 hour nap in the morning (about 2-3 hours after waking up), and then another 2-3 hour nap (!!!!!) in the afternoon. 

Nursing/Food

She's still pretty much exclusively breastfed (I'm pretty proud of myself for making it this long!!) although we did start baby led weaning a couple weeks ago!! She still pretty much just gnaws/chews/sucks on food versus actually eating much of it, but she loves it! I am always SO nervous that she's going to choke though! I know it's how she learns (not choking, which she hasn't really done.. it's mostly just gagging) but it still freaks me out!

I did this little photo shoot of Lucy in a tutu the other day and it kills me! The tutu and the pearls and the giant bow... she is too much! I just can't get enough of her!!

I can't believe in just six more months we'll be celebrating her first birthday!!!