Archive for August, 2010

New Video

Here’s a video I shot of Owen 2 Sunday’s ago

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Herbs

In my first garden I grew herbs.  I planted Dill, Oregano, Parsley, Green Onion & Thyme (I think I planted something else but can’t remember what).  Out of those I only had 3 grow: Dill, Parsley & Thyme.  Today I went out and cut down all my herbs.  I am going to dry most of them and put the rest in the freezer.  I suspect that they will grow back again somewhat before the first frost so I’m sure I’ll have more.  Here are some pics of my herbs out to dry:

Left is Parsley.  Top right is Thyme & Bottom right is the remainder of my Dill

Parsley

Dill & Thyme

(I went out this afternoon and discovered after all the rain we had, more Thyme had grown up in different places!)

Owen’s Finally Moving

I’m really not sure if Owen is going to crawl before he walks BUT this weekend he made his first real stride towards crawling.  As of Saturday he is now pushing himself backwards with his hands while on his belly.  If he follows his friend Medea the next step would be going forward and then getting up on his knees and then crawling.  So the race is on to see who wins first, crawling or walking.

The quality is rotten but here’s a short video of him moving this morning:

Spiritual Empowering

Paul wrote:

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.  I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.  And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him.  May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is.  may you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now glory be to God!  By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.  May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages.  Amen.”

Ephesians 3:14-21

Video

I just uploaded 2 videos of Owen from the past couple months.  I’ve been a little slow getting them off my video camera.  You can view them if you click on my flickr box on the right  of my blog——————>

Sleep Easy Solution

I have been trying to sleep train Owen.  He’s almost 9 months and up until now he’s been up every 2-3 hours wanting to feed/soothe.  My body is tired.  Life has been busy and stressful the past few months, so add onto that a baby that wakes you up every couple hours and you’ve got one tired mama.  It also doesn’t help that I’m a person that takes FOREVER to fall asleep.  Every time Owen wakes up it takes me another 1/2 hour to fall asleep again!

So thus I finally decided that he needs to break that little habit he has and make it at least one 5-6 hour stretch at night for now.

He goes to sleep like a gem.   I lay him in his crib and if he does cry it’s only for 5 minutes or less and then he’s out.  Same with naps.  His weak area is the middle of the night.  I’ve been following the Sleep Easy Solution where I go in to reassure him when he’s crying at 5 minutes, 10 minutes and then 15 minutes for the rest of the time till he falls asleep.  It’s worked at times, and other times it just seems like he complains off and on for an hour.

The method says that if he is crying and then quiet, crying and then quiet to just leave him be, because he’s in the middle of putting himself to sleep again…but my goodness this goes on for what seems forever sometimes!  Like tonight…here I sit at 3:00 in the morning…I thought he was finally alseep, but alas I hear him again.

The hard part is when (like tonight) he wakes up an hour before I need to feed him.  The Sleep Easy Solution says that I should put him to sleep using the interval method (5 min, 10 min, 15 min check-ins) and then pick him up and feed him at the right time (3:30) after he’s back asleep.  I guess it’s so he learns that just because he’s awake and wanting to be up/fed/soothed, doesn’t mean it’s time for that.  It says that if you cut out the unnecessary waking’s he will learn to switch that feeding to the day time…so he’ll eat more during the day and sleep longer at night.  That is what I want.  I don’t want him to be not fed (I’m still doing supply and demand)…I want him to learn to feed during the day and less at night.

I think it sounds mean, but when you’ve spent 9 months getting no/little sleep you can endure a little crying if it means you may actually get longer than 1 1/2 hour periods of rest in the night eventually.  And I think those that say I should get him up when he cries because if he says he’s hungry, he’s “hungry”…does not have a baby that wakes so frequently.  He’s 9 months…he should be able to last longer than 2 hours in the night…and I think it’s my job to show him that…because as much as I need the sleep, he does as well.

I don’t believe babies this young are actively “manipulating” you…but I do believe they form habits.  Owen is waking out of habit now, and both he and I really need to break that so we can be a well rested team.

As I write this I’m about to go down and get him up to feed him…he’s finally drifted off…and I’m hungry now too, lol.

He Needs Water! No, he doesn’t…

For those of you breastfeeding your babies & have had numerous people tell you your baby needs water before he dehydrates and withers away (including student doctors) this is for you:

Canadian Today’s Parent Magazine writes:

“Scientists who’ve studied this question found exclusively breastfed babies do fine without water, even in hot, steamy weather.  What’s more, experts recommend not giving water because it might interfere with normal weight gain.  (When your baby starts eating other foods, you can occasionally offer a little water in a cup.)  Breastmilk is actually a good thirst quencher.  It’s about 80% water and contains the right balance of sugar, salts and minerals to prevent dehydration.  But you might find that your baby wants to feed more frequently, notes Joanne Warren, a board-certified lactation consultant at St. Joseph’s Health Care London (Ont.).  The reason:  The first part of the breastmilk has more water content than the richer hindmilk.  Trust Mother Nature to come up with an ingenious way of helping babies beat the heat!”

I guess you could just accuse those who “inform” you that your child needs water, of telling God what he created just isn’t good enough.  See where that gets ya 😉