9 months. That's how long it took Avery to fully grow and develop inside my belly before it was safe for her to come out and join her mommy, daddy and world full of people that love her. And that's exactly how long it's taken me to adjust to life with her. Don't get me wrong, I accepted the fact that I'm responsible for another human being the second they laid her on my chest, but after 9 months, I have finally gotten to the point that I can not only live with a baby, but can actually function while doing so. We've found our "groove." I know what works with her, for the most part, and I've figured out what I can accomplish on days we're together. I know that in the mornings, she's pretty clingy and fussy and I won't be able to get much done until she's woken up from her morning nap. I know when she should take naps (10 and 2). I know how long those naps should approximately be (an hour and a half to two). I know which toys are her favorite (Violet the talking puppy and Minnie Mouse). I know how she acts when she gets sleepy (randomly laying down and patting the floor) and what I should do when she starts getting sleepy (find a pacifier and turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). I know when I can start to do laundry while she's sleeping (after 20 minutes, she's really asleep and is oblivious to noise). I know what to do if she's uncontrollably screaming (turn on Elvis). This feels good. In November, I was feeling like I would NEVER get to this point. I was drowning. My house was disgusting, my kid wasn't on a sleeping schedule and never, ever slept and I felt so out of control. That seems like so long ago. No, my house isn't spotless, but I do keep it picked up. I do several loads of laundry during the week and catch up on the weekends. I put things away after I use them. I pick up Avery's toys at the end of the night. Lately, I've begun to focus on the design of my house again. I rearranged my living room furniture, switched out tables and lamps and have several home projects on the horizon. No, my baby still doesn't sleep, but we're working on it. After trying almost everything else, we're going with something new. Avery's sleeplessness and waking up around 12:30 am every morning was making Marty and I both exhausted....and was making me crazy. Somehow, we discovered that Avery slept really great with Marty on the couch. So for awhile, we did that. She started out in her crib every night and when she woke between 12:30 and 2, she'd go to sleep in the living. It wasn't ideal, but it was working....and more importantly, everyone was sleeping. Recently, she started getting really restless at night and she and Marty weren't getting a good night's sleep. So we've started a 4 step process. First stage, go in to her when she wakes and is crying, pick her up and rock her until she's settled and sleepy and then lay her back in bed while she's still awake. If she cries, repeat the process. Do this for several nights until Avery "gets used to it." Second stage, go to her when she wakes and don't pick her up. Just talk to her, pat her, rub her back, but don't pick her up. Third stage, go to her and talk to her by using calming words, but don't touch her or pick her up. Fourth stage, go to her and talk to her from the doorway, but don't go in the room to her. After 4 nights, it seems to be working. Last night, she slept from 9 to 5. EIGHT HOURS. Completely unheard of in the Gaddie household. I don't want to talk much more about it because I'm afraid I'll jinx it. Just cross your fingers that it wasn't a fluke. Since we're getting on a regular schedule, I'm feeling more crafty again and I have SEVERAL things planned as far as house projects go. I hope to start a new series on this blog, along with the the supper club. Stay tuned. :)
I'm doing something different for this week's menu. Instead of going out and buying ingredients, I'm utilizing different things that are in my pantry. Seems stupid to buy all new food when I have a semi-stocked pantry full of food that needs to be used. This week's Super Messy Supper Club menu:
Monday: Lasagna roll ups (due to unforseen circumstances last week, this was never made).
Tuesday: Shake and bake chicken, green beans and biscuits.
Wednesday: Beef with broccoli
Thursday: Spaghetti and meatballs
Friday: BBQ chicken sandwich (chicken breasts in the crock-pot, bbq sauce, low for 6 hours)
Saturday: Derby party! I need to find a good side dish or appetizer recipe to take to the host. Suggestions?
Here's to looking forward to getting the hang of this mommy business as Avery gets older!