Friday, January 23, 2009

Breakfast was a disaster. I was short on oatmeal which was no big deal. I usually eat 1/2 cup dry oats (mixed with milk to make oatmeal of course!) but it was a bit below the half cup line. Then I left it in the microwave too long and 1/2 of it boiled over. By time all was said and done I had about 5 spoonsful of oatmeal. I had coffee too.

Lunch- I had a yummy multi grain ciabatta with poppy sesame and sunflower seeds baked in it. On it was baked chicken, two trips of bacon, lettuce, tomato and some kind of sauce which I will ask them to leave off next time. It was tasty! I also had a orange juice and milk drink (mixed) which was 210 calories. I try not to drink my calories because it seems like such a waste but these are one of my favorite drinks and I only have one once in a blue moon. Plus, the dairy is good for me!

Snack - Raspberry fruit bar (95 calories)

Supper - Baked chicken with baked cabbage and onions. I was going to make some rice but couldn't be bothered. I'm exhausted. If I'm still hungry I'll have some peas and carrots.

snack - raspberry fruit bar (95 cals)

lots of water and crystal light all day long, I forgot to add this in as I went.

You know, I am making this cabbage and I realized... I try to make cabbage every once in a while and I always end up not liking it. Maybe I should just resign to the fact that I don't like cabbage. Nope, not me! I just keep trying it like a fool. But actually I used to dislike bleu cheese, olives and anything spicy as well but now I love those foods so maybe it's something that just has to grow on me.

Sadie is still not sleeping well. Last night was a repeat of the nights before. Today though, I actually wrote out a plan. I wrote out a "tenative" schedule to try to get her on. Of course we all know this will not be a rigid schedule but I am shooting to get her on some sort of schedule all day and night and hopefully it will work. I'll adjust the schedule as needed but with me taking care of her some days, Marco on others and then my in-laws having her yet other days she just has no rhythm to her days and babies need that.

We also logged her entire sleeping and eating habits for a 24 hour period. I was quite suprised to find out that she takes 6 - 5 oz bottles a day (that's not the surprising part) but 3 of those 6 bottles are AFTER 10 p.m. So half of her daily intake of food is being given to her while she's supposed to be sleeping! We are definately working on that.

We're implementing a few of the suggestions from the book The No Cry Sleep Solutions and already I see a difference in the time it takes us to get her back to sleep when she wakes up. It used to be at least 10-15 minutes of holding and rocking before you could lay her back down. Last night I didn't even pick her up one time, just whispered "shhhhhh, it's night night time angel" to her, which is our "code phrase" to let her know it's sleepy time, and it stinking worked! Just once though but it's still a huge improvement. Just now she woke up and I didn't even have to sit down to rock her. I just held her, whispered the code phrase, gave her her glowworm (which is another suggestion from the book, give the child a safe "lovey" or blankey that smells like you and use it as another sleepy time queue) and within 3 to 4 minutes I put her back to her crib.

Whew. I don't care how long this takes, we will be persistant! I already see a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel.


Anonymous said...

Are you giving Sadie formula or breast milk? Because I read that formula takes babies longer to digest. Maybe giving her that during the day will decrease her night time hunger? Just a thought.

The Atkinsons in Amsterdam said...

GOOD JOB. Keep up the good work!

Jai Johnson said...

I had a routine with mine...followed it with the first kid and continued with the second. I called it BBB. Bath+Bottle+Bed. We did it every night, at the same time, without fail. My daughter was sleeping all night at 5 weeks. My son took 5 months before he did...but he was smaller (premie) so he couldn't hold as much food at a time. Good luck!