Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bedtime... dun dun dun.

My normally happy baby girl!
Moms, I'm hoping you can help.

Ever since Linna was about 2-3 months old, she's been sleeping through the night, and we are so thankful for that. Sometimes she'll fuss before bed, but she'll generally have a 5-7 oz. bottle (breast milk), and I'll put her in her crib on her tummy, pat her butt, and she'd fall asleep.

HOWEVER... in the last week, Linna has started having a really tough time going to bed.

Her bedtime USED to be 9 or 10 p.m. (about a month ago), but lately we've started feeding her at 7:30 or 8 p.m. to make sure she's asleep by 8:30 or 9 p.m., (she sleeps until 8 or 9 a.m.). She eats about 5-8 oz. (breast milk), I feed and rock her in her dimly lit room with soft music playing (she's been falling right to sleep to this music for the last month), but the second I lay her in her crib. she starts to cry. I pat her on her butt and say "shhhhhhhhhh" and "nite nite", like I normally did when she would fall right to sleep. But lately it's like she can't shut off her brain and just fall asleep.

We've tried the "cry it out" method, as well as picking her up and rocking her, etc., but in the last week, it's taking us at LEAST an hour of crying/screaming to get her to finally fall asleep. I feel so bad for her because I don't know if she's teething, has gas, etc., so it's very hard for me to "just let her cry".

As an example, here's how tonight went...

7:30 p.m. - She drank 6 or 7 oz.
7:45 p.m. - Papa Saigh laid her in her crib (awake) and patted her butt. She cried, so after a few minutes he picked her up and rocked her. That didn't work, so he tried to feed her a little more. That worked for about 3 seconds and she started crying again, so he tried to rock/bounce her and she would stiffen up and cry.
8 p.m. - I came in to relieve Papa Saigh. I bounced/rocked Linna for a few minutes until she started to fall asleep. I laid her in bed (on her tummy... the way she normally sleeps). She started crying. I patted her butt, and tried the "cry it out" method for 5 minutes (then comforted her while she was still in the crib), 10 minutes (then comforted her while she was still in the crib), then another 10 minutes, until I finally picked her up to rock her. When I rocked her, she would fall asleep, while sort of whining (which is really cute by the way, because she whines "mamamamama" or "nigh, nigh, nigh, nigh...") a little bit too.
8:45 p.m. - We gave her some "Little Fevers" (Tylenol for infants - I hate giving her meds when I don't know for sure something is wrong), rocked her for a few minutes, then laid her in her crib to cry it out (I was ready to pull my hair out). I think she cried for about 10-15 minutes before falling asleep on her own around 9 p.m. or so.

Right now, Linna is 4.5 months old, is pretty much an angel during the day (eats and naps when she wants - often falling asleep on her own, and only fusses when she's hungry or ready for a snooze), but this new nighttime routine/habit of hers makes me want to pull my hair out. I easily lose patience (never with Linna, but my poor husband gets the brunt of it). My nerves are SHOT by the time she is finally asleep. Tonight, mama is having a little vodka 7-Up... Merry Christmas;)

Have any of you parents dealt with a situation like this? What helped you? All and any advice is welcome!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Minnesota Baby "Winter Photo Contest"

Enter your cute kid in the Minnesota Baby "Winter Photo Contest", and you could win a photo session with Chanelle Young Photography, valued at $200! For details, visit our website: http://minnesotababy.org/Events__Deals___Contests.html.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

North Shore: Our first baby-free weekend.

The view from the lighthouse on the way to Grand Marais
This past weekend, AJ and I got to get away for an entire weekend, and head up to the North Shore, leaving the baby boo with Grammy Pammy (AJ's mom). We had so much fun, but of course, we missed Linna a lot! I was on the fence as to whether or not we'd bring her along on this trip, but once we got there we realized we made the right decision by leaving Linna at home with grandma. AJ and I needed a weekend to share as a couple, and we did just that! Plus, it was so cold at all the stops we made along the shore.

AJ on the shore, near some type of ship thingy.
We left early Friday morning and headed up north. We stopped in Duluth to walk around, and ended up in the casino and Fitgers (delicious restaurant). AJ and I said we'd only gamble $10 each. I lost my $10, borrowed one of his dollars, won 100 pennies, then lost it all:( That's right, they have penny slots in Duluth. AJ lost $5, but decided to keep his other $5. We are obviously high rollers;) We left the casino smelling like cigs, and may have picked up a disease or two. I'm sorry Duluth, but your casino is so gross! We had fun though.

On a pier on the way to Lutsen. So cold!
We then checked into our lodge at Lutsen Mountains. It's a ski in/out resort that we shared with two other couples, and three other couples (and one single) shared the cabin next door. This is the second time we've gone on the Lutsen trip, and it is a blast! This year, it was our friend Adam Segar's 30th birthday, so we went out to dinner and the bar on Saturday night. I haven't been out dancing at a bar since Linna was born, so of course, I lived it up and shook my booty all night long!

AJ lunging on a rock. It's what he does.
I'm not a skier, so AJ and I decided not to downhill ski or snowboard, and drive to Grand Marais instead. I am in LOVE with that little town! It is so quaint and peaceful. All of the little shops and places to eat are unlike anywhere else in Minnesota. We stopped for pizza at Sven & Ole's. AMAZING! We ordered a sausage and pineapple pizza and it was perfection. The pizza at Sven & Ole's is by far the best pizza AJ and I have ever eaten... and we've eaten a lot of pizza! The crust is thin and crispy, it's loaded with stretchy mozzarella cheese, and it's baked to perfection. I may or may not have dreamed about it over the weekend:-/ We also stopped at the Trading post to pick up Linna a little gift, a book shop, and of course we checked out the shore line. We wanted to stop at The Angry Trout and The Donut Shop, but they were closed. I guess Grand Marais is more of a summer destination (according to my hubby). We also brought our cross country skis, but we were so busy we didn't get to use them! Plus, there wasn't a whole lot of snow.

Both AJ and I are in love with the North Shore and hope to own a cabin up north some day. The views are breathtaking, and it's just so peaceful and relaxing! This trip was much needed by both of us, and even though it was nice to get away for a weekend, we're so happy to be home with our little love bug! Thanks again Grammy Pammy for watching Baby Linna for us! CLICK HERE to see all the photos from our trip.

The lighthouse. Again, great views.
Our version of Lisa & John's photo that
they took on their December vacation
to Anguilla.
Lisa (AJ's sister) & John (Lisa's husband) in Anguilla.
Sunset view from our cabin.
Pizza at Sven & Ole's in Grand Marais. Enough said.
Icy shore lines. So pretty, yet so cold!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

4 months.

video

How is it that we have a 4-month-old baby! I say it every month, but TIME FLIES!


Linna is still such a good baby, but we've definitely ventured into some uncharted territory the past few days. We're not sure if Linna is teething, but bed time has tuned into such a chore. Linna used to go down so easily around 10pm or so (we put her to bed when we go to bed to get a full 8 hours of sleep), and she'd sleep until 10am or so.

Lately, she's been waking up earlier, which is to be expected, so we started putting her down around 9pm. The 9pm bed time has tuned into an hour or more ordeal and she's so fussy. She eats about 5 oz. (still exclusively breast fed from a bottle) or more before bed, and is obviously tired, but it's like she can't "turn it off" and fall asleep. It looks like one of her lower canine teeth is coming in, but she doesn't have a fever, isn't fussy during the day, etc. It's just at night. Last night, she finally fell asleep at 10:30pm, fussed at 4:30am, 5am, 7am, and is still sleeping at 9am. I don't get her out of the crib, but I go in pat her put and she sucks on her fingers until she falls back asleep. I think we're going to try an earlier bed time and once we talk to the pediatrician, we may start her on rice cereal. I don't want to start until 6 months, but if she's ready and hungry we will try it! She does really well with naps throughout the day and is kind of on her own little schedule. If she wants a long nap, she takes one. If she wants a cat nap, she'll take one.

Cheek sandwiches with Papa when he gets home from work
Linna has also started babbling a lot! She loves to look at people and babble "ohhhhhh's" and "ahhhhhh's" at the top of her lungs. I think she likes hearing her voice:) When she's hungry, she hates if we set her down to go get her bottle warmed up, and will cry as we walk away. It's cute, but so sad:( I don't want her to be one of those kids that is super attached to her parents and cries when we leave the room, so we just talk to her from the other room and let her fuss for a few minutes.

Linna is such a smiley little baby! She loves talking to her Papa. She's still sleeping on her tummy, drools so much (wakes up in a puddle), and her hands are always in her mouth. She's still only pooping every 4-7 days, and her poops are still a sight and smell to be seen (I would post a photo, but I don't want to offend people). Linna loves taking in everything around her, starring at everything! One of her cutest moments, is when she becomes tired, she just sighs so loudly and for so long. It's like she wants the world to know, "hey, I'm tired and I need my beauty sleep". She's kind of a drama queen, and I have NO IDEA where she gets it;)

Meeting Great Grandma Krek for the first time! "Who are you lady?"

Great Grandma Krekelberg got to meet Linna for the first time this month too! Grandma lives in Worthington, so Papa Saigh and I drove Linna down to see her. Linna just LOVED Great Grandma K. Linna was talking and smiling the entire time. Linna is my grandma's first great-granddaughter (she has three great-grandsons), so this visit was so special!

She loves napping on mommy and daddy's big bed.
Linna is also now registered with a local modeling agency and went on her first audition for a national toy company print ad this past week! She did a pretty good job. There were so many kids there, and they really got everyone in and out. We'll see if she gets the job. She's just so good in front of the camera! She's been on TWIN CITIES LIVE and Kare 11 Today with me, and it's been so nice to be able to take her to "work" with me.

I really think Linna is starting to look SO MUCH like her papa, and other people are noticing it as well. I also see myself in her, but she is literally a female version of Papa Saigh

What do you think?

First time on Santa's lap. She was so
calm, cool and collected about this!
I'm absolutely loving being home with my baby bean, and I wouldn't change it for the world! We're going to sign up for ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) classes and a swimming class soon, so she's around other kids. We went to one ECFE class last week, and she just starred at all the kids. It was so cute.

Bath time with Linna may be one of my favorite things ever. I take baths with Linna every other day, and she just LOVES the tub. If we put her on her tummy she tires to swim, and if she's on her back, she kicks and puts her hands in her mouth to suck off the water. She's such a little fish.

Meeting cousin Rosco for the first time.
This weekend, Papa Saigh and I are going to Lutsen with friends, and we're leaving Linna home with MeMaw (Grandma Saigh) and Nana (my mom).

Uh oh, baby is up! We'll talk with you all soon. Thanks again for following.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday photos with Chanelle Young.

Here are a few of my favorite shots, from our family holiday photo shoot with Chanelle Young of Chanelle Young Photography. Don't forget, if you book a session with Chanelle through the end of the year, and mention Minnesota Baby, you'll get your session and 10 edited photos for 50% OFF! Her regular price is $200, but mention Minnesota Baby when you book and you'll get it for $100! Which one of our photos is your favorite?








Tuesday, November 22, 2011

3.5 months.

I've kind of been slacking in the blogging department, so here we go with our 3 1/2 month update!

Baby Linna is getting BIG! I'm guessing she's at LEAST 15 lbs. (she was 12 lbs. at her 2 month appointment). It's getting tougher and tougher to lug her car seat around, and I'm seriously contemplating taking her in and out of the seat when we go places. My right arm is pretty buff;) Baby Linna is all smiles and is still the happiest baby! She's sleeping at least eight hour stretches at night, usually from 10:30 p.m. - 7:30 or 8 a.m. She's drinking about 5 ounces each feeding too! She sleeps a LOT during the day still, which I was concerned about at first, but she's just a baby who likes her sleep (like her mama and papa)! She usually just falls asleep in her Boppy, or under her play gym, and sometimes in her crib. We haven't been using the MamaRoo much lately.

A new thing in the world of Linna is her stinky toots! I cannot believe the smells that come out of our little girl's tush. She's still not pooping every day, but when she does... LOOK OUT! Today, she did a #2 twice, and we had to change her outfit twice... three times including all of her spit-ups. Linna also loves talking, whether it's to herself or other people. We're still waiting for her to laugh out loud (I can't wait for this)! Grandma and Grandpa Specken bought Linna an Exersaucer and she just loves it! Linna is always trying to sit up on her own. She's SO strong, and has been standing since she was 2 months old! You can hold her hands and she pulls herself right up. She also loves to grab at her toys and pull them up to her mouth (it's so cute)! I also love watching her bring her hands together (like she's praying) and put them in her mouth. She loves sucking on her fingers and her knuckles!

Miss Minnesota and Baby Linna




I know it's a big no-no (and AJ still isn't completely comfortable with it), but we're letting Linna sleep on her tummy at night. She can hold her head up 90-degrees, and is even starting to push up with her arms. Linna is a tummy sleeper and if we lay her on her back at night, she wakes up once or twice a night. We always check on her and her head is always to the side. Other people with kids have told me that they let their babies sleep on their tummies too (one friend since her baby was 2 weeks old), and I really thought about it, but I just think Linna was ready. My mom told me I was a tummy sleeper too, and I just want Linna to get a good night sleep!

Linna also made her first appearance on Kare 11 Today, as one of her mama's models. She did such a good job and is such a natural! We are so excited to celebrate Linna's first Thanksgiving on Thursday with the Krekelberg family in Burnsville. I'm hoping she doesn't get the turkey "sleepies" from my breast milk (can this happen?)... or maybe I hope she does;) We'll also be celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday with AJ's family in Mankato.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Saighs!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ever heard of a "Grandma Shower"?

Grammy Pammy and Baby Linna
All of Pammy's gifts
If you've never heard of a "Grandma Shower", you're not alone! This past weekend, we spent the night at my in-laws house, and attended a Grandma Shower for my mother-in-law Pam (AKA Grammy Pammy). This shower was thrown by Pam's friends, and they all brought gifts that Pam could keep at her house for Baby Linna to use! Isn't that a fun idea? The women played games, we had some yummy desert and snacks, and Grammy Pammy got to show off Baby Linna. Grammy Pammy has been waiting to introduce Linna to her friends, and Linna sure got a lot of attention from all the ladies. Baby Linna got to wear her first "party dress", but ended up passing out on the couch half-way through the shower. The ladies would sing her songs, and Linna just loved all of the interaction! Pam got so many toys, a bath tub, blankets, and more. The ladies even made Pam play "The Bottle Game", where she had to be blindfolded, drink out of bottles to guess what was inside. It was pretty funny!

The day before the shower, I judged this Miss Mankato pageant, so Baby Linna got to spend the day with her grandma and grandpa! Since my mom lives a couple minutes away from us, she gets to do a lot of overnights with Baby Linna. So Saturday night, Grammy Pammy slept in the same room as Linna and got up with her at 5am when she decided to eat. AJ and I got nine hours of blissful sleep! We really are so blessed to have parents that love our little lady so much. Thanks Pam and Marty for a fun weekend!

Party Pooper
Pam playing "The Bottle Game"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

3 months old... and 7 days without a poop.

That's right, little miss Linna decided to celebrate being 3 months old by freaking Mama and Papa out, and not doing a number 2 in 7 days! I called the pediatrician after 3 days, but they said it's completely normal for babies her age to go 4-7 days without a poop. Well day 7 came and so did a whole new definition to Linna's poopy diapers. Talk about an explosion! She seemed very pleased with herself though. And even though I was so tempted to do it, I did NOT take a photo of the beautiful gift:)

Linna also learned how to roll over! She goes from her front to her back. She has always hated tummy time, so I think this is just her way of getting out of it. She's already grown out of her 3-month clothes and has moved onto 3-6 month clothes. One day I had her in newborn pants, a 6 month onesie, and a 6-12 month skirt! Baby clothes sizes are so weird. Every morning, our little lady greets her mama with a big smile and it really is the best part of my day! She literally smiles from ear to ear. She wants to talk so bad, but all she says right now is "Ohhhhhh". Her mouth moves so fast like she's telling you something, but nothing comes out. It's pretty cute!

Baby Linna loves to read the book "Green Eggs and Ham"! I think she likes the bright and bold colors. I try to read the book to her every day, in hopes that she'll enjoy reading when she's older. For the last few nights Linna has slept 7-9 hour stretches at night, which has been such a blessing! We put her to bed when we go to bed, which is around 10:30 or 11pm, and she will sleep until 6 or 8am! She takes a few cat naps between 8-11pm. She eats about 5 ounces before bed, wakes up between 6-8am to eat, and then sleeps until 10 or 11am. I'm really liking this schedule because it allows me to get some stuff done in the morning before she wakes up. However, last night Miss Linna decided she wanted to go to bed at 1am, woke up at 5am, 7am, came in bed with mama, and slept until 10:30am. When she's a little older we'll start putting her to bed at 8pm, in hopes of her sleeping until 7am like a "normal" kid. But for now, this schedule is working for us and Linna.

Wearing newborn pants, a 6 month onesie,
and a 6 - 12 month skirt.
I'm still breastfeeding (pumping and bottle feeding) and hope to continue for a year, but man is it challenging! Pumping consumes my entire day, and I'm constantly thinking about it. I did get a brand new double electric breast pump today, and I'm so excited to use it! I've been using a single electric for the last 3 months. Also, I'll be making my first appearance on TWIN CITIES LIVE on November 29th as their Mommy-Blogger, showing some cool baby and mommy gadgets. Make sure your TV is set to channel 5 at 3pm!

Cheers to Linna being 3 months old!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Linna helps make her first pie.

Tonight, we're going to a friend's house for dinner, so I decided to make an apple-cranberry pie.  Linna loves being in the kitchen with me when I cook, so this baking experience was no exception.  I got this recipe from one of my mom's co-workers, after she made this pie for a pie contest that I happened to judge. It's so yummy, and made with fresh cranberries and apples from the apple orchard!  The recipe is below.  I hope it tastes as good as it smells!
My little helper! Baking is exhausting!


Crust:

2 1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt
8-10 TBSP cold water

Mix flour, salt and shortening together with a fork until the mixture forms into pieces the size of peas. Then, add water little by little until the dough becomes moist. Form dough into two balls and roll each out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll one of the layers around the rolling pin and lay into your pie pan. The second layer will cover the pie once you put the filling in (see below). Pinch the edges, and cut a couple slits on the top to vent.

Filling:

2 cups sugar
1/4 orange juice
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp apple pie spice
1/4 tsp lemon juice
4 cups sliced and peeled apples (I didn't peel mine)
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
2 TBSP butter

Mix first seven ingredients into a bowl.  Add apples and cranberries and toss. Pour mixture into the top of the pie crust. Drizzle with the butter. Then, cover the filling with the second layer of dough.

Finished product. A little rough looking, but smells good!
Bake the pie at 425-degrees for 10 minutes, and 350-degrees for 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What should Linna be for Halloween?

Baby Linna wants to know what you think.  Lady Bug or Baby Gaga?

Lady bug costume. I found this at a garage sale!

Baby Gaga costume given to Linna by
Auntie Julie G.!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tough decision.

Over the last three months of my maternity leave from TWIN CITIES LIVE (KSTP), I've been struggling with the decision of whether or not to go back to work at TCL. After a LOT of discussion, tears, stress, and advice from others, I've made the decision to leave the show, and focus on being a mom.

This decision is incredibly bittersweet, as TCL has become a HUGE part of my life, and my co-workers have become part of my family. As a new mom, I found myself having major anxiety when I thought about putting Linna in full-time daycare. I'm sure this is something every new mom struggles with. I've literally gone back and forth about this decision, and after weighing the pros and cons with my husband and family, I've decided that this is the right decision for me and my family. I LOVE being a mom, but I also LOVE my career. My career has been my life for the last eight years.

I can't express how difficult of a decision this was to have to make.

From the time I was six weeks old, I was a daycare kid  My mom didn't have a choice, as she was a single-mom raising two kids. I loved daycare, and I think daycare is a great way for kids to learn socialization skills (among other skills). While, eventually, I could see myself being comfortable putting Linna in daycare... I'm just not there yet. I don't want to miss out on the things I get to experience with Linna every day.

And let's be honest... daycare is EXPENSIVE!

You'll still see me on TCL, as I plan on freelancing, and focusing on my blog (minnesotababy.blogspot.com). I'll always have a passion for fashion, beauty, and telling stories... AND I hope to share some of the new things I find with all of you! I've been with the show since the very beginning, and it's a place I can't just leave, and/or "forget". Plus, I'll always be a fan of the show, and hope to be back to my career in TV one day.

Baby steps.

Xoxo,

Mama Saigh

Monday, October 10, 2011

Two months old.

As Linna gets older, we're noticing that she's developing her own little personality!  She is SUCH a good little baby.  She only cries if she's tired, hungry, or has a poopy diaper.  When she's awake, she's perfectly content just hanging out by herself, and she loves to "talk" to people, or play with her Baby Einstein play mat.  When she's on her tummy, she can hold her head up almost 90 degrees, and she loves standing up (she's so strong).  Her favorite book right now is Green Eggs and Ham... I think she likes the bright bold colors!

Sparkle band-aids after her shots
We took her to her two-month check-up with the pediatrician today, and yes, she had to get her shots.  I have been dreading this moment since the day she was born.  AJ came with, held her hands when she was laying on the table to get the shots, and I picked her up as soon as it was over (I got to be the "good guy")!  She got three shots, and the nurse did them all in a row (really quickly), so she just screamed for about a minute.  Her face turned all red, she shook her head back and forth, and she screamed so hard that she almost forgot to breathe (poor baby)!  She's doing really well today, so overall the experience wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I hear the four and six month shots are the worst!

Linna in her Boppy
Linna spends a lot of time in her Boppy, so she can strengthen her tummy muscles.  It teaches her to sit up too!  She's such an easy-going baby and just kind of goes with the flow.  We're still using reusable diapers during the day and night while I'm home, and although the laundry gets a little annoying, I really think it's a great fit for us.  We do disposables when we're out and about.  She's drinking between 3-4 oz. every three hours or so, and ever since we put her on Raniditine for her acid reflux, her spit-up problem has almost completely disappeared, and she's a happy little lady!  She's also sleeping an average of 4-6 hours at night, and actually slept an eight-hour stretch two nights in a row (we're hoping this becomes a habit)!


With Grandma and Grandpa Saigh
(MeMaw and PePaw) at the apple orchard
We took Linna to the apple orchard last weekend with her grandparents on both sides.  We hope to make this a tradition with both of our families!  I can't wait until she can actually pick apples and eat the recipes we make with the apples from the orchard:)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Linna's debut on TWIN CITIES LIVE

Chef Daniel Green, from TWIN CITIES LIVE (where I work), came to our house to shoot a "Kitchen Takeover" segment last week and it aired today! Thanks to photographer/editor Kerry Klatt for setting this up and doing a great job putting it all together. We love pad thai!

Watch the segment HERE!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

7 weeks and infant acid reflux.

Linna got Daddy good!
I'm going to admit it now... we've had a rough couple days/nights with Baby Linna.  A few days ago, Linna started spitting up almost all her milk, rejecting the bottle after just a few ounces, not sleeping well, and she was just plain fussy!  She was even spitting up a ton in her sleep (and mama was having to wash her bedding every day).  This is so the opposite of the content and happy baby we've been used to.  So yesterday, we took her to the pediatrician and they diagnosed her with infant acid reflux.  Poor baby!  They gave us a prescription for Zantac and it has worked wonders!  Linna is back to her content little self, and the spit up has completely stopped.  She takes the medicine in the morning and at night.  I hate having her on medication when she's so little, but if it makes her feel better and keeps mom and dad sane, well then I'm all for it:)  She was also weighed at the pediatrician, and she's already 11 lbs. 6 oz.!

Snug as a bug.
Linna turned 7 weeks old on Monday and she celebrated by smiling at mommy and daddy for the first time!  She's starting to recognize people's faces, and the other day she "coo-ed" at AJ.  She's still sleeping in her crib (after spending a couple nights in the bassinet due to her acid reflux), and this morning I came in to find her sleeping on her side!  She used to stay in one place in the crib, but now we find her in different positions when she wakes up.  She's still sleeping 4-6 hour stretches at night.  Last night, she slept 10:30pm - 2:30am, 3am - 6:30am, and then she slept until 10am.  She's up a lot more during the day, and we really try to keep her awake from 5-7pm.  Although, once 7pm hits, she takes a little snooze.

Mama and baby all ready for a cool night outside
I'm finding it kind of hard to sleep at night, because I'm constantly waiting for Linna to wake up.  I can't seem to get into a deep sleep.  I started turing the monitor off in our bedroom at night, because it picks up every little peep, which wakes me up.  Linna's room is right next to ours, so as soon as she starts crying, I can hear her without the monitor on.  I know this is just a "worried mama" thing, and I need to realize that she is just fine in her crib (there's nothing in there but her blanket), but I'll admit that it is tough!  AJ and I are celebrating our one-year wedding anniversary on Saturday and my parents are taking Linna for the night, so it will be nice to finally get some sleep!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

6 weeks old.

Linna at 5 weeks
Holy cow, my little baby girl is already 6 weeks old!  This weekend, I packed away her newborn onesies because they're too small.  It seems like just yesterday, her newborn clothes were too big for her!  It's so fun though to watch her grow.  She's starting to just stare at AJ and I when we talk to her, and it's almost like she wants to talk, but nothing comes out.  I can't wait until she starts smiling and coo-ing:)

Linna's photo session at Flash Photography
I've had so much fun staying home with her every day.  I have about a month and a half left of maternity leave, so I'm cherishing every minute I have with her.  We started sleeping her in her crib at night and it's going pretty well.  We feed her about 4.5 oz. at 8 p.m., change her and put her in a sleep sack, and she'll sleep until about 1 or 2 a.m.  We feed her about 4 - 4.5 oz. at that point and then she sleeps until about 6 or 7 a.m.  During the day she eats about 4 oz. every 3-4 hours.  I'm still pumping and bottle feeding.  The first night that she started sleeping in the other room was rough on me because I worried the whole night.  I maybe got an hour of sleep.  Whenever I hear her make a peep on the monitor, I wake up.  Since her room is right next to ours, we're thinking about not using the monitor.  Last night, I forgot to turn the monitor on, and I slept until I heard her cry, which was a pretty good stretch of time!

Breakin' out the fall coat from Aunt Pulie
Linna can hold her head up, and sometimes I think she's ready to roll over... but we're still waiting on that one:)  She's starting to lose some of the hair on the top of her head, but not her side hair.  She looks like a balding little old man, but I had the same thing when I was her age.  I can't wait to bring her in for her next doctor appointment so we can see how much she weighs.  She is getting SO Big!