Friday, November 30, 2012

Good People Everywhere book {Giveaway}


The children's book, Good People Everywhere, for children aged 3 to 8, was just selected for a "Teachers Choice Award." It shares a soothing story that nurtures awareness of – and gratitude for – the many caring people in our lives.

Each page delightfully unfolds with vibrant, engaging illustrations and endearing stories that warm hearts, stimulate awareness, and inspire young and old alike to contribute to a world of compassion and beauty.
Quite cleverly, it gets kids thinking of how they can and do contribute to the world as well.  The result – your children will discover a different way of looking at the world and their place in it fostering a sense of calm and happiness.

This beautiful, hard-back book starts…"Today, in neighborhoods all over the world, millions and millions of people are doing very good things."  I love this message. I think we easily get caught up in the negative around us and I think there really are good people everywhere.

At the end of the book, the young reader is challenged, "What will you do today?"  

Good People Everywhere is written by Lynea Gillen.  She is the creator of "Mindful Moments Cards" - these are really slick by the way (click on the link)– and the winner of 2 Mom's Choice Awards for the book Yoga Calm for Children and the DVD Kids Teach Yoga:Flying Eagle.  You can learn more about Lynea at her Yoga CalmBlog and on Facebook.  Companion activities for Good People Everywhere can be found  at Three Pebble Press.   Illustrator, Kristina Swarder is also award-winning (Sydney Taylor Book award) and whose numerous books include Before You Were Born and Enchanted Lions.

Today you have the chance to win your own copy of the book. So let us do the entering!

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Diaper Cake {WINNERS}

Our two winners of the diaper cake giveaway are...

Amanda

and

Jamie Williams

Congrats! Please email me at valplowman@gmail.com to claim your prize. You have one week or another winner will be chosen.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Brinley Summary: Week 16

She loves to keep her arms "folded" like this. People always comment on how reverent she is :)

This is a summary for Brinley's 16th week. She was 15 weeks old.


EATING
Brinley continued to get faster with eating and much more, um, obvious about when she was done. By obvious I mean she arches her back away from me if I try to get her to re-latch once she is done. It is hard to tell when she is for sure done until that point. She will unlatch and look around, talk, stare at nothing, and then get back to eating, so merely unlatching doesn't mean she is done. 

GROWTH SPURT
I think she had a growth spurt. She had a day of eating every two hours and added a feeding into her day. The next day was normal. 

NAPS
I have in my notes (yes, I have to take notes or I won't remember much beyond what happened yesterday), "Starting to get upset with naps." I am not exactly sure what I meant by that. Maybe that day she cried a bit at the beginning of naps? Whatever it was, it wasn't long enough and significant enough for me to imprint it on my memory. So there you have it...sort of...

SHORT NAP
It is totally normal for baby to have a short nap each day. Often, this nap is the nap right before bed, so for Brinley that would be the 4th nap. However, she is usually the third nap--the one right before the last nap. This started at the time change. It is like she stuck to the same time of day with the short nap, but it is the third since our time has changed. Interesting right?

WITCHING HOUR
This week I decided that witching hour seems to be gone. Hurray! So exciting to have that behind us.

ACIDOPHILUS
I started taking acidophilus this week just to make sure yeast stayed away from me. Apparently many moms give this right to their baby. I haven't looked into it, but it can possibly help with reflux? If you give your baby acidophilus, please share what you give, which brand, and why. Thanks!

ECZEMA SPOT
Brinley has a spot of eczema on her forehead. I put a tiny bit of hydrocortizone cream on it this week and it went away. I have to put it on every 2-3 days. McKenna had eczema so I recognized this. If you want to know more about eczema, I have posts on it on the blog here: eczema .

DIAPERS AT DREAMFEED
This week, I noticed something. If I changed Brinley's diaper at the dreamfeed, she would wake up 10-20 minutes early the next morning. If I didn't, she slept until I woke her or right until it was time to get up.

The dreamfeed can be a touchy thing. You need to get the timing just right and you need to pay attention to what works best for your baby. Diaper change? Do you unswaddle? And the answers to these can and will change with time. The older your baby gets, the more touchy it will be because you risk causing more disruptions to sleep than you help sleep with the dreamfeed. 

Brinley is waaaaayyyy past the signs of when dropping the dreamfeed is often recommended. However, as I have said before, I feel more comfortable waiting until she is 4 months old to drop it. We will be dropping it sometime in December. That is the plan anyway. 

WONDER WEEK
The "beloved" wonder week 19 still had the moments of disruptions to her this week. I can tell when it is going to hit. She gets this look in her eye. I guess we can look at the bright side of baby learning so many wonderful and fun things during this time period. With the poor naps and sometimes fussiness comes a more capable and interactive baby. 

SCHEDULE
This is our daily schedule.  

7:30--feed
8:30--nap
11:00--feed
12:00--nap
2:00 or 2:30--feed
3:00--nap (one hour after waking)
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (one hour after waking--sometimes she does one hour ten minutes here)
7:30--feed, then bedtime
9:45--dreamfeed

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Poll Discussion Results: Night Wakings


The Question:
How did your baby stop night wakings?
  1. Did you wait until baby stopped on own? If so, what age did baby stop on own? Was it pretty gradual or pretty sudden?
  2. Did you do some CIO? If so, can you describe the process?
  3. Did you do weaning of feedings? If so, can you elaborate?
  4. Did you help baby get back to sleep? If so, how, and for how long did you do this before baby slept on own?
  5. Did you do wake to sleep as described by the Baby Whisperer? If so, please elaborate.
  6. OTHER. Please explain.

The Results:
First, my caveat. I went through the data and compiled it, but I didn't check and triple check like I would in an ideal world. If there are discrepancies, it is not intentional. All data can be found here: http://www.babywisemom.com/2012/10/poll-discussion-night-wakings.html. It is helpful to read the comments because people give more details than a number can give you.

I have results for 49 babies.

28 of the 49 (57%) did number one--they waited for baby to sleep through the night on his own.

6 of the 49 (12%) did number two--they did some CIO. See the comments for details. In addition, 6 of the 49 (12%) also said they did CIO in addition to something else. Some had babies that started STTN on their own and then later started waking, some did a combination of weaning and CIO, etc. See comments for full details.

0 of the 49 (0%) listed three as the only method they used. This is weaning. 7 of the 49 (14%) said they did weaning in combination with something else.

2 of the 49 (4%) said they did number four--they helped baby in some way get back to sleep. In addtion, 5 of the 49 (10%) said they did number four in conjunction with something else. See post comments as linked above for full details.

1 of the 49 (2%) said they did number five--wake to sleep as described in the baby whisperer.

9 of the 49 (18%) said they did "other." See comments in original post for details.

5 of the 49 (10%) commented and said the baby is not yet sleeping through the night.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Brayden Summary: 7.5 years old


This is a summary for Brayden who is now 7.5 years old.

EATING
Eating is great. Brayden can out eat me quite easily and often rivals my husband--who is no light weight eater. I just can't imagine what it will be like when he is a teenager...I have a friend with a few teenage boys and she was telling me the other day she was so excited to get her youngest out of diapers and then her boys all went into growth spurt mode and the money she was saving on diapers didn't quite meet the grocery bill increase. 

SLEEPING
Sleep is continuing on as usual. He goes to bed around 8-8:30 PM and gets up at 7:00 AM. He does a rest time on Sundays. We put the whole house in rest time on Sunday  at the same time :)

SCHOOL LIFE
Brayden is in second grade. He is loving it. He does well.

HOME LIFE
Brayden is very helpful around the house. He has always been a hard worker. He cleans most of the guest bathroom on his own (I don't have him do toilets yet). I love having that help--one less bathroom to clean. He will also take initiative and sort all of the laundry and load up the washer. He loves to help. 

He is good with his sisters. He loves Brinley and is enjoying her being more interactive now.

Brayden also has a lot of energy and can be very silly. If he isn't home, things are calm. The girls will sit and play very quietly with dolls. If he is home, however, there is a lot of loud laughing and energy being expended. I think I remember someone telling me years ago that boys around this age are just silly. It can become out of hand at times. He told me, "I just am having so much fun I forget!" (forgets about appropriate inside vs. outside voices). This is the main thing we are working on, and it is a balance for all of us. We of course want him to have fun and enjoy himself, but there is a point it gets too loud and crazy for inside.

Brayden is able to help with things we need that can just make life easier with the four kids. At bedtime, we like to do as recommended by Jim Trelease in the Read Aloud Handbook and read to each child individually. Well, I am often getting Brinley ready for bed and my husband is just one person, so he will read to either Kaitlyn or McKenna and Brayden will read to the other. Then the next time they will flip which person they read to. Then either my husband or I read to Bradyen.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES
During this period, Brayden did piano lessons and swimming lessons on a regular basis. He really enjoys both. 

BOOKS
Brayden really got into the Magic Treehouse series. That is great and all, but he was getting to where that was all he was reading and he felt intimidated by reading other books. Series books are great on one hand because they can keep a person reading, but on the other hand, they don't challenge a person much because we get used to the writing style of the author and very familiar with the characters. 

So I have been working on expanding his horizons. Brayden is a perfectionist and will often avoid trying something unless he is sure he can excel at it. He has been overcoming this over the last few months. About 4 months ago or so I suggested he read the first Harry Potter book on his own. He was hesitant and thought it would be too hard for him. I knew it wouldn't be, but I let it go. We recently read the first book to Kaitlyn, and he was so into it that he would take it in the morning and read the next chapter to her. If she was done with reading, he would read it to himself. So he has gotten over that hurdle. He is starting to expand his horizons beyond the Magic Treehouse.


SCHEDULE
Brayden weekday schedule is:

7 AM--get up. Eat breakfast. Get ready for school. Play until time to go to school.
Goes to school.
Comes home from school.
Homework then practice piano.
Playtime until dinner.
5:30 PM--Dinner. Then time with family.
7:00 Chores and start getting ready for bed.
8-8:30--in bed (why does it take so long? We spend a lot of time reading before bedtime. We read scriptures then read chapter books).

Monday, November 26, 2012

Quotable Mondays: Gratitude



Tis the season. I know Thanksgiving was last week, but we are still in the neighborhood of Thanksgiving so I wanted to get this out there. Today's quote:

"Gratitude turns what I have into enough."
I love thoughts on gratitude. I think this quote is so true. I have written a post titled It's All About Perspective. It is! How life is for you is largely based on your own perspective of life. Perspective is important, and gratitude helps make that perspective a positive one.

If you are grateful for all you have rather than wishing away what is before you, then your perspective on life is great! You have optimism. You are thankful for the good things in your life.

I really think that there will be very few, if any, moments in life where everything is perfect. Where you could literally not want or need anything more than you have. Where every child is sleeping perfectly, obeying perfectly, and is perfectly happy. Where you want and need no material possessions. Where every relationship you have is in perfect harmony. Where you have the right balance of things to do to keep life interesting; not too few so that you are board or too many so you are overwhelmed. Your income is just right. The elected official you wanted is in office.

It would just take a lot for everything to line up just so. And so, to be satisfied, happy, and content with life, we need to have the proper perspective on life. We need to have gratitude for what we do have. When we do, what we have is enough. No, things aren't the portrait of perfection, but they are certainly good enough. 

Want to join the fun? Share your thoughts on the quote either here in the comments or on your own blog and link up in the comments. 

You can find quotes I love here: http://pinterest.com/valplowman/quotes/

Undercover Mama WINNER

The winner of the Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt {Giveaway!} is...


Tiffany H.!

Please email me at valplowman@gmail.com with your mailing address. You have one week or another winner will be chosen. Congrats!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Diaper Cakes {Giveaway!}


Today's Giveaway is from eDiaperCakes.com. Diaper cakes are so cute. I remember my sister-in-law giving me one when I had Brayden. It is a fun way of giving the very needed and practical gift of diapers. 
Liz, owner of eDiaperCakes.com, has taken the gift to a whole other level! Look at all of the goodies she adds to the cake. Here are some more of my favorites:






They are all on sale right now, too.

BUT today the owner is giving away not one but TWO $25 gift certificates. Wahoo! Let's enter.

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  • The winner will be announced Friday November 30.
  • If you would like, you can add your email address to your entry. If you are the winner, I will email you to let you know. You do not need to add your email address in order to win. I understand not everyone wants to share their email addresses with the world. I will announce the winner on the blog, so you can check the blog Saturday to find out if you won.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope you have a great day.

Wish me luck today. I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and cooking my first turkey. Big day here :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Brinley Summary: Week 15

Doesn't she look so proud of herself holding a toy?

This is a summary for Brinley's 15th week; she was 14 weeks old.

EATING
Brinley got MUCH faster at eating this week. She also got much more annoyed if I tried to get her to eat longer than she wanted to. It is very hard to go from a baby who eats for 20 minutes per side to your baby refusing to eat longer than 10 minutes per side. I knew it was coming, though. I distinctly remember it happening to every one of my other children at 3 months old and I have told many of you that it is "totally normal." I know it is normal. And still it is hard for me to fully accept initially. I believe her now, though, when she is done. It is a great thing for your baby to be able to communicate done (you know, by scowling, arching her back away from you, and skwacking when you try to make her eat--how to you spell scwacking? I cannot remember right now. Oh! Squaking? Squawking! There I remembered. I think my brain will fully return to me someday.).

There is something I do when feeding her that makes her eat more contently. I had to do this with at least Brayden--maybe McKenna too. I can't remember for sure. Kaitlyn was just a speedy gal so I barely had time to sit down, but I needed this with Brayden for sure. I have to hold the hand that is up while nursing. So when I am nursing her on my right side, I hold her right hand with my left hand. She is much more content to eat when I do that for some reason.

PLAYING
A great thing about the baby getting faster at eating at this age is the baby is also starting to really play at this age. Then you have more play time. Cuddle time while eating is fun, but I really enjoy playing and watching babies learn. They are so smart and such fast learners. 

This week I remembered that I give my kids toys at three months old, so I gave her a toy. She was very excited about this. She isn't capable of just reaching out and grabbing them yet. She can reach out and fist-bump toys and bat toys, but she isn't grabbing. She can take hold if I put it right at her hand and she holds on for dear life. When choosing a first toy for your baby, keep it skinny and light. Don't do like I did for Brayden. I did a rather heavy rattle (heavy for a baby) and he totally smacked himself in the head with it.

SLEEPING
I tried the one-arm swaddle again this week. She was not having it. I did it for the first nap of the day so I would know for sure if it was the swaddle or just evening fussiness. It was the swaddle. I watched her on the monitor and her free arm was just flailing all over the place. After about 10 minutes, I went in. She looked distressed! I put her arm in the swaddle and she cooed at me and looked relieved. It was really like she was thanking me. She then went right to sleep. So she isn't ready. That doesn't mean your baby won't be at this age--many babies this age have been sleeping swaddle-free for a month. She just isn't ready for it. If your baby isn't ready for it either, don't stress about it. Your baby will not be "addicted" to the swaddle. Don't stress. 

4 HOUR SCHEDULE?
Here is my problem. I always hang on to the dreamfeed up until the baby really needs either the dreamfeed dropped or the four hour schedule  One day, I totally lost track of time and she ended up on a four hour schedule that day. She then slept through the night as normal. So it further points me to her being about ready to drop the dreamfeed. However, it isn't hurting anyone and I like it. And I want to keep it until she is four months old. And I don't want a four hour schedule yet all day because she can't have a long enough waketime for her to be up enough in the day. 

WONDER WEEK
Oh yes. Here it comes. The worst wonder week of them all. Wonder Week "19," which I put in quotes because really, it lasts from about 14 weeks until 19-22 weeks. Really? Okay, so in my experience, it isn't just solid 5 weeks of fussiness and poor sleeping. You might have off naps, off days, or an off run of days, but hopefully not a solid five weeks of it. 

The most obvious sign of this wonder week is poor sleep. Some babies revert to waking in the night (or waking more often in the night), some have short naps...

Brinley had several days of shorter naps. Where I often am waking her for feedings at 3-4 hour intervals, she was waking at 2.5 hour intervals. My policy is to just feed her if she wakes earlier than normal in case of a growth spurt. But then she wasn't eating because she just wasn't hungry at those times. So by day three I decided to try my old swing trick I used with Kaitlyn. Since Kaitlyn had reflux, I never knew if she was waking early because of reflux issues or hunger. So I would put her in the swing if she woke early. If she fell asleep, I let her stay and sleep. If she didn't fall asleep after 10 minutes, I fed her. I did this with Brinley and she fell asleep every time. So she was having a rough time with a sleep transition. I am so glad she will sleep in a swing. McKenna did not. So if you find your baby is waking early and not hungry during this age range, try a swing, rocking back to sleep, sleeping in a baby carrier...something to help baby. Don't worry about swing dependence. Kaitlyn spent a lot of time sleeping in a swing and she is a great sleeper today. 

After her day of finishing naps in the swing she went back to normal the next day. I am telling you, this wonder "week" can be very disruptive. Just don't freak out about the short naps that are likely to come along during this time. 

SCHEDULE
This is our daily schedule.  

7:30--feed
8:30--nap
11:00--feed
12:00--nap
2:00 or 2:30--feed
3:00--nap (one hour after waking)
5:00 or 5:30--feed
6:30--nap (one hour after waking--sometimes she does one hour ten minutes here)
7:30--feed, then bedtime
9:45--dreamfeed

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Brinley Summary: Week 14 {3 Months Old}

3 month old photo taken by me
Oh my goodness! I know I am biased, but isn't she just seriously adorable? She is seriously sweet. This is a summary for Brinley's 14th week. She was 13 weeks old. At the beginning of this week, she turned 3 months old. I will label this with newborn still since she was a newborn for a couple of days of it.

REFLECTION
As her official newborn period ended, I reflected on it. It went by so very fast! I do not traditionally really love the newborn phase, but I am happy to say that I did this time around. I really enjoyed it to the fullest. I loved it for its good points. I soaked up those quiet moments with her. I let her sleep in my arms sometimes. I cuddled her. Those first smiles are just amazing. Life is slower paced with a newborn, and while that was hard for me to get used to with Brayden (I am a busy body) and hard to manage with my other girls just because of having busy little toddlers and preschoolers, it was something I fully appreciated this time around. Thank you for forcing me to slow down and take notice of life!

EATING
Oh these kids this age! They start to get distracted while nursing. I have to laugh. You start life out working so hard to get this baby to stay awake to eat. You get some time to enjoy baby just eating. Baby focuses and stays awake without a battle. Then baby gets about three months old and everything is a distraction. 

My mom was remember the days of Brayden when he would get distracted and she would have to go into another room or hide from him so he could just eat. That worked great for him. I tried going into a quiet room where Brinley couldn't hear the many distractions of our house...but that didn't work. She is used to noise. Brayden was used to silence of course since it was just he and I at home. Brinley is smart and knows these people should be there, so she still looks for them if they aren't there.

I finally got out the nursing cover and covered her up. If she can hear them but not see them, I can usually get her to eat. I don't think the cover will be a fix forever, but it is helping right now. 

SLEEP
Sleep was good and normal. 

At this age, many moms start weaning or have even dropped the swaddle by now. I tried the one-arm swaddle one nap this week...definitely NOT ready. 

PLAYTIME
This age is fun--the baby just gets so interactive and really enjoys playing. And it just gets better from here on out. I love her squeals of delight and fun while she plays. A cute thing is that she loves to be tickled under her chin. I can tell when she wants to be tickled by her little happy dance. 

TIME CHANGE
This was the week of the time change. I had her schedule fully shifted except for the dreamfeed. Oh the dreamfeed. I think this has to be incredibly rare. She was at the point when all signs pointed to dropping the dreamfeed, but it was a time change when you fall back. So I didn't want to drop it and have her wake earlier in the morning--earlier would have been early with this time change. 

I thought and thought and thought about how to do this. Do I drop the dreamfeed altogether? Do I leave it at the same time to her (the new 9:15)? Do I move it some but not all of the way? I didn't really want to push it later because the way I like to drop the dreamfeed is to move it up a bit, so to move it later when I should be moving it earlier didn't seem to make much sense. But if I move it earlier I am at the point I could just drop it. 

So what I did was move it to the new 9:45 (old 10:45). I will leave it there for a while--at least a week. Maybe two or more. I tend to drop the dreamfeed later than needed. I just feel better about it that way. 

AS FOR ME
My hair has started to fall out again. So far it is just normal hair amounts. It reminded me that my hair hasn't fallen out for months and months. It also reminded me that the crazy amounts of hair falling out is in my future. Ahh good times (sarcastically stated).

SCHEDULE
This is our daily schedule. Most of the week was pre-time change, so I will leave the pre-time change schedule up. 

8:10--feed
9:10--nap
11:30--feed
12:20--nap
3:00--feed
3:50--nap
6:00--feed
7:00--nap
8:00--feed, then bedtime
10:15--dreamfeed



Monday, November 19, 2012

Quotable Monday: All About Life

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I want to start a new Monday tradition for a while--quotable Mondays. Share your thoughts on the quote either here in the comments or on your own blog and link up in the comments. 

Today's quote:

While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about.


Isn't this so true? Children have such a unique way of looking at the world. Perhaps it isn't unique. We all did it. But somewhere along the way of growing up, most of us forget to look at the world that way and start to take ourselves far too seriously. 

This is one reason I love, love, love toddlers. I love the way a toddler is fascinated by everything she sees. No leaf is too ordinary. Everything deserves our attention and study. My toddlers have taught me to take pleasure in the simple things and to stop and smell the roses. Toddlers also have a love for everyone. They do not judge by appearance.

I love babies because they force us to slow down. We learn to enjoy the simple things in life and to enjoy just being home with our families. We learn the power of a simple smile and the profound meaning behind the word "goo." We learn to serve and love unconditionally.

My preschoolers make me laugh. There is always a funny phrase coming out of their mouths. They also teach me about the importance of honesty. True honesty, but honesty that is enveloped in love. 

My children have taught me the great satisfaction in learning new things. There is joy in learning, and we are never too old to learn something new. None of us is ever done learning things in life. And if we put the same amount of effort and concentration into learning as the children do, there is no stopping us!

So what have you learned from your children?

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