naptime musings

If I am ever going to get back into my blogging groove, I have to start somewhere.  So here I am.  Until I can get my momentum...naptime musings it is.  Random thoughts from my busy, exhausted mind during naptime.

1.  Speaking of naptime...naps.  Since going back to work, Adeline has had a very steady feeding schedule and goes to bed and wakes up about the same time ever day.  However, naps are hit or miss.  I've done research on both ends of the spectrum, because I find ourselves somewhere between granola/attachment parenting and the whole cry-it-out parenting method.  Both ends of the spectrum lobby for nap time...and not just naps...but napping routines.  The teacher in me loves the idea of a feeding, sleeping, playing schedule/routine, but then the free-spirit in me hates the idea of a strict time for everything.  So we're going in between.  Based on her sleepy cues and the times we most likely will be out and about this summer, I've devised a "schedule" that I'm going to try out from here until summer on the days I'm at home.  Once summer break hits (15 school days!!), I'm going to try to start getting a nap time routine down.  Two main things that tell me this needs to happen--One.  She wakes up crying from nap time.  (She's not getting enough sleep during a nap and can't get herself back to sleep after 30-45 minutes.)  Two.  Although we did some "sleep training" -- (I use that loosely) -- early on, she still won't go down for a nap without 20-30 minutes of crying/yelling (happy dance--while writing this, it has only taken her 17 minutes!!)  Bedtime is a breeze (knock on wood)...but naptime is a different story.  I read a quote I liked the other day...your child is a person, not a project.  Keeping that in mind, I'm setting out to declare naptime bootcamp here soon.  I'm raising a headstrong little girl already, I can tell.  She needs some boundaries set already.  She gets it from her momma. :)

2.  I have super, super exciting news about next year as far as my job goes.  I can't divulge the details yet.  But God has been up to some amazing things in our lives.  He never, ever ceases to amaze me! I am beyond grateful for your thoughts and prayers during this time of transition in our lives!

3.  We have most of our laundry clean....but it's all in clean piles...not folded....just collecting wrinkles with every busy day that passes that I don't fold them or hang them up.  If I could have a maid...this would be the job I would want her to take on.  Oh and maybe loading and unloading the dishwasher too.

4.  My name is Cait.  And I am a recovering Diet Coke addict.  It's true.  I have gone from being one who had to have a Diet Coke every morning and then one at lunch and maybe one for later in the day, to having just a couple once a week, if at that.  It's a combo of us trying to get healthier, they now give me a funky headache when I drink them, and trying to eliminate a lot of the extra junk and chemicals from food in our household.  We now drink "Ice" water (have you seen it at the store?) --it's carbonated, flavored water that is sweetened with Splenda (a safe sweetener)-- and I drink a hot, black breakfast tea in the morning for my pick-me-up.

5.  Cloth diapering & Target.  Two things I hold near and dear to my heart, have come together.  Word on the cloth diapering street is that cloth diapering is going mainstream at a Target near you.  (Supposedly select Targets are starting to carry a modern cloth diaper line!)

6.  I teach 4th grade.  My 4th graders (upon parent permission) are reading The Hunger Games.  I know the book is controversial, but I teach public school.  If a parent is going to send a child in with a book and it's on their reading level, I'm going to let them read it during their independent reading time.  This series has gotten some of my boys who could care less about reading so into reading.  No, I don't think I would let Adeline read this book at the age of 10...but to each their own.  So I wanted to know what all the hype is about.  I have never been one to be into these trilogies and series that others are into (well since The Babysitters Club in elementary school ;) I can't stand Lord of the Rings and I have never read or seen a Harry Potter movie or book.  But I had to see what The Hunger Games was about since half my class is reading it.  Well now I'm reading it and hooked.  I want to see the movie so badly...but I told Justin not to let me go see it until I finish the book.  A date night should be motivation!

7.  And finally, Sarah Ann of bon mot, is currently working on redesigning my blog.  This lady is amazingly talented and super sweet.  She quickly became one of my bloggy friends a couple years ago! Since having her precious little boy, she has now reopened her blog design business, Bon Blog Design.  Go check her out...she does amazing work! (She even has a giveaway going on that you can find details about on her blog!)

I'm off to go do a quick pick-up around the house while Adeline finishes her nap.  If I'm lucky...I've got 20 to 25 minutes left.  Happy weekend!

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Fitness Friday {week 16}

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How did Week 16 go?

How are we here again already?! We only have three more weeks of this challenge!! Crazy!

I did my jumping jacks just a couple days out of the week.  (Some is better than none, right?) We also took a couple family walks this week, which feels awesome to do.  I also feel like I ate pretty healthy, minus a few splurges due to teacher appreciation week! I am still holding strong at almost completely having soft drinks out of my diet! I only consume them once or twice a week now.  HUGE accomplishment! Now that I don't drink them often, I can even feel a difference when I do consume them...and it's a gross feeling that includes a headache.

Was I active?

It was great to be active again this week. I get out for summer break on May 18th and can't wait to start a fitness routine again with the time and energy I will have! I also did some research this past weekend to determine how many calories I am burning while pushing Adeline in the stroller on walks.  I was shocked by how little calories it burns...but every little bit counts! If you are interested in determining how many calories you burn based on your weight when doing an activity here is the math:

1) Determine your weight in kg (1 kg=2.2 lbs.)
2) Determine the MET of the activity (you can google this)
-For example: the MET of pushing a stroller is 2.5
3) Go back in your mind to high school math, plug the numbers into the formula below, and do the math!

calories burned= duration in minutes x [(MET x 3.5 x weight in kg) / 200]

Weight Loss?

Yes...down 0.6 more! (down 14.8 lbs. from starting weight) I am now just 4.2 pounds away from my goal weight! (This was close this week...I feel like I've maybe hit a weight loss plateau.)  It's been a battle here lately due to many reasons.  My supply has been up and down while nursing...which has cause me to change my calorie intake up and down.  Some days I feel like I'm consuming more than enough and my supply is great, so I lower my calories.  Then I will lower my calories and it seems like it was the wrong choice either weight-loss wise or supply wise.  There are also some days that Adeline is nursing less time at a feeding which I think changes things up a bit too.  So many factors!!


Still steady at these numbers.  I think it's going to take getting more active again to make a change here.

Waist: 28" (down 4" from starting measurement)
Thigh: 20.25" (down 2.5" from starting measurement)

Week 17 Goal?

Eat 3-5 servings of baked, steamed, or raw veggies.

(See my list of weekly goals here.)

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Fitness Friday! {week 15}

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How did Week 15 go?

Pretty well! I lowered my calories due to my weight loss and it seems to have boosted my loss again.  I feel like these last few pounds may be difficult...we will see! We ate pretty healthy at home.  I had success cooking a freezer meal that I just threw into the crock pot...so easy! We are continuing to work on eliminating the junk in our pantry and replace it with natural, "real" food.  We are doing awesome at our house at cutting out the sodas...which I am so proud of us for doing!

Was I active?

We actually went on a few family walks this week! It felt great to get out and about again.  My schedule is so hectic right now, it's hard to fit activity in.  Every little bit counts!

Weight Loss?

Yes...down 1 more! (down 14.2 lbs. from starting weight) I am now just 4.8 pounds away from my goal weight! (I had an error last week...I really only lost .2 pounds once I did a second check on my weight on Friday.  My weight fluctuated so much last week!


Still steady at these numbers.  I think it's going to take getting more active again to make a change here.

Waist: 28" (down 4" from starting measurement)
Thigh: 20.25" (down 2.5" from starting measurement)

Week 16 Goal?

50 jumping jacks each day.

(See my list of weekly goals here.)

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Fitness Friday {week 14}

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How did Week 14 go?

Oops....we didn't do well the walks! We did go and do a lot...which meant walking around and Adeline having time in the stroller, but nothing structured or intentional as far as walks go.

Was I active?

I so want to get back into working out.  Right now, it's just not happening.  I know if I would just get going again, it would become habit.  Sigh...

Weight Loss?

Yes...down 1 more! (down 14 lbs. from starting weight) I am now just 5--yes, 5!!--pounds away from my goal weight!


Change in my waist, but not my thighs.

Waist: 28" (down 4" from starting measurement)
Thigh: 20.25" (down 2.5" from starting measurement)

Week 15 Goal?

Cook only light or healthy meals.  We will see how that goes! ;)

(See my list of weekly goals here.)

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Five Months!

Dear Adeline Grace,

            You turned five months old on April 9th! I think this past month probably went the fastest so far.  You are such a beautiful, joy-filled little girl! You amaze us more and more every day! Your love for life is already so evident in your sweet little personality.

So what have we learned about you this month and what have you been up to in your fifth month of life?

Here are some of your firsts this month...

-On 3.12.12, you intentionally pet Boone for the first time! He was very patient as your rubbed your hand all through his fur.  You also tried to grab his tongue as he licked your hand.  These days, are watch him everywhere he goes, and smile at him when he looks at you!

-On 3.17.12, you celebrated your first St. Patrick's day.  We also celebrated your Mommy's, Aunt Jill's, and MaJo's birthday at your grandparents! We had lots of fun and you wore your first tutu to celebrate.

-On 3.18.12, you went on your first picnic.  Your daddy had this great idea since your mommy's birthday was the next day.  After church, we picked up KFC and went to a local park.  You sat in your Bumbo seat up on the table the entire time and had so much fun watching us eat.  You also went swinging and down a slide for the first time.  We just thought we would try it with you...and you loved it...especially swinging! We had so much fun on this day...probably our favorite family outing so far!

-On 3.18.12, you also turned over onto your belly in your crib for the first time.  You weren't too crazy about this.  (But this definitely changed as the month went on!)

-On 3.18.12, you ate rice cereal for the first time! (You had a lot of firsts on this day!) We did it right before bed and you were just okay with it.  You really weren't crazy about it and you were a tad confused with the spoon idea.  We continued this for a while throughout the month and then stopped rice cereal because it's not necessary in your diet and you just didn't seem to care about it.

-On 3.20.12, your Aunt Jill and MaJo watched you at MaJo's and PaJack's for the first time.  You spent most of the next two weeks with them while Mommy and Daddy worked.  You had lots of fun! I would pick you up squealing with excitement!

-On 3.21.12, you "held" your own bottle for the first time, you made your bouncy seat animals light up on your own for the first time by grabbing them, and you napped in your crib for over an hour on your belly for the first time.

-On 3.27.12, you reached out to someone to hold you for the first time...your MaJo.  Since then you have started reaching out for others (this isn't consistent yet).  You also took a couple "steps" on this day as Aunt Jill held your hands.

-On 3.29.12, you reached out to your Mommy and Daddy!

-On 4.1.12, you had your infant baptism and your dedication.  It was such a special day! You were so sweet during the service and the congregation couldn't get over what a sweet, mellow baby you were.  You wore the same baptism dress and shoes that your mommy wore.  Aunt Jill and MaJo bought you tights, a white bow, and white bloomers to complete the outfit.  You had a lot of family attend and we all celebrated after by going to Red Robin for lunch!

-On 4.5.12, your PaPaw and Gee watched you for the first time.  They had so much fun with you and you took at 2 hour nap on Gee's chest!

-On 4.8.12, you celebrated your first Easter! We celebrated at your grandparents on your Mommy's side and at your PaPaw and Gee's.  You really were into looking through your Easter basket in the morning and being outside with your cousins chasing bubbles. You wore a sweet, knitted dress that your Gee made you to church.

This month you also:

-Started preferring to sleep on your belly or side.  You hardly ever sleep on your back anymore.
-Are screaming happy screams a lot!
-Started moving your mouth and tongue as you see others eat.
-You started getting even crazier with your leg and feet movement...you are loving your Jumperoo and when we hold you standing up, you kick your feet dancing.
-You started making more funny faces...are so so expressive!
-Started loving an audience!
-Started using your two hands together to work toward a goal.
-Started holding your breath for a few seconds and letting it out in a shriek and giving a big smile...no idea what this is all about! :)
-Started being very intentional with your paci; taking it out and putting it back in (usually upside down); you also play with it and hit it against things.  You also like to chew on it....all parts of it.
-Started smiling when you see the sign for milk and we think you are starting to try to do the sign.
-Are "wallering" like crazy when we put you in bed before you get settled.  You have a hard time getting your nest settled, just like your Momma.
-Started being a squirmer on the changing table!
-You are starting to show signs of wanting to start crawling.  Daddy reports you scooted a bit on 4.5.12.
-Saying something close to "da da", sometimes more of a "ga ga".  You also say "mh" when you get upset and "Hiiiii".  We think you say the hi noise because we say "hi" to you all the time.  A lot of times we can say it these days and you will repeat it.  Too cute!
-Started being a very distracted eater (you will look around as you are eating, or stop completely, look around, and then latch back on yourself....so funny)
-Started rolling from back to front and front to back with ease and all the time!

So what do you like and dislike?

You love…

-your Jumperoo and Exersaucer
-smiling (all the time); this includes smiling back when people smile at you
-getting your picture taken (you smile when we say "cheese"--oh my! what a ham!)
-Mommy's iPad and iPhone (you're a tech junky already)
-cuddling in Daddy's arms on the couch
-snuggling and being loved on
-chewing on toys

You dislike…

-sitting still
-still going down for a nap
-not much...you are such a happy baby!

What are your sizes?

You are still in 3 month and 6 month sleepers.  You are in mainly 3-6 month and 6 month clothes.  You are in size 2 diapers when in disposables and are still in your one-size cloth diapers on the smallest snap settings, although we are now having to widen the snap setting around your belly.

No doctor check-up this month, but we guess you are around 15 lbs or so and you seem to be getting longer and longer.  You still have a petite little head and petite little feet.  But oh, your rolls are everywhere and we love it!! :)

 What are your eating habits like?

You are still on the same schedule we started at 4 months.  You wake and nurse around 6 or 6:30 (right before Mommy goes to work), you take about 5 ounces around 9:30, 5 ounces around 12:30, nurse around 4 or 4:30 when Mommy gets home and then again around 8 or 8:30 right before bed.  You now seem to only wake up one time during the night to eat.  Your nursing sessions are back to around 10 minutes.  You are also stretching your feedings closer to 4 hours a lot of times, and even closer to 5 sometimes like the weekends when you are only nursing and not taking a bottle.

In our opinion, you cannot wait to eat food.  We are going to start at 6 months since there are so many food allergies within your Daddy's family.  We don't want to risk the allergies with feeding you too early.  But oh my, girl, are you ready! You are so, so interested in our food and your are pulling a cup to your mouth to "drink" out of it.  I can't wait to start making your food and letting you explore with your taste buds!

How is your sleeping?

You are back to being a better sleeper this month.  Honestly, sleeping is the only place in your little world that you are sometimes difficult.  We won't complain...you are such a happy baby! We have had to come to grips with the fact that you are a cat napper and you just don't need as much sleep as a lot of things we read say.  This is definitely a place where Mommy and Daddy have had to sit the books aside, and just go with our gut.  It's worked so far and you show no signs of being sleep-deprived!

This is still very similar to last month:  We start your bedtime routine between around 7:30 or 8 and you are in bed asleep by 8:00 or 8:30.  You wake up once or twice during the night to nurse and then go right back to sleep.  You stir sometimes around 6:30 or so to eat, and sometimes you are starting to sleep right through that. Daddy gets you ready to take you to your grandma's which is around 7:30.  You sometimes sleep on the way there and sometimes not.  When you get there, you usually go back to sleep for around 45 minutes.  If you are at home instead of going somewhere, you seem to have made 8-9 your wake-up time.  (You sleep about 11-12 hours at night.) Your naps are hit or miss as far as length.  You nap about an hour or hour and a half after both of your bottles for about 45 minutes to an hour.  You sometimes take a nap in the evening.  You really fight falling asleep.  But you take about 15 to 30 minutes to get to sleep, often wake up after 30 minutes, need consoling (back or butt patting and shhhh-ing), and then usually will go back to sleep.  So overall, you take about 3 naps each day for 45 minutes to an hour each.  You are getting around 14 or 15 hours of sleep on average...which is considered "normal" still at this stage.

So what makes you, you this month?

This month has been so, so fun.  They are all fun, but you have been such a little ham this month and are starting to study things so intently.  You seem to have such a thirst for life and want to take every little detail in.  You are so easy-going and laid-back, yet very intense and passionate all at the same time.  You are everything we prayed for and then some.  Every night in our nighttime prayer, I thank God for another day with you.  Every day is so precious.  You are our greatest joy and are so, so loved!


                                                                                                    Mommy and Daddy

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Fitness Friday {week 13}

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How did Week 13 go?

I did well with my goal this week.  I have been taking a cup of 1% or skim milk every morning to drink with my breakfast.  I also have been snacking a lot on the Weight Watchers string cheese.  I really think the dairy intake is helping with my weightloss!

Was I active?

Yikes...nope.  I have had no spare time in the evenings.  And when I get a moment to breathe right now, I prefer to just sit and relax.  Just being honest!

Weight Loss?

Yes...down 1 more! (down 13 lbs. from starting weight) I am now just 6 pounds away from my goal weight!


No change in waist this week, but a .25 inch loss in thighs.

Waist: 28.5" (down 3.5" from starting measurement)
Thigh: 20.25" (down 2.5" from starting measurement)

Week 14 Goal?

Take a walk each day.  It's my Spring Break week next week, so this should be easy to do! I can't wait!

(See my list of weekly goals here.)

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