Mommy and Liam weekend

Joe was away at his hockey state championship this weekend (he coaches Pee Wee A). It was in Milwaukee so Liam and I stayed home and spent the weekend together. The weekend felt pretty long flying solo with the little guy but it was a good weekend.

FRIDAY

Joe left around 3 in the afternoon. Liam was still napping which was nice for me. Once Liam woke up we ran a few errands and I actually bought him a potty chair. I know, I know he is still so little but he expresses interest in us going to the bathroom so I figured it wouldn’t be bad to have on hand. He actually wanted to try sitting on it. It was adorable!

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We spent our evening playing, and reading, and having fun until Liam’s bed time.

SATURDAY

Liam of course needed his morning “smoothie.” I’m so glad he loves the shakes and that I can know he is getting great nutrition.

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I had sweat circuit in the morning so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house. After my workout I hung out there for a little bit too before heading home for Liam’s lunch.

Liam had lunch and then a nap. I relaxed during Liam’s nap. There is so much to be done around the house but I just didn’t have the motivation to do it. Relaxing sounded way better!

After nap we played some more. I really spend the majority of the evening trying to entertain Liam. He was pretty good though other than a few naughty spells here and there. He can be a stinker sometimes.

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It was bath night so Liam took a bath and then headed to bed. I forgot about daylight savings and thought maybe I should have put him to bed a little sooner than I did to make up for the lost hour. It was too late to take back time so I was just hoping it would all work out.

I ended up relaxing in the bath after Liam went to sleep. I used Epsom salts and essential oils for a relaxing bath. It was nice to have some me time. I then decided to head to bed early because I was tired and wasn’t sure what time I would need to get up with Liam in the morning.

**Joe’s team won both their games and were heading to the championship Sunday!

SUNDAY

Liam ended up sleeping until after 7 which surprised me at first but then I realized it shouldn’t surprise me at all with the lost hour. He of course needed his morning “smoothie” again. It is adorable how he asks for it and how excited he is to get it.

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The morning consisted of lots of snuggles for me and then lots of snuggles for Marley too.

We had some playtime on the couch which included some static. He thought it was so funny when he would shock me.

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Joe’s mom stopped over to play with Liam for a little while before his nap. Then it was nap time for Liam and lounge time for mama.

Then my parents invited us over for dinner so we headed over there for some playtime before dinner. Liam had a blast building towers with his Bumpa.

He also loved playing ring around the rosie with his grandma and bumpa. Every time they finished he would say more. It was so cute.

Then we rushed home for bed time. I put Liam to bed and spent some time watching a movie on TV before heading to bed.

*Joe’s team lost in the championship game. He got home late Sunday night after I went to bed.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I hope you have a great week ahead and have a great St. Patrick’s day!

Another weekend indoors

We had a pretty busy and good weekend. It is so great when we get to spend the weekend together as a family.

FRIDAY

I agreed to watch our neighbor for the day so Liam had a little play date. The two boys are so cute together. They are sure to cause some trouble down the road…and break a few hearts too.

We invited my parents over for spaghetti Friday. It was nice to have them over for dinner. We haven’t cooked for them in a while. My mom brought a delicious chocolate cake as well. It was so good!

Liam loved the extra attention before his bed time. He sure does love his “bumpa.”

Then we watched some of the Blackhawks hockey game before my parents headed home. Joe and I watched a little more of the game and then I headed to bed while he stayed up to watch the rest.

SATURDAY

I had my morning shake and Liam now insists that he has a “smoothie” as well. It’s adorable and he loves them! I’m happy to give him the good nutrition.

There was no sweat circuit so I walked at an incline on the treadmill for a little while before heading home.

Joe made some last minute plans to have breakfast with a friend so he headed to do that while I made my post workout breakfast of scrambled eggs. Liam and I had some fun while dad was gone. We played and danced and made lots of messes.

Once Joe got home it was time for Liam’s nap. We were hoping for it to warm up outside so we could spend some time outside after nap but it didn’t really get very warm and was super windy.

We spent the rest of the evening chasing Liam around, making tater tot hot dish, and relaxing.

The Blackhawks played again so we watched the game again before heading to bed.

SUNDAY

Joe tried to let me sleep in but I couldn’t. Plus Liam is quite loud in the morning. So we were all up early and ready to play.

We headed to breakfast at our favorite place -Rusty’s. Then it was off to church.

After church we were all wiped out and super full so we all took naps.

My friend Molly stopped by for a quick visit. She was supposed to pick something up that I didn’t have but it gave us a chance to chat.

Once Liam was up he had snack and then it was off to Joe’s hockey game. Liam loves watching hockey. He sat still most of the time but by the end he was running all over.

Then it was home for dinner, play time, bath time, Liam’s bed time, and then some Friday Night Lights.

Overall we had a really great weekend with the perfect combination of busy and lazy. Hope you have a great week ahead!

 

Fun and warm winter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a fun weekend that was pretty busy. The weather was actually really nice for January so we were able to spend some time outside.

FRIDAY

I was home Friday during the day with Liam and had a pretty lazy day. I did do some food prep and a little cleaning but other than that Liam and I just hung out.

In the evening before Joe got home I decided to take Liam outside. I took him in his swings and he had so much fun. He was giggling which made me giggle. So cute!

We had burrito bowls for dinner and then spent the evening relaxing and watching This is Us which is my new favorite show. We are finally caught up now so that is exciting.

SATURDAY

We spent our morning together and then it was off to Zumba for me. It’s nice to get a morning workout in on Saturdays.

Once home we did some cleaning and organizing. Then my friend Breanna and her husband TJ came over. Breanna wanted to show me the Rainbow Cleaning System and demonstrate how it works. I agree to do this and honestly it was amazing but out of our price range. However, it was fun to spend the afternoon with them and hang out for a little bit after the demonstration.

Then I met some friends out for dinner. Joe stayed with Liam for the evening. After dinner we all went to our best friend Jordan’s golden birthday celebration. It was decorated super cute and was fun to get together with friends. Happy Birthday Jordan!

SUNDAY

We went to church in the morning which was really nice. We really fell out of routine after Liam was born and so it was nice to be back. Plus Judah and Liam are so cute!

Then we headed to Joe’s parents for the Packer football game. We went early so Liam could go down for his nap there.

The game started at 2 and it was almost like Liam knew that because he woke up from a very short nap at around 1:30.

Joe’s parents were having a big party for the game and set up the “Lambeau experience” with a TV outside. It was super awesome! Liam and I spent some time enjoying the experience before we headed inside to watch the rest of the game. It was too cold to have Liam outside the whole game.

He had some fun playing with the balloons. He liked that they were floating so he enjoyed pulling them up and down.

Although the outcome of the game was not in our favor, the food and the company were great.

It was a lot of action and chaos at the party so we were all exhausted and spent the rest of the evening lounging and chasing Liam.

Weekends are so great and so short so I hope you enjoyed yours and have a happy Monday!

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017!

Happy new year! Sorry this post is a day late. Joe and I both had work off yesterday so it was an extended weekend for us!

FRIDAY

I had the day off Friday and was able to work out, run some errands, and clean the house.

Joe got home from work and we spent the evening playing with Liam. Then once Liam went to bed we were able to finish the original Gilmore Girls series. So good! I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. We didn’t want to start the first episode yet because it is 90 minutes so we watched This Is Us episode 2. We can’t wait to get more into that show as well.

SATURDAY (NYE)

After spending my morning with Joe and Liam it was off to teach Zumba for me. It felt good to get a final workout in for 2016. Once I returned home it was play time with Liam.

During Liam’s nap I was able to shower and get ready for the days events. I had a really busy day planned. (last year and this year pictures..he is growing to fast!)

After Liam’s nap we headed to his friend and our neighbor Keaton’s house for his golden 1st birthday. The theme was little golden books and it was adorable.

The birthday boy was loving the attention and having so much fun. It took Liam a little while to adjust but he had fun too.

They were adorable on Keaton’s little toy train together.

The birthday boy enjoyed his cake and dug right into the frosting. Of course the guests encouraged him to get extra messy by saying “oh no” and his response was putting his hands on his head. So dang cute!

After the birthday party I headed to the cities to be reunited with my college friends. We were celebrating NYE in our Canadian tuxedos (all denim).

Shout out to my friends Jerry and Lauren who hosted the gathering at their beautiful home with their beyond cute puppy Bennie.

It was so much fun to get the crew back together and spend the evening playing games and catching up.

SUNDAY (New Year’s Day)

Joe and Liam made sure to call me bright and early in the morning and get my butt on the road home. I packed my things and said my goodbyes and headed home.

Once home we headed to brunch with Joe’s parents and Kameryn and Luke. I had a BLT egg sandwich with avocado ranch. It was pretty good!

Then it was back home for naps for the whole family. It felt good to get some extra rest.

Our driveway was super slippery with ice so Joe went outside to salt. I bundled Liam up and we headed outside to get some fresh air too. Liam fell on the ice instantly (but gracefully) and was too cute. He loved salting the driveway with dad and running around outside.

Joe has been waiting to get his Elk antlers from his hunt in September and they finally arrived at his parent’s house so we packed up after dinner and headed there to check them out.

Joe was very proud as he should be. And Liam didn’t mind either.

The kids all rushed upstairs to play on the bunk beds. Liam had fun pretend jumping on the bed.

Then it was home for Liam’s bedtime and the Packer football game. I barely made it 30 minutes into the game before I fell asleep on the couch. I was so tired. However, it was a Packer victory!! YAY!

I hope everyone had a wonderful NYE and that 2017 brings you more joy and more happiness!

Another busy weekend with a 5k and Sum 41

Well it was another busy but fun weekend for us.

FRIDAY

After work we were at a complete loss of what to do for dinner so we called my mom and she didn’t know either. We ended up picking up Papa Murphy’s pizza and bringing it to my parents. We spent the evening with them and then headed home.

It was a pretty uneventful Friday but it was nice to spend time with my parents.

SATURDAY

We had the New Richmond Youth Hockey Association 2nd annual 5k in the morning. It was chilly so we bundled up and headed to the race. The sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful morning.

After the race Joe had to go to the cabin to fix the furnace so Liam and I spent the rest of the morning together. I had to run a quick errand for Joe so my mom stopped by and watched Liam for a little bit. They had some fun on snap chat!

 

Joe went hunting again in the evening and I was going to the Sum 41 concert with my family so Joe’s mom came and watched Liam until Joe got home.

I’m not sure if I have shared this before but my younger brother Blake is the videographer for Sum 41 and he got VIP passes for me, my brother Sean, and my parents to see them in Minneapolis. We are all so proud of him! (Here is his latest video)

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We picked him up and walked over to Cowboy Jacks for dinner. The spinach and artichoke dip was so good. It was an okay dinner but it did take forever to get our food. Not sure I would go back.

After eating we went over to get our VIP passes and get in our spots. Blake got us great spots to stand and watch the concert. It was so awesome!

Sum 41 put on an amazing show! It was so cool to see them in concert and to see the crowd. The crowd was crazy!

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It was really fun to see Blake in action doing the job he loves.

We got to see Blake crowd surf and Sean in the mosh pit. It was crazy! See if you can spot Sean 🙂

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After the concert we got to meet the band members and check out the tour bus. It was awesome to just hang and chat with the band.

It was such a great night and so great to spend time as a family watching Blake. I’m so proud of him!

SUNDAY

Joe went hunting right away in the morning and I slept as much as I could after being out late last night. Liam decided 6am was good enough for me—haha!

Once Joe got home he wanted to go to breakfast at Rusty’s. I got this terrible but delicious pumpkin praline french toast. It was so yummy!

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Once we got home we were all ready for a nap. It was a pretty uneventful day of just resting, running a few errands, and playing with Liam. It was nice not to do anything after a busy Saturday.

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a great week ahead!

Lots of running, a wedding, and some pizza!

Joe got back from Utah late Thursday night so we got to spend all day together Friday. Liam was so excited to see his dad. We are very happy to have him home.

FRIDAY

We spent the morning together relaxing and catching up. Joe had so much to share about his hunt. He was so happy to be home and share it with us. Liam couldn’t wait to have his dad read him a book.

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The we decided to run a family 5k together. Joe and I are both not runners but we want to work more on our fitness and health so we decided to start running together. Liam was a trooper in the stroller. It was a tough 3 miles but it felt good to get out and move!

After our run Joe’s dad has his elk from last year out so Liam had to check it out. He was very curious about it and obviously not shy.

We then decided we wanted to go out for breakfast. Joe and I both showered quick and then headed to breakfast at Rusty’s. I got a ham, egg, swiss cheese sandwich on a grilled croissant with raspberry sauce. It was so good! I definitely recommend it.

Then it was home to relax. Liam and I both ended up taking naps after a really rough night of sleep from Liam.

We decided to go for a walk in the evening and invited our neighbors to join. I got some cute pics of the boys together but again very challenging to get them both to look!

We spent the remainder of our Friday relaxing and watching a movie after Liam went to bed.

SATURDAY

We did our normal weekend morning routine which involves relaxing and playing with Liam.

We decided 2 miles would be good for our run this morning. It was still really tough but again felt good to get out and move. We ran faster than we did yesterday which was good. Liam again stuck it out and did great.

I had a double workout Saturday. My bestie Molly wanted to practice Country Heat because she is certified and so I joined her for some country dancing. It was super fun and I was super sweaty (and hungry) once we were done.

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We made omelets for brunch with fresh green peppers from our garden and they were quite tasty. I love breakfast food!

I watched a little bit of the Badger football game. Then it was time for me to shower and start prepping for the wedding we were attending in the evening. I needed to get a few things ready for Liam since we had a babysitter coming and then also get myself ready to go.

I would say Joe and I were looking pretty good for the wedding! Always fun to get dressed up.

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The wedding venue and set up was super cute. They had so many adorable pictures out of the both of them.

The desserts looked super yummy (and tasted super yummy too) and they even had caramel apples.

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The newlyweds looked so happy. Shelby’s dress was so pretty. Thanks for letting us celebrate your special day with you!

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Photo credit: Gina Zeidler

The moon on the drive home was huge and so bright. It was like a spotlight. The pictures don’t even do it justice.

SUNDAY

We spent another relaxing morning together as we decided what we were going to do for the day.

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Joe had plans in the morning to shoot his bow so I ran a 5k with Liam and he ran 1 mile later in the afternoon. I ran my fastest 5k that I’ve tracked on my phone to date. It felt good to just go and get it done right away in the morning.

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After my run Liam and I stopped at Joe’s sister’s to visit for a few minutes.

I spent the rest of the morning playing and hanging out with Liam until his nap time. He took a 3 hour nap so that was really good and allowed me to relax and watch a little Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

We went to Sawmill Pizza in the evening with my parents, my brother, and my nephew. We decided to try the oliver twist and the here figgy piggy. Both were really good but the figgy piggy was the best I think. The pizzas are always so good.

We spent some time chatting and hanging out since the weather was beautiful!

Then it was time for the Packer vs Viking game. My parents came to our house to watch the first half. I ended up going to bed during the 3rd quarter because I was so tired. I found out that the Packers lost the game which is so sad but it’s okay.

I hope everyone is having a great Monday! My Monday started with a beautiful sunrise and a rainbow on my way to work. Have a great week!

Reuniting with college besties and some football

This weekend was a really fun and pretty low key weekend! Joe headed out early Friday morning to Utah so it was just me and Liam.

FRIDAY

Liam spent the day at my mom’s while I worked. After work I had dinner at my parents which was full of laughs including milk coming out of my dad’s nose!

Liam and I headed home and then I spent the rest of the evening relaxing and debating cleaning (it didn’t happen haha). Then headed to bed super early.

SATURDAY

My two best friends from college came to visit. It has been 2 years since we were all together which is so hard to believe because we picked up right where we left off.

They met Liam for the first time. He was showing off for them and it was so cute!

Then we brought him to my parents for a sleepover. He was a really good boy for Grandma and Grandpa and even got to spend time with his Uncle Blake.

We decided to have a girls night in and just catch up. We watched some of the Badger football game and mixed some fancy red cocktails to support the Badgers. On Wisconsin!

We ate some yummy taco dip and then later ordered some pizza. We were far from healthy but it didn’t matter. We basically talked all night long and reminisced about college days. So glad they made the drive to see me!

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SUNDAY

We got up and I made us all breakfast. We watched Mulan and slowly started moving again. The girls ended up leaving around 10:30am since they had a long drive and then I went to pick up Liam.

I gave Liam lunch at my parents and then we went to Joe’s parents for the Green Bay Packer football game. Liam napped most of the game but did wake up in time to see a Packer victory! (Seriously could not get them both to look at me and smile).

 

Then it was time to go swimming. The pool was heated to about 80 so it was nice and warm for swimming. Getting in was the hard part. Liam and Kameryn had fun though.

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After swimming we finally headed home had dinner and relaxed the rest of the evening. Liam was very tired so he had a bath and then off to bed for him. I relaxed and watched some more football before I called it a night.

Hope you had a great weekend too and enjoy the week ahead. The weather here looks like it is going to be beautiful!

 

Labor Day weekend

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! We sure did! We were able to go up to the cabin and enjoy some time with family and friends. Then we had to head home to prepare for Liam’s first birthday party. It was a really great weekend!

FRIDAY

I was able to get done with work a little early so as soon as I got home we finished packing and headed to the cabin. Once there Liam was able to play for a little bit before he needed his dinner.

Then it was a little more play time and then time for bed.

The rest of us had late night pizza and chatted until bed time.

SATURDAY

Liam woke us up early enough to see the beautiful sunrise on the lake. Always a great way to start the morning.

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I decided to go for a run with my brother-in-law Joel. I hadn’t run in a while so it was time to get back out there. I also knew I wouldn’t be eating very healthy all weekend so I thought I should try to “balance” it a little with some exercise. We ran between 3 and 4 miles. We weren’t sure exactly how far. I was exhausted but it felt good to run. We even had an older gentlemen along the way tell us “keep moving, you’ll live longer than most.” Great advice!

There was a planes and pancakes event at the municipal airport across from the cabin so we headed over for breakfast and to check out some of the planes and watch them land. Liam was pretty entertained but the planes. It was hard to get him to look for a picture with so much going on.

In the afternoon it was the Wisconsin Badger football game. We all got dressed in our Badger gear and watched the game. It was a really fun game to watch. And the Badgers won! On Wisconsin! Even Marley got dressed up —haha!

We tried to get a picture of the kids but it was way to challenging getting all 3 to look and smile at the same time. We did get a really great group photo though!

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We went for a pre-dinner bike ride to kill some time with the little ones. It was a short trip but that bike is so much fun.

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We had a rib cook off between my family, Joe’s parents, Joe’s sister’s family, and then the Hubmer’s.

The ribs were all super yummy! The unofficial vote was that Joe and I won! We have to thank my grandparents for the recipe.

We all were super full after trying all the ribs and the side dishes.

We had a fire in the evening and we decided to do 4 sky lanterns. It was cool to see all 4 go close together. Then it was off to bed.

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SUNDAY

Liam was ready to play bright and early. He just loves being outside.

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We spent most of our morning packing up and getting ready to head home.

Once we got home we started cleaning and getting ready for Liam’s party on Monday. We did go out to dinner at our favorite place —Rusty’s.

MONDAY

The day of Liam’s birthday party. We spent the morning finishing up getting the house and food ready. I will write a separate post about the party but it was a great party and Liam was such a happy boy the whole time!

Happy Tuesday! I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Liam is 11 months old

How can it be that in 1 short month Liam will be 1 year old already?! Time is flying and he is still learning and growing so much every day. I am just amazed by this little boy. He certainly has stolen my heart!

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SLEEP

Liam is still sleeping really great. We had a few nights where he woke up crying, we are thinking because of his teeth, but other than that he sleeps through the night. He goes to bed around 7pm and gets up around 6am. Sometimes a little earlier.

Liam’s nap schedule is still mostly in the air at this point however he is pretty much sticking to one nap a day regardless of whether that nap is earlier or later in the day. His naps are typically around 2-3 hours long which is super nice!

EAT

Liam eats everything! We are continuing to add new foods to his meals and he just loves everything we give him. It is so nice that he is such a good eater.

MOVEMENT

Liam is still speed crawling everywhere! He is so quick! He is using furniture and toys to move while standing. He is bringing himself to standing on everything he can and has been standing on his own for a few seconds at a time. He is getting very brave and I’m worried he is going to be running any day now!

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TEETH

Liam now has his 2 top middle teeth bringing him to a total of 4 teeth. They both broke through this month. This time teething wasn’t so bad for him. Just a few nights where it woke him up. During the day he was fine though, just a lot of drool!

ACTIVITIES

Liam loves using a walker to walk on his own. We don’t have one at our house unfortunately but at my parents he was having a blast using the walker. Liam loves being chased too. He will take off crawling super fast and then look back and just giggle. He still is pointing at everything and so we have begun telling him what the things are he points at. He is giving more and more open mouth kisses. He still enjoys clapping, banging toys together or on the wood floor, and making loud noises. He has started throwing the ball for Marley and thinks that is pretty great. He likes sticking his tongue out and making noises with his tongue too.

Liam is beginning to speak more clearly. He has been saying “all done” for some time now. He knows to say it when he finishes a bottle or when he is done eating his meal. He will also say it when he wants to get out of his car seat or doesn’t want his diaper changed. He says it out of context as well so he is still learning but him saying “all done” amazes me! He also says “da-da” or “DA!” for dad and  “ma-ma” for mom. He babbles a ton but nothing else that we recognize as a word for him. He does say  “pa-pa” which may mean puppy since we call Marley that a lot but we are not sure. Either way, he is learning new words very quickly and loves to imitate sounds.

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Loves:

  • being outside
  • Marley
  • when he sees his dad
  • bath time
  • sucking on his swaddle blanket
  • banging toys together to make noise
  • his water table
  • swinging at the park
  • being around other kids
  • walking with a walker
  • being chased
  • imitating sounds

Dislikes:

  • getting his face wiped
  • mom picking in his nose or ears
  • waiting for his food
  • being told “no”

As I’m rocking my baby

As I’m rocking my baby to sleep at 2am a rush of emotions brings tears to my eyes.

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Liam started out as a really good sleeper. Although he rarely (maybe a total of 3 times) slept through the night it was super easy to get him back to sleep. Around 4 months his sleep patterns began to change. Around 6 months they took a turn for the worse. He wakes up screaming crying and cannot soothe himself back to sleep. He demands to be rocked and I can’t stand letting him cry. I will let him fuss and cry a little and he can at times get himself back to sleep but when he is screaming there is no option (in my opinion) but to intervene and soothe my sweet boy.

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In the past month Liam has woke up screaming several times throughout the night. This isn’t every night but maybe 5 out of 7 nights a week. It usually starts around 11pm and then 2am and then 4am and maybe even 5am. Almost instantly once he is picked up he calms down and falls back asleep as I rock him. I usually rock him for several minutes once he is asleep. Then as I lay him down so carefully in his crib, he wakes up and begins screaming again. I try again. Sometimes it works and other times I am just too exhausted to continue with this cycle of crying, rocking, and then crying again. He will end up in bed with me and my husband so that I can actually get some sleep. He sleeps well at that point but that is a last resort option for me. I prefer not to have him in bed with us.

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A big part of me is exhausted and wishing I could be sleeping. I can’t wait for Liam to start sleeping through the night. The thought of 6 solid hours of sleep is a dream in the far off distance lately.

The other part of me really cherishes the quiet moments as he is sleeping in my arms with his little (but so big) body wrapped around mine. He is snuggled into me and looks so peaceful and comfortable. I know these days are limited and I try to remind myself to appreciate this time. It already seems like he is growing way to fast.

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I often try to remind myself that this is not forever. That it is a phase and he will eventually grow out of it. This is encouraging and heart breaking at the same time. I want my baby to always want cuddles from his mom. Those moments of bonding in the middle of the night are so special to me. It’s encouraging to know that one day I will be able to sleep a little bit more and maybe actually feel rested again.

The most important thing to remind myself is to be grateful that sleep is our biggest problem. I thank the Lord every day for a happy and healthy baby.

Any suggestions or advice are appreciated! Happy Friday and enjoy the weekend!