Note: I am not getting active in my blog again. I just wanted a place to keep Haydon’s schedules so that I could come back and reference them. I created a schedule tab at the top of the blog so that I, or anyone, could easily reference the schedules that I have kept with my children. I find myself looking at them frequently as Haydon has been an infant. Haydon is in the mist of making that gradual change towards one nap right now, hence why I am revisiting the schedules of my children.
2 Months/10 weeks
Haydon has silent reflux. We just put him on Axid about 1.5 weeks ago. Prior to medication, he did not really have a schedule. The medication has helped to get him on a schedule, thankfully!! His naps are still a work in progress. He typically wakes up 45 mintues into his naps (80% of the time) and cries for about 10-20 minutes before he finally goes back to sleep to finish out the nap. But I see this as huge progress because prior to the medication I had a very hard time getting him to to go back to sleep after 45 minutes of sleep.
8:40- 10:30 Nap
7:30 Bottle of pumped milk, Followed by bedtime
1 MOTN Feeding around 5am (stopped at 12 weeks)
8:50-10:30 Nap (WT length changed @15 weeks so naps starts at 9am now)
7:45 Bottle (6-7oz), Followed by Bedtime between 8/8:15pm
***Around 15 weeks, his WT length started to increase and his schedule is kind of wonky right now, but it was very solid before 15 weeks.
6:30 Solids (did not add solids until he was 4.5 months old)
7:30 8.5oz Bottle (BM), followed by bed***This was a rough month. He stopped STTN for about 3 weeks due to a mega growth spurt. When I started to feed solids at bedtime, he finally started to STTN again. For about 1.5 weeks he was waking up early out of naps hungry so our schedule during the day was off for about 1.5 weeks due to the growth spurt and I was feeding more often. It was a wonder week season, wonder week 19, so I would say that between 16-19 weeks things were just not prefect, but not horrible.***
@ 5.5 Months- Sleeps un-swaddled at night, but still swaddled for naps.
11:00 Nurse & Solids (2-3 tbsp)
5:00-5:45/6:00 Cat Nap
6:00 Nurse & Solids (4-5 tbsp)
8:00 8.5oz Bottle pumped breastmilk, followed by bed(I pump at 8 & 10pm to keep supply)
Haydon is still on Axid for reflux twice a day. Still swaddled for naps but unswaddled at night.
9-10:30 nap (I need to wake him so he’ll take a 2 hour afternoon nap)
11:00 nurse, solids
6:00 nurse, solids
8:00 bottle (6-8oz), followed by bed
Usually asleep by 8:30
I pump at 10pm and use that milk for his bedtime bottle.7 Months:
7 months was not-so-fun
He got his first two teeth, reflux flared, eczema flared, wonky schedule due to inconsistent catnap.
Here is how the schedule sort of rolled out this month…
6:30ish wake up
7:00 nurse, solids
11:00 nurse, solids
1:30-3/3:30 nap (wakes closer to 3)
3/3:30 nurse, solids
6:00 nurse, finger foods
7:30 nurse, followed by bed but does not fall asleep until close to 8:30If he does not catnap his afternoon schedule looks like this instead:
5:30/6 nurse, finger foods
7:00 nurse,followed by bed
But if he goes to bed at 7:00pm he wakes up earlier at 6am and it really messes up the start to the day.He misses a morning nap due to church on Sunday. He sometimes catnap in the church nursery, but not always. Then on Tuesday and Thursday I have to drop-off (9:15am) and pick-up my older kids at preschool (1:00), which has really messes with the start of the morning nap. All in all, this month has been rough 8 Months
7:00 Nurse, Solids
11:00 Nurse, Solids
4:00 Nurse, Solids
5:30/6:00 Finger Foods while family eats dinner
7:30 Nurse, Followed by bed
10:00/10:30 Dreafeed 4-6oz pumped Breastmilk9 Months/10 Months
7:45/8:00 Nurse, Breakfast
10-11 Nap (at 10 months, I found I started to shorten this morning nap to 10-10:45 or his afternoon nap started to get shortened)
12:00 Nurse, Lunch
4:00 Nurse, Snack
7:45/8 Nurse, Followed by bed (sometimes offer an additional 2-4oz of breastmilk if he is still acting like he wants more milk)
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I have decided that I am not longer going to be adding new posts to my blog. I am a Christian, and I am currently going through a bible study called “No Other Gods” by Kelly Minter. During the course of this study, God has revealed to me that my blogging and involvement with on-line discussion boards needed to take backseat for a while or indefinitely. I am spending too much time checking my blog stats, even though I don’t blog as much as I use to. This particular blog, “Bloggin’ About Babies,” became an “idol” to me, in the sense that it was robbing God of his glory. Instead, I was more concerned about receiving the glory and praise by other people who frequented and read my blog. I am glad that this blog has helped some people out, but I am not the only blogger out there blogging about these things. God also has humbled me and made me realize that having the “prefect” baby schedule and having the “appearance” of having it all together with children who are complaint, well behaved, and sleep well is not the goal here. My goal in life is the glorify my Heavenly Father, God. So please read all my suggestions for discipline, sleep training, feeding, and other baby and toddler advice and take away what might seem helpful, but just remember that in the end, the only thing that matters is that we spend our day trying to glorify God through our actions and thoughts. Anything inherently good in our lives can turn into an “idol” for us. For me, blogging robbed me of time with God, my family, and friends. Blogging stole the praise and glory from God and place it in my own lap. But anything can turn into an idol, for you it may be your iphone eating up your time, or maybe it is your unhealthy preoccupation with being fit, or having the perfect family. But I know that God will not tolerate other gods in my life. So I am laying this blog down so I can make room for God. Idols rob us of the life God has given us, which the bible says is “life to the full”. John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” For me the thief is the internet, blogging, and chat boards. I thank God for showing me how negative these things have become in my life. My prayer is that if you are personally struggling with letting go of something holding you back from the life God has promised you, life to the full, that you would dare to let it go. I promise that God will not leave you empty handed!
Thanks for reading my blog.
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Have you ever wondered how the birth order of your children will impact their personality, their success, their struggles in life? This idea has been playing on my mind a lot lately. Now that I have 4 children (3.5 year old son, 2 years old twins daughters, and 4 month old son) I have been noticing a lot of difference in how I parent my different children and how they all are so unique. I am reading a book called, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman, which is a great book on discipline by the way. But in the book, Dr. Leman briefly discusses the effect of birth order on children and their behavior. I think understanding birth order has made me more aware of what I need to work on with all of my children. I found a pod cast by Focus on the Family called “The Impact of Birth Order”. During this prodcast, Dr. Leman gives a short description of each birth order. I encourage you to check out the pod cast. I also plan on checking Dr. Leman’s book out entitled “The Birth Order Book“.
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I have started the process of teaching my 3.5 year old how to read. I have really enjoyed teaching Cooper how to read so far. I plan on sharing some of the strategies and lessons that I am teaching Cooper on my other blog “Teaching Toddlers and Preschoolers”. If any of you have preschoolers and want to check out my blog, I hope to update it with something at least 2-3 times a week.
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My son Haydon just turned 4 months old today! Yippy! I am finally out of the land of newborn-hood and on to baby land! Along with Haydon’s 4 month birthday, he also dropped his 4th nap. I knew it was time to adjust his schedule because his 3rd of 4th nap of the day were just brief catnaps and no longer than 45 minutes each.
From 9 weeks- 15 weeks, Haydon’s schedule looked like this:
7:30 Bottle of expressed milk, followed by bedtime
***However, from 15-16 weeks his 3rd nap of the day went from being 1.5 hours long to only 45 minutes long. I played around with his waketime, but that still did not fix the nap length. I also noticed that Haydon was not nursing as much every 3 hours so I thought it might be good to try and extend his schedule to eat every 3.5-4 hours, except in the evening when I cluster feed. Extending the schedule worked. It got rid of the 4th nap and he is nursing better. Also, by extending the scheduled feedings, Haydon started taking a longer nap!
Haydon’s new schedule at 4 months (17 weeks old)
7:00 Nurse +Bottle of Expressed milk, followed by bedtime
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My twins got a floor puzzle that I love! It is the Infantino Counting & Shapes Floor Puzzle. I have used it to teach their numbers 1-10, colors, and shapes. Here is a video of the girls playing a short activity to find shapes and numbers on the puzzle. I like to call out a number, a shape, or a color and the girls have to put their small plastic animal on that part of the puzzle. We also build the puzzle together, which helps with their spacial relationships and fine motor skills. Also while we building the puzzle, we discuss the shapes and colors of the shapes. We also make sure we put the numbers in order (but this is a skill the girls are still trying to acquire). I would say this puzzle is a great learning tool for any toddler or preschooler trying to learn their shapes, colors, and numbers.
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Now that I have my new iphone, I have been having fun looking for good educational apps for my son (3.5 years old) to use to help his learn to read, write, and spell better. Prior to becoming a mother, I was a reading specialist and worked with struggling students and those with learning differences. I have been also trained in Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood- Bell LIPS, and Phographix- all are programs designed to be used with dyslexic and struggling readers. So I think I know a good learning app when I see one. Here are a few that I think are worth your while to download.
There are several great apps from preschool university. The are all free!!!
ABC Magic 4 (Sound Matching Game)
ABC Magic 3 (Sound Matching Game)
ABC Magic Short Vowel Words
Montessori Crosswords ($2.99)
I know this app costs money, but I think it is worth the money. I love how the constants are in red and the vowels are in blue. This really helps a young reader to know the difference between the sounds. It is very user friendly, which I really like so Cooper can do it on his own. You can tap each of the letters and it will give you their sounds. It also has sound boxes you can tap and it will give you a clue as to which sounds belongs in that spot. From a reading specialist point of view, you just cannot go wrong with how it helps a child sounds out each sound and then blend the sounds together to create a word.
ABC Pocket Phonics ($2.99)
This is my favorite beginner reader app!! Hands down you get a lot in this one small app. It teaches handwriting skills, both upper and lower case letters. You can also select which handwriting style you wish for you child to learn (D’Nealian or Zaner Bloser), as well as cursive. It has the child first practice writing the letter while saying the sound aloud. Then the child is asked to build a word using the sound they just learned to write and say. Once the word is build, the sounds are read individually and then blended together. I think the thing that sold me on this app is that the letter sounds are stressed instead of the letter name. Teach a young child to identify letters by their sound rather than their name, helps young readers blends sound easier. Their is a lite version of ABC pocket phonics that is free. I suggest downloading the free version first, just to make sure you like it, but I promise you, you won’t regret the purchase!
Little Writer (handwriting app) (Free)
I like this app., but I would not have paid for it, but it is a good free app. It allows you to trace upper and lower case letters, numbers, shapes, and some words. You don’t have the option to pick the font, but it is a traditional font style. There is a small animal that must eat apples in the order which you are suppose to trace. As you move your finger along, the apples disappear. It is cute and helps show the correction directionality. It does not refer to the letters by their sound, rather only their letter name. I wish it also did the letter sounds, but for a free app I guess that is okay.
That is all I have found so far. If I find any more neat apps, I am sure to share them with all of you!
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