Remington's Rundown

Hey Doodle Lovers! It's Remington Bear here!

As you probably know I am the proud big brother to a new baby!

His name is Roarke and I love him dearly!



He smells funny, makes lots of messes, and keeps me up at night... but he's mine.

One of the coolest things about Roarke joining the family is that we have had lots of visitors stop by to meet him, which means I get lots of love too! You can beat that!

One of my favorite visitors came last week. She is Roarke's cousin and I fell obsessively in love with her almost instantly!

Meet Mae!


She smelled and tasted so good!

I couldn't help but kiss her...


...and kiss her...


...and kiss her some more!

I overheard Mom and Dad say they have never seen me go so crazy over someone... especially a baby!

I hope when Roarke gets bigger that he likes my kisses as much as Mae did!

Time to sign off... WIGGLES!

~Remington Bear~

Mae & Roarke

Roarke's older cousin Mae stopped my to visit this week.

Of course there was a photo shoot that took place while they were together.

Enjoy!





Can you see the love :)


Thanks for coming to visit Mae! We'll see you again soon!

(take a look at Remi... he was madly in love with Mae!)

Baby Wise Sleep Training

Sleep is an important commodity in our household. I have always had a hard time functioning without getting at least 6 hours of decent shut eye everyday. For Dan it is even more important that he gets good sleep because I want him to be alert and have a clear mind while he is at his job. And Remington... well he is use to sleeping at least 16 hours a day... usually 8 hours at night with me and 8 hours during the day with Dan. I know... he leads the toughest life of us all!

Anyways, before I had Roarke I had started researching the best techniques on how to get your baby to sleep well at night almost right away. The one I continued to run across was the Baby Wise Sleep Schedule. Several mom's online seemed to swear by it when "sleep training" your baby. Since I'm brand new to this whole baby thing I decided that I might as well give it a try. What did I really have to lose beside more sleep :)

So, after we brought Roarke home and had our first few bad nights of a baby crying ALL night long we decided to put the sleep schedule into action. And guess what! Almost immediately we had a baby that was sleeping 3-4 hour long stretches throughout the night and probably would sleep longer if I didn't I have to wake him up to eat every 3 hours. I've read that this type of "sleep training" is looked down on by some because you are physically waking your baby up for periods of time throughout the day and most people say if your baby is sleeping let them sleep... but if you think about it, if you have a baby that is sleeping all day why will he/she sleep well at night? So, here is what an example sleep schedule would look like. For different ages the sleep and awake times would look a little different, but this helps you get the picture.


Doesn't he look teeny tiny in his crib!!!

BABY WISE SLEEP SCHEDULE 

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Daytime

7:00 - 8:30 AM : wake baby, change diaper, feed (remember the goal is to keep baby awake for entire wake time)

8:30 - 10:00 AM : nap

10:00 - 11:30 AM : wake baby, change diaper, feed

11:30 - 1:00 PM : nap

1:00 - 2:30 PM : wake baby, change diaper, feed

2:30 - 4:00 PM : nap

4:00 - 6:00 PM : wake baby, change diaper, feed (these two hours are the most important time to keep your baby awake... you might cheat on any of the other times, but don't on this one if you want baby to sleep well at night.

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Nighttime (during nighttime hours once your diaper change and feeding is done you put baby directly back to bed... no awake time is needed)

6:00 - 9:00 PM : bed

9:00 - 9:30 PM : wake baby, change diaper, feed

9:30 - 12:30 AM : bed

12:30 -1:00 AM : wake baby, change diaper, feed

1:00 - 4:00 AM : bed

4:00 - 4:30 AM : wake baby, change diaper, feed

4:30 - 7:00 AM : bed

A lot of what I have read say that by 8 - 12 weeks old babies will be sleeping clear through the night. Lord knows that is an exciting thought! After doing our own version of this schedule we have had good nights and some really bad ones. That is to be expected of course as you establish your sleep schedule. Everything takes time and right now I have all the time in the world to work on it.

Mileage Monday

Throughout my pregnancy I slowly started to slow down as I got farther and farther along. Now that I have finally delivered I have come to a complete stop. I have received orders from the doctor that I need to take it easy for the next 6 weeks until I'm cleared for activity! Good Lord! So for now my "Mileage Mondays" will be put on a little hold since honestly I'm not doing anything at all that is even remotely noteworthy... except for taking care of a baby of course. However, once I'm released I am so excited to slowly start working my way back into my exercise routine! Maybe I will be able to run a 5K by late August or early September? Sounds like a good starting goal to me ;) 


Until then I'll spend time with these two!

Blueberry Croissant Puff

One weekend I decided I was going to make breakfast for Dan and I. I always seem to be finding recipes for dinner time since Dan usually comes home from work and heads off to bed right away so there really is no point in focusing my energy on breakfast time. However, making dinner dishes all the time gets kind of boring after a while so I decided to switch it up. The breakfast dish was easy and makes 10 servings. I think it would be good for a family get together or something since Dan and I were eating on it for several mornings to come.

Blueberry Croissant Puff (www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com)

Ingredients

  • 3 large croissants, cut up (about 5 to 5 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (I used fresh)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place croissant pieces in a 9 inch square pan. Sprinkle with blueberries.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Gradually add milk, beating well after each addition. Pour evenly over croissant pieces. Let stand 20 minutes or soak overnight.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until set in center and golden brown. You might want to cover it with foil for the last 10 minutes if the top is getting too browned.

Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar.


** This can easily be doubled in a 9X13 pan**

Dan rated this breakfast a 3.5 stars... but like I said he isn't a huge breakfast eater. I would have rated it a 4 stars at least.
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