Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crib Transitioning 101

The time has come for Paisley to pack her stuff and get to moving into her own room.  This is far from easy for me to admit because I LOVE having her next to me.  Her sweet baby breath on my skin, the gentle way she snuggles in, the ease of nursing her without getting up.  Alot of it is laziness on my part and I get a full night of sleep because our bed keeps her sleeping peacefully.  Our bed = Baby Benadryl.

BUT... it's kinda like when someone buys a cuddly little cub and then suddenly can't figure out what to do with a big, crazy lion when it gets bigger.  Yeah, it's a stretch, but this child is starting to wrestle/abuse me.  She loves to grab parts of my face and pull/twist.  Not a good way to wake up.  And I always know when it's time to cut her nails by how many scratches I have on my face.  Her new favorite is to curl her freakishly strong legs up to her chest and kick me in the belly. 

The princess had 9 months to kick me all she wanted.  My tummy needs a break.  And she needs her own bed to scoot all over.  I refuse to upgrade to the california king size due to a 12 pound baby. 

My thought is it's time to poop or get off the pot.  I have to stop putting this off because I'm dreading how horribly it's going to go.  I don't look forward to returning to sleepless nights.  And I will miss her like crazy!  But she has a pretty, cozy room we made just for her.

Now, any advice on how to do this???  How did this go for you experts out there?  Will I ever sleep again?

I'll update tomorrow on how this fun project is going...


  1. No great ideas on how to do it. However the Angel Care motion sensor was and still is the key to me getting a full night sleep. SIDS scares the heck out of me! Even though we've had false alarms because of sensitivity settings or her positioning, I'd much rather run in every once and awhile than have the alternative happen. I think you can also get them with video monitors.

  2. I haven't had to go through this at nighttime because Eli has been in his crib at night from day 1, BUT we had to deal with it at naptime. We held him for naps for the first, oh, 6-8 weeks of his life... mostly because I never wanted to let go. He was much younger than sweet Paisley, but it was a rough few weeks when we started naptime in the crib. We did it cold turkey. Read to him, rocked him for a few minutes, put him down awake but drowsy. We did the 'gradual' extinction thing... let him cry for 3 minutes, then 5, then 7 etc. Like I said, it took a few weeks but now he loves his crib at all sleepy times! Best of luck :)

  3. Well.. I have no advice for you.. because... I'm doing the same thing! =S

    I had my baby boy on Sunday night.. spent two nights in the hospital (so the nursery kept him for two nights) and now that we have been at home for two nights.. I have been sleeping with him. And, like you, I LOVE it. I put him in his crib at first and just layed there and stared at him, until he started thrashing around a little and looked lonely and pitiful.. so I scooped him up and we have been in the bed together ever since! I know that I am creating a monster.. but its what works for us right now. So, I am very interested to learn how you wean little Paisley out of your bed! =) Hopefully I can learn from you in the future when its time for baby boy to be booted into his own room! =(

    Good luck. Hopefully someone will comment with the experience to help you out. I wish I could.. but I'm not at that stage yet. =/

    God bless

  4. We started the transition first for naps to get her used to the crib and the mobile helped. And when it was bed time and she was super drowsy we would lay her in her crib in the dark and she would get bored and pass out. We started the naps in the crib at 2 months then had her sleeping in her crib at night by 3 months. No she didn't sleep as good in the crib as she did with us but eventually (a couple months later) she began to prefer her own space and it wasn't a big deal. Yes, you sill sleep again. You'll even sleep through the night and as you get used to this it will be time for teething, lol. Parenting is always something, ooh or a cold will keep them up. Hang in there, all kids eventually sleep through the night every night.

  5. Good luck with your transition! We stil have Zachary in our room in his bassinet. I'll be interested to follow your progress!

  6. I love my angel care, and it is more important for the daddy who worries alot.
    She sleeps in our room, but her crib is next to our bed on my side, maybe that could be a happy medium. I don´t have to get up, for more than 1 step, sometime just sit up and get her, I can hear her and don´t worry. But her daddy who insisted that she slept in her own crib from the beginning because he was afraid we would sufficate her in our sleep gets a good nights sleep. She will be sleeping in our room in her crib til at least 6 months. Then I might put her in her own room, or maybe just wait until she is 1-2 year old which seems to be the norm here in northern-Europe to have babies sleep in your bedroom in a seperate bed.

  7. I'm no help.
    She doesn't sleep in bed with us, but we sleep with her on her big chair and a half. She's not even snuggled up close to us, so it's not like she can feel our warmth. When we put her in the crib, she doesn't sleep at all. Not sure what we're going to do. We're both back to work in January, so the it's a challenge.
    Good for you for trying this. I know it can work. With just a few rough nights, it'll become routine. I just haven't had the guts to try it yet. =)

  8. Well, you know I am right where you are, except we did get him to sleep in the bassinet exclusively when he was a little over a month old, but now he loves that:)! BUT, what I did was have him sleep on a wedge in our bed, then in the bassinet, and last night....(drum roll please) is cirb!!! Yay!!! I put a tshirt that I have worn for about a week as pjs on the head of the wedge, so he smells me. I switch it out every week or so, so the scent stays strong. Oh, and we have a white noise machine in our room we have been using for about a month, and I bought one for his room. So, between the wedge and the noise, maybe he barely notices? I doubt that, but I think they do help. As for our progress, he slept like a champ last night. It's almost 8am, and he's still in there:). I'm not going to call it a success yet, give it a week, but it sure is a good!! Good luck!

  9. Good luck, But I totally agree with you. You will both sleep better in your own beds. I don't have any really good advice. We transitioned Cooper at about 2-3 weeks into his crib and he actually slept even better in the crib than he did in his bassinet by us. Hopefully it will be that easy for you guys? Good luck.