Bedtime Routine

I feel like this post needs a disclaimer. I am not a sleep training expert in the least. I very easily throw in the towel when H is crying in his crib and bring him in to sleep with us and only recently have I really started being strict about a schedule for him. So don’t think this is any form of professional advice – this is just what has worked (surprisingly well) for us.

Being a mom is so fun because you get to talk to other moms and bounce ideas off of each other, hear how they mom and share how you mom. Its way fun for me. The other day a couple friends and I were talking about crib training our little ones. Some were rocking it and some were feeling defeated. I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle but on the up-and-up.

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  • Every night we start our routine as close to 9pm as possible
  • We start with bath time – I let H play for a little bit because he loves bath time and splashing as much and as fast as he can
  • Then we take him into his room, lotion his body, clean his ears, brush his hair and put his diaper and pajamas on, put our Owlet Monitor on his foot and give him his binky
  • Then either me or Wild Man sit in the chair in his bedroom, stick H on our lap and read 2-3 books
  • We have family prayer – soon I would also like to do a little scripture study before we say prayer
  • Then Wild Man turns out the lights and I sit in the chair and nurse Harrison (and play on my phone)
  • After 10-15 minutes he is either asleep or very close to it and I lay him in his crib. 99% of the time he wakes up when I do this but I just leave him be in his crib
  • We sort of cry it out. I anticipated the whole cry it out ordeal to be awful but H is rocking it and only cries for 15 minutes tops before he falls asleep (then typically wakes up around 5am)
  • I also make sure he always has his Mickey Mouse plush in his crib with him. I read somewhere to make sure they have something familiar and comforting in the crib with them so we chose Mickey. I also like him having something to snuggle with in his crib because when he sleeps in our bed he cuddles up tight with one of us and I think now he’s used to having someone/something close to him, so when he’s in his crib that something is Mickey and its been working great so far

The whole routine usually ends around 9:30 or 9:45 and it leaves Wild Man and I a few hours to ourselves before we also go to bed. I’m so glad this schedule thing is finally working. Of course there are still the nights where nothing goes according to plan and H wakes up at 1am screaming, but for the most part it goes really well. Hooray! Sticking to a schedule and always trying to start at 9pm has probably been the most useful tool. Around 8:30 I can tell H starts to get tired, whereas before we started to do this some nights he’d go down for the night around 8 and other nights he’d finally fall asleep around midnight. Sticking to a time has been perfect for us.

How have you “crib trained” your little one?!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

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Magical Monday: How to Cope with NOT Being in a Disney Park

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Raise your hand if you’re not in a Disney Park and your heart is a little broken because you want, no NEED, to be in one? Same, my friend, same. Even though we vacation to Disney quite frequently, that does not make the time away any easier. So I have created a helpful guide for you..

HOW TO COPE WITH NOT BEING IN A DISNEY PARK

  • Look at your Disney pictures. The ones your parents took of you in front of the castle when you were 1 to the ones you took on your latest visit. Look at all of them and feel all the emotions. Cry, laugh, reminisce, but ultimately hang your head and allow yourself to feel some sorrow for you are not in a Disney Park.
  • YouTube all the Disney things. My personal favorite things to YouTube are: Fantasmic (Disneyland’s especially), most Disney parades but I’m particularly fond of the Paint the Night and Soundsational currently. Watch peoples Vlogs from the park. Close out of the app with a pit in your stomach because you’re still not there.
  • Wear your Disney apparel. It doesn’t matter if its a shirt with Mickey Mouse on it, socks with the castle, sweat pants with DISNEYLAND going down the leg or maybe its even your favorite pair of ears – wear them. Also encourage your family to do the same. Dress your baby in all his/her Disney clothes. Inform your spouse how much you’d love if they followed suit. Then, feel a little more magical in your outfit, lay on the floor and wish you were wearing this particular item in the Park instead of on your floor.
  • Hang up another Disney picture somewhere in your house. You know, if there is room. Because if you can’t be there its only natural to have every nook and cranny in your home remind you of the place you longed to be. Then stare at those pictures and text your spouse about when your next trip will be – because you aren’t there and you need to be, pronto.
  • Change your wallpaper on your phone to a Disney Park picture. Or, if you’re like me, switch from one Disney Park picture to another.. My go-to is my sweet baby H in front of the castle with his ears on. That way each time you look at your phone you will be once again brutally reminded that you aren’t there and its a crime.
  • Listen to all the Disney Park music 24/7. It is crucial to your happiness/misery that you never have a moment without the magical melody of a Disney tune playing in your ear. Close your eyes and imagine you’re there. Think of your beautiful memories from The Happiest Place on Earth. Feel the joy swell in your heart. Then open your eyes. Shoot, you aren’t there. But instead of getting too sad – plan your next trip. Because come on, you know you need to go.
  • Lastly, cry. Because lets me honest. Its kind of impossible to cope with not being in Disney and sometimes crying can solve a problem or two — and it feels good.

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Now lets all go to Disney! Deal?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Spiritual Sunday: My Favorite Primary Song

Its been too long since I have done a Spiritual Sunday post. Sometimes I feel like these posts are kind of annoying, but recently I’ve reminded myself that I can be a force for good and I can spread a little joy on my tiny corner of the internet that maybe, even for a second can make someone feel happiness – and I feel like a good way I can do this is through my Sunday posts.

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Because I am a Pinterest-addict and also pin a lot of LDS stuff, I come across a lot of neat LDS quotes. The other night I found this one and I literally felt my heart burst with warmth. It was a quote from my favorite primary song – my all time favorite church song. The song is called, A Childs Prayer and the lyrics are:

“Heavenly Father, are you really there? And do you hear and answer every childs prayer? Some say that heaven is far away, but I feel it close around me as I pray. Heavenly Father, I remember now, something that Jesus told disciples long ago – ‘suffer the children to come to me’, Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.

Pray, he is there. Speak, he is listening. You are His child, His love now surrounds you. He hears your prayers. He loves the children. Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of Heaven.”

I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. But for whatever reason as I read this quote I was reminded of just how incredible that is. I have a Father in heaven who loves me, cares for me, wants the best for me, has an incredible plan of happiness for me and who genuinely listens to my prayers – no matter how repetitive, obnoxious, anxiety-filled, depressing or worldly they are — and He answers them (in his own time and way of course)! I am so blessed. The Gospel is so good and I am so, so very thankful for my Heavenly Father who does hear everyones prayers, who is close to me especially as I pray and who loves me.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Another Swaddle Designs Giveaway!

A couple weeks ago the fabulous company that I love and adore, Swaddle Designs contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a product and doing another giveaway! Of course I said yes! And I am so, SO excited for this one because its something I am CRAZY about!

This is the Cotton Knit zzZipMe Sack and I promise you need it.

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I will be honest, when I first heard about it I was skeptical and wrote it off as an item my 8 month old son would not be into – therefore neither would I. But here I am, eating my words. I am in love with this product. This product was created to help transition your sweet baby from swaddling. It is essentially a cute sack to zip your baby up in when they go to bed. There are arm holes at the top so their little arms can still be out and able to wiggle but their bodies are all enclosed in the sack. A feature I particularly love is the double ended zipper which makes middle of the night diaper changes a breeze. Oh and the fabric options are to die for! They are available in sizes 0-6 months (fits up to 28 inches) and 6-12 months (fits up to 32 inches). It is soft and stretchy and makes your baby somehow look even more cuddly and sweet!

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Now YOU can enter to win a zzZipMe Sack! To enter visit my instagram: @ceeceesparkles and follow the directions there! Good luck!

While you’re at it make sure you visit swaddledesigns.com to see all their amazing products and follow them at @SwaddleDesigns on Twitter and Instagram! I really do love Swaddle Designs and have been a die hard fan since becoming a mother.

Good luck!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Sweet Baby Stinker H

When we got home from Lake Powell I vowed to myself, Wild Man, H and anyone else who would listen that we were finally going to get H to sleep in his own room – in his crib. I am totally a supporter and a fan of co-sleeping and of course we are going to still do that from time to time, but he is 8.5 months old and I want him to be comfortable in his crib and for him to take good, solid naps in there and sleep the whole (or majority of the) night. For so long this has seemed like the impossible goal. I get so easily discouraged about this and after asking around, getting advice from all sorts of other Mommy Bloggers I have decided to be diligent in this goal.

After Powell I let H sleep one more night in bed with us, then we got onto real crib training. I hated it, but we did the cry it out method. I was ready for a long, awful, emotional night but much to my surprise he cried for maybe 15 minutes and was out and slept until 4:30am! We were so thrilled!

We have been good about our night time ritual. At 9 o’clock we start winding down. We try to make sure we are home, we give H a bath then lotion him, get him in his pajamas, read 2-3 books, say our family prayers then I nurse him and stick him in his crib. He’s either fallen right to sleep or cried for a little bit, but ultimately this has worked awesome for us.

I have to mention the Owlet, too. This is a little monitor we stick on his foot at night and it tracks his heart rate and oxygen level. I can check these levels on my phone whenever I want. This has given my anxiety-filled heart so much peace of mind. I love knowing an alert will sound if something is wrong with my baby, so I’m able to get some solid sleep in. Its a miraculous invention and I highly, highly, highly recommend this incredible product.

Anyway.. We were doing awesome for a week. Then two days ago I don’t know what happened. Everything is ruined. K, not everything. But our precious schedule is skewed somehow and I want to go back to the way things were before. H doesn’t really want to nap, anymore. He fights them so hard and has rarely gone over an hour long nap in a while. We get him to bed around 9:30 and usually he’ll sleep until 3 or 4 am but now he wakes up at like 11pm screaming! And he’s really hard to get back to sleep. Its so frustrating because not long ago he was rocking his perfect schedule.

Everyone assures me it’ll all go back to normal eventually. But I just had to complain.

Also, H has decided he is a big boy and no longer needs baby food. Or most food, really. He used to be the champion baby food eater. But then he just decided he was past that point in his life. So we started feeding him real solids – bananas, watermelon, raspberries, cereal, etc, and now he doesn’t want those either! Stinker. He will eat snacks upon snacks upon snacks (he got that from his mom – shoot) and has no interest in any other food. Except breast milk, of course. This boy is ALL about nursing and I think he’d happily let my milk be his sole food source for the foreseeable future.

Again, I’m sure this is a phase and he’ll decide to eat food good again soon. But again… I needed to complain somewhere.

Babies are funny. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out they decide to change everything up on you!

Gotta love it.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT

So have you heard the news yet? You probably have. Everyone has. It pains me to say that the rumor has been confirmed but… Tower of Terror in California Adventure (Disneyland) is closing in early 2017.

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Summer 2017 it will reopen as a new ride, with no trace – except the vaguely similar shape/building – of The Hollywood Tower Hotel. It will instead be called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT and it will look like this:

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To be quite honest with you I’m still a little horrified. Tower of Terror, to me, is a Disney classic and taking it away from the park just seems sick and wrong. I trust that Disney will make Mission: BREAKOUT  a really awesome attraction and it will be adored by many, but I will always remember what it used to be — and then surely my heart will break a little as I think about how much I miss ToT. I have even felt the nasty pang in my heart when I realized none of my children will be able to have experienced such a brilliant ride. Ugh. It makes me sad sad sad. I have my inside source at DLR and he has informed me why this is happening. It totally makes sense and I see the logic but my selfish heart wants Tower of Terror to stay forever. The reason? Whatever channel owns The Twilight Zone keeps upping the cost that Disney owes them to keep this partnership alive. So apparently the Disney Company is just done and now have moved on to Marvel. There is another rumor (I can’t currently recall if I’ve heard its confirmed) though that the whole area by Tower of Terror is going to become Marvel-themed. I’ve heard they’d knock down Monsters Inc (sad) and the whole Mad Tea Party area and give it a Marvel makeover. It sounds really cool but the Hyperion Theatre is in the mix there and I just have a hard time comprehending how they’d somehow theme that all together? Ok. Sorry. I’m rambling and probably making no sense.

Lets talk more about what we know about whats to come.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT

  • The building will be transformed into Taneleer Tivan’s – better known as The Collector’s area where he is displaying his newest acquisitions – The Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Collector doesn’t know this, but Rocket has escaped
  • Rocket is enlisting The Collector’s guests (us) for help freeing the rest of his gang
  • The guests will board the lift which will launch them into space in whats described as a “chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.” (Disney Parks Blog)

It sounds good. I’m sure it’ll be awesome. I hope it will be great.

But right now I’m just stuck in my rut. It will never beat Tower of Terror.

Hmmpff.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

August

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Um. Its August already? Are you kidding me? I know I say it every month but TIME GOES BY SO FAST! This morning I had the realization that H will be one-year old in three more months and I may or may not have had an emotional moment. Seriously, time. Holy cow.

I’m not going to lie. August has never been one of my favorite months but I’m completely convinced that having a child makes everything (even hot hot hot months) better so I’m planning on this being a good month.

We don’t have any real plans this month but we are good at making the little moments pretty awesome. As usual, I have a few goals for this month. I find I’m usually 50/50 with actually achieving these goals – so my first goal is to accomplish more that 50% of these goals. The rest are:

  • I want to make sure my little family is better at weekly FHE. I know H is only 8 months old, but I’m sure he is taking in a lot more than we usually think he is. He is watching us and learning from us. I want him to know family time and the Gospel are important in this family and we value both those things.
  • I’m gong to run. Ugh. I hate myself for saying this. Wild Man was cute and got me new tires for my jogging stroller (that desperately needed those tires) and I want to do something about it. Ick. I hate running. But I’m going to give it a shot.
  • I’m going to continue a goal from July and keep working on my swimming. You guys I’m improving!!
  • When I see people I’m going to think at least one positive thing about them. I have been paying attention to myself and realized I’m way too quick to judge people. So I’m fixing that this month.
  • This one is a maybe. But I used to play guitar. I think I want to try this ‘talent’ out again.

Have a happy August, my friends!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles