Archive | January, 2011

Avocado Time!

31 Jan

© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

I had my first taste of REAL food today!  YUMMMMMMY!

Meeting Auntie Katie!

29 Jan
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Happy Birthday, Auntie Katie!

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Meeting Uncle Steve

I got to meet my Auntie Katie for the first time at her birthday lunch at Corona Del Mar Beach in Newport Beach!  She’s an old friend of Mama’s from Stanford.  They used to work together and were roommates after graduating.  Mama can’t believe that this is her first time seeing Auntie Katie since we moved to LA last April!  Time flies!

© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

With Lolo and Lola in Newport Beach

When Lolo and Lola visit we usually just stay at home so Mama was eager to show them a little bit of Newport Beach and get outside for a change.  They loved it!  And boy, did I love stepping and kicking in that sand!

I hope to hang out with Auntie Katie and Uncle Steve and their kids again real soon.  Auntie Katie is training for her first Iron Man in August!  We want to see her again before that happens!

Happy Birthday, Auntie Katie!

 

© Photo by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Having fun on the beach!

Lolo + Lola on board the Sleep Train

27 Jan

© Photos by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

It has been about a month since I last saw my Lolo and Lola.  They arrived today to spend a long weekend with me!  YAY!  They can’t believe how much I’ve grown.  They were worried that I wouldn’t really recognize them anymore since I’m going through stranger anxiety these days, but OF COURSE i remembered them!!!  I gave them lots of smiles and laughs.  I showed them my moves in the walker and how well I can eat my rice cereal.  I also showed them how loud I can scream before a nap or bedtime and how relatively quickly I can pass out afterward.  I think it was heartbreaking for them to hear me cry like that, but they were also excited that I was sleeping so well.

Stay tuned for more adventures with Lolo and Lola!…

All Aboard the Sleep Train!

23 Jan

© Photos by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

We have just begun Day 3 of trying to sleep train Cedro.  It’s time!

While we’ve been enjoying rocking him and snuggling with him for almost 6 months now, it’s time for us to teach him how to put himself to sleep.  We know it’s for everybody’s best interests for Baby C to learn how to self-soothe.  We share our bedroom with him and we all need to be able to sleep without waking each other up.  Plus, Cedro is now about 20 pounds and he’s only going to get heavier!  We physically can’t afford to let him become dependent on having someone rock him to sleep.  Without training, he has been sleeping pretty well for 2 to 5-hour blocks of time at night, BUT that’s with him snuggled between Mama and Papa in our bed and Mama functioning as The Human Pacifier.  His best daytime naps have been long, 2-hour naps, BUT that’s with me carrying him in our handy Baby K’Tan carrier.  No more BUTs!  No can do anymore!  Hence, the need for sleep training.  Here’s what we’re doing:

  • SITUATION AWARENESS: we’ve had to force ourselves to be more aware of time and of Cedro’s mood.  We’re trying to anticipate better when he needs a transition to a new activity… especially quiet time or sleeping.  We’ve been using the Baby Connect website to track his sleep.  It’s the same site we used to track his feeding when he was a newborn.  It’s a great way for us to anticipate when he’ll be ready to sleep.  It also helps us realize how long or short it takes for him to sleep.  Without tracking his crying, I’m sure 10 minutes would feel more like 30 minutes!
  • BEDTIME ROUTINE: apparently, babies thrive on consistency, so we’ve tried our best to establish a routine for both naps and nighttime bedtime.
    • FULL STOMACH: last week, we started to give Cedro some rice cereal before bed, hoping that the more solid food would keep him full and satisfied at night.
    • BATH: (at night)
    • NOISE MACHINES: ever since I was pregnant, I’ve been listening to the sound of the ocean at bedtime.  We have a regular sound machine and I also turn on the ocean sound on Cedro’s Ocean Wonders Mobile.  Baby C likes it loud!  We’ve noticed that if it’s too quiet, he jerks himself awake by the slightest sound.  If we’re not at home, we use my cell phone which has an album of nature sounds…
    • FRESH DIAPER
    • BREASTFEED: just to top him off.
    • STORY: I’ve been reading to him either “Guess How Much I Love You” or “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” since September when Ate Rhea and the Millers gave them to Cedro.  Now that we’re in sleep train mode, I’ve been reading to him while he’s already in the crib.
    • SONG: lately, Cedro has found “Do Re Mi” very soothing!  After the song, I say goodnight and give him a kiss and run out the door!  😀
    • CRY-IT-OUT METHOD:  we don’t go back in the bedroom until it’s time for his nighttime feeding.  In the meantime, we’re camped out in our office or the living room until it’s time to switch to the bedroom.

OPERATION SLEEP TRAIN NOTES:

  • The most Cedro has cried before sleeping was for his first nap on Friday, 1/21/11.  He cried for 1 hour and 15 minutes before finally falling asleep.
  • Since that first sleep session of Operation Sleep Train, he has taken anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes to cry himself to sleep on his own in the crib.
  • We’ve timed a couple naps in the car while running errands because it’s impossible for us to just be at home tied to the crib during this whole process.
  • On the first night, after initially falling asleep, Cedro cried out in his sleep just for a couple minutes every 30-60 minutes over the course of 3 hours.  Then, he slept quietly for another 2.5 hours, clocking his total sleep time at 5.5 hours before we went in to feed him again.
  • Last night, he did the same thing but was on his own for 7.5 hours!  Maybe it was because he was more tired?  His crying was more intense for the 30 minutes it took for him to fall asleep initially.  My theory was that (a) we didn’t start the bedtime ritual soon enough and (b) putting him to bed with a pacifier in his mouth is a bad idea because it falls out after 5 minutes and makes him super-pissed off.
  • Each night, Brian and I don’t go into the bedroom at all until it’s time for the nighttime feeding and somehow Cedro is able to sleep another 4-4.5 hours in the crib even while we’re asleep in the same room.

GEAR:

  • We wouldn’t be able to survive all this without our infant video monitor.  I know other parents would rather not hear or see anything while sleep training their babies, but we’re addicted to watching his progress through the night.  We’ll watch him almost like we’re watching a sporting event and cheer him on!  We notice that as soon as he flips onto his stomach, he’s able to tire himself out and eventually calm down and fall asleep.
  • We also installed a padded bumper in his crib.  We know that these non-breathable ones are controversial but we’d rather have the padding to protect his head, hands, feet, arms and legs while he’s flailing around trying to get himself to sleep.  He’s a strong baby and he’s able to reposition himself fine.
  • We also use the Pampers Baby Dry Diapers at night because they’re a lot more absorbent and don’t leak as much as the cheaper brands that we use during the day — Target or Costco ones.
  • Thanks to Cedro’s Lolo and Lola, we have a tower space heater that keeps the room at a designated temperature.  Despite the glorious Los-Angeles-un-January-like weather in the 70s during the day, it can be rather chilly in our bedroom at night.  (Lolo and Lola got it at Costco.)

Woa!  This is a long blog post!  Thanks for reading!… I wanted to document this to remind us of our experience when it comes time to sleep train Baby #2 someday…  We’ll see what happens during Lolo and Lola’s visit this weekend for their monthly Cedro fix.  We’re just going to go with the flow and try our best to foster some healthy sleep habits for Baby C.  The good news is that despite all this new stuff and sleep train stress thrown at him, he still wakes up happy and smiling. (Knock on wood!)

PS: Extra special thanks to our friends, Jennifer and Dale, who encouraged us to toss all the techniques out the window and just go for it.  We think it’s working!  Thanks for inspiring and motivating us!

© Photos by Ardith Ibañez Nishii

Walker Time!

21 Jan


Walker Time!, originally uploaded by ardiddy aka Cedro’s mama.

Well, sleep training has begun today w/ my morning nap. I screamed in my crib for an hour and 15 minutes until I finally fell asleep on my tummy… I woke up very happy and my parents treated me to my first ride in a walker! LOVED it! When they put me in the kitchen, I scooted forward on my own! WEEEEEeeee!

Cedro’s First Cereal Meal!

19 Jan
still from video taken by Uncle Wahley

Cedro Loves Cereal!

Cedro is now 5 and a half months old!  We have been discussing starting him on solid foods and we figured tonight was as good a night as any, especially since his Uncle Wahley was in town visiting from NYC.  So we gave Cedro his first mini bowl of rice cereal mixed with breast milk.  He loved it so much that he started to feed himself!  We’re so proud of him!  This is his first taste of solid food (if you don’t count the time his papa ILLEGALLY gave him a little nibble of a grape while I was on a girls night out a few weeks ago).

It goes without saying that both Brian and I definitely want our son to grow up with an appreciation for food and dining.  For the past week, Cedro has been practicing holding his feeding spoons.  He’s been LOVING holding them and nibbling on them.  If your baby is in the same boat and is about to start eating solids, I highly recommend these spoons!  They’re a terrific size and shape with safe, soft spoon tips that are BPA-free.  I picked them up at The Pump Station store in Santa Monica — one of my favorite baby stores and resources!  I couldn’t find them on The Pump Station website, but you can get more info at the Vital Baby website.  Also picked up some Vital Baby Press and Pop Freezer Pots since Brian’s planning on making Cedro’s baby food.  We used one as his first feeding bowl tonight.

still from video taken by Uncle Wahley

Cedro's bib says, "Cute But Messy Like Daddy" given by the Machlers

We’re so excited to start giving Baby C solid food now.  It has become very clear that he’s interested in eating something beyond breast milk.  He has been watching us eat, totally mesmerized.  It’s definitely time!  He is pretty much 20 pounds now!!!  I still want to breastfeed him, but I think the solid food will help him sleep more soundly through the night.  Tonight’s milestone is the first step in our goal to sleep train him.  We shall see!

Hope you enjoy the video.  It’s long, but I know you Cedro fans out there can’t get enough of him!

St. Uncle Danny

18 Jan

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Does anyone else see the halo around my Uncle Danny’s head?  He took care of me from 7am to 3:30pm today while Mama worked.  He is our hero!  I had a great time with him!  We had so many adventures!  We discovered that I love the sight and sound of crashing waves, ESPN, and the sound of a straw moving on a lid.   What a beautiful and exciting day!  I’d love to go back to Newport Beach with him again!  I hope he sleeps well tonight! He deserves it!  He worked hard! I LOVE MY UNCLE DANNY!!!!