Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sleep Improvements and Schedule Changes

Luckily the girls have been sleeping a little better lately. Today Kayley slept until 7:30 and Olivia, who had been waking between 6:00 and 6:30, slept until 8:00! Yay! Kayley still wakes up just about every night sometime between 10:30 and 1:00 but goes right back to sleep when I rock her. Yesterday and the day before they slept until 7:00 so I'm thinking we're back on track. I wonder if they'll even start sleeping until 7:30 or 8:00 consistently which will push back lunch and nap an hour or so. As it is, we can't leave the house until at least 3:00, if not 3:30 or 4:00, unless we do errands in the morning after breakfast but: a) I haven't showered yet (I usually shower during naptime or sometimes after breakfast with them in a pack and play) and b) by the time we're done with breakfast and ready to go we only have like a 1.5 hour window before we have to be home to squeeze lunch in before naptime. I think that on days I have errands to do I'll have to get up before they do and get my shower out of the way so that we can do our running around in the morning as opposed to after their nap.

Anyway, the girls turned 13 months last Saturday. Olivia is finally walking now (I say "finally" only because Kayley has been for 2 months). They love to play outside now and walk all over the driveway and alley and play in the rocks that line our neighbor's fence. They got a wagon for their birthday and love being pulled around in that. If only the weather would warm up so we could be outside more and start taking them to the park in their wagon. Also, I'm dying to walk to Starbucks with them in the stroller one of these mornings after their breakfast but it''s just been too darn cold and rainy (or snowy, even! Hello! It's late March!). I really can't wait for spring.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sleep Issues

So I guess I got a little cocky. I've been bragging every chance I get about how both my girls, sweet angles that they are, have slept through the night (STTN) since they were 3 months old (2 1/2 for Olivia). Yeah, they were horrible nappers but hey, they've STTN forever! They would go to bed between 8:00 and 8:30 and wake up between 7:00 and 7:30. I would hear them on the monitor talking and I could take my time and brush my teeth, make coffee, make their bottle, etc. and it was no big hurry to get in there to get them. Then they turned one and started drinking whole milk instead of formula and less of it. And Olivia started waking at 5:00 or 6:00, hungry, and of course she usually woke Kayley as well, although not always. Kayley, however, has consistenly woken up at least once during the night for some unknown reason. She goes right back to sleep when I pick her up and rock her, but still. Lately, Olivia has managed to start sleeping until 6:30, but that's about her limit. And instead of waking up happy and talking, she wakes up crying every morning. Plus they're going to bed later, like between 8:30 or 9:00. Sometimes Kayley doesn't go to sleep until 9:30 and then Olivia wakes her up at 6:30. Poor thing. The good news is they have been taking really good naps, usually 2 1/2 to 3 hours. But I just don't like the 8 1/2-9, maybe 10 at the most hours of sleep every night when they should be getting around 11. I really don't know if it's hunger or teething or what, but I'm going to try giving them some cereal or yogurt or something right before bed, and if that doesn't work I'm going to try moving Olivia into our room at 5:00 or 5:30 when Paul gets up for work and either giving her a bottle or some mum-mums or something, or just having her in there so she won't wake up Kayley before she's ready. On the other hand, if Kayley starts getting up an hour or so after Olivia every morning, their naps will not overlap very much. Ugh. I don't know what to do but hopefully I'll figure something out.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Setbacks

Since I last blogged about my weight loss, I managed to lose a few more pounds, for a total of 12 pounds since I started. Then the girls turned one, we had a birthday party, and Costco cake took over the fridge/freezer and my stomach. We finally ate it all and I started to get back on track, only to enter the Easter season with my annual tribute to the heavenly confection known as the Cadbury Easter Creme Egg. I love those things! I eat tons of 'em every spring and the last few weeks has been no exception. At 150 calories, they really are an ok indulgence now and then. But when you eat the whole box (4) in a day, not so much. Sigh. Anyway, today I have turned over a new leaf and hope to get back on track. I only have 5 pounds to go to get to my wedding weight, which I was hoping to accomplish by our anniversary on May 13th but could realistically do much sooner. That is assuming I still only have 5 to go which is unlikely. I'm sure I've gained a couple pounds since the girls' birthday. I'm too scared to get on the scale, though, so I'm not sure. But even if I have there's still time to reach my goal if I can get motivated again, soon.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One Year Old

Saturday was the girls' first birthday! I can't believe a whole year has passed. I was relieved with how well the party went. I thought the girls might be really overwhelmed with all the people and activity and get fussy, but they did great! They even ate their cake pretty good and didn't make too much of a mess! I had to wash some out of Kayley's hair that night but I've seen much worse at other kids' parties.

It's just amazing to see how much they've grown and changed. When I think back to a year ago, I know they slept a ton but if that's true, and I know it is, how is it that we never slept?!? I guess just by the time we'd feed them both and change them and I would pump and all that, I never got more than an hour and a half, if that, before starting all over again. Ugh. I sure don't miss those days. Now to see them walking (Kayley walks, Olivia is taking a few steps here and there) and eating real food and playing at the park--so much has changed in the last year. My little pumpkins are growing up!