help baby sleep through the night

help baby sleep Lexandry started to sleep through the night before he was two months old. His sleeping cycle changed, once he started teething. Lexandry started teething at 6 months and started waking up again during the night. He would wake up sometimes up to 3 to 4 times during the night.  I spoke to his doctor about Lexandry’s sleeping problems and what I could do to help him sleep. His doctor explains to me that Lexandry wakes up crying because he didn’t know how to fall asleep on his own. he also told me that I had to let him learn, even if it meant to let him cry. I know it sounds cruel because I used to think so too. Getting him to sleep through the night as an infant was actually easier, than getting him to sleep through the night when he was older.

The first step to take when setting up your child’s bedtime routine is to teach him/her when is time to play or be awake and when is time to rest. During the daytime I would open the curtains, to let him know it was daytime. Whenever he took a nap, I continued with my daily routine. The idea is that during the day is play time and during the night is time to rest. At about 6:30 p.m. I would start getting the room ready for bedtime, by closing the curtains, setting up for his bath, and preparing his milk. At 7:00 p.m. I bath him and around 7:20 to 7:30 p.m. I feed him. At 8:00 p.m. he was already asleep. He would wake up to feed again at around 11:00 p.m. but he wouldn’t even open his eyes.

help baby sleep through the night

I went back to college when Lexandry turned 4 months and had to get a babysitter outside of our home. Lexandry leaves at 8 a.m. and doesn’t come home until 8 p.m. Lexandry is usually picked up at 6:30 p.m. but does get home until 8 p.m. His bedtime got a bit mess up since he gets home at 8 p.m. but I manage to set up another bedtime routine that works for the both of us.

When lexandry gets home, I usually play with him for about 30 minutes. His babysitter baths him before he comes home, so I only change his diaper, brush his teeth, and put on his pajamas. I usually have his dinner ready when he comes home, as well. I start to get him ready for bed at around 9:30 p.m. Before bed I usually read to him and give him a bottle.

By 10 p.m. I lay him down in his crib and let him fall asleep on his own. It was not easy at first since he didn’t know how to fall asleep on his own. I started by letting him cry when he would wake up in the middle of the night. I would be awake but I wouldn’t pick him up. It was painful for me as a mother to hear him cry, but I knew that my son was ok and I needed to let him learn to sleep on his own. It literally took only three nights before he stopped waking up during the night. By the second night, he only cried for a minute, before falling back to sleep, and by the third night, it literally took him seconds.

After about two weeks of him sleeping through the night again, I started to lay him down in his crib, once he was sleepy, to let him fall asleep on his own. Now when I put him down to sleep, he just accommodates himself and closes his eyes.

Being a busy mom can make it difficult to set up a bedtime routine. I started with the cry out method at 13 months because I was not comfortable with the method. I am positive that now that he is older he feels better about falling sleep on his own, and he is definitely more rested in the morning.

As always thank you for stopping by and reading my post. I wrote it in hopes of helping other parents out there who want to help their baby sleep. Feel free to leave any questions or comments down below.

How to lose weight postpartum

 

losing weight after baby

Losing weight postpartum was not my priority after having the baby but after 12 weeks postpartum, I wanted to feel myself again and start eating healthier.  After having the baby, my priority was to take care of my son and rest. I know as a woman, it is hard to accept our postpartum bodies but always keep in mind that your body did an amazing job, and give it time to heal and recover. Also before starting any diet or cleansing programs speak to your doctor to make sure you are ready.

Before the pregnancy, I weighed 122 pounds, and at 39 weeks I weighed 150 pounds. I lost 15 pounds within the first week of giving birth, but my weight wouldn’t go down more. My eating habits weren’t the best after the baby since I did not have time to eat. I would grab whatever I could when I had the chance to eat. I used the Bamboo Belly Bandit for about a month. The bandit did help and my belly looked better, but the Belly Bandit became a little loose after. I didn’t purchase a second Bandit because I thought my belly looked fine, but if you think you need more shirking, it would be a good idea to buy two of them. I had never worn a body shaper or belt before, but the Belly Bandit was really comfortable, and it also helped with my posture.

At three months postpartum I weighed 135 pounds and had stopped breastfeeding. I bought a book called 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse and did the cleanse for 9 days. The book provides green juice recipes, for each day, and tips on how to snack during the day as well. The book also helps you get ready before starting the cleansing, how to continue to lose weight after cleansing, and other juices and food recipes. The juices were really tasty and the recipes are easy to make. I lost 12 pounds in 8 days.

After the cleansing, I have tried to eat healthy, even though it is difficult to do so at times. Being a college student and a mom makes it difficult for me to take the time and cook for myself. After reading the 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse I became more aware of the things I eat.

weight loss postpartum

I started a cardio class in college, to force myself to attend the gym. I had to go to the gym at least twice a week, and I must say I really enjoyed it. I never went to the gym before the baby, even though I did exercise at home.

I now weight 115 pounds and I am still trying to adapt to healthier eating habits and exercising on a regular base. I want to adopt healthier habits now to teach my son to be healthier from the start.

I am not sponsored by either the book or the bandit, but I just wanted to share with other mom what I used, and what helped me lose the postpartum weight. If you have any questions about my postpartum weight loss, please feel free to comment. Added a link at the bottom to my post on how I took care postpartum. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Postpartum Care after vaginal delivery

Monthly Baby Pictures

Baby monthly picture Collage

Even though it is my first time being a mommy, I knew Lexandry would grow up fast, and I wanted to keep each moment of his development documented. While writing this post, I looked at all his pictures to pick which pictures I would use, and I realize how much he has really grown during the past 13 months. I can actually remember some of the things that were happening in each month while looking back at his monthly pictures. I love taking these pictures even if it became a little challenging since Lexandry wouldn’t want to take any more pictures. Lexandry became more mobile as he grew older and wanted to be moving all the time, not stay still and smile.

1 month IMG_2668 My little bald baby. For Lexandry’s first month picture I barely caught him smiling. I was so tired I took about 15 pictures before getting a smile. The first set of pictures I was still figuring out what I wanted his monthly pictures to look like, but I love how they came out. I placed a teddy bear next to him to compare his height to the bears height. As we can see Lexandry was maybe 1 or 2 inches taller than the bear. Lexandry was wearing a long sleeve onesie because it was still cold in New York by the end of May. My mom bought Lexandry’s monthly stickers in Marshalls. The stickers came in four different colors yellow, blue, green, and orange. Since the first month sticker was blue, my mom bought the rest of the stickers light blue and dark blue on Etsy.

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I only took two pictures for his two months.We were planning our annual trip to Texas, so I didn’t have much time to plan the pictures. He was also a bit grumpy and tired. For his 2nd months, we started to use short sleeve onesies since it was already June. We try to keep his outfit  and background consistent so that it would look nice when we put all the pictures together.

3 months

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For his 3rd month, Lexandry was all smiles and bigger by the minute. I loved this time. I was enjoying being a mother, more than ever. I had learned so much about my sweet little boy, and we were having so much fun together. As before I kept the outfit and background consistent.

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For his 4th month, Lexandry was moving more and even learning to clap. He was also learning to turn, so he continues to try to turn while I was taking pictures. I was going back to College when he turned 4 months and it was hard for me to leave him. These pictures remind me of that time when I had to let go and the changes that came with it.

5 months

Lexandry’s was real to play with the teddy bear. he was playful and all smiles during the picture-taking. It took my mom and I so long to get a picture of him looking up and not moving the bear.

6 months 6 months

For his 6th month, i just let Lexandry play with the teddy bear and have fun. I loved watching play and smile. We took over 40 pictures of him and even a video. Every time we would put the teddy bear next to him, he would grab it and laugh. His hands were always holding the bear.

7 months 7 months

I love to see him grow and play. After Lexandry started turning and sitting it became a lot harder to take pictures, but way more fun. At seven months we changed his onesies once again to long sleeve shirts. It was November and it was getting cold.

8 months 8 months

At 8 months we took Lexandry to the Dominican Republic for the second time, and we had so much fun with our family. Every month picture of Lexandry reminds me of a new chapter in his life, and I love going back to those days.

9 months

9 months

9 months

After 9 months Lexandry started to crawl. I could get him to stay still for the pictures, but I loved them.  Seeing him happy truly makes me happy, and if playing with the bear and moving made him happy it also made me happy. I loved recording those moments.

10 months 10 months

At 10 months, Lexandry didn’t want to play with the bear anymore. He was a little more calm, but he didn’t want to take pictures. He wanted to play with his toys and be on the floor crawling. He was still all smiles.

11 months 11 months

At 11 months he was so big. He was always on the floor trying to walk. He still doesn’t walk but he still tries to be independent.

12 months 12 months

At 12 months Lexandry did not want to stay still at all. In the picture, you can see that he is holding something. He was holding a small Vick’s Vapor Rub he found on my night stand, and he wouldn’t let go of it.

I loved taking pictures of Lexandry, and it wasn’t easy sometimes. Sometimes he would not want to take pictures, or we would take pictures way after the month has passed. I loved the results of lexandry’s monthly pictures, and I hope it inspires others to do the same, you won’t regret it.

10 newborn essentials and tips for the new mom

 

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There were several things that became essential for my newborn, that I wished I knew before giving birth. There are so many items I bought I wished I hadn’t , and there are others I wished I had bought before.  Today I will be sharing those things that because essential for my newborn, as well as a couple of items that were essential to me. My son Lexandry is now 13 months old and I would like to share the things I considered essential for both Lexandry and me during the first few weeks.

Being a new mom was an amazing, yet very stressful experience. I thought I was doing everything wrong. I would call everyone I knew, with children, to ask for advice. After a while, I started to get to know my son more and more. Once you get to know your baby, things become a bit easier, for the both of you. You will understand what your baby wants and needs.

Bassinet or infant portable sleeper: The newborn baby might feel insecure in his/hers new environment. The womb is pretty tight and warm, compare to a crib. My sister-in-law recommended me to use an infant portable bed to place in the crib for the baby’s first month,to help the baby feel secure in his own crib. The portable bed can also be placed on the bed so that the baby can sleep safely with the parents. Abel and I did not want the baby to get used to sleeping with us, so we decided to leave the portable bed in his crib.

Before going to work Abel would place the portable bed in the bed next to me. Lexandry shared the room with Abel and me for the first year and we couldn’t fit both the crib and a bassinet in our room. I didn’t buy a bassinet because I live in a small apartment in New York City.

Milk powder formula dispenser: My breast milk dried out at exactly one month after giving birth. I did give my Lexandry both breast milk and formula. After the first month, I would prepare the milk dispenser and three bottles of water. I got the baby used to room temperature milk so that it would be easier for the both us. I would always prepare the formula milk dispenser to use at home during the day. It was so convenient to have everything ready. Lexandry does not really cry often unless he is hungry or tired, and by having his milk half way ready, made both us happy.

Disposable diaper bags: I bought my disposable diaper bags at BabiesRUS together with the disposable bag dispenser. Everywhere I went I had disposable bags with me. I always felt concern about changing the baby when we visited friends and families because I knew they might be a concern with the smell. The disposable bags kept the smell trap and made everything seem less messy.

Feeding or support pillow: This is one of the things I wish I had bought since the beginning. The first month postpartum was the most tiring of all as a mother. My body was still recovering from childbirth and my arms were tired and sore from carrying the baby. After three months my mom gave me a feeding and support pillow to hold the baby. A family friend talked to me about the pillow and how it could be used to help me hold the baby while feeding, to place the baby on his belly for tummy time and to teach him to sit once he was ready. As the name implies the pillow provides support for the baby’s body.

Baby carrier: My first baby carrier was the K’Tan wrap in black. I didn’t like the K’Tan because the fabric is really thick and both the baby and I would be sweating while wearing it. At 6 month Lexandry was going to the Dominican Republic for the first time with my mom, and I decided to buy another baby carrier to make it easier on my mom since she was traveling alone with him.

The second baby carrier I bought was the Ergo baby carrier, which I still use now. I love the Ergo baby carrier because is comfortable and practical. Before buying a baby carrier read all you can on baby carriers, being a new mom I knew nothing about babies and I had to learn the hard way. Also, try the baby carrier before using it with the baby, to make sure you understand how it works and so that you know how to place the baby properly. The baby carrier can also help you get things done around the house if your baby is like mine and only wants to be carried.

Waterproof mattress covers: The waterproof covers are a lifesaver for both the baby and the mattress. The cover does not only protects from urine, it also protects the mattress from vomit and saliva. Lexandry drools while sleeping ever since he was a newborn, and after a while, the saliva got trapped in the sheets, but the covers didn’t allow the saliva to get to the mattress. I bought two waterproof covers so that the mattress is always protected.

Gas relief drops: baby having gas pain is the worse. Lexandry started having gas pain when he was about a week and a half old. I felt so bad seeing my baby in pain. I didn’t know what was wrong with him, but he couldn’t sleep and wouldn’t stop crying. After almost two days of no sleep, I call his doctor and he recommended gas relief drops. After giving Lexandry the gas relief drops he was able to sleep. I also changed his formula from Enfamil Premium to Enfamil Gentleast.

Mittens and teething mitten: I gave birth to Lexandry by the end of April, and did not think it was necessary to keep his little hands cover with baby mittens. I started to use mittens on Lexandry because he would scratch his face and cut himself with his fingernails. I started using the Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten when Lexandry turned 3 months. Lexandry gums were already itching him by 3 months and he used his hands to eases the itch. I saw Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten and decided to try it to help Lexandry with the itch, and he loved it.

For circumcise newborn boys

Diaper rash cream and Gauze: If you are having a boy and your baby is getting circumcise is important to have these two things handy. After the circumcision, the nurse gave me A and D cream which is a cream use for diaper rash.  After ever diaper change I had to apply the cream and gauze on his penis. I had to repeat the same process until the wound healed, which didn’t really take too long. I used about 3 of the A and D tubes and plenty of gauzes. I ran out of the cream and gauze the day after coming home from the hospital, and I had to buy more. If I had known I need those two products for the healing process I would have bought it before.

For moms

Bath rope: yep a bath rope was essential for me during the first weeks postpartum. I didn’t have time to do anything really and I was exhausted most of the time. A bath rope covers you up quickly, is comfortable, and gives quick access to the breasts while breastfeeding. My mom gave me all the bath ropes I have while I was pregnant and I lived in them while I was at home.

Disposable nursing pads: Whether you breastfeed or not, nursing pads are essential. After milk came I only had about 6 nursing pads I had received as a gift after buying nursing bras. The next morning after my milk came in I was soaked in milk. I didn’t know the milk would spill while I was asleep. I had to wear nursing pads during the day and  at night.

Down below I have provided a link to my post which I provide tips on how to take care postpartum. Feel free to comment on the post and ask any questions about my tips on newborn essentials. Thanks for stopping by.

Postpartum Care after vaginal delivery

 

Nautical and Mickey Mouse theme party for baby’s first birthday

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For my Lexandry’s 1st birthday party, I decided to go with the nautical theme. I added Mickey Mouse to the theme because Lexabdry loves Mickey Mouse and that way I would also give him something that he would enjoy. The colors we mostly used were red, navy blue and white. The nautical theme is used a lot in the spring, so it was not difficult to find decorations and ideas for the party. My mom and I had planned Lexandry’s party since before he was born.

  1. Plan ahead: My first tip when planning any party would be to plan ahead. Planning the party ahead gave as plenty of time to think about what we wanted and how we wanted it.  My mom and I collected pictures from Instagram, Pinterest and google of other nautical parties to create an idea of what I wanted. Planning ahead also gave us time to find everything from the candy containers to the plates and forks we wanted.
  2. set the plan in motion: once I had the exact idea of what I wanted, we then looked for the place to host the party, who would make the deserts and where to buy the things we needed. The party was celebrated at my godmother’s house, which was perfect for the party. Through Instagram, I found the bakery where I got the deserts done. The cake was done by a friend. Etsy is my favorite place to shop when it comes to the party because I love handmade things. My invitations and goody bags were all handmade. I also bought a milestone poster from Etsy, that I thought was really cute. We bought all the glass containers at Michaels, candy and tableware at party city, and lastly toys at a dollar store. My godmother cooked most of the food and we bought pizza for the children.
  3.  set everything up:Give yourself plenty of time to set everything up, so that you can actually enjoy the party. My mom and I started with the goody bags and tableware Monday of that week. We set up the tables the night before the party. My mom had already set the tables weeks in advance, to see how everything would look and if she needed anything else.

I am satisfied with Lexandry’s party because he really did enjoy it. He danced, ate and play all day. I was lucky to have a lot of help with the party, otherwise, it would have been very difficult to pull it off with the baby and while being in my last weeks of class.

Nautical theme birthday paerty

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