Monday, January 27, 2014

Lucy and Georgia

Now that Lucy is eating solids, she has a new best friend...

Salt Lake City

This past weekend, we took a road trip to Salt Lake City to visit some friends...

{I love the West! These views...}

{Our sweet friend Anna giving us a walking tour of the neighborhood.}

We had so much fun in Utah with our friends, Anna and Davis. We ate delicious food and explored the city. I wish I had taken more pictures, but we were having such a good time that I forgot :) It was nice to get out of town for a little bit, and it was even nicer to visit dear friends. 

M started classes today, which means that winter break is officially over. Back to reality we go!  

Monday, January 20, 2014

High Chair

Someone has a high chair. And that someone sat in it and ate her supper like a big girl. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thank You

I just wanted to thank you all for your kind words and messages and phone calls about our struggles with Lucy's sleep. It means so much to me to be able to be open and honest. Social media is often an avenue through which to hide our problems and the challenges of daily life. I don't want my blog to be a place where I hide things. I want it to be a place where I can share, in all honesty, about our life. Sometimes it will be easy and pleasant, and sometimes it won't. Thank you all for allowing me to be real and for encouraging me in the midst of what I am finding to be a struggle. It means the world to me. 

P.S. Lucy only cried for an hour last night before falling asleep in her own crib and sleeping all night long. I know an hour may seem like a long time, but compared to the TWO plus hours she cried before, it was a walk in the park. :) 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lucy Plays the Xylophone

On a lighter note than my last post, watch Lucy rock out on the xylophone.

She's a musical prodigy :)

An Update on Sleep and Solids

Hi everyone. As I mentioned in a previous post, we have been having a hard time getting Lucy to sleep through the night. While we were traveling for the holidays, it was impossible to do anything about this. Now that we are home, we are trying to help Lucy to sleep in her own crib and sleep through the night, so that she can get the rest she needs. 

We are trying a version of the Cry-it-Out method, and it has been really tough. Lucy is eight months old, which means that she is already pretty set in her ways. She is frustrated that we are changing things up on her, that we will no longer rock her or feed her until she falls asleep. Perhaps it might have been easier if we had started this months ago, but we didn't. There is so much conflicting information out there, saying that it is harmful to let your baby "cry it out", and it is harmful NOT to let your baby "cry it out". (This funny article speaks to this particular frustration. It's hilarious and accurate.) 

We have been at it for three nights, and she screams for approximately two hours before falling asleep. As you can probably imagine, this is agony. I hate it. I am tearing up just thinking about it. I know that it will benefit all of us in the long run, but for now, all I want to do is give up. I am frustrated and sick of advice and books and systems. While I was reading these stupid books, I should have been reading my own child, paying attention to her individual needs and patterns. 

Solids, on the other hand, are going well. Lucy loves solid food, and she has even come around to bananas. She is starting to pick pieces up and feed herself. Her favorite foods are applesauce, sweet potatoes, peas, kale, carrots, and french fries (She always reaches for them on our plates when we are at restaurants!). She still seems to enjoy breast milk, which is good because I am not ready to give that up :) 

Overall, Lucy is doing well, and I am so proud of her. While sleeping is a struggle for her, I know that she will get the hang of it eventually. We are working to establish more of a predictable routine for her, so she can start to view sleep as something positive. In the mean time, I would love your prayers. M and I are both having a hard time. Actually, I'm sure it's harder for us than for Lucy :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Standing Up

My big girl is standing up. I can't believe it.

If you look closely, you can see her little baby tooth. 

We had a wonderful time in Georgia with our families for Christmas. Since getting home, M and Lucy have been sick with colds. I was happy to see my girl feeling better this morning.