My Co-Sleeping Conundrum

My Co-Sleeping Conundrum

It’s almost 10 p.m. and I’m still up (Baja Blast at 9:00 p.m. was not a good idea).

Tonight, I have co-sleeping on my mind.

When I had my son my anxiety was overwhelming (it still is but I’ve learned how to cope a little). That’s one thing no one tells you before you become a parent – how much you worry.

My son had a tiny choking incident in the hospital, which I am pretty sure is pretty common by the way the nursing staff reacted but it made my anxiety go through the roof. His first few months at home he had terrible reflux and would spit up like the exorcist randomly.

At first I made my decision because I was literally at my breaking point I was so exhausted and I didn’t have much help during the nights. I was secretly crying alone in the bathroom whenever I got a break and got a second alone. This momma needed sleep. I had been sleeping in the recliner with him on my chest for the first two months barricaded in by pillows. When he hit 12 pounds I decided I had to find a way to get him to sleep on his own without the fear of choking in the middle of the night. We tried to do three hour shifts which was miserable and my husband doesn’t do well without a solid 8 hours of sleep. We were exhausted and we were fighting all the time.

After a lot of research, I decided that it was time to move him into our bed. I could hear him and feel him breathing so I could react quickly if anything happened. My husband had lost his job two months before the baby was born and my maternity leave wasn’t paid so purchasing a $300 breathing monitor wasn’t an option.

I research and researched and research. I was certain I was going to make the wrong decision and everyone’s opinions didn’t help.

  • It’s a fairly common practice around the world
  • To me it seems pretty natural to comfort my tiny human who can’t walk, talk or react on his own in the middle of the night – developmentally, I don’t feel like he is ready to be all alone in a separate room
  • The naysayers’ only reasons for not having him in our room have to do with their personal opinions and sleep patterns (you won’t get any sleep, you don’t want him in your bed, etc.)
  • Practicing safe co-sleeping can actually reduce the chance of SIDS

As I lay here, next to Bradley in his cookie monster jammies I don’t regret my decision to bring him into our bed. Not for one second. I’ve gotten a lot of flack for it from friends and family (it will be harder to break the habit down the road, your doing him a disservice, etc).

The first night he slept in our bed – I slept too. I was a new person. I woke up in the morning ready to be the mom I wanted to be (not a zombie with a grudge).

I plan to transition him when he can call for me from the other room (if he’s ready).

He will only be little once and I’m not upset about the mid-night snuggles, tiny hand holding mine or the smell of baby on my sheets.

Let me know if anyone needs a brand new crib or baby monitor– because we aren’t using ours anytime soon…

If you are interested in co-sleeping/bed sharing here are a few resources:

  • Bedtiming
  • Sweet Sleep
  • Happiest Baby on the Block

Diaper Bag Snack Ideas

Diaper Bag Snack Ideas

When you leave the house with a little one and they get hungry 15 minutes into the trip having snacks on hand is a game-changer.

Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Goldfish
  • Dehydrated Fruit
  • Cheerios
  • Granola Bars
  • Raisins
  • Pea Crisps
  • Rice Cakes
  • Apple Sauce Cups
  • Almonds
  • Marshmallows
  • Cereal
  • Trail Mix
  • Crackers
  • String Cheese
  • Beef Jerky
  • Yogurt
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate (or a few pieces of candy – yes, sometimes I bribe and/or reward my children)

Little Pick-Me-Ups

Little Pick-Me-Ups

It’s Simple Really.

I want to be happy all the time, like in the movies.

When I start to feel like I’m not happy I inject some happiness into my life.

Here are some of the things I do that help me feel happy all the time.

  • Buy Fresh Flowers
  • Eat Fresh Fruit (Cantaloupe, Berries, Watermelon)
  • Drink Infused Water (Cucumber or Coconut is my favorite but I like Hint when I’m in a pinch and can’t make it fresh)
  • Dark Chocolate (any chocolate will work)
  • Drink Tea (Zen Green Tea is my favorite)
  • Focus on Nothing but Sitting and breathing for 10 Minutes (it calms me down, helps with my posture and makes me feel refreshed)
  • Get Fresh Air and Sunlight
  • Indulge in “Better Option” Sweets (Chocolate Covered Strawberries – the pattern here is chocolate helps)
  • Listen to Your Favorite Music
  • Stretch
  • Tell Someone I Love Them
  • Use Glitter
  • Take a Shower
  • Get Dressed Up
  • Watch movies/pictures of puppies and kittens
  • Wine (specifically a glass of Cabernet)

Here are some reminders that help me stay on top of my game:

  • Avoid Salt
  • Eat Healthy (no sugar, no caffeine)
  • Exercise
  • Let Others Talk (you don’t always need to be saying something)
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Take Your Vitamins

What are some of your favorite things to do for a little pick me up?

FREE Grocery List Printable

FREE Grocery List Printable

Going grocery shopping always seems like such a chore. I decided that I was going to take the work out of making a list every time and make a master list.

This way I can print it out and leave it on the counter and then each week when I realize I’m out of something I can just highlight it – no need for random reminders in every room of the house!

I hope my list makes your life easier!

P.S. – I left room so you can add your items to the bottom!

Weekly Grocery List

Weekend Meal Prep

Weekend Meal Prep

The weekends for me are always a little crazy. From dishes and laundry to meeting up with family, there never seems to be enough time. This is why I like to spend my evenings after work at home relaxing (not getting ready for the next day). So I have established what I believe to be a pretty good system.

Saturday is for any errands and cleaning that don’t include groceries or laundry.

On Sunday, I spend the morning getting all of the laundry done and piled nice and high on the bed (the dog loves to snuggle in it). Then put together a grocery list for 2 weeks and head out to the store. I will share more on our monthly meal planning and grocery list next week!!!

I have 5 containers (I used recycled Prego jars here, but you can use anything).

In each container, I combine the following (based on what I want in each salad every day so that it doesn’t get boring).

Note: Put dry and heavy ingredients on the bottom so they don’t smash the lettuce.

Options:

  • Spinach
  • Crunchy Lettuce
  • Other Greens
  • Broccoli Bits
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Olives
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nuts (I am allergic so I don’t even go there)
  • Fruit (Apples, Pears, Blueberries, Strawberries)
  • Bean Sprouts

Then I store my chicken, steak, bacon, the meat of choice pre-cooked and cut up in a ziplock bag for right before I am going to eat my salad.

We have a big fridge at work so I can take all 5 jars in on Monday, and not have to worry about bringing lunch all week. So easy!

I don’t put on my protein, avocado, dressing, or cheese on until I am eating the salad because it gets slimy.

What are your weekend meal prep tips? What other toppings would you add? Let me know!!