Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Feeling Chatty: Sleep Habits, Stretching, and Shoes

Here at the Saint household we are all slowly getting better from a spring cold. I think colds in the springtime are the cruelest because they keep us from being outside and enjoying the company of our friends and family. Over the last week, we had to miss making mulberry jam with friends, a nephew's graduation party, and Mass. Needless to say, we have had disappointed spirits around here in combination with runny noses, coughs, sore throats, and headaches.

Since we were too sick to go to Mass, I can't join Rosie and the gang for My Sunday Best, which stinks because I am feeling chatty. Then I remembered an idea that I had a few weeks ago about creating a recurrent post with tidbits of information about what's new in our life and the things that are keeping us busy.

Thank you to all that responded to my cry for help! Truly, you blessed me with your suggestions and commiserations here and over at Instagram. There were several book suggestions. After reading the reviews, I decided to buy Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child because it appeared to be the most comprehensive book on children's sleep habits. It arrived on Thursday, and by Saturday I started implementing the author's suggestions. Since we were under the weather and stuck at home, I figured it would be the best time to start. The author said it would take four to nine days of twenty-four-hour sleep training to break the old habits and build new ones depending on which method I decided to use. He offers several methods that range from crying it out, modified cry it out, to no cry. I am happy to report that it has been, dare I say, easy to get her on a new schedule. Yesterday, she took two daytime naps, one for 90 minutes in the late morning and one for two hours in the early afternoon. Last night, she went to bed at 7:00 pm, woke for feedings at midnight and again at 5:00 am. She is currently still asleep (it is 6:30 am Tuesday morning). All daytime napping, night sleeping, and night feedings have taken place in her room. I am rested and refreshed as I sit here sipping my coffee. The best part is that she is a happy baby during her awake periods. She is content to sit and play on the floor or play in her exercise thing for extended periods of time. I wasn't the only one feeling old and tired. I know now that she was sleep deprived, too. I wholeheartedly recommend this book! *

Since I am not feeling tired anymore, the question begs to be asked do I still feel old? The answer is no. I may be 41 years old, but I am active and healthy. Plus, I have a baby. Old people can't physically have babies, so nope, not feeling old. One thing that I try to do daily to help ease any aches and pains that my middle-aged, mom body may be feeling (stiff lower back, achy hips, and tired feet) are flowing stretches called Essentrics. My mother has done them every day for about two years. She loves how they make her feel. She gifted me several of the workouts, including the one for pregnancy, and I now love them, too. Check out the website for more information, and a good amount of mini workout videos. A tip to help you, watch the instructional video about the Neutral C. The best part is that as long as you are wearing comfortable clothes and have 5 to 10 minutes, that is all you need to benefit from the workouts. If you have more free time, like 15 to 20 minutes, then you can complete a full workout. You may need a chair if you want to work on your lower body, but you don't need shoes!

Speaking of shoes, look at those huge shoes in the picture above! Since the third trimester of my pregnancy, I have had to wear size 11 shoes. Ugh! It is very hard to find women's shoes in size 11. So far, I have purchased two pairs of running shoes from Amazon and a pair of black flats from Target. My summer shoes still work because they are all open toe, but if my feet stay a size 11, I will need to replace my winter shoes in the fall. What is your favorite place to buy shoes online?

Well, this is way longer than I planned. I told you that I was feeling chatty. Until next time, friends!

*It took me two days to finish this post. I wanted to add that things are still going well. Last night she slept for 11 hours and woke up to nurse three times.

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