Archive | March, 2013

Night Weaning…Night One…Gordon Method

19 Mar

Well hello there.  It is currently 4:32pm in Arizona right now and I’m about ready to call it a day and go curl up in bed.  If only I could actually do that.  That would be nice.

Last night was night one of using Dr. Jay Gordon’s attachment parenting night weaning.  You can find a great article on his website here.  Before bed, I asked Keith if we were sure we wanted to start tonight as we have been pushing this off for weeks, but knowing that in one week Cameryn could be night weaned kept us focused.  I put Cameryn to bed around 8:00pm (and yes, she is still sleeping in our bed.  I can’t believe it either).  At around 11:30 she woke me up wanting to nurse.  I was just about to nurse her but realized she was leaking through her diaper.  No good.  Keith took C to her own room to get her changed while I put new sheets on the bed. 

Once we were all back in bed, I fed Cameryn until I noticed she was nursing for comfort and not for food.  I pulled her off and that is when the night got interesting.  Cameryn cried and screamed and wouldn’t stop.  A few times she cuddled into me and almost fell asleep, but each time she popped her head up and started crying. 

I finally had Keith go get her a frozen pacifier.  Cameryn has never been big on sucking pacifiers and only chews on them a bit.  Once she got the pacifier, she immediately started settling down.  Within about 5 minutes she was sleeping.  This is a sad fact, but it is the first time since bringing her home that I can remember that she fell asleep on her own while in bed.  She is a huge fan on nursing to sleep and that is how she always falls asleep unless she was in her swing or in the car.  So this was a major event in our house!  Smile

But it didn’t last long.  About 10 minutes later she was up again.  Great.  Since she had fallen asleep for a short amount of time I was able to nurse her again for just a minute as the plan lays out.  This actually worked out good because when I unlatched her she immediately went to sleep.

Once she fell asleep, it was right around 12:30am.  I of course couldn’t fall right back asleep as I felt a flood of emotions.  I felt awful that I just let my daughter cry for a straight 30 minutes and I was also questioning the method.  But I just remembered reading that in the morning she will act like nothing happened.  It was also helping me justify my decision by knowing that her crying was more of a whining cry and not a full all out cry the whole time.  I think she was just confused and angry more than anything.

Once we were all sleeping again, she woke up around 2:00am.  I fed her for just a minute then she rolled over and went to sleep.

Her third wake up was at 5:42am.  With the Gordon method you pick seven hours of what fits your family best of when to not nurse.  I decided to use form 11:00pm – 6:00am.  When I looked at the clock I tried to nurse her for just a minute and then have her fall asleep.  This worked, but ten minutes later she was crying again.  This time I decided that it was close enough to 6am so I was able to nurse her the way she likes and let her fall asleep while nursing. 

And that rounds up our first night using Dr. Jay Gordon’s night weaning plan.  I’m really looking forward to a week from now and I can’t wait for her to be able not to wake up so often in the night.  I think her crying really took a lot out of her because on night one she didn’t wake up nearly as often as she usually does.

We’re ready to take on night two and fingers crossed that maybe tonight she only puts up a fight for maybe 15 minutes before she decides to just sleep on her own!  Needless to say, I am very proud of my baby girl for doing so well this first night.

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WORKOUT

For today’s workout, I am actually surprised I worked out since I was exhausted when I woke up, I did 20 minutes on the stair climber and then did weights.  I did two circuits focusing on my triceps, pecs and legs.  I decided against intervals since my hip is still really hurting.  I made a massage appointment for Monday as they only had one available appointment for tomorrow that I couldn’t make.

I still haven’t done yoga and think I will just do it tomorrow.  I did however do about 30 minutes of foam rolling my IT bands, hips and glutes.  Wow.  I ‘m going to be sore tomorrow from it.  My IT bands are in awful shape, they are so stinking tight!

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That’s it for me today!  Cameryn is standing at my legs crying for attention so I better wrap this up!  We ran errands all morning and I have one tired little girl on my hands who needs some snuggles.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a workout of the day, glutes, and also a night two recap!

Questions: 

  • Have you ever had to night wean a child?  Any tips?
  • What workouts are you looking forward to this week?

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Monday Smoothie Recipe

18 Mar

Hey guys!  How was your weekend?  Mine was great!  We’ve been having the most beautiful weather in Arizona lately and it has been lovely!

Today has been a pretty great day as well.  Not too much going on in the home front but I was able to get some errands ran this morning, a work out in and four loads on laundry done already!  For us stay at home Moms, you know that is a great day and usually more than I get done in a few days!

Keith just got home from work so I decided to take a break from my day and finally post a blog post, it has been way too long.

Other than just day to day life, we had company for a month between my mom and Keith’s mom.  Cameryn had such a great time with her Grandmas! 

The other fun and exciting thing going on in my life is something I can’t wait to share with you guys.  But, I just cant share it with you yet!  And no, I’m not pregnant!  I have been working hard for the past month and think in about one more month, I can let the hat out of the bag!  I’m really excited about it and think you guys will be too!  Smile

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WORKOUT

Workouts have been going good.  I’m still trying to get in five a week and also get at least three yoga sessions in.

Here is my planned workout schedule for this week:

  • Monday-  45 Minutes of Cardio at home and yoga
  • Tuesday-  20 minutes of intervals + strength and yoga
  • Wednesday- Off day (we have someone coming over to the house in the morning to fix out garage so I’m not sure if I will be able to get my cardio in)
  • Thursday- 20 minutes intervals + strength and yoga
  • Friday- 45 minutes of cardio + core
  • Saturday- 45 minutes of cardio at the gym
  • Sunday- Off day

Recently as I’ve been running faster with both steady state and especially interval run, I’ve noticed my hips have started hurting.  This isn’t new to me as they used to hurt a lot when I was running more before I had Cameryn.  But since I hadn’t been doing a lot of running I haven’t had the pain for a while.  It is an all day thing.  It even hurts when I’m trying to sleep at night which is no fun to be in pain while resting.  One of my clients (I only train one small group now since becoming a mama) gave me a gift certificate for a massage so I think I’m going to use it on Wednesday and get my hip worked on.  I think it is the combination of tight fascia and a tight IT band.  I guess it’s time to break out the good old foam roller again.  I’m really having a fun time running and running a lot faster than I used too, so I hope I can work this little problem out. 

As far as yoga goes, Cameryn loves it.  I’m not even joking.  She loves when we practice together so I’m trying to work my way up to doing a little bit each day.  I pull out two yoga mats and she tries to copy what I’m doing.  Her favorite move is the downward dog, but that got too easy for her so now she likes to life her legs while doing it!  Smile

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EAT

While we were having the month of moms, my eating habits definitely weren’t great.  Not bad, but not what I’m used to eating on a weekly basis.  Why is it that it is so hard to stick with routine when company is in town?  I also had more cocktails (mojitos and wine) during the week.  I usually try to only drink over the weekend, but with the moms in town, we were having wine every night and I was also indulging in mojitos at the clubhouse every time we went, which was often.

With swimsuit season only about a month away, I’m back into drinking lots of water and tea and also eating lots of fruits and vegetables again!

Speaking of what I’ve been eating, I have been loving this smoothie lately and wanted to share it with all of you.  I’ve become addicted to these little açaí packets and have been using them in smoothies.  Paired with bananas it is so good! 

Açaí Banana Berry Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 açaí smoothie packet
  • 1 1/2 bananas (mine were small I used)
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1 scoop protein powder ( I use Sun Warrior Brown Rice Vanilla)

In a blender add the ingredients and blend until smooth.  Serve and enjoy!

I make mine thick so I eat mine from a bowl!

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Easy as that!  Here is what I mean when I say an açaí smoothie packet.  You can use them in the frozen fruit section at the grocery store.

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Here are my favorite organic mixed berries, you can find them for about 10 bucks at Costco!  Such a great deal!

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And a cute Cameryn pic from the day!  My little ham!  For lunch, she had fresh peeled pear, quesadilla with flank steak, sautéed onions, mushrooms, red bell peppers and cheese, sweet potato and a small handful of Pirates Booty!  She doesn’t eat a lot of meat at all so I try and sneak it in here and there when I can.  But she is a smarty and usually picks it out!

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Well that’s it for me today! 

I need to get rested up for tonight.  We start night weaning Cameryn tonight and I’m both excited and nervous at how it will go.  Since she turned 14 months today I figured it is about time.  I’m ready to start sleeping again!  We are going to use the Gordon method and I’m hoping that in one week she’ll be sleeping better at night and not waking me up literally 10+ times a night to nurse.  I’ll keep you all updated on how the night weaning is going.  Fingers crossed!