Monthly Archives: September 2009

To sleep, or not to sleep…

When we took Miss Chloe Mae to the doctor for her 4 month check-up we asked the doctor if she had any ideas (any at all, other than Crying It Out – I don’t think she’s ready for that and I know we’re not ready for that!!) to help Chloe sleep longer at night.  She goes to sleep about 8:30 and used to make it to 1:30 before she woke up, but the past few weeks she’s been getting up at about midnight.  We tried to just soothe her back to sleep, but she started using what we call the “hunger death scream” that can only be quieted by a bottle.  Then she wakes up about 2 hours later and we end up sleeping with her in our bed or in the recliner in her room with her on our chest, where she happily sleeps until 4 or 4:30.  If we try to just soothe her back to sleep, she’s up every 20-30 minutes until we cave and feed her – and caving is easy to do in the middle of the night.

 Her main suggestion was to try some rice cereal before bedtime to keep her full longer.  I wanted to wait until Chloe was 6 months old before we gave her anything other than breastmilk, but…. man-o-man I’d love to get some sleep!!  I really want to use all homemade food, including cereal, but I’ve read that the unrefined grains used for homemade cereal are more difficult for a baby under 6 months to digest.  So now we have to decide if 1) we want to start her on cereal now and 2) if we want to use homemade or store-bought.

 I know there’s no right or wrong answer.  I know that lots of people start their babies on cereal (and other foods) at 4 months (and even before) and they turn out just fine.  Conversely, I know that people wait until 6 months and survive on little sleep.  I know that starting Miss C on cereal is no guarantee of more sleep.  I know that most babies eat store-bought cereal and it works out just fine for them.  However, I don’t know what we should do…

I just have to say, being a parent is hard!!  Who knew?!?  Luckily, I adore my daughter more than I knew was possible.  And how could I not – how cute is she?!?

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Chloe’s First School Fundraiser

Yeah, that’s right, she’s 4 months old and she’s participating in a school fundraiser.  At first, Aaron was outraged.  We already pay a ridiculous amount of money for our daughter to go there, why should we have to sell stuff on top of that?!?  But, they’re raising money to do a staff training and buy educational materials.  It’s hard to be against that.  And then he really got into the spirit of selling and now wants Chloe to “be the selling-est baby at Childserve.”

Cookies from Chloe

If you’re interested in seeing what she’s selling, you can go here and here.  You get 48 ready-to-bake cookies and somewhere between 11 and 16 oz. of the snacks.  Now we just have to figure out how many boxes of cookies dough we can fit in our freezer.  Yummy!!

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Just like Mom & Dad

Chloe Mae has become such a little princess.

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Or maybe not…  Her caregivers at daycare have informed us that a gas mask would be appropriate to deal with her constant farting.  I, on the other hand, think it merits a celebration!!  She no longer cries in pain, because she has gas, so I love it when she farts and just keeps on playing.  Just like her daddy 😀

 They also informed us that she’s getting a little attitude – but that it’s cute.  Just like her mommy 😀  Out of nowhere, she burped and was told that it’s not polite.  Her response – she smiled and giggled!!

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