Life Lately

 
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One day she will wonder why her siblings are so furry.

It’s been a pretty quiet week, which is good after the wine fueled shenanigans of the weekend. R is working. My parents are out of town. Most of my friends are at work. I’m off work. And so it’s just been the baby and I hanging out, going to Target, watching old episodes of Survivor online, you know, the usual. It’s also been four straight days of rain, which has kept us mostly indoors.

But even in our  relatively quiet (and let’s face it a little boring) week, there have been some updates:

1. We stopped using the Merlin Sleepsuit, and we all briefly lost our shit.

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Post-Merlin sleep. It can really happen. Also she refuses to sleep in any position other than horizontally or diagonally.

So I knew the time was drawing near to stop using the Merlin Magic Sleepsuit. Ryland started rolling from back to stomach pretty consistently (so consistently in fact that for a few days she would not stay on her stomach for more than a few seconds, and then inevitably got really mad when she ended up on her tummy and realized she had inadvertently forced herself into tummy time). The website says to stop using it as soon as they can roll from back to stomach while in the suit. Which happened on Monday night. I wasn’t too worried about stopping it. After all it was never totally magic for us, like some people. She didn’t start consistently sleeping through the night in it. Morning naps were usually pretty good, but she still cat-napped in the afternoon. The one thing it really helped with was that for naps I could put her down awake and she fell asleep almost right away.

But you guys. Tuesday, the first day we didn’t use it, was a DISASTER. Like epic sleep fail. Ryland slept a grand total of TEN MINUTES. All. day. long. And those ten minutes only came after about an hour of fussing. That night it took 90 minutes for her to fall asleep (we are starting some legit sleep training now). I literally had this moment of panic where I felt like I was back to early newborn days where my baby was incapable of sleeping anywhere other than attached to my boob. What was I going to do?! I felt like my days of blogging and showering and cooking dinner and actually doing adult things while the baby slept were suddenly OVER. I may have cursed Merlin and considered burning the suit out of fury. The baby would not stop moving in her crib. Every time I went to check on her she would be in a totally different position. She kept wedging her feet through the slats, or turning onto her stomach and getting REALLY pissed off. It was not good. 

And then we took a deep breath and Wednesday came. And things were a lot better. She did sleep again in the crib. She only fussed about 10-20 minutes on average before she fell asleep for naps and even less for nighttime (granted she did wake up every hour for the first three hours of the night, but baby steps). I put her in the old halo sleep sack (only with her arms unswaddled, if I had tried to swaddle her she might have punched me in the face). 

Basically the moral of this story is that when it comes to babies, transitions are the WORST. Particularly my baby. I think she is like her mom and is a creature of habit. And when those habits were suddenly changed, she was not pleased. But I think we all knew at some point the sleep suit era had to end. After all they don’t make them for adults. Yet. (Seriously they should think about making them for adults).

2. This is what happens when you become a mom, have a little too much time on your hand and a Target down the street, and fully embrace the holiday cheese. I know, I know. This is like full blown holiday sweater levels of corniness. But I saw those little birds at Target and thought, you’re a mom now Liz. Embrace the chance to throw off all qualms about tackiness or cheese and just go for it. And I did. And this is only the start. 
3. We have finally found a food Ryland likes! We are on like week 4 of trying solids, and I was starting to think my baby may just never eat anything other than breastmilk or formula. We had tried sweet potatoes, bananas, avocado, and rice cereal. The rice cereal in particular was rejected with blatant disdain, as seen below.

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Any attempt at feeding solids went like this, lots of disgusted faces and all of the food immediately being spit out of her mouth. But then yesterday I decided to give bananas a go again (largely because we have a lot of bananas in our house). And boom! Success! She actually swallowed. She didn’t seem horrified by the experience. She didn’t exactly do a song and dance and rub her belly, but I still think we can put bananas in the “Like” category.

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4. This Is Us. So this new fall show on NBC has gotten a lot of hype and been billed as the “new” Parenthood, and I was skeptical. Mostly because Parenthood is probably in the top 5 greatest TV shows of all time and in the top 2 Shows that Makes You Sob EVERY TIME category. But I watched the first episode of This Is Us, and yeah I think it is the new Parenthood. It’s so GOOD. It gave me all of the feelings. Who knew Mandy Moore could be so likeable?! And Jess from Gilmore Girls is there! And Sterling Brown (from the People Vs OJ Simpson) who is just a ridiculously good actor who makes every line beautiful and nuanced. I won’t go into too many details, because there is a big twist in the pilot, but watch it. 

5. Halloween is coming! So if you didn’t get it from the fact that the Halloween section of Target has exploded in my house, I’m a little excited about Halloween this year. I think I am going to be THAT obnoxious mother who turns into a crazed Martha Stewart (but like a really bad, off brand Martha Stewart who can’t do a craft to save her life) for every holiday and really just needs to calm down. But it’s fun right? And that’s nice. Because Halloween stopped last being fun around age 24 (when you’re 30 it’s just not cute to get super drunk while in costume). And yeah Ryland will not remember this Halloween. She doesn’t care. She can’t eat candy. But still I couldn’t resist getting a ridiculous (and ridiculously cute) PB Kids costume (on sale!) which I have honestly wanted to buy since before I was pregnant. I won’t spoil the full outfit yet, but here’s a little sneak peek. 

Happy Thursday everyone!

sam
9/23/2016 09:52:40 am

haha! yes I remember my own panic when we had to transition out of magic merlin! btw, we use the zipadee-zip now, don’t know if you’ve heard of it. I like it a lot too.

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Liz
9/27/2016 12:15:12 pm

Hey Sam! I have heard of the zipadee-zip. How long can you use that for? Right now the sleep sacks seem to be doing the trick pretty well.

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sam
11/15/2016 05:20:24 am

you can use the zipadee for as long as you want!

Nina
9/23/2016 10:27:31 am

Sleep will happen! We moved LO from sleeping in a Merlin suit on his tummy on his Dad to sleeping in his sidecarred crib on his tummy in PJs/sleep sack. It took about 11 days of Ferberizing for him to complain for a couple mins then go to sleep. And we just started naps…
LO is a little younger than yours and still wakes 2-3 times per night for food, but it’s ok, cause I miss the cuddles.

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Liz
9/27/2016 12:16:21 pm

Hey Nina! Thanks for the words of encouragement 🙂 I know sleep will happen and it’s definitely improving but it’s still nice to have someone else say it! And definitely ditto about missing the cuddles. You don’t appreciate them until they start learning to sleep without you!

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