7.24.2015

friday five.

Happy Friday! You know the drill -- I'm linking up with April today to share a few things on my mind:
*even in my sleep deprived state it bugs me the ecard on the right uses To instead of Too... but I didn't have the energy to edit it in photoshop so we'll let it slide this time :)
ONE: Vi is going through the dreaded four month sleep regression. Last night was really difficult and I lost track of how many times I woke up. H and I are exhausted and all of our googling hasn't left us with a ton of options. We are considering sleep training (aka the cry-it-out method) but the thought of having her cry and not being able to comfort her makes me want to cry. Has anyone else tried it? Or do you have any other suggestions?!? love, sleepless in Charleston.

TWO: And if all that sleep stuff wasn't enough -- Vi has been busting out of her swaddle at night! (so scary for a mama who is constantly thinking about safe sleep). She's transitioned from a traditional swaddle to a Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket (we have this one). I LOVE how easy it is to put on (and unzip for nighttime diaper changes). Halo is hosting a great giveaway over on their Facebook page -- you can enter to win a HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper + SleepSack Swaddle. HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. Learn more about safe sleep practices here.
THREE: Did you know Minted sells CAKE stands! These are so cute...is it too early to start planning Vi's birthday party?!
FOUR: Dove sent over a sample of their Summer body wash and soap. It's specially formulated to deal with skin that has battled with humidity + wind (hello, summers in the south!). And it smells fantastic. H is a big Dove fan so he was excited to try it too :)
FIVE: It seems like everyday someone new is running for president. If you're curious to see how the candidates line up with your beliefs, take this quiz! H and I were both aligned with Bernie Sanders.

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian
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24 comments

  1. While I don’t know from personal experience, I had a friend post on Facebook about Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit (sounds funny, I know!). She ordered it from Amazon and said it has worked wonders with their little girl!

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  2. Oh man I'm sorry y'all are going through the regression! I honestly don't think there is a whole lot you can do with the sleep regression... she will eventually get through it though! Personally I can't do cry it out, it breaks my mama heart, but I def recommend the Moms on Call book for sleep/schedule tips! Good luck, call if you need a babysitter!

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  3. Ok I had no clue minted sold cake stands - love!! Hope you get some sleep girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I hope you get some sleep, lady!!!

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  5. That was a great quiz! I got Clinton (but Sanders was only 1% behind that). Hope you have a good weekend and can get some sleep :)

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  6. I took that quiz the other day. I got Hillary. I was actually shocked, haha!

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  7. OK, we cry it out. It seriously works and we've been doing it for awhile. Also get a white noise machine. We just use a clock radio and find a station of static it works. Emerson is either out as soon as she hits the crib or about 15 mins later. We love our Halo sleep sacks. Lastly, I need that milk glass cake stand in my life! Have a great weekend.

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  8. A cool thing I read about sleep regression is that it's not a regression so much as reprogramming for the baby -- going from sleeping whenever humanly possible to getting into a more "adult" pattern of deep and light sleep. So, the same way we have several sleep cycles each night -- that's what's happening for a 4 month old, too.

    What makes the transition difficult is that if you rock or nurse the baby to bed, or if you're there when she falls asleep, when she wakes up to do a "safety check" at the end of a sleep cycle, you probably aren't there and she freaks out -- you come in -- rock her and restart the whole thing. That's why sleep "training" works. Baby learns to fall asleep on her own and then she's okay when she goes through cycles in the night. Something I read likened it to if you fell asleep watching TV on the couch and woke up in bed a few hours later. You'd be like WTF, right?

    LONG story short, we did The Sleep Easy Solution and it worked in three nights. Magically great sleeper ever since. It was tough to listen to our dude cry, but he learned the drill real quick. And I still love the routine we developed, five months later. Don't wait -- I promise. Good luck!

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  9. Ooh, I need to look into that body wash when my current bottle runs out. My poor coworker and her husband had a baby like a week after you and they're dyingggg. Nothing works and she said she can't bear to have him cry it out either. It can't last forever is the good news, but Lord knows I'm sure you feel like it has! Hang in there mama! Oh, and Thursday still good? ;)

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  10. i'm sorry that V is waking up a bunch, hope it settles down soon! i obviously have no experience, i wish you the best of luck! how cute are those cake stands though. have a good weekend!

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  11. I have a 7 month old, so I'm not suuuuuper experienced. But, when she was going through a super rough period a couple months ago, everything I read about sleep training said to not try it until 6 months. Not sure why. But I'm sure you've seen that in your googling.
    Cry it out is not for us. I can't do it. I tried one night and lasted about 5 minutes because her hysterical cries were daggers in my heart. I swooped in and grabbed her and just kept telling her i was sorry :(
    Do you ever cosleep? On the bad nights, it's the only way we can get a little rest.
    As hard as it is, try to stick to your normal nightly routine. Just try to do what ya gotta do to get through each day. I wouldn't become obsessed with trying to get her "back on track", because teething is going to hit soon and she'll be all out of whack again. Sorry, that's probably not what you want to hear! lol. Just try to enjoy the extra snuggles :)

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  12. Hope you guys can get some sweet, sleepy relief soon!

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  13. Hoping sweet baby girl gets through this sleep regression and that you can get some rest! The good news is, you know what she's going through and she will get through it! Xx

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  14. I'm not the type to let Parker cry it out either. There's a few things that worked for us - we stopped swaddling all together. Parker hates being constricted. Along those lines she just wears a long sleeve onesie to bed. No feet. She hated it. Also, as soon as I started letting her sleep on her tummy she slept so good! I'm talking ALL night. I also do a lot of shushing. I'm not sure what it is but she can be really fussy and I'll come in and do a few minutes of light shushing and she's out :) Hope you get some sleep!

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  15. I hope y'all get some better sleep soon! I've heard about the cry it out method but I don't think I would be able to do it either! LOVE those cake stands, since we do custom cakes I am obsessed with cake stands and already have a bunch of them, lol!

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  16. Who knew Minted sold caked stands?! What an awesome find! Hope you're able to get some sleep this weekend! Xo, Stephanie

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  17. Minted has cake stands?? Amazing! I pretty much love everything they sell. Give me all the minted things!!

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  18. Only you know what's right, but in a desperate moment I bought Ferbers book and it seemed to make a lot of sense. Think of it as "progressive waiting" vs "cry it out". I don't think any mother would truly let their baby cry it out! It really worked for us. Also, the same day I snapped and bought the book, I bought a Zipadee Zip. It's sooo awesome...baby feels constricted like they're swaddled, can't break out, but it's safe for them to roll over in. Highly recommend! Good luck...basically...it sucks, I know.

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  19. I'm not a mom so I have no sleep advice but I hope you all get some good rest soon! And I love those cake stands!!!

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  20. I remember those days so well…so hoping you get a little rest this weekend!

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  21. Oh i want to smell that new Dove scent! Anything that smells like summer is OK by me ;)

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  22. I love the cake stands. I have a cake stand buying problem. I just can't help myself. I also have that problem with casserole dishes, aprons and various other kitchen related items.

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  23. Ahhh... the dreaded 4 month regression... Then, come the teeth and it gets worse! haha! We never tried the cry it out method because I can't stand to hear Cam cry for more than a few minutes. I did a lot of soothing around that regression period. Does she take a paci? That always seems to help soothe Cam when he's having trouble. Good luck!!

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  24. Oh, I hope you guys get some sleep soon and those cake stands are beautiful! Kisses, darling.

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