Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Success!

Sleep training has been a success!!! Last night I laid Madelynn down and she just went to sleep. She didn't fuss at all. Just made a few noises and then was out. I was so excited that I almost wanted to cry. My baby doesn't need me to put her to sleep at bedtime anymore. And that's a good thing! At first I hated the idea of letting her cry it out. Then I read a bunch about it and talked to some people and I decided that it was probably the way to go for me. I tried it a few times but never got past a half an hour. I couldn't take listening to Madelynn cry and then going to calm her down only to have her cry even harder when I walked away. Amy encouraged me to do it. She told me how she remembered it was hard for her but if I kept starting and stopping cause I couldn't take it would be even harder for me in the long run to get her to learn to go to sleep. So I decided a week ago that I was going to do it and it was going to work and I wasn't going to give up because I couldn't take it. The first 2 nights were a complete failure. She just cried for a whole hour and like 15min no stop, even when I went to calm her she would barely stop and then when I walked away it got even worse. I almost gave up after those 2 nights but Casey and Amy kept me with it. The third night Madelynn cried the whole time but fell asleep on her own in 56min. I was so excited! I knew she could do it. Then the fourth night was 53min but still non-stop crying, The fifth night was 53min but only 44 of it was crying. She was definatly improving. The next night it only took her 40 minutes, then only 35, and then only 15. And last night, I laid her down and she put herself to sleep with no fussing or crying. She made some grunting noises like she was trying to get situated and comfortable. But that was it. I'm so glad I stuck with it this time. Now I wish I would have done it sooner instead of trying and giving up all those times.
I'm going to give it a week and then I think I might try to get her to go to sleep at nap time. But that one's going to be alittle harder since I have to have a schedule then. I don't work well on schedules. I tend to be a more go with the flow kind of person. So we'll see how that goes.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

There's a cloth diaper giveaway.

I'm a sucker for getting free stuff. MamaMomo is giving away free cloth diapers on Mama Notes's blog. I've never actually used cloth diapers but I would not be opposed to doing so if I won some. Then I might invest the lump sum of money that it takes to get cloth diapers.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Crying...

So I've started 2 blog posts in the past week or so but have never gotten around to actually posting them. So I'm really posting this one this time. This week I have began to let my daughter cry it out. The first 2 nights were failures. She cried for over an hour and didn't go to sleep and I ended up putting her to sleep. Well tonight is night 3 and it was not unsuccessful. SHE PUT HERSELF TO SLEEP! After 55min of crying. And her momma's nerves still being a wreck. I really want to just go pick her up and hold her little sleeping self right now but I know I can't. It'll ruin everything. I kept a log tonight. To pass the time and to have something to look at tomorrow night when she's screaming her head off. Here it is;
6:55 laid her down fussed for a few seconds
7:00 no crying
7:02 started fussing/crying
7:08 went to check on her. as soon as I left the room she started crying again.
7:13 stopped crying for almost a whole min.
7:15 went to check on her. started crying when I walked away. made it to the door this time though.
7:22 went to check. started crying as soon as I walked away
7:32 went to check. started crying, well more like screaming when I walked away
7:49 went to check. cried when I walked away.
7:51 stopped crying
7:55 fussed
7:56 no more fussing
8:05 no noise at all. I think she might be asleep.
8:15 went to check. SHE'S ASLEEP!!!
Yep so that was a little over an hour of my life tonight. I'm hoping tomorrow night goes better. Or at least the same. Now I will leave you with pictures of my beautiful baby. Oh yeah, I forgot to fix all the red eye again. So if that bothers you I'm sorry.

Madelynn with My Grandma. Grandma's not to good at the whole picture taking thing. She hates it just as much as I do.

Madelynn with Alaina(her 3rd cousin? My cousin Alicia's baby)

Madelynn with My Cousin Brittney

My precious sleeping little girl. With her first pony tail in her hair.


An awake picture of Madelynn's first pony tail.

Madelynn sure does love Rylin.

These 2 are going to be best friends.

Ry, loves just to watch Madelynn. I can't wait until Amy has Leah. I just want to watch Rylin with her. Well after I get to hold her that is.

My little lady sittin up. Look at those crossed legs.

OH SO HAPPY TO BE SITTIN!

So serious with all that drool and snot. But so cute.

My little Who!

Gigglein.

Munchin on a rice cake.

a really yummy rice cake.

YUM!!

Naked happy baby!! I love it when she laughs or smiles.

Madelynn and My Mom. Can you believe someone said we look like sisters?!? I don't look that old! jk. My mom is pretty when her hair is down.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Gluten Free Tuesday.


I'm excited.  This week I have a whole Gluten-Free meal including Dessert.

BBQ Shredded Pork 
 1 Pork Roast 
 1 Recipe Home Made BBQ Sauce(Maybe 2 depending on how big your roast is)
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 small onion, minced
    2 cups ketchup
    1/2 cup cider vinegar
    1/4 cup water
    1/4 cup apple juice
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons molasses(I didn't use this cause I didn't have it.  I just added alittle more brown     sugar)
    2 tablespoons honey
    2 teaspoons dry mustard powder(I used prepared mustard and more like 1 tablespoon or so)
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper(I used ground red pepper instead)
Melt the butter in your crock pot, then cook the onions alittle in it.  Add the rest of the BBQ sauce stuff.  Mix it all up and then add your roast.  The sauce should cover the roast.  If not you need more sauce or you can cut your roast so it lays flatter in your crock pot.  Do this right after lunch.  Let it sit on low and cook in the crock pot until dinner(about 4 or 5 hours I don't exactly remember)

You can serve this on Gluten-Free rolls.  I didn't have any so I just ate it plain and Casey ate it on normal NOT Gluten-Free bread.  We had it with Roasted Potatoes and Greenbeans that just had butter, salt, and pepper on them.

Roasted Potatoes 
  Potatoes(however many you want) 
  1 medium Onion chopped(unless you're making ALOT of potatoes then you can use 2) 
  enough melted butter to cover the bottom of the pan. 
  Salt 
  Garlic Powder 
  tiny bit of ground red pepper 
  cumin  
  Pepper
Melt your butter and cover the bottom of the pan.  Chop up Onion, put it in the pan.  Cut the potatoes in cubes and add them to the pan.  Stir it around so the potatoes are covered with butter.  Sprinkle on the Salt, Garlic Powder, Ground Red Pepper, Cumin, and Pepper all to your taste.  Then bake in the oven until golden brown.

And for dessert you can have smoothies.

Strawberry-Orange-Banana Smoothies
 1 Banana 
 1 cup(about) Strawberries
 1 containter Orange Juice Concentrate
 1/2 cup milk(I use skim), maybe alittle more if it's not blending.
Stick it all in the blender and blend until smooth. If you think it has to much Orange to it you can use less Concentrate. 
My brother and I like to experiment with smoothies.  This was a good one.  You can also substitute Strawberry Yogurt for the milk, it makes it a little thicker, but you want to check the label cause I don't think all Yogurt is Gluten-Free.