Sunday, June 17, 2012

Girl Updates and a Recipe

It's been a while since I've blogged, but there's been a lot going on lately.  We possibly have some pretty big changes coming up in our lives very shortly.  I can't update on those changes yet because things are still unknown for now, but as soon as the unknown is known, I will let my blog readers (all 3 of you) in on the known.  How bout some baby updates?
No more swaddle.  :)
My wide-eyed girl!

Oh dear.  I love this sweet little smiley girl so much.  However, the past week or so has been pretty difficult with her.  She's going through a major growth spurt.  She was eating around every 3.5-4 hours during the day and eating about every 6-7 hours at night.  In the past couple of days, she's been eating every 2-2.5 hours during the day, and every 2-4 hours at night.  Needless to say, I am exhausted.  I went back and looked at my blog post from when Adia was this age.  I wrote that Adia was still on a 3 hour feeding schedule but had stopped sleeping through the night.  She was eating at 11:30 and 3:30 during the night again.  I think it must be a 3 month thing.  Isla has only technically slept through the night once.  She often does well at night, for example, she may eat at 9 PM, and then again at 4:30 AM, go back to sleep until she eats again at 8, but they say that sleeping through the night is technically 8 hours.  She's only hit that mark once.  In order to try to help her hit that mark more often, I've tried several different things - none which seem to work.  I tried doing cluster feeding in the evenings.  That failed miserably.  Those were honestly the nights that she has slept the worse.  I think when I did the cluster feeds in the evening, she wasn't getting enough at each feed and would wake again 2 hours later wanting to eat again and again and again.  Exhausting.  I tried the dream feed.  Dream feed is when you feed them and try to keep them asleep as they eat around 10-11 PM.  I tried that consistently every night for about 2 weeks.  It worked 1 night, but she still didn't sleep through the night.  This week, we also removed the swaddle.  We noticed that she was waking herself up trying to get out of it.  She also had a hard time going to sleep with it because she wanted out of it so badly.  We finally just removed it and until recently with this growth spurt, she's been sleeping better since.  Another problem though that has arrived is the 45 minute intruder.  Baby Wise talks about this in the book.  What happens is we put her down for a nap awake and she goes to sleep on her own.  45 minutes later, she wakes up crying and cannot go back to sleep.  Occasionally, I am able to soothe her back to sleep.  Other times, she is awake until the next feeding.  If I try to shortern her wake time, she still wakes up after 45 minutes.  If I try to extend her wake time, she still only naps for 45 minutes.  I remember Adia doing this for a while at this age too.  It got better, so I am thinking Isla will adjust back eventually too (hopefully!)  Other than all of that, Isla is doing great.  She's growing like a weed and she's generally a very happy and sweet baby.  She coos all the time now and smiles at anybody or anything.  I love that.  :)  Her favorite things to do are interacting with people, playing on her Baby Einstein playmat, and sitting in her little bouncing/vibrating monkey chair.  Isla's hair has continued to grow as well.  Adia's was pretty short at this age and she was starting to get a little bald spot on the back of her head from laying on her back in her crib.  Isla's hair is thicker and longer than ever.  If I comb her hair down, her bangs touch her eyebrows.  She will be 3 months on Wednesday and she's wearing size 3-6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. 

I love kisses from this girl!

Yes, she's sitting on a can of oats.  :)

This girl. She is just the cutest little toddler.  She went for her 18 month checkup last week.  It's the lowest she has ever been in her percentiles, meaning she's finally starting to slim down some.  She's down to the 62nd %ile for her weight and the 67th %ile for her heighth.  Her head circumference is still in the 70's.  The doctor was really impressed with Adia's vocabulary and her knowledge of colors and so forth.  Adia is also starting to put more than 1 word together.  If she wants me to pick her up, she says, "Up, peas," (up, please.)  She will eat her little goldfish crackers and say, "Nummy shishies" (yummy fishies.)  When she is down to her last goldfish cracker, she says, "Bye bye, shishies!"  When we drain the bath water out of the tub, she often either says, "Bye bye waters," or "Bye Bye bubbles." She will repeat anything we say.  She also requests specific foods by name.  We will say, "What do you want to eat, Adia?"  She says, "Cackas" for crackers, "tawbies" for strawberries, "geeps" for grapes, and so forth.  I think one of the cutest things she says is, "Me mess."  She usually says this when she is in her high chair and her little hands are covered with food of some sort.  It's just so cute how she says it.  Adia loves her baby dolls.  She must watch us with Isla because she copies what we do with her dolls.  She has a baby doll that came with a robe and a wash cloth.  She uses the wash cloth to wipe her baby's bottom.  She will get out her own diaper cream and pretend to squirt it on the baby's bottom too.  She sets her baby in the bumbo and in the car seat.  At church, they have a little baby doll in the nursery with a pacifier.  Adia walks around the  nursery holding that baby like it's her own and rocking it and putting the paci in it's mouth.  If Isla is crying, Adia either says, "Isla cying" or, "She sad."  She'll walk up to Isla while she's crying and say, "Awww," while patting her on the back.  When Isla starts to cry in her swing or her monkey chair, Adia will find a blanket or a burp cloth and lay it on top of Isla and say, "Awwwww."  Melts this mommy's heart.

Brown Sugar Meatloaf Recipe (a.k.a. Micah's favorite thing that I make)
  • 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 1 T. Worces.
  • 1.5 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 c. milk (I used soy the last time and it tasted just fine)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. ground black pepper
  • 1 small onion chopped (I use Tastefully Simple's Onion Onion instead)
  • 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 1 c. bread crumbs

1.  Preheat oven to 350 and grease 5x9 in. loaf pan.
2.  In a bowl, mix brown sugar, ketchup, and worc.  Set aside.
3.  Mix remaining ingredients in a med. bowl thoroughly.  Shape into a loaf.  Place ketchup mixture on top.
4.  Bake in oven for 1 hour or until juices run clear.

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