Surviving Motherhood: Sleep training edition

I am a first time mom and with that comes a lot of firsts and lets face it, times when we have NO IDEA what we are doing. I took this thing called "sleep training" with a grain of salt. Not that I was fully skeptical about it, but I thought OHHHH I won't need to do that.  So fast forward to the present and welllll Aria is not sleeping through the night. What do I mean by she isn't sleeping through the night, she is basically waking up more than 2 times a night.  Let us go through her sleeping the past 10 months.  At 2 months she was sleeping about 6 hours during the night (WOOOHOOO right?) and she slept that way until about 6 months. This is when we moved to San Antonio and into our new house.  First of all, not only did she not sleep through the night but she decided I don't want to sleep in my pack and play OR my crib. Ummmm HELLO that's where she's been sleeping since she was born, so we took a step back and got through it and finally had her sleeping again. She was sleeping 10-12 hours at this point. Kyle and I were in HEAVEN to say the least, then came teething.  So teething started and she started waking up at all hours of the night, and this lasted until her teeth broke through (bottom two to be exact). So they broke through and you would think that she would just go back to sleeping again, welllll you thought(as did we) wrong. Aria then started waking up 1-2 times a night, which wasn't THAT big of deal to me because she would wake up and then I'd give her a bottle or put her back to sleep.  Then came her first ear infection, she was running really high fevers and we made the BIGGEST mistake of all and let her sleep with us and now she wants to sleep with us.  So we went to the Dr. and we got antibiotics, which she is allergic to and she broke out in a rash.  Well now her rash is gone and she is not having it going back to her crib. Like you know crying at the top of lungs not having it.  We are literally at our wits end, we don't know what to do.  We have tried it all well at least I thought we had, and we even gave in and tried the cry it out method that the pediatrician suggested (which I do not like and by the way does not work with Aria) This is when I start thinking I'm the worst mom ever, then I google sleep training without cry it out method and there is a lot of information and it gives me hope.  Then I YouTubed sleep training a 10 month old and lo and behold I'm not the only one in the battlefield called sleep training.  You guys do not know how great it feels to know I'm not the only one out there that has a 10 month old(plus) that isn't sleeping through the night.  I also don't mean it as though I am the only one with this problem in a conceited way, but sometimes when you are where we are, well you feel realllllllly ALONE.  Although I'm not happy that we are in this boat, at least I'm not the only one sailing into hopefully a better nights sleep!!!!!

are there any advice you used with your baby? or have heard of any advice? seriously I'm ALL ears!!!!

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Motivational Monday

Good Morning lovelies!!! 

I am again on path of getting fit and healthy. Sometimes I get discouraged because I'm not seeing the results that I want to see but I have to remind myself that it takes time and that I need to find the patience it takes to trek on the fitness journey. I feel like it's a no ending cycle but alas I'm okay with that since I want to be healthy for my daughter and husband.  I have a long road ahead of me but one that I welcome!!! Although it's really hard to stay motivated, lets start off today with a little motivation:

And most of all

Ana =)


Oh man it's Monday again!! I feel like weekends go by soo fast. I petition we have 3 day weekends every week!! How was your Mother's Day?! I must say I very much enjoyed my first Mother's day!! I still cannot believe that I'm a mother! I feel like it's surreal, but man am I blessed with such an amazing daughter! =) I'm taking this monday to update you on my life.  For a while now my husband and I have been toying with the idea of moving to either Austin or San Antonio, it wasn't like a 100% for sure that's what we're doing thing but we said if it happens then so be it.  So the hubby then started looking at jobs, and applying for a few here and there.  Not thinking it would EVER happen, he got a call for an interview!!!! So he had THREE(yes three) phone interviews before they flew him out to do a face to face interview.  Well dun dun duuuun....HE GOT THE JOB!! YAY! We're moving to San Antonio!!! I'm so excited like AHHHHHH I cannot believe it's happening!! We had also been trying to get approved for a home loan in Dallas and I'm glad we never found a house we liked. Another thing that is happening in my life is that since we're moving I've decided to transfer schools and finish my masters in San Antonio!! It will add a couple of years to my degree plan but I'm really excited because they offer the exact thing that I've been looking for.  If I get accepted I will be getting my masters in counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy with a military emphasis! This is exactly what I've been wanting to do, but I never found a program in Dallas that offered it! So I had been doing community counseling! So yeah that's what been happening in my life!! So cross your fingers and say a littler praying that everything works out the way that it should!! =D


Cobwebs at my fingertips...

Obviously, those are metaphorical cobwebs since I'm super scared of spiders.  But cobwebs on my fingertips seemed to be an appropriate way to describe how I'm feeling.  I've been pondering the ways to jump right back into blogging after my blog hiatus that lasted WAAAY too long.  But there is no easy way to jump back into it and get the blogging juices rolling.  I've asked myself what could I do to get myself back into it, and honestly guys I cannot think of any besides baby steps.  I can't come back an automatically start breaking out the blog posts that used to come somewhat easy to me.  So I've decided to start by writing about my current obsessions at the moment.  Lately I've been seriously becoming a planner addict, I mean I loved planners before BUT I'm like ADDICTED to it.  There are so many cute planners out there that I just want!!!

Like the Erin Condren Life Planner (which I ordered last week and am waiting very impatiently for it)

There is the Kikki K Planner... let me tell you guys this company sure makes cute planners!!!

The Arc System from Staples... it's super cute and really easy to customize

and of course FiloFax..... I mean there is no other way to put it filofax planners are ADORABLE.

Perfectly Pink Fridays: I love pink edition

The return of Perfectly Pink Fridays is amongst us =P.... I know many of y'all, if not all of you know how obsessed with pink I am!!! Even my daughters outfits reflect how much I love pink!! So I thought I would post some of my favorite outfits, and nail polish.