Baby #4 Summary- Week 9

Coralie is 9 weeks old, almost 10.  And sleep.  Is.  Awful.


There is a wonder week from weeks 7-9, and honestly I don’t think I remember my first 3 being affected by it.  Coralie is definitely feeling this one!

While her witching hour has gotten better, she is waking in the night more- not every night.  Some nights she goes until 4, 5, or even 6:30am!  Other nights she is up around 1am and again around 4am, or she may sleep through from 1-6:30ish.  You see- there is no consistency, and that makes me crazy!  =P

I can handle wakings, bad naps, fussy babies … been there done that.  But this inconsistency of sleeping good, then not, then sleeping through the night, then not- that I cannot handle.

So I am praying she comes out of this wonder week (which she should technically be done with), sleeping better, or at least back to where she was!

Her naps are pretty routine, but she is waking mid nap.  Pacifier isn’t helping, and frankly she seems overstimulated by anything I try to do for her.  So I often let her cry until she is just worn out, then pat her to sleep.  (because even holding her doesn’t help and she refuses to eat; she isn’t hungry.  Just an overtired mess!)


Coralie is so social- she is still a happy girl, loves to talk and gurgle at back at you, and gets really upset when I get her ready for naps.  As soon as I lay her down to begin her sleep time routine, she usually starts fussing (too bad she doesn’t realize she needs sleep to grow, develop, and be happy).

She loves being outside, being held by her siblings, and bouncing in her bouncer.  Loud noises scare her, loud voices make her jump, and she cries over the smallest of things.  Much like her biggest sister, Coralie is a touchy baby to a Tee.  She is easily overstimulated, likes to suck (though it doesn’t help with sleep anymore-maybe that’s a phase?), needs LOTS of comfort and security about her world, and seems to use crying before sleep as a way to decompress from the world.

I remember Lexie crying before every single nap, every bed time.  It wasn’t that she wanted to be held- that didn’t help.   She wasn’t hungry, she’d just eaten.  She didn’t really want anything, it was just how she fell asleep.  She needed to let go of all the tension she took in while being awake; and that is OKAY.  I am guessing that Coralie will be the same way; when she is a bit older and ready she will do this while putting herself to sleep.

My next post will have more detail on how/why Coralie is a touchy baby.

For now, our routine is still loosely:

  • 7am nurse, bottle
  • 10am nurse bottle (outside)
  • 1pm nurse bottle
  • 4pm nurse bottle (outside)
  • 6pm nurse/bouncer in living room (while family eats/ winds down for evening)
  • 6:45-7pm nurse bottle bed
  • Bed right after eating.  She usually fusses and eats 1-2more times after I put her to bed, until about 8:00pm

Her waketime has been at 40 minutes the last 2 weeks, and with her naps being a bit of a mess, it is hard to tell if this needs to be increased or not?  But I am guessing that by 12 weeks we will be at about 50-55 minutes.

We do wind down at the 35 minute mark, and “set the stage” with the room dark, calm, quiet, and white noise.  I put her back in the swaddle full time because the woombie seemed to be frustrating her a bit.  At night she is swaddled and then in the woombie because she busts out of the swaddle at night.


So, there it is- the 8-9 week old update!  =)


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Baby (#3) Summary: 11 weeks

(written a few weeks ago, Ila is now 14 weeks)

Baby Summary- 11 weeks {}

(she has watermarks so crazies online don’t steal her sweet baby face)

Yep- it has been ELEVEN weeks since Baby Ila (or Ila-Dila, as the kids call her) was born.  I can’t believe it!  And unlike my first two, she has yet to have a baby summary post!  I do these for two main reasons: as as journal for myself to remember what my babies were doing when, and to help readers looking for baby sleep schedules/routines.


I will just start with our schedule, and go into details after that.  Right now we are doing a 3 hour routine, but I think she is about ready for 3.5- 4 hours between feedings. (YAY)

  • 7:00-wake/nurse/bottle/play
  • 7:55- down for nap
  • 10:00- wake/nurse/bottle/play
  • 10:55- down for nap
  • 1:00- wake/nurse/bottle/play
  • 1:55- down for nap
  • 4:00- wake/nurse/bottle/play
  • 4:55 down for nap
  • She has been waking at this nap, and fussing because she is swaddled (which she normally loves) which makes me think she is about ready to drop this nap and move on to a 4 hour routine.  But I am just hesitant yet, because she sleeps SO GOOD at naps and night, and I don’t want to mess that up!
  • 7:00 wake/nurse/bottle BED

She is in bed every night before 8.  The process of nursing and bottling takes us about 40 minutes, and there is no play time before bed at this stage.  Lately, she has been having a hard time falling asleep at bedtime (again, a sign we need to drop the 4th nap and extend time between feedings), but is generally happy.

Before the last few days, we have steadily been at a 50 minute wake time since about …6 weeks?  Before that we were at 45 minutes, which was just enough time to change her diaper, feed, and re-swaddle her for bed (mainly because feeding takes us so long).  But this week she jumped up to a 55 minute waketime  YAY.  So you may wonder, how do you know when they’re ready for a longer wake time?  She was staying up and talking at naps, happily, and then would fuss a bit before falling asleep (Because by that point she was over tired).  So I knew it was time to push WT; I always jump in 5 minute increments and give it a day or two to work itself out before moving another 5 minutes, if it is needed; especially when they are this little.  When they are older (2yrs+) I may move in 15 min increments.

For feedings we nurse, then she takes a bottle.  But I have to sneak the bottle in, or she won’t take it.  She just wants to nurse, which makes it hard for anyone else to feed her.  In that way she is different from my other babies.  With Lexie, from 4-9 months I was doing my internship/graduating from college, so we only got to nurse morning and at night; Max was in so much pain he just wanted a bottle then refluxed it all back up … he refused to nurse from about 5 months on.  Ila LOVES to nurse; she goes crazy with excitement when it is time to nurse and does not want that bottle.  but since I have a low supply, she has to take a bottle…  I am pumping after 1-2 feedings a day to help with my supply.  I just don’t have time to pump after every feeding.


Overall, Ila is a very happy girl.  She rarely cries, smiles all the time, loves to snuggle and lights up the minute she sees or hears Mister and Lexie.  They *LOVE* her.  They want to hold her, talk to her, snuggle her, hold her hand, and read her books non stop.  They join me for putting her down for all her naps and happily sing “Jesus Loves Me” each time- it is pretty precious.

Personality wise, she is so easy going compared to the other two.  Well, Lexie was colicy some days, and had a very strong willed, determined personality.  Max was easy going but had so many issues with reflux, that made him difficult.  God knew I needed a break when he gave me Ila!


Developmentally, she is on target I guess?  I am not really keeping up this time (funny how that happens).  She has discovered her hands, kicks her legs a lot, and talks.  Oooh, how she talks.  I love it!  =)  She isn’t in a rush to do anything, doesn’t care much about moving around; Lexie and Max were both trying to roll at this point.  She just enjoys talking and being tickled.

Hopefully I will keep up better with her development/summary posts; probably not weekly, but monthly.



Weekly Wrap Up: November 2014 {and Notebooking American Girl Books}

This month has flown by!  Thanksgiving is already over and everyone is prepping for Christmas.

We haven’t had any real weekly updates the last few weeks, because well … we haven’t done a lot of formal schooling.  Most everything has been relaxed and theme based.  And of course, we spend a lot of time just snuggling Ila.  =)  I mean, I spend 6 hours a day nursing her, and after every feeding Lexie and Max both request a turn to hold her.  So, we school when we can. 😉

Fall Indoor activities {}

Lexie and “Jane Kirsten” having a picnic, building forts, happy baby ila

We worked on some pumpkin activities, which involved Max making his own pumpkin description book. (you can find it at He really enjoyed it!  We are still working on NOT eating the markers … =)

Handwriting Practice and Fine Motor {}

practicing handwriting, coloring with markers, gluing pumpkins in book

We also had our first big snow: (Lexie doesn’t mind the cold if she can play in the snow.  Mister refuses to keep his clothes on, so of course he gets “too cold” and needs to come in.  haha)


Lexie is still notebooking her way through the Kirsten of American Girl series.  She loves doing this and I am so glad she does.  I am going to introduce her to a timeline soon.  We have been talking about so many things in history lately, and I know it will help her understand something so contrast if she can see a visual.  We have two chapters left to notebook, and then we will move on to the next book.  I got our blank notebooking pages from  I chose the biography pages, whole punched them, and put in a folder with prongs.  We will add to it as we go.

notebooking American Girl Books

Notebooking “Meet Kirsten”

Last Saturday I was working on some knitting, and Lexie asked if I could show her how to knit.  Of course I said yes!  I love that my girl wants to sew and knit!  So, this is the little progress we made.  You may be wondering how I helped a four year old knit- I sat on the edge of my chair, and had her stand between my legs, so I could get my arms around hers.  I place my hands over hers, and we just went through the motions.  By the end, she knew exactly what to do, although she struggled with the dexterity needed.  I have no doubt she will be able to do it herself before long!

knitting with a four year old

We did do lots of reading about Thanksgiving.  You can see my post of supplemental books for Thanksgiving HERE (link coming soon).  Lexie really enjoyed this and learned lots of new vocabulary from these readings.  She has been using the new words every chance she gets!

And then, of course, we had Thanksgiving dinner.  Usually we spend Thanksgiving traveling to see family, but this year with Ila being so little we just decided to stay home.  It was my first year to cook a real Thanksgiving dinner for my family- we had turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole (from scratch, might I add…) and pecan pie.  And of course I am using my turkey bones to make bone broth!  As my sweet Lexie said, it was a “real Thanksgiving feast!”  She was so funny, she was kinda wiggling around on her seat during dinner, and she says, “I am just wiggling my belly so I can make room for more!”  haha  She definitely belongs to us!

Thanksgiving "feast"

Between all this I have slowly started back running on the treadmill, and decorating for Christmas.  I hope to get you a recipe for that DELICIOUS green bean casserole soon, and an update on our Advent activities.  =)

Happy Holidays, and stay warm!

Week 10 Summary

Here he is 12 weeks old, and I am posting his 10 week summary!  But just read it as if he were in fact 10 weeks old.  =)

Mister has been sleeping until 6:00am most morning, when he isn’t comung unswaddled!  He has started breaking out of his swaddle about 2:00am, and wakes himself up between 3-5am.  His movements are not yet smooth enough to wean him from the swaddle, and he still has the startle reflex, which babies usually outgrow between 4-6 months.  So for now we are keeping the swaddle.

We have pretty much been gone from the house for two weeks.  We spent several days on a family road trip, came home for 2 days, then went to Memphis for a family Thanksgiving.  It was a great time, although too short, as always.  I have such a better time when JTom comes with me, I don’t get home sick as quickly; when it’s just me and the kids I am ready to go home within 2 days.  But unfortunately, JTom can’t be gone from work that long at a time.

Mister is either on a nursing strike or the reflux is hurting him, not sure which.  But he hasn’t been nursing that well.  He is taking about 5oz in a bottle, after nursing.  His reflux seems to have flared again, despite the prevacid.  So we are going to go back to the dr after the holdiays.  I called and she recommended thickening his bottles; problem is he doesn’t like them thickened.  He just plays with it and doesn’t eat.  So that’s definitely not good.  He is finally awake for longer periods of time.  He has rolled over a few times from his belly to back, but not much.  Like his sister, he gets angry while on his belly and usually just fusses.

Lexie’s 2 year molars seems to be most of the way in.  She loves school, gymnastics, and now she loves playing with her brother.  The first few weeks were a breeze, then after about 4 weeks she realized he was staying and she started acting out.  But now, it’s like she is over the acting out and jealousy
 for the most part.  She wakes up from nap wanting to play with Max, she wants to snuggle with us together in the chair.  So, I think things are starting to smooth over, but I know there will still be rough days.  

So, this is the 10 week update.  It’s not as in depth, since I have forgotten a lot of what went on.  But hopefully the 12 week I post in a few days will be more detailed.


Baby Summary Weeks 8-9

I know, I’ve been slacking. I am running behind on Max’s updates.  Things have been very … crazy around here.  But crazy good!

For the last week, Mister has been waking at 4:00am in the morning!  Sometimes as early as 3:30am!  I knew this was a possibility, that he would go from sleeping so well, to waking early.  I also read that sometimes before babies start sleeping through to wake up time, they may teeter-totter going from 3:00am, to 4:30am, back to 3:00am, etc.  That’s exactly what Mister did for the last week.  Then suddenly, at 10 weeks old he slept through to 6:00am!  Woo Hoo!  
Now, the last two days he woke at about 4:00am or so, fussed for a minute, then went back to sleep before I even got to his room.  I think this also has to do with us starting some CIO. At first I let him cry during the day for anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on how he was crying.  And so far, things are going really well; he is only waking for about 3-6 minutes now, fussing and falling back asleep.  It’s amazing!  I’m not doing hard-core CIO; I didn’t do it until 8 months with Lexie, but i didn’t really have to until then.  With Max I need him going to sleep on his own sooner than she did, so that’s why I am trying it earlier.

Anyway, for his weeks 8-9 everything was pretty much the same as before.  Week 9 he started eating more at each feeding.  He will nurse and now takes about 4-5oz after nursing… So he is a hungry little Mister!  His schedule is the same, based on a 3 hour routine…  He is talking a LOT, super snuggly, laughs at mommy, daddy, and Lexie all the time.  He is staying awake for a little longer now.  His wake time is about an hour to an hour 20 minutes, depending on what we did during wake time.  If he was super stimulated (ehum, by Big Sister) then he may go down earlier.  His wake time includes: diaper change, eating, burping, playing, talking, diaper change, and swaddling/wind down for nap.  That’s a lot to fit into an hour and 20 minutes, so there isn’t much “playing” quite yet.  I am anxious for the day he is awake longer, but I know it will come.  I’m just ready for him to get to interact with all of us more.  =)

I’m making Mister’s summary shorter this time, because Sissy has MUCH bigger news going on these days than Bubby does!

playing with Mister

Love Bug is back in school, two days a week.  We were getting read to put her in gymnastics when JTom remembered that we put aside a rather large chunk of his paycheck at the beginning of the year for mother’s day out.  Our plan was to have her home w me after I stopped cleaning houses, which was at 7 months pregnant, until max came.  After Max came we would do mother’s day out one-two days a week for Lexie’s sake and mine.  Well …. we FORGOT!  So, to use up the rest of the money (because it’s a cafeteria plan we will lose it if we dont use it) she is going 2xs a week through january.  Then she will drop to once a week.  However, we are still doing gymnastics- and she LOVES it!  We went last Friday to try it out.  She was already a beginner tumbler, she’s had so much practice in her crib and all … so she fit right in!

Speaking of cribs … we are in a big girl bed now!  Scary I know- but so far so good.  She loves it, the transition was an easy one.  She is still in her sleep sack, not sure when we will discontinue it, but she can’t get out and roam as long as she wears it.  =)  Plus, she loves her “night night gown” … i think she feels secure in it.

A few weeks ago Payne came to visit us, and then the next weekend Granny and Mia came to visit.

Payne and Max

Just a singin’



wasn’t so sure about the foam pit

Life is Good!

Granny and Max

Mia, Max, and Lexie

Granny and Lexie cooking “greens”

Bed head

Lookin like her Mama

Counting her “monies”

New clothes from Granny

Such a precious girl

Comparing schedules

Ive been going back and looking over my blogs from when L was Mister’s age.  Turns out they are so much alike it’s unreal.  On my Nov 12th post, when Lady was 2.5 months old, she was sleeping exactly as long as Mister is, about the same size, and eating about the same amount.  The biggest difference is with her, I didn’t start meds for her reflux, and I didn’t have her napping quite as well as M does.  I think that just has to do with A) him being no meds and B) me knowing what to look for as far as him being sleepy.

However, I’m worried his Zantac isn’t working anymore … The last two days have been horrible.  He’s been in a lot of pain and only naps well in his swing. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on but I’m going to give it the weekend before I call the dr about upping dosage (for weight increase) or changing meds; he has started pulling off while nursing again, and after eating he will cry out and then gulp/choke/gasp for breath.  So I know the reflux is hurting him; and I don’t think the rice is helping.  I can’t make it any thicker and it go through the nipple, so I’d have to spoon feed it to him, and I think he’s just too young for all that.  Anyway, after the weekend we will see.  The Coliccalm doesn’t seem to be doing anything for the reflux, not sure about his gas?

My days now are a bit more structured, mainly because I understand what baby whisperer and baby wise are saying and also because I have a 2 year old smack dab in the middle of her terrible-ness.  At that time, I had L on a great routine, but looking back she was definitely way over tired by the time I was putting her down for naps, and therefore wasn’t napping well.  But she always had good night time sleep (thank goodness!). So that was an okay trade off!

But, at almost 8 weeks old, here is what Mister’s routine looks like:

  • 5:00-6:00- Wakes, Zantac, small feed, goe back to sleep (either in crib or with Mama in chair)
  • 7:00- wake for the day, regular feeding, nurse then 3-4oz bottle
  • 8:05- Down for nap- rests on and off depending on gas/reflux until
  • 10:00- Eat, nurse 3-4 oz
  • 11:05- down for nap- rests on and off depending on gas/reflux until
  • 1:00pm- Eat
  • 2:05- down for nap (however he usually has not slept well at this mid morning nap, and therefore goes to sleep closer to 1:30pm, sleeping until about 3:30 in the swing if necessary)
  • 4:00 Eat
  • 5:30pm Cluster feed
  • 7:00pm last feeding of day
  • 7:35 asleep in crib
SO, that is typically what our routine looks like, but with him being so young and having the reflux and gas, it tends to be more flexible in the naps department.  Eating, however is always the same.  After his 10:00 feeding, we usually go for a walk and/or play outside.  If it is a day we plan to go grocery shopping or run errands, we do this about 8:30, home by 10:00 for him to eat and L to have a snack.  At 25 months, her routine looks like this:
  • 6:40-7:00- wake, daddy gets her from crib, she demands milk
  • then snuggle time with Mommy and “my Max” while mommy nurses and daddy gets ready for work
  • 7:30-  breakfast (yogurt, toast, oatmeal, fruit, etc)
  • play time
  • 11:30-12:00- lunch depending on am wake time
  • 12:00-12:30- down for nap depending on am wake time  (here is when she usually poopies in her pullup (this whole potty training thing has us all out of whack), I have to go change her, then put her back down for nap… but because this interrupts her getting ready for sleep, I’ve been going back in at the hour mark and rocking her to sleep.)
  • 2:30- if she didn’t nap I get her out of bed at the 2 hour mark
  • 3:00- if he napped, she is awake by 3:00
  • play outside, crafts, etc if napped… relax and keep it low key if she didn’t
  • 5:45pm- dinner
  • 6:30-7:00- bedtime depending on morning wake time
Right now, L needs a total of about 12 hours of sleep.  Her naps are usually 1.5 hours, which leaves 11.5 hours of night sleep on days she naps.  If she does’t nap, she has a very early bed time to prevent over tiredness the next day.  It’s all a numbers game..
So, big plans for the next few weeks.  This weekend we are going to a family reunion in LA.  Then next weekend my dad comes to visit, the next weekend my mom comes, then a few weeks later we have Thanksgiving!  ALREADY!  That’s insane.  I think we are going to Memphis for Thanksgiving… that should be a fun challenge.  Our first overnight trip wrangling two!  Fun Fun!  Of course halloween is this coming week.  Ew.  I’m not a fan of halloween, and until my kids are old enough to stay up late enough, we aren’t celebrating.  And yes, I will be one of the moms that takes the candy and exchanges it for something cool, a toy or new clothes, etc… like the tooth fairy only for crappy, overpriced junk food.  =)
OK, well I am going to bed now.  It;s 9:17pm, that’s about 20 minutes past my bed time!


My baby is growing up =*(

…. and I don’t like it one bit.  Lexie is not only nearly 14 pounds and 26″ long, she is rolling, twisting and moving like crazy.  She does this especially at night… here is the problem: she is swaddled at night.  This becomes dangerous when they start rolling over, because they cannot move their arms to aid in rolling back over, or just moving their face from side to side.

So, tonight marks the beginning of weaning her from the swaddle blankets.  I took one arm out for now.  Hopefully this will not prevent her from sleeping well, because I NEED MY SLEEP!!  haha  We have such a good night time routine, and the swaddle is a big part of that, because she has never slept well outside of the swaddle.

Hopefully we will be successful.  Thank you to Naomi, for suggesting we try one arm at a time.  =)

Eureka Springs and other things

We are finally on our mini vaca in Eureka Springs!  It is so nice to be away for a while.  Today we are going to see a few touristy things and just enjoy being away from Hot Springs for a while.

Lexie is doing great!  She is rolling over from her tummy to her back now.  She hates to be on her stomach though, so she doesn’t do it often.  I think she had fun at Thanksgiving dinner getting to see everyone and be held by so many people!  She is such a good baby and does well around lots of people.

This week marks the end of November, which means I will only have a few more weeks with her before she goes to school.  I am really, really dreading it.  I love spending time with her and being at home.  I guess a lot of people would go crazy being at home, but I don’t sit down much.  I am constantly cleaning and picking up, or we go out shopping or just walking down town. 

I am experiencing more and more people’s opinions on child rearing.  Quite frankly, I think they should just keep it to themselves.  What works for my family may not work for yours, but that doesn’t mean what we do in our home is wrong, it is just different.  It annoys me that people can say things so snootily and with such attitude like they know better for my child than I do, just because they have done it differently with theirs.  I wonder if they realize everyone is raised differently and that it is a good thing?  Obviously not..

As I see it, my child is happy, can entertain herself for good periods of time, she’s healthy, and she sleeps through the night.  That accommodates our lifestyle and whether is accomodates anyone else’s or not really doesn’t matter to me…  You do what is best for your family-despite what other people think!  I have never really cared what others thought of me, but I don’t really appreciate being criticized for my lifestyle- that’s mean, judgmental, and completely uncalled for.  I guess I just don’t have it in me to argue with people though.. that is unnecessary as well.

On a happier note, the drive up here wasn’t too bad!  Lexie screamed cried at one point and when we reached a good stopping point, we discovered it was gas.  Then she was fine.  J.Tom’s back is not fairing too well today, but hopefully walking around this afternoon will help.  I am so thankful that I have him.  He is such a big help with Lexie and loves pitching in; I rarely have to ask him to do anything because he knows Lexie and me so well, he just does it without hesitation.  Maybe that is why we work so well together when it comes to raising Lexie, and one reason why we do it our way..  I think she will have fun being out in the fresh air this weekend.  It is cold, but she will be bundled up good.  The other night we went to the lights at Garvin Gardens and I kept her shade over her because while it was not cold, it was cool and pretty windy in some spots.  Of curse she slept the whole time and then didn’t get to bed til 10:30-that does NOT fit my lifestyle!  haha  But it is not windy here today, so she should be bale to see and do a lot more.  Last night she slept a lot on the way up here, but I kept her awake as much as possible, so she slept good last night… from 9:00ish-7:00ish.

I guess some people would criticize me for not getting her out in windy or cold weather… but you know I don’t want to deal with a sick baby if I don’t have to.  Like I didn’t take her to church or places out not because I was afraid of her getting sick, but because I didn’t want to deal with her once she was sick.  Plus I could run my errands in the afternoons while J.Tom spent time with her so it wasn’t a big deal for me.  But it is just like I don’t want to deal with a hungry or tired/fussy baby.  So to prevent that we have a routine.  I don’t call it a schedule because it is not at the same times everyday, but I do know that she is going to eat every 2.5-3 hours, so I can estimate based on that.  But what really matters, is that she is a precious, healthy, sweet baby girl and is more loved than she will ever know!

Really, parenting doesn’t take a genius… just a little common sense will do.  =)

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