Life with a Baby: Week 16

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 12, 2015


In an effort to maintain some of our sanity during what appears to be the 4 month sleep regression we’ve tried a couple new things this week. I’m happy to report that it’s been helping quite a bit! The first thing is putting Adriana down to bed earlier. One of the big lessons I’ve learned is to put her down for naps and bedtime when she’s sleepy but not overtired. When she’s overtired she fights sleep like crazy and will cry much more. If we catch her at the right moment when she’s sleepy but still content, she often soothes herself to sleep on her own. The difference is like night and day! It took me a while to catch onto this, but isn’t that what being a new parent is all about? Trial and error. The other thing we are doing is implementing a consistent bedtime routine. We’ve done it in the past, but we were never overly consistent with it. Our bedtime routine (and this happens for naps too) consists of feeding her, reading 1-2 short books, and singing a couple lullabies. If it’s a bath night we give her a bath to kick everything off. We also keep the room dim and the room temperature cozy (we now turn on a space heater since the room gets terribly cold when the door is closed). Judging on how sleepy I feel (and how much I yawn!) during our bedtime routine, I’d say it works like a charm! hah. I’m also still putting her down for naps in the bassinet (in the bedroom), as opposed to letting her sleep in the swing like I did in the early weeks. I noticed a big change in her in the past couple weeks where she now has a hard time sleeping in rooms with distractions, so I knew this was a good time to make the shift to napping in a dark, quiet room. She has responded really well to this and seems much more rested during the day.

All of these changes seem to have helped and it feels like we are getting into a better routine, even if she is still waking up more during the night right now. I’m confident this frequent waking phase will pass and we’ll be back into a good groove again in the future!

The biggest milestone this week is that she rolled over again. She hadn’t rolled over since that time around 10/11 weeks so it was exciting to see her do it again after several weeks. She is also going through a really chatty phase lately and loves hearing herself scream, grunt, and squeal all day long. I heard from a couple of you in last week’s post that your 4 month old did the same thing for a few weeks, so I’m glad we’re not alone! Adriana also seems to command attention lately. She loves to scream with joy or gasp loudly if one of us walks near her. It’s so cute. She knows how to work that charm already!

Yesterday also marked 1 year ago since I found out I was pregnant with her. I wrote this on Instagram yesterday:

“One year ago today I found out I was pregnant. I wish I could go back in time and tell my pregnant self not to be so scared of the unknown…just take each day as it comes, try your best, and at the end of the day if you have love you have everything. I don’t know how I ever lived without her.”

Enjoys: Listening to daddy play the guitar, being sung to, reading books, soft books with crinkly textures, diaper changes (except the middle of the night changes – she recently started to wail during them), making loud noises, smiling at mommy and daddy, practicing standing up and doing the “invisible hula hoop” move, squeezing my boob while feeding, grabbing her toes and hands, laughing and being tickled under her chin.

Blog post of the week: My friend Joanna’s post on What It’s Like Being Pregnant With Twins. Very interesting read!

Exercise: As I mentioned in my last post, I fell off the exercise bandwagon for a couple weeks due to feeling run down. I started to feel a bit more rested late last week, so I’ve been incorporating some exercise back into my day. It definitely makes me feel better – I need to remember this! I’ve been doing the Popsugar 10-Minute Pilates Butt Workout and some reconditioning ab exercises from Moms Into Fitness. Not a whole lot, but even 20 minutes makes a difference right now. My ab muscles still feel pretty weak since my pregnancy (especially where I had some separation near my belly button) so my goal this month is to work on my abs a bit each day and try to gradually build up my core exercises again. I want to get that strong core back!!

All over this: Ikea kitchenette hack – OMG.

Well that’s all for this week. Keep your eyes peeled for a round-up of some of my favourite baby products!

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Joanna January 12, 2015 at 10:11 am

Thanks for the share Angela! xoxo


Ruth Bush January 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

Omg I call her hair style the “baby bird hair phase”, which is the cutest EVER! love love all the updates. I’m 37 weeks this week and am getting antsy :(
xo Ruth B


Angela January 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

hah I love that name!! Describes what she’s got going on to a tee. ;) It’s starting to get a curl to it now!


Milissa January 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

Aren’t babies awesome??!! It’s like having this continual, adorable, cuddly little science experiment if your very own:) watching them grow and change and develop that unique personality…so sweet and precious. My youngest STILL babbles and talks constantly at two and a half. I love to hear her talk. I think language development surprises me more than anything. Thanks for being so open and sharing your daily life. It seems like you are a natural at being a good mama!


Amanda January 12, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Hi, Angela! Keep us update about Adriana (and yours as well). We got a little regression in naps as well (we are turning into week 16) and we are also breastfeeding on demand. I was wondering are you already studying about introducing solids to her? Our pediatrician recomended to start at 6 month Mark and i have been studying a lot and would to share your thoughts about it!! =]


Julia January 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm

The 4 month sleep regression monster was the hardest moment so far of parenting for us. My son is now 1! It was pretty much hell. But it will pass!!!! I made the mistake of feeding at evey wake up, so we had a big hole to dig out of. If you can, find other ways to soothe her. And go easy on yourself!!! It gets so so much better. Working out should not be your priority if you are too tired for it. Although I always felt better after a swim or run…anyhow good luck!!!


Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas January 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Just wanted to say that I cannot get over her hair!!! It is the most adorable thing ever :)


Anna Lee January 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

I was going to say the same thing. She’s too cute to handle with that mop of hers!!


Queenoffitness January 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm

i.can’t.even.handle.that.face!!! she looks so much like your husband in that photo with her eyes. so sweet. as always, another enjoyable update.


Lori January 12, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Ok, maybe this was just what I needed to read. I need to stop with the swing naps, move bedtime earlier and get a better nighttime routine. My instincts have been telling me this, but since it’s working for you I think I just need to do it. I always have a hard time with transitioning. You’d think I’d be used to it by now with all the transitions my 2 yr old has been thru, but it never gets easier for me! You inspire my eating and now my parenting too! Thank you!


Angela January 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

I can totally relate…I put off making this change for a while even though I knew it needed to happen! You aren’t alone. Sometimes it’s just easier to go with the flow…that’s what we did for the first 3 1/2 months. :) I hope the changes are well received!


Anna-Sophie January 13, 2015 at 2:09 am

Honestly, I’m eighteen years old and nowhere near starting my own family but your weekly updates are just so lovely, I might be kind of obsessed haha
Wishing you all the best for the future. Keep up the good work! :)


Brigitte Gaudreault January 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

Yeah, I remember how my children were so cuddly and warm to hold at that delicate age, It was so precious!
Enjoy it because within a blink of an eye they are grown up, my children are now 22 and 18 , yikes ! Haha
Angela enjoy your pretty baby Adriana !♡♡
Brigitte Estelle
Montreal, Canada


Stephanie Moore January 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Oh, rolling over! How fun! Next is crawling and then walking!! I have a 14 month old son. The biggest problem we had at the 4 month sleep regression was due to him rolling over. I laid him on his back to sleep and once he learned how to roll from back to tummy, he would wake up at 4 am, roll over to his tummy, and get “stuck” and cry. It was hard to get him back to sleep after that. He could definitely roll from tummy to back, but he didn’t know or understand that’s what he needed to do to get back to the way he was comfortable with. Solution: I rolled up Aden+Anais blankets (long and skinny) and actually put in under his crib sheet on each side of him. It ended up making his crib look kind of like his changing table pad, just more subtle. It was enough to prevent him from rolling over. I did that for about a month until he really figured out that he could roll back and forth well (during playtime). He still would wake up at 4 am during the regression, but since he couldn’t roll over and get “stuck” he learned quickly how to put himself back to sleep. He wouldn’t cry, just babble for a bit, and back to sleep. The “regression” only lasted about a week. Once I took away the blankets from under the sheet, he quickly became a tummy sleeper and has been since.

I found the best book I read to be “Bringing up Bebe” by Pamela Druckerman. It really gave me an understanding of WHY they were going through this regression, plus explained many other milestones.


Amanda January 13, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Hi! Our little girl was born 9/25 so is going through many of the same things as Adriana. It has been so fun to follow your journey through pregnancy and babyhood, as it is so parallel to mine! I am just wondering how you transitioned to putting her down ‘drowsy but awake’? No matter how early I start our wind down routine or how calm and drowsy she is in my arms, there is much protestation when I put her down. She self soothes at night so I know it is possible, but can’t seem to make it happen for the initial falling asleep period. Thanks again for such a great blog!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Hi Amanda,
It really depends on the day to be honest – sometimes she fights it when we put her down and other times she will just fuss and chatter to herself (when she does this I know she will eventually fall asleep!). I find when she’s overtired (we go too long between naps) she fights it much more…so the key for us has been putting her down at the first or second sign of tiredness (usually a yawn or heavy sigh haha). Just in the past week or so, I’ve been logging her nap times, so now I am seeing a pattern of naps form. I know that she usually has a 30 min nap around 9ish, another 30-40 min nap around 11:30-noon, and 1 or two in the afternoon (those seem to be less predictable so far). I find knowing those sleepy times helps me recognize when to put her down for a nap and getting her down at the right time which will help her go to sleep faster. So if she usually naps at 11:30am, I know putting her down at 10:30 will be pretty futile. As I said, I only started being able to do this in the last week or so…before this we had no routine or sense of pattern at all so it was much more challenging! Hope this helps :) Congrats on your baby girl!


Amanda January 22, 2015 at 9:10 am

Thank you so much! Loads of love to you all!!!


Stak January 14, 2015 at 3:15 am

I read your announcement post as I entered my second trimester, and I was so happy. Happy for you, but also happy for me. “Yes!!” I though “My favorite vegan writer is going to be making baby and kid friendly vegan food right when I need them! Best timing ever!”
My little boy is six and a half months now and I’m blown away everyday by how amazing life is. They say that having a baby is the biggest change your life can have, but as days go by I’m thinking that having a toddler may be an even bigger change. I feel honored to be able to watch as you and Eric and Adriana grow as a family. Your posts often make me tear up. I had problems with breastfeeding in the beginning as well, little bub had a tongue tie too (hello purple nipples!) so your beginning posts echoed a lot of my pain. Now they echo my joy and love.
ps My entire Christmas feast came from your cookbook. Lentil walnut loaf, festive kale salad, roast beetroot w/ balsamic red., tahini carrots and potato smash. Thank you!
pps I'm sure you know but if not check "baby led weaning" out, going to be so much fun!
ppps On a not so great note I don't know if anyone has told you yet but a few salmon adds have been at the top of your page recently.


Michele January 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

You could try diffusing lavender essential oil in her room, or even putting a small amount on her cute little baby feet to help wind her down. DoTerra is great.


Kaitlin January 14, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Ange – Love these updates (I have a 3 month old!) and love your blog! Did it take Adriana some time to adjust to naps in her bassinet?


Kelly P January 15, 2015 at 6:42 am

So interesting to read your blog and all your readers’ comments. There really are as many different parenting styles as there are parents…we all just have to learn to trust our instincts and do what works for our families.
As for night-time diaper changes, that of course is your decision but I thought I’d share a comment from my midwife that turned out to be be a great relief to me. She said “unless your baby poops, you’re not really going to drive yourself crazy changing her at night, are you? What if she sleeps through the night – you won’t wake her up to change her, right?” Anyway like I said, that’s a personal parenting decision, but we stopped changing our daughter at night (unless she poops, which is rare), and she hasn’t seemed to mind. The one change we eventually made when she was about 13 months was to use a disposable diaper at night (usually she’s in cloth diapers), to keep her a little drier and avoid having to wash her PJs every day (they would stink of urine otherwise, even if they weren’t wet…the odor was just rather strong). Just thought I’d share! It helped me because nighttime diaper changes would really wake my daughter up (despite no talking and dim lights) and it got harder to put her back down.
Best of luck for the coming months. I know how tiring it is. When my daughter was 6 months and still nursing every 2 hours around the clock, I went to a Leche League meeting to get advice, convinced that I was alone with this problem. To my shock (and disappointment, since I was hoping for solutions!), everyone told me “oh that’s completely normal!” Some women told me their babies continued waking up every couple hours up until they were 9, 12, 18 or more months old. That was not really comforting, as I was exhausted, but it did help to know I wasn’t alone. There’s no real solution to it, in my opinion, but you can always vent on your blog and we’ll give you virtual pats on the back! FYI, my daughter started sleeping much better at 10 1/2 months (she’s 14 now). If you want to hear my story, I can email you a log I wrote.
OK, sorry everyone for this ultra-long post!


Jaime January 15, 2015 at 7:02 am

Thanks for the workout link. I just did it and my ass is screaming!!! It’s just what I need :)


Kathy Catlin January 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

Wow! So big!! He is absolutely beautiful and I can tell by your face that you are totally in love!! I have no great advice, never having been a mom…but am sure you are doing just great :)


Ingunn January 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

I love reading these updates since our girls are so close in age!

Nora turned into a totally different baby the second we got her naps under control! She used to cry inconsolably for hours on end, and when it didn’t end at the typical end of the colic phase, we took her to the doctor to make sure there wasn’t anything medical going on. His diagnosis was chronic overtiredness! I felt so bad – the chest naps I loved didn’t provide her with quality sleep. Once we transitioned her to her crib, she turned into such a happy baby (and it’s nice for me to have some free time while she naps, too). She also automatically gave herself an early bedtime once we got her naps in order – I guess it really is true that sleep begets sleep – and now turns in at 7 every night.

Oh, and we stopped changing her during the middle of the night feeding unless the diaper feels really heavy – it doesn’t seem to bother her at all, and she just wakes up too much if we do it.


Julia January 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Hello Angela! Always soooo great to read your blog and baby updates. My son is a week younger than your beautiful little girl so I always look forward to checking in here and seeing what you are up to.

We are right in the middle of sleep regression so I empathize so much! I will try your suggestions for sure-and thanks for the work out link! I have been trying to find something to do at home and your dedication keeps me motivated!


Keely January 16, 2015 at 7:29 am

With elementary-age kids now, I love the reminder of such a special time! I found success with that same routine, for many months to come. If you have friends or family babysitting, they found the following “mantra” was helpful in remembering the order of bedtime routine (my other mommy friends did too!): Bottle/Boob, Bath, Books, Bed :) … Sweet dreams!


Lina Newman January 16, 2015 at 8:39 am

Great Post!! Glad you found what works for you and baby! Oh and that Play kitchen make over- OHHHH MMMMM GEEEE! Wow, so adorable!
Have a great day, Angela! :)


priyanka January 16, 2015 at 12:37 pm

IV been following your blog for a long time now! And love ur recipes…
My little baby boy was born on 9/17
So was following your pregnancy with mine.


Christine January 17, 2015 at 11:11 pm

So something that I learned when I had twins – don’t give them diaper changes in the middle of the night. When they sleep through the night you don’t change them, so don’t do it when they are waking up at a young age to nurse. It just gets them excited/energized and you don’t want that in the middle of the night. That advice was from my lactation nurse, who nursed triplets for a year. I took the advice and it made my life so much easier!

Love your updates!


PinaColada January 24, 2015 at 1:12 am

You’re glowing in that pic Angela, just stunning! Adriana is adorable! :)


Karen D. January 29, 2015 at 8:00 am

Love the IKEA kitchenette hack. My daughter is now 8, but we bought her a retro kitchenette when she was 2. I made felt food for her to play with. This was before IKEA came out with all of their soft food. At the time, the only thing around was the awful plastic stuff.


Vanessa March 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Thanks for sharing your journey! My daughter Sadie is 15 weeks and her napping is terrible. I cannot get her to go longer than 20-30 minutes at a time. I really don’t deel like sleep training is appropriate at this time (yet) and am hoping it gets better/longer. I love her to pieces but I can’t get anything done during the day, including taking care of myself, with these short naps does it get better or did you have to sleep train for longer naps?


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