Friday, April 26, 2013

The Perfect Point of View...

Loved this post by Ava Neyer about babies and sleep and all the advice we read and hear!

"You shouldn’t sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you. College-aged children never need to be nursed, rocked, helped to sleep, so don’t worry about any bad habits. Nursing, rocking, singing, swaddling, etc to sleep are all bad habits and should be stopped immediately.

Naps should only be taken in the bed, never in a swing, car seat, stroller, or when worn. Letting them sleep in the car seat or swing will damage their skulls. If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the bed, put them in a swing, car seat, stroller, or wear them. Use the crib only for sleep and keep it free of distractions. If the baby is having trouble adjusting to the crib, have them play in it first. If the baby wakes up at night and wants to play, put fun toys in the crib to distract them.

Put the baby in a nursery, bed in your room, in your bed. Co-sleeping is the best way to get sleep, except that it can kill your baby, so never, ever do it. If your baby doesn't die, you will need to bed-share until college.

Keep the room warm, but not too warm. Swaddle the baby tightly, but not too tightly. Put them on their backs to sleep, but don't let them be on their backs too long or they will be developmentally delayed. Give them a pacifier to reduce SIDS. Be careful about pacifiers because they can cause nursing problems and stop your baby from sleeping soundly. If your baby sleeps too soundly, they’ll die of SIDS.

Don’t let your baby sleep too long, except when they’ve been napping too much, then you should wake them. Never wake a sleeping baby. Any baby problem can be solved by putting them to bed earlier, even if they are waking up too early. If your baby wakes up too early, put them to bed later or cut out a nap. Don’t let them nap after 5 p.m. Sleep begets sleep, so try to get your child to sleep as much as possible. Put the baby to bed awake but drowsy. Don't wake the baby if it fell asleep while nursing.

You should start a routine and keep track of everything. Don’t watch the clock. Put them on a schedule. Scheduling will make your life impossible because they will constantly be thrown off of it and you will become a prisoner in your home.

Using the "Cry It Out" method (CIO) will make them think they’ve been abandoned and will be eaten by a lion shortly. It also causes brain damage. Not getting enough sleep will cause behavior and mental problems, so be sure to put them to sleep by any means necessary, especially CIO, which is the most effective form. CIO is cruel beyond belief and the only thing that truly works because parents are a distraction.

Formula and solid foods will help the baby sleep longer. Solid foods shouldn’t be given at night because they might wake the baby. Don't stop the baby from nursing when asleep. Be wary of night feeds. If you respond too quickly with food or comfort, your baby is manipulating you. Babies can’t manipulate. Babies older than six months can manipulate.

Sleep when the baby sleeps. Clean when the baby cleans. Don’t worry. Stress causes your baby stress and a stressed baby won't sleep."

2 Months Old!

At Hunter's 2 Month appointment (he was actually 9 weeks) he was 12lbs 4oz and 23 inches.  Definitely weighs more than his sister did at this age:)

Friday, April 12, 2013


Man's 'poodles' are actually ferrets on steroids
An Argentinian market is reportedly selling well-groomed, souped-up ferrets as toy dogs — and people are falling for it.
Mon, Apr 08 2013 at 10:41 AM

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A man in Argentina thought he'd gotten a deal on a pair of toy poodles, but when he brought them to the vet for vaccinations he learned he'd actually adopted a couple of ferrets on steroids.
He bought the animals at La Salada, Argentina's largest outdoor market and paid $150 for each of them, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The veterinarian said the ferrets had been given steroids at birth to increase their size, and had undergone grooming to give their fur a fluffy poodle-like appearance.
A local Argentinian TV station broke the story and interviewed a woman who also claims to have been duped by a pet vendor at the market. She said she thought she'd bought a Chihuahua, but later learned it was also a ferret.
It's unclear what the swindled pet owners did with their newly acquired ferrets.
If you're considering picking up a pet pooch at an Argentinan market, perhaps you should first consult this handy checklist from the Daily Mail on how to tell the difference between a dog and a ferret:
  • Ferrets typically have brown, white or mixed fur and are around 51 cm in length - which includes a 13 cm tail.
  • They weigh around three pounds and have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
  • When happy, ferrets may perform a routine known as the weasel war dance - which is characterized by a series of hops and frenzied attempts to bump into things.
  • This is often accompanied by a soft clucking noise called dooking. When upset ferrets make a hissing noise.
  • Toy poodles are known for their intelligence and are around 25 cm tall and weigh around nine pounds.
  • If a toy poodle exceeds 25 cm height, it cannot compete in any dog show as a toy poodle.
  • Toy poodle have long lifespans and have been known to live as long as 20-years.
  • They are described as sweet, cheerful and perky and lively and love to be around people.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In case you were keeping track...

Things that I found in the diaper bag this morning:
1.  Hannah's half full water bottle (which may have been leaking slowly since yesterday)
2.  Half of a granola bar ( I cannot claim to know how long ago that was put in the diaper bag)
3.  Hannah's dirty socks

Things that I did not find in the diaper bag this morning:
1.  diapers

Thoughts running through my head every morning as I drive Hannah to school:
1.  Am I going to get a shower today?
2.  Did I turn off my straight iron?  (This only applies to mornings that I took a shower)
3.  Did I leave the dog outside?
4.  Did I put Hannah's lunchbox in her bookbag?
5.  Does Hannah have shoes on?
6.  Did I shut the garage door?
7.  Is Hunter in the car?

Things often said while grocery shopping with both children:
1.  You cannot ride in the grocery part of the grocery cart.
2.  Stay with me
3.  Don't touch that
4.  We don't need that
5.  You'll never eat that
6.  Yes, I know he's crying
7.  Keep walking
8.  Stop walking in front of the cart

Things that do not cure Hunter's colic:
1.  Shushing
2.  Pacing
3.  Car rides
4.  Going outside
5.  Singing
6.  NCAA basketball

Things that help with Hunter's colicy nights:
1.  Alcohol (so I've heard)
2.  Earplugs
3.  Taking shifts with Todd
4.  Loud music
5.  Running water

Children I love more than anything:
1.  Hannah Mae Lyle
1.  Hunter Todd Lyle

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sunday, April 7, 2013


The other night I was taking pictures of Hunter and Hannah wanted her picture taken too.  As I was about to take it she quickly stopped me and told me that she had to go change into a picture outfit first (true girl).  Complete with headband!  I'm already praying about her teenage years.

Another funny conversation between myself and our eldest this morning:

Hannah:  How do you spell Hunter?
Me:  H-U-N-T-E-R
Hannah:  How do you spell Dad?
Me: D-A-D
(This goes on until we have covered everyone in our family including the dog)
Hannah:  How do you spell Mitt Romney?
Me: Yikes

Saturday, April 6, 2013