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December 20th, 2014:

A Crafty Christmas

Crafting makes this Mama very happy. It was a priority for me to get some “me” time for holiday crafty fun. Many of the projects had helpers along the way, but thanks to Daddy and Nene the projects were all completed. After catching up with my dear friend, Jen, I was once again inspired by her craftiness. She shared these adorable serving dishes she bought at IKEA and showed me just how easy it was to make them. I headed out that week to buy the letters, pens and even made the longer trip to IKEA with both kids to make this happen. This is Cooper’s third Christmas and the third year I have said I would make him a stocking. It finally happened and I am very happy with how these simple and cheerful stockings turned out. Now we all have handmade stocking, I made Rob’s and my sister made mine. A handprint ornament with Nicholas was on my must do list for this year. We did this for Cooper too and I love having a personalized first Christmas ornament for both of them. This project waited until Nene arrived so we could have three sets of adult hands to make it happen. We also made a footprint ornament so both boys would have a set marking this special holiday. Somehow their amazing Auntie Kari found time to make the boys their very own felt tree. This project was on my list for two years, so I was very excited to receive a completed one in the mail.

Sleep Training

Today I got a message from Daddy to check the camera. This is when we both were able to witness the first time Nicholas pulled himself up to the sitting position from laying down. He was very pleased with his accomplishment. This evening t I picked Nene up from the airport and let her know she has arrived just in time for sleep training Nicholas tonight. We have been talking about finding the “right” time to do this for a couple of months now. Nicholas was healthy, his teeth and just come through and he had pooped today, the perfect trifecta. There are many different ways to sleep train and you have to pick the one that is best for your family. For us that was the “cry it out” method. Nicholas was waking up to be fed on average, 2 times a night, typically at 10pm and 3am. If Daddy went in to comfort him Nicholas would move instantly from crying to screaming. The same would happen if Mama went in and didn’t pick him up. A few months back we had worked with Nicholas on falling asleep on his own, but needed to tackle the middle of the night wakings now. Here is how the sleep training took shape: Night 1 – Up 10 minutes at 7:30pm, 1.5 hours at 10pm, and 45 minutes at 4am Night 2 – Up at 3am for 15 minutes Night 3 – Up at 5am for 15 minutes Night 4 – Up at 3:30am for 15 minutes Night 5 – Up at 9:30pm for 10 minutes Night 6 – Up at 5:15am, picked up at 6:15am to start the day In the evenings that have followed, Nicholas continues to sleep through the night and has just a few minutes of crying in the middle of a night. Our mornings are starting early, 5am early. Hopefully, with a bit more time, Nicholas will get into a groove of extending his sleep closer to 12 hours overnight. We are very proud of Nicholas for moving so smoothly to sleeping through the night.