Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kauai Family Vacay: Best Time Ever


Ready for an insane amount of photos from our Christmas-New Year's vacation in Kauai?! Yup, this is the photo drop of all those goodies! We had a great time on the island and are already dreaming of going back this Christmas and making it a yearly thing!!!

We scored an extra seat on the plane both trips. Literally just lucked out on that, which was a huge life-saver having a whole row to ourselves. Beau was able to stretch out and sneak in some quick naps. We had horrible turbulence on the way there, which was no fun! But after 9hours of travel we were happy to be at our destination! Little Beau was able to make a quick and easy transition with the time! Woo-hoo!


This kid obviously had the best time on his very first Christmas! Glorious sunshine and lots of island air. We made sure to take many strolls, just enjoying the breeze and the sun. It felt nice to just kick back and relax after working my butt of all year! Being a working from home mom is no easy feat (post to come on that)!

It was amazing to have an extra set of hands all day long! Hooray for daddy! We just soaked up all the together time we could. My aunt and uncle were also on the island at the same time too, so they helped out a lot as well, making it really a vacay for this mama! Cause you know sometimes when you go on a vacation and you get back home and feel like you need a vacation to recover....it was nothing like that!



I'm pretty sure this little face sums it up! He had a great time! There was always so many new things to look at and do! Plus, he got to fall asleep to the sound of the waves every night. We stayed on the cliff over looking the ocean in Hanalei. 



I seriously do hope this becomes an annual thing! We are trying to get my parents and sister on board for the next trip. Staying in Princeville and renting a condo is the way to go. You can cook in your own kitchen, have a pool, and be just a short drive to everything! Plus, there's a great walking trail and cute little shopping center with the best ice cream (Lappert's). 


To see a bunch more photos from our trip, check out the hashtag nelsonsdokauai on IG. I'm showing some restraint, because I have about 100 more pictures I could post! And maybe if you're lucky (and I have time) all post all the deets on the trip like places to stay, eat, etc. If you haven't already, make sure to read last post on sleep and comment with any advice you got!






Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Operation Sleep





Ok, it's gone on too long! We need some sleep around here. It's getting ridiculous! So we are planning on trying our hand at sleep training this weekend and I am so nervous. I literally crave sleep like it's a drug! We haven't slept a solid night in 6.5months (don't worry I still love my little baby to the moon).

Unfortunately, since Christmas vacay Mr. Beau man has been co-sleeping with us. He didn't care for the pack n play in Hawaii and then when we got home he was teething. But now those teethers are through! And I think it's time he goes up to his nursery. It sucks that it's all the way upstairs and we are downstairs, but nothing we can do about that. Praying that he learns to sleep with minimal wake-ups or I'm going to be doing lots of running up and down.

We are going to try the SleepEasy Solution, since I've heard such great success stories from friends! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've sleep trained- any advice? I know the big thing is to stay consistent and I'm going to try my hardest to stay strong, because sleep is so important for everyone. But man, I am such a wimp when it comes to crying! So I'm thinking I might have to modify the plan a little to make me comfortable. Again, any advice?!

I think with better sleep I'll be able to be a better mama, wife, friend, worker- pretty much better everything. And that's what I want in 2015- to be a better version of me!

And I got a burning question for you- what can I do about little man hitting his head and getting his limbs stuck in the crib? He's an active little sleeper and rolls around a lot (so lots of head banging). I know crib bumpers are a no-no, but what the heck am I to do?! Any good solution, mamas?! 

One of these days, I will get around to posting about Christmas in Hawaii, I promise. I got loads of awesome photos too! But for now, I'm all about getting my sleep on. 




Monday, December 1, 2014

It's been kinda like this lately


I've been doing my best to really get out of the house more and go places with Mr. guy. And thankfully, he's been a really good little companion. He absolutely loves going to the beach and watching the waves and all the people. Obviously, daddy is thrilled and is positive that this is a sign he will be a champion surfer. He is also an excellent lunch date. He prefers to sit on my lap and observe everyone around him. Hopefully, soon he will be able to sit up in a highchair!


My little man is already almost 5 months old. I cannot get over how fast everything changes. Sleep is good and then it's bad and then it's good and then it's bad. He likes being on his tummy and then he doesn't. He loves being in his carrier and then suddenly not so much. He is always keeping me on my toes. 

Life lately is all about playing, playing, playing. Little man is super active! Awesome for his motor skills. Not so great for his weight gain. I mean, he is always on the move. He's constantly rolling or kicking his foot. I have a feeling I'm in trouble when he starts crawling. He is going to be in everything. And to tell ya the truth, I can't wait!

Hope y'all had a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with good food, friends, and family. Hoping to get  a post of our Thanksgiving up soon! 


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving


Wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for all the amazing changes this year has brought and can't wait for the holiday season to continue!

Friday, November 21, 2014

We are out of the fourth trimester!

Oh gosh, things have been getting good around here! It's official that we are out of the "fourth trimester".  Little monkey man is all over the place, literally. I set him down and he just starts rolling- left, then right, then left. So there is no more leaving him on the bed alone. He's really chatting up a storm too. And smiles all over the place. My heart is just a puddle. 



Yeah, it's still hard. But it's so good now too. I can really see his little personality coming through. And he is such a mama's boy. I could not be happier. I love my little sidekick so much. 

We are still working on sleep, but we have officially gotten rid of the swaddle! Woo-hoo! And it was actually a lot better than I thought. He was waking up multiple times a night because he kept busting out of the Halo Sleep Sack, so we knew he wanted more freedom. Now, he's in a Merlin's Magic Suit and is doing great. He wakes up once at night to eat and is able to soothe himself back to sleep so much better. I'm hoping the transition out of the Merlin suit into PJs in a couple months will be nice and smooth. 

Naps are still all over the place. Some days we have three great naps. Some days not so much. I've heard nap sleep is very different than night sleep and takes longer to develop. I usually get at least one good nap though, so I'll take it! Pretty soon we are going to be moving his crib back up to his room. Gulp. I know it needs to be done, but I'm super nervous. He'll be upstairs all alone. 

Bath time is still his favorite time of day. This kid could would splash in his tub all day and night if I let him. I'm pretty sure he's started teething early. Yikes! The amount of drool that soaks his onesies every day is insane. And all he wants to do is chomp down on things. 














This boy loves his puppy dogs. He is constantly watching them and checking to see what they are doing. I'm thinking in the next few months, especially when he starts solids, they are going to be the best of friends. I have a feeling he will be feeding the dogs more of his food then he eats and they won't be mad about it either!

Hooray for Friday. I celebrated with a donut and some coffee, cause that's how moms celebrate. Ha! Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm thinking of trying out the Ergo 360. Any thoughts on it? 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One of our baby favorites: Halo Sleep Sack Swaddles

I don't think we could have survived the first 4 months without our Halo Sleep Sack Swaddles. We purchased a whole bunch of different brands of swaddles to try out, because like any first time parents, we weren't sure what would work. While we love our Aden + Anais swaddle blankets for lots of different uses, we just couldn't get them to hold a tight swaddle and our little man was constantly waking up. Enter the Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle! These were the swaddles they used in the NICU with Beau too! So they are definitely hospital and baby approved!



For the first few months, Beau slept wrapped in these swaddles in his swing due to bad reflux. He loved the nice cozy feeling and being more upright. We are able to get a nice tight swaddle every time. The snuggler the better! And the swaddles have been deemed "hip healthy" by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, which is one less thing to worry about as a parent. Score!

I swear, Beau instantly calms down so much after being wrapped up. He knows it's time for bed or a nap. It's literally made sleep so much easier for us. And let me tell you, we need all the sleep help we can get. Plus, it's literally the cutest thing to unwrap him out of his swaddle when he's done sleeping. He stretches his little arms and gives me the biggest smile. I know, he's getting good sleep when he wakes up happy to see me.



Wait did I mention that he is out of the swing now and sleeping in his crib?! High five for us! But with babies, sleep is always changing. Cause you know, change is the constant thing these days. We are now working on actually transition him out of the swaddle since he started rolling over. Of course, he throws us this curve ball just when I think we had everything figured out. The sleep sack swaddles are perfect for the transition. We plan on trying one arm out for a few days then both arms out. I love that we don't have to buy another baby product for the transition. And once he's done with the swaddle we are going to be putting him in the Halo Sleep Sacks!

What's your must have baby sleep product? What did you use for swaddles? I'd love to hear!

You can find the sleep sacks at target.comamazon.com and babiesrus.com

HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. From our new bassinet, the HALO™ Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper (www.halobassinest.com) to ourHALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets, which are now used in over 1200 hospitals nationwide, HALO is committed to helping babies sleep safely. Make sure to check out www.facebook.com/halosleepsack,www.twitter.com/halosleepsack and www.pinterest.com/halosleepsack.



**I was provided a Sleep Sack Swaddle for review, but all opinions are my own. We actually ended up purchasing four more because we love them so much!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's hard. Let's be real.




I'll say it again and probably a thousand more times. Being a mother is pretty much the hardest thing I've ever done. Yes, it's the most rewarding thing. But damn, it's hard. And I feel like a lot of women shy away from admitting this for fear of being shunned or seen as inadequate. But I have no problem shouting it from the roof tops. Having a baby is hard! So very hard. Yes- it's also amazing and so rewarding (but we hear about those things all the time). And it's like duh, baby smiles and touches are the best. 


I think it's the combination of lack of sleep and daily worry/guilt that makes it so rough. I never knew I could worry about some many trivial things. Is he sleeping enough? Is he eating enough? Did he spend enough time on his tummy? How the hell am I going to get him to stop sleeping in his swing? Is this normal crying or does he have a milk allergy? Should I take him to Target during his nap time or awake time? I mean the list goes on and on. Maybe other mothers don't have as many worries as I do. Or maybe that just don't voice them like I am. Or maybe it's my crazy perfectionist personality. Who knows?!

 



I'm trying to learn to let go and just be. But it's so dang hard. I like having a schedule and knowing the answers. But I'm learning that with a baby the only constant is change. For example, my little man was doing 6-7 hours stretches for the past month. Out of nowhere this week he has decided to wake up every 3 hours. It's exhausting and I don't really have the solution. But I think that's just how babies are- always keeping ya on your toes!



So fellow mamas, let's talk sleep! Are you getting any? How did you get your baby to sleep? Any suggestions on moving this guy out of his swing?!