Eh to Zee

A – Age: 25
B – Biggest Fear: Tornadoes. Which is ironic because Alberta generally doesn’t have a lot of them and there has been funnel cloud galore this year. P.s. I will never live in Tornado Alley.

C – Current Time: 3:45pm, counting down until Matthias gets home!

D – Drink You Had Last: Water

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: Matthias or my friend Stephanie. She had her baby boy 6 days after me so if I’m ever struggling she’s my go to because she is likely experiencing or has experienced what I’m going through.

F – Favorite Song: That’s a tough one.. I’m really digging Bright by Echosmith right now.

G – Grossest Memory: I’m struggling to think of something that stands out. Which is probably a good thing. Probably something nursing related which can’t be shared on the blog. I have a funny memory though! We were in lab practicing CBG’s (Blood Sugar Tests) and in the next bed was one of the guys in my class. He was explaining the procedure to the other student and said “Okay, your going to feel a little poke.” and then he said “OUCH!” He had the lancet facing the wrong way and poked his own finger instead of the person he meant to. So funny.

H – Hometown: I was born in Toronto, but I consider Red Deer to be my Hometown.

I – In Love With: Quinn & Matthias <3

K – Kindest Person You Know: This ones gotta go to my dad. He’s always there to offer kind advice or just listen to me vent. He’s so wise and he has done so much for me throughout my life. I’m lucky to have had such a positive role model.

L – Longest Relationship: 10 years!

M – Middle Name: Nicole :)

N – Number of Siblings: 1 half sister, 2 step sisters and 1 step brother

O – One Wish: For Quinn to Nap longer than 30 minutes.. ha ha..

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: Matthias called me to tell me I could “take some time off and go somewhere” on the long weekend if I pumped some bottles for him. Nice offer, but where would I go!?

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: How’s she sleeping?

R – Reason To Smile: Quinn almost rolled over today! She was SOOOO close. Me thinks it’ll happen in the next few days.

S – Song You Last Sang: The Barney Song…. I usually sing 2 songs to Quinn before her nap and I have a few on rotation but I definitely need to learn some more lullaby’s.

T – Time You Woke Up: 6:34am

U- Underwear Colour: White & Purple

V – Vacation Destination: Right now… I’d really like to go back to Vegas because our time share would make traveling with a baby super easy. Plus I could see Britney Spears’ show.

W – Worst Habit: I sucked my thumb until I was 12. Face palm. But right now I’d say my worst habit is drinking too much coffee.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: I’m honestly not sure I’ve had any besides dental x-rays?

Y – Your Favorite Food: Chocolate. And Coffee.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Cancer (Loyalty, Dependable, Caring, Moody, Clingy, Oversensitive)

Quinn – 4 Months

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GROWTH

Weight

14lb 8oz – 57th Percentile

Height

62cm – 47th Percentile

Head

41cm – 62nd Percentile

Clothing

3-6 months and 6 months. Especially with the cloth diaps haha ;)

ROUTINE

Eating

pouty

Mom, why are you taking MORE pictures of me instead of feeding me?

Typically it is still every 2-2.5 hours but sometimes she extends it to 3.

Night Sleeping

Every couple of weeks she has a week where she goes through a growth spurt and then is up multiple times through the night but most nights she is either up just once or she sleeps straight through from 10-6/6:30. Just over the last week she slept through the night 4 times! Woot. And! I actually slept through the night once too. I haven’t done that since I was 28 weeks pregnant and on our babymoon in Mexico haha.

Day Sleeping

We definitely regressed in this area a bit over the last month. Quinn learned how to bust out of her straight jacket and e.v.e.r.y time she was put down for a nap this became her mission. So we got rid of that and then she decided that every time I’d leave the room she’d spit out the soother and cry. But if I stayed in the room with her she’d happily suck away until she fell asleep. Seriously. I’m not making this up. She was very consistent with her crying right when I left.

So we decided to sleep train. We are on day 7 now and it’s definitely getting easier. We decided to do the leave and check Sleep Sense method, with increasing time intervals that I’d stay out of the room. She usually falls asleep within 10 minutes (I’d say 6 minutes is her current average) of being put down, and most naps are around 45-50 minutes, but sometimes longer and sometimes shorter. It definitely helps if I don’t wait for her to show ANY tired signals and just put her down an hour and 15 minutes after she woke up from her last sleep. It’s generally more crying if she is over tired. She doesn’t sleep longer than 1 sleep cycle and she doesn’t put herself back to sleep after she wakes from a nap, so I just go in and get her rather than letting her cry for any length of time. I know she knows how to put herself back to sleep because she does it at night time, she just hasn’t figured out how to do it yet during the day.

Bedtimes are still pretty easy, if she cry’s for longer than 15 minutes I know she needs something else (more milk, a diaper change, a cuddle, ext…) and after that need is met she goes to sleep within 10 minutes and minimal crying.

I know sleep training is a controversial subject. Quinn’s demeanor hasn’t changed at all, in fact, I think she might be even happier now because shes getting a solid night sleep and 4-5 hours of day sleep as well. She always has huge smiles for me when I go into her room in the morning and after naps. I’m a firm believer that the love I express to her the entire day outweighs 10ish minutes of being mad that I’ve left her to fall asleep on her own. And I also believe there is a huge difference between making a baby cry and letting a baby cry. Sleep training definitely isn’t for everyone, and I’d never push it on anyone, but for us, its the right choice. :)

cutieHEALTH

She got her ears pierced! It was a really good experience. She didn’t even cry!

Her head is slowly starting to round out a bit which is good.

Tucker jumped on her a few weeks ago. It happened out of the blue. I had just gotten out of bed and she was laying next to me after eating. Tucker was on the other side of her closer to the door than I was (Matthias’ side normally, but he was at work). I put on my clothes and said “Okay lets go outside” and instead of jumping off the bed the way he normally does (towards the door) he jumped on/over Quinn excitedly. It was terrifying. She was so so so upset and she had some scratches on her face from his paw. He is not a light dog (90lb). And besides the scratches on her face I wasn’t sure where else he landed (no other obvious marks). She settled as soon as I picked her up and soothed her. We took her to the hospital and she got a clear bill of health but holy shit I am extra paranoid about the dogs now. I know Tucker didn’t do it on purpose (he loves her SO much), but it just made me realize how much more attention I have to pay to little things like that because the dogs really don’t know what they are doing all the time. Lesson learned.

DEVELOPMENT

mommaandquinnLots of giggles and new sounds every day.

She’s working hard on sitting unassisted but I think it’ll be another month or so before she’s strong enough for that.

Still not rolling over. She’s close though! I think she will roll back to front first.

We bought a convertible car seat and she likes it a lot more than the bucket seat. I found the bucket seat to be a huge PITA and I was taking her out 9 times out of 10 and putting her in the ring sling to go into stores.

Everything she grasps goes straight to her mouth. And she is the drool queen. :) Gave her a baby carrot to teeth on today and she made the funniest face at first like WTF is this!? But then she happily gummed away on it.

Not showing any real interest in food yet, she watches us eat but doesn’t open her mouth and I’m certain the only reason the carrot went to her mouth was because she thought she could use it for teething. We are waiting until 6 months to start solids, unless a strong interest is shown earlier. We are planning on doing exclusive baby led weaning with no purees or cereal. :)

PLAYING

She’s doing SO MUCH BETTER with tummy time. She lasts about 10minutes a time without the soother (longer if she has it in!). And we practice rolling back to front which I think helps keep her interested. She doesn’t scream the second shes on her tummy now which is a huge relief.   tummytimeGirlfriend LOVES her Jolly Jumper and bounces around like a fool now. She looks like a little highland dancer in it with her feet moving so fast.

We (finally) built up enough nerve to try out gym childcare! We’ve been twice now and it was a success! No tears from her or me :) She played in a bouncer and was sung to and then had a nap the first time (just half an hour because I wasn’t sure how she’d do) and the second time (a full hour!) she hung out and got carried around and watched the big kids play haha.

BABY WEARING

Current Stash: Size 3 Uppymama Celestial, Size 5 Cloth of Kin Handwoven, Sakura Bloom Lemongrass Chambray Ring Sling, Lenny Lamb Finnish Diamond Soft Structured Carrier and I just traded my Mountain Girl Handwoven Shades of Grey Size 6 wrap for an Uppymama Market Bliss (pictured below). Looking forward to getting it in the mail!

LIKES

  • Jolly Jumper
  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Dogs
  • Breastfeeding
  • Babywearing
  • Watching Dad play video games
  • Books
  • Mom’s singing voice (she’s the only one in the world to like this)
  • Jacques the Peacock
  • Dad singing Rock songs while he changes her diaper
  • Baths

TOLERATES

  • Tummy Time ;)

DISLIKES

  • Bucket Car Seat
  • Stroller
  • Being Hungry
  • Being Tired
  • Cuddle Kitty
  • Having Tucker Lick Her Face (and trample her)

quinn4monthcollageIt’s funny to look back at the monthly pictures and how before I was like “Okay, which one isn’t she crying in?” And that narrowed it down to like 1 or 2 pictures. Now, I’m like “Okay, which one is she smiling the most in?” because now I only get 1 or 2 pictures with a serious face and the rest have smiles. :)

Fifty Day Fit Streak – Week 6

fitstreakDay 36 – 7km Run

Day 37 – 60 min Yoga Class with Ebb & Flow Yoga

Day 38 - 45 min Walk

Day 39 –  60 min Walk

Day 40 –  5km Run

Day 41 - 30 min Walk

Day 42 – 45 min Walk

Feeling pretty “Blah” with last weeks workouts. Don’t know why but I was in a bit of a funk. Hopefully this week is better. 8km on the plan for tonight after Quinn is in bed. I find it even harder to motivate myself to go out later at night to run especially now that Quinn has been to gym childcare a few times. Maybe I’ll get more early workouts in this week.

Fifty Day Fit Streak – Week 5

fitstreakDay 29 – 2mi Run

Day 30 – 60 min Yoga Class with Ebb & Flow Yoga & 30 min Walk

Day 31 - 5km Run

Day 32 –  30 min Walk

Day 33 –  2mi Run

Day 34 – 75min Sweaty Power Flow Class @ Breathing Room

Day 35 – 30 min Walk & Les Mills Pump & Shred

Seriously so pumped about getting back into running. I’m slow as molasses but it hurts so good :) I’m finally feeling like I’m getting the hang of this postpartum workout thing. I wish my workouts were taking place earlier in the day, but I’m sure that will come with time, for now I’m just happy to be working out more consistently! :) I’ve also switched my Long Run Days from Sunday to Monday evening because it was just too hard to get out during the day on Sunday and my gym closes at 5pm that day so there is no way I can go after Quinn goes to bed. That means 7km is on the plan for tonight!