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I am sitting in a hotel room in Houston, exhausted beyond reason. It is my first business trip in nearly eight years (excepting a quick jaunt to Vegas in 2008), and I had forgotten how tiring it can be to travel. Yes, after agonizing about it for quite a long time, I have decided to rejoin corporate America. The funny thing is, I had been sneakily looking forward to this trip, because I thought it would mean I could finally, FINALLY sleep through the night. You see, my nearly two-year-old daughter has regressed. Again. Our night-weaning saga began almost eight … Continue reading
For some reason, my baby goes from super-hyper to snoring whenever I play this Brahms’ lullaby video for her. Caveat: the eyeball-looking thingamabob in the middle of the video is a little spooky, so what I do is, I go to YouTube on my iPod Touch, play this video, then put the iPod Touch facing downwards on the bed so that she hears the music, but doesn’t watch the video. Took just 7 minutes for her to go to sleep tonight!
My baby girl overwhelmed me with cuteness last night, which was great, except that it was 9:30pm and well past her bedtime. We’d had a pretty full day and she’d napped twice, so I thought it was going to be a piece of cake to get her to sleep. I was wrong. Since she sleeps in our bed, one of us has to be with her until she falls asleep, lest she crawls off the edge or rams the wall with her head. I started off by plopping the little Apple face forward in my lap and reading her bedtime … Continue reading
I would love to do a write-up on each of these gems I found at Expo West, but it’s been a month since the show and it’s clear I am dragging my patootie on this, so I figured I’d better just spread the love in one shot. #5: Favorite Medicine: Melatonin Sleep Spray by Holistic Health International. Formulated by Dr. Amy Yasko, an integrative health practitioner with an alphabet soup of credentials after her name (PhD, NHD, AMD, HHP, etc.), this fantastic little spray knocked me out with two squirts for the rest of the night. I had flown home … Continue reading
The little Apple is 8 months old today, April 2, 2011. We took her to Sears to get her portrait taken, and though she didn’t smile, at least she didn’t wail like a banshee either. She is changing and growing every day. Her favorite thing right now is to blow farts against my cheek. She also does it on my breast, in between bouts of nursing. When I look at her doing it, I see her smiling mischievously, so I know she’s doing it on purpose, and to make me laugh. While she still hasn’t said, “Ma-ma-ma” yet, she is … Continue reading
This is the little Apple at 1:53am this morning. It’s appropriate that the picture is blurry, as if the camera lens is reflecting my own sleep-encrusted vision at that ungodly hour. Once again, the little Apple woke up on her own, this time around 12:30am. She looked around, blew a few raspberries, rolled over and breastfed, only to roll away after a few seconds due to her congested nose (this she did multiple times). She then rolled onto her tummy and went into the baby Cobra yoga pose, and there she stayed, happily proclaiming, “Da-da-da! Ah! Bah-bah!” I am feeling … Continue reading
She fell asleep around 8pm. Woke up crying around 10:40pm, right in the middle of “The Good Wife.” So I couldn’t see what happened to Lemond Bishop and his wife, or to Kalinda, as I had to go see what all the fuss was about. I breastfed her. I rubbed Chamomile oil on her cheek and jaws. I gave her 3 doses of Kids’ Relief homeopathic teething medicine (so I can’t give her anymore). I rocked her for 30 minutes on the rocking chair and sang her 8 lullabies. She is still just lying here, wide-eyed, staring alternately at the … Continue reading
The Little Apple has never been a good sleeper, except for maybe the first two weeks of her life. After that, she would stay awake and resist sleep all day long. Then, around 3 months, we got to a good place where she was sleeping 6-7 hours straight a night, and then she got sick at 5 months. Then we got back to that good place, and then she started teething. Then we got back to that good place, and now, at 7.5 months, for no apparent reason, she is awake at odd hours of the night again. And yes, … Continue reading
“Just let go of the idea that you are going to be sleeping for the next 18 or so years,” said Pat, one of the lactation consultants who leads a weekly breastfeeding support group at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, in response to a question from one of the attendees about getting her baby to sleep through the night. At the time, my Aria was 4 weeks old, and I couldn’t even get her to latch on properly, let alone sleep through the night. So I laughed at Pat’s answer, thinking she must have been kidding. “I’m not kidding,” … Continue reading