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Hangin’ Out

I didn’t go anywhere Thursday.  Alice and I just hung out at the house like we do on most days.  I had high hopes of going to Target but it just didn’t happen.  I also had high hopes of implementing a schedule for my one-month old and that didn’t happen, either.

Now hear me out.  It’s not some super-rigid and crazy schedule.  It’s pretty flexible and fluid, actually.  Basically, it’s focusing on Eat, Wake, Sleep in approximately 3 hour blocks of time.  If you start at 8am (which we try to do) that means that she eats and then has a wake period.  It takes her about 20 minutes or so to finish a 3 oz. bottle.  Then, during her wake period we play.  That might mean I read her a story, we do tummy time, play on our music mat, or some other type of activity.  Our wake period lasts 45 minutes, tops.  Then we nap.  Our nap should last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours.  And then we rinse and repeat.  Our problem is the napping part.  During the late morning she does not like to take a nap.  Oftentimes she will go all morning long and then have her first nap about 2 pm.  Then, she naps for several hours in a row all evening long.  Sometimes this means that during the night she has short stretches of about an hour.  And, because she becomes overtired she is fussy and no-fun most of the morning.

Now that she is one month old I’ve been working on establishing more of a routine.  I used to just let her fall asleep but lately I have been focusing on putting her to sleep.  Right now we are trying out the 4 S method for naps: set the stage, swaddle, sit, and shush-pat.  When it’s time to nap I take her up to her room.  The curtains are usually always closed and I leave the light off.  Then, I swaddle her.  Usually, she doesn’t like for her arms to be swaddled but I’ve been doing it anyway for her nap time.  Then, I sit with her in the rocking chair and I go shush-shush-shush in her ear while patting her back in a burping position.  Because this whole process is new I’ve been sitting with her for anywhere from 10-20 minutes.  The goal is not to have her fall asleep in my arms but to become relaxed and prepared for sleep.  Then, I put her in her crib and she is supposed to finish falling asleep on her own.

This doesn’t really work too well, yet.  We are still learning the technique.  She might fall asleep for 10 or 20 minutes but then she wakes up and cries.  At that point, we repeat the 4 S method and try again.  I generally try about 3 times or so.  That will use up all of the time devoted to napping.  Then, we eat, play, and try again.  Practice makes perfect!

My outfit pairs my lighter wash boot cut jeans with a plaid button-up shirt.  I’ve topped that with a blue v-neck sweater that I received for Christmas.  I’ve accessorized with  silver and turquoise earrings and my everyday silver watch.  My hair and makeup are also done (!!) and I’ve gone with a reddish-brown eye look and a pink matte lip.  What do you hang out in when you are at home or planning on a Target run?

-Carla

Midterm

Believe it or not, this past week was week #8 of a 15 week semester.  It seems like this semester seems to be going much faster than past semesters.  I can’t believe that we are already half-way through.  My students have delivered 2 of 4 formal speeches and they just completed their essay exam Midterm (which I should be grading as we speak).  Right now, time is definitely something that is on my mind.  It’s important that I know what week of the semester that I am in so I can make sure my students are meeting certain benchmarks.  Also, time is playing a huge role in my personal life for much the same reason– it’s important for me to be cognizant of what week I am at of my pregnancy so that I can make sure I am doing all the things I need to (check-ups, vaccines, tests, baby class, pre-registering, packing a hospital bag, etc.)

I am super excited that my sister and her husband are coming in to town at the end of this week.  We are hosting my baby shower at our new home so we’ve made it a combined baby shower and housewarming party.  My husband and I aren’t too traditional so we’ve made it co-ed and family friendly and I can’t wait to celebrate my blessings with everyone.  In fact, I may or may not have already put up some decorations just to see what we have and might still need.  And, that reminds me– I still need to share pictures of the new house.  I haven’t done much decorating.  I may have mentioned it before but I am basically skipping over Halloween and Fall decorations and getting geared up for Christmas.  With the party I didn’t want to put up a bunch of Fall decorations and then have to take them down or decorate around them.  Plus, our house is so new to us that I don’t want to go putting a bunch of nail holes in the walls quite yet.  The only decorations that I have hung up have used existing nail/screw holes.  I already have my Christmas theme picked out and I would go through my Christmas totes to take inventory of what we have that will work with the theme and what we need to buy if it weren’t for the impending party.  LoL.  After the party, it’s game on!

I digress.  On Wednesday the weather was more Fall-like and I was able to pull out my brown riding boots.  I am actually excited for the cooler temps because I have almost outgrown all of my non-maternity dress pants and skirts.  Many of my dresses can still work with leggings or tights layered underneath– but it’s been too warm lately for layering.  I swear I’ve done this outfit before, pre-pregnancy, but when I looked through my media gallery I couldn’t find a picture.  So, maybe I didn’t?!?

This outfit begins with my black faux-wrap dress.  I’ve kept the fabric belt on it but I’ve wrapped it around the front of my waist and tied it in the back.  Then, I added nude colored tights and my flat brown riding boots.  To further pull in the warm brown tones I’ve gone with my oversized gold watch and gold earrings that have small accents of turquoise and peach.  The statement necklace is a multi-strand turquoise beaded necklace and a dark denim jacket with bronze snaps completes the look.  I’m torn on this outfit.  On one hand I like how I’ve mixed brown and tan but then on the other hand I think that black riding boots would look better.  What do you think?  Black boots or brown boots?

-Carla

New Jeans

On a recent trip to Wal-Mart I went to check out the maternity section and noticed that the space was completely cleared out!  This meant that the items had been marked for clearance.  I felt a giddy flutter in my stomach– but that could have been Baby Girl showing her excitement.  A quick search turned up the clearanced items and this light wash pair of maternity skinny jeans for $10 made it into my cart.  I went with a large instead of a medium because I wanted them to still fit in a few more weeks.  I’m so glad that I’ve added another option to my maternity wardrobe.

I’ve paired them with a top that I’ve worn several times before, a gold sparkly cardigan, and purple ballet flats.  My jewelry is pretty simple– my everyday silver watch and drop pearl earrings.  This outfit was so comfortable and I felt put together.  Here’s two other ways that I’ve styled this top with a yellow cardigan earlier in my pregnancy:

I’ve worn this top quite a bit but I don’t always take pictures.  The way that it’s cut is very accommodating to my growing baby.

-Carla