Sleep Training – Part 2

crib2I mentioned last week about how well our sleep training had gone, and how thankful I was to have a scheduled bed time. This is still the case. However, the sleeping through the night only lasted that one week. Now she is back to waking every 3 to 4 hours, so I am back to being exhausted again. I had a book recommended to me, so I may check it out from the library and let you know how it goes.

As far as nap training goes it’s a mixed bag. She has been taking afternoon naps in her crib, but they have been very short – way too short. And her morning naps have still been with me. So I think I’m still going to have to do some adjusting. The good news is that she has been learning to put herself to sleep in her crib and not cry so that is a plus. We’ll get there. Eventually.

Sleep Training Worked for Us

crib3I wasn’t sure what to do about her sleep problems. She used to sleep so well. From about 2 to 3 months Maddie slept through the night. I thought I was going to be one of the lucky ones who had a good night sleeper. And then…. Around 6 months it was like a flip switched and suddenly my good sleeper turned into a nightmare. She would go to bed at different times every night, sometimes keeping us up until almost midnight. She would wake often, about 2 to 3 times a night to feed. Part of the problem was teething, part of the problem was a cold she had, and part of the problem was us. At this point I was still feeding her to sleep most nights, but as time wore on she would often wake after feeding and then not want to go to bed. Continue reading

New Years Goals for 2015

I am not a fan of New Years resolutions, but I do think it’s important to take time to reflect on the past year, to celebrate successes and learn from failures. I feel like every year my ultimate goal is the same – to become more like Jesus. Let’s just say, it will be a work in progress til the day I die. So in the mean time I have to set smaller, attainable goals to keep me headed in the right direction. Continue reading

A Break in Blogging this Christmas

For the first time in our marriage both John and I were home for Christmas vacation. We have taken time off in past years, but we’ve gone to North Carolina. This year was our year to be here, and I don’t think I’m quite ready to travel with our little one yet anyway. It was wonderful! I loved having him home. It was a true vacation for me as well. Being at home with our daughter I have to time everything from showers, to cooking dinner, to bathroom breaks, but with my husband home I got spoiled. The Monday after he went back to work felt like the longest day ever. Continue reading

Crowdtap Campbell’s Sample Box

campbellsct01A few months ago I was so excited to receive a box of goodies from Crowdtap with samples from Campbell’s. Who doesn’t get excited about free food? So what did I think? It was a mixed bag. I will preface my review by saying I am not a fan of processed foods and starters because I think I can do a better job with seasonings, etc myself. However, the starter sauces are much more quickly on the table for dinner.

1. Skillet sauce – Chicken Parmesan: Just ok. It was a quick easy meal.campbellsct07 campbellsct08

2. Skillet sauce – Sesame Chicken: Nothing like what you would get from a restaurant. Neither myself or my husband enjoyed much.campbellsct13 campbellsct14

3. Starter Cream – Cream of Potato Soup: Just ok. Not much different than just making it from scratch.campbellsct05 campbellsct06

4. Starter Savory Portabello Mushroom  – Pasta with sausage: Did not care for.campbellsct02 campbellsct03

5. Kettle Chicken Noodle Soup: This was pretty good for instant soup. It definitely could have passed for homemade instead of store bought.campbellsct04

6. Tomato Chipotle Soup: Another favorite. Paired with grilled cheese it was just the right spiciness to make it an elevated tomato soup. I would buy this again.campbellsct09 campbellsct10

7. Prego – Light Alfredo: Again, just ok. Nothing grand.campbellsct11 campbellsct12

So overall I would say that I still am a fan of Campbell’s soups, but that’s about as far as I’ll go. If you want a quick easy meal they have some good options to help you, but if you want something with lots of yummy flavors I’d say stick to homemade.

Thanks Crowdtap and Campbell’s for the yummy samples. I really enjoyed this campaign!

Baby Orajel Naturals Might Bring Relief

IMG_0316I was fortunate to receive a free sample of Baby Orajel Naturals teething gel from Smiley360.com. I was excited to try it because Maddie was just starting to teethe and she was super fussy. However, I quickly ran into a problem. How to get it on her gums? It says to use your finger or a q-tip. She was not very cooperative with having me get this product on her gums. Eventually, I stuck with the finger method and with many trials was finally able to get it on. She did seem to calm down not too long after the application. Now she lets me put it on without a problem. I think she actually enjoys it because she watches me put it on my finger and lets me rub it on her gums.

orajel happyI’m not 100% sure how well it works, but it does seem to bring some relief and since it’s all natural I feel much better about giving it to her. And let’s face it, teething is miserable so anything that helps is much appreciated!

Contentment in All Things, Except for…

I used to think I was a pretty content person. And then I had a baby.

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“When she gets to be 3 months old, I may enjoy it more then. Well, maybe 6 months will be better. You know they say at 1 year things are much more enjoyable.” It seems at every stage so far I have found reasons to be discontented. I’m just waiting for this stage to pass and move on to the next, something bigger and better, easier.

But you know what? It’s not getting easier. I should rephrase that. Some things have gotten easier, but then other difficult things emerge to take their place. I fear there is no end. I have been living in a state of anger, impatience and stressfulness. If you’ve been around me, you may not know it. I internalize very well. But my husband knows it. Poor guy. He’s had to put up with a very irritable, frustrated wife. Something has to change and I fear it’s me. Continue reading

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Secret Outlast Completely Clear Gel Review

I was fortunate enough to nab a free sample of Secret Outlast Completely Clear Gel deodorant from BzzAgent. I have been using it for a few weeks now and I have to say I really enjoy it. I was skeptical about how I would like a gel because I have used one in the past and didn’t care for it. I’ve settled into a nice white solid routine.

That being said, I think I would buy this new gel again. Even though it goes on wet, it dries quickly and I didn’t have to worry about any white marks on my clothing at all. That was a huge plus. It also seemed to work well and keep me dry all day long.

The only negatives were that it was hard to get the right amount. It says to turn the knob a few clicks. Sometimes I would turn it and none would come out and other times I would turn it once and too much would come out. Thankfully you can kinda play with the knob to get the desired amount, but that is the one thing that was slightly annoying to me. And I really don’t think it lasts 48 hours as advertised.

But if you are looking for a good deodorant to keep you dry and streak free, this is a good bet. I would definitely purchase once my sample runs out.

If you are interested in free samples check out BzzAgent to see if you qualify for any campaigns. They are not paying me for this review. It’s just my honest opinion after trying the product.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Every year at Thanksgiving we go around and share two things we are thankful for. It’s easy to come up with way more. The only rule is you are not allowed to say a generic friends and family, even though that’s what my grandma says every year. So every year I spend the week of Thanksgiving mulling over what 2 things I would like to share. I have so much to be thankful for this year, but I definitely have an easy top 2. maddieanddaddy

1. My husband. He has been here for me during a really rough time. He has given of himself time and time again and been so patient and gracious with me while I’ve been struggling physically and emotionally. I could not do this parenting thing without him, nor would I want to. I am so thankful for every day I get to spend with him.supermaddie

2. My daughter. She drives me crazy and being a mom is so difficult at times, but I wouldn’t trade her. She brings me great joy and I love her so much. She is a precious gift.

What are you thankful for this year?