Thursday, December 8, 2011

Playing Catch-up!

I just realized that it's been a month since I posted! Let me tell you it's been no cake walk around here! We've really been struggling to sleep. It's been so easy for sooo long that when it's going bad it's incredibly noticeable! Lincoln has always been a sleeper, but about a week before Thanksgiving he started waking up and scream, scream, screaming! I mean, screaming! Like 3 or 4 times a night! We got up to rock him, like we would normally do but even that wasn't putting him back to sleep and when we laid him back down he screamed again! We spent about 2 hours just trying to get him back to sleep one night, then he screamed for about another hour. All the while I laid in bed listening while I cried. Needless to say we tried EVERYTHING we could think of. For DAYS!!!
Finally my friend, my dear dear friend, Kara told us to try "sleep training." So the plan is to go in when he cries to check on him and let him know you're there and that he's OK. Then walk away. Let him cry for 5 minutes and go in again and do the same thing. Tell him you love him, lay him down and walk away. Then wait 10 minutes...then 15 minutes....then increasing intervals by 5 minutes until he calms down and goes to sleep. The first night We went in 4 times....and during the waiting for the 20 minutes to pass we all fell asleep. I woke up again when my alarm went off and realized he'd slept. The second night we had to go in until the 10 minute time...not counting listening to him scream when we laid him down. Night #3 we only went in at the 5 minute time and he laid down. After that he didn't cry even when we laid him down for more than a minute or two and slept ALLLL night! Hooray!
We have been successfully sleeping through the night for almost a full week now. I don't want to jinx it, but maybe he just needed to "reset" his sleep button!!
My pregnancy is going great...we're 25 weeks today!! Baby girl is healthy, happy, and very wiggly!!! :) My placenta is in the front this time, so I couldn't feel her move until between 18 and 19 weeks. Even now I can only feel her from my belly button to the right side. She likes it when I eat...and I feel her every night when I lay down for bed. I've only gained between 3 and 4 pounds so far. Quite a difference than with Lincoln. What'll probably happen is that it'll all catch up with me at the end!
Today's doctor appointment brought good news. Her heart rate is still in the 150s and she's very active. My stats are good as usual, and I'd lost 1/2 a pound from the last appointment. Interesting news is that when she measured my belly it measured big: 29 weeks. I asked her if that was bad news and she just smiled and said just means another ultrasound! I have to admit that makes me happy! We saw Lincoln 5 or 6 times while I was pregnant for one reason or another. Only seeing baby girl once this whole time seemed sad and a little upsetting. She tried to get me into the ultrasound today but there was no time. So we're going tomorrow to see our little Sweetums again!

We had our big Christmas party last weekend with all our friends and we had a blast! We played a new game called Quelf and laughed until we cried!! It's always so great to see everyone again. We certainly don't get to spend enough time together since we're all grown up and stuff. The boys opened their Christmas gifts and were very cute. They pulled off one tiny piece at a time until they got all the wrapping off! So cute!