OAKS UPDATE

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It has been a while since I updated you on how things were going at this point in time, with my little guy. 

Well, he is now 19 months which is unreal.  Really can’t believe he is growing so fast.  I am sure you moms can relate to that.  I just want to hit pause everyday.   Every time I pick him up in the morning he is heavier, and bigger.  Growing into a little boy, but I want him to stay my baby forever.  

It is important to remember as we go throughout these days which all seem the same, day in & day out,  that really in a blink of an eye they will be so independent & won’t need us anymore… & just like that babyhood is over.  So really enjoy it all, even the hard days.  I ALWAYS remind myself this when I feel like I am about to lose it. 

Anyways back on track.  So back to Oaks.  Most of you wanted me to go over his schedule & what not.  As most of you know I sleep trained Oaks when he was 6 months old.  Breast fed him & co-slept up until then, which was so important to me & it was such a precious time for me.  We have never been so close.   So if you want to read about SLEEP TRAINING in the post I did, then go ahead & read that before this.  This schedule is how that all came about & how it really resonates what he is doing now.

Oaks is on such a good schedule 98% of the time.  That 2% is on sick days, teething days, or just I don’t know what the fu*k is going on days.  So his schedule isn’t perfect by any means, but I will say that I have been able to have time for myself & time with my husband because of this awesome schedule I put him on.

So 6am-7am  Oaks wakes.  Dad usually goes & gets him during the week, changes & feeds him, watches The Good Dinosaur or Moana, while I go work out for 1 hour.   

 8am-11am or 12pm- read, play with blocks, play outside, go to the park.  This time is important to me & I really try & stay focused on Oaks only.  Trying to teach him how to talk at the moment, pointing to things explaining what they’re, reading a lot, & playing the animal sounds game.  I also try to be fully present which means the phone needs to go for a little.

11am/12pm-2/3pm- Oaks takes his naps for 3 hours.  He goes right down with a bottle.  He might wake up a couple times, but I always wait 10 minutes & if he isn’t back to sleep I will go get him.

3pm-8pm- play outside, go to the park, read more, eat some late lunch.  

8pm-9pm- bedtime.  Ever since I started sleep training, they tell you to repeat the same bedtime routine every night.  I have been doing it since he was 6 months old. 

He used to go to bed at 7pm when until about 3 months ago.  Things change as they get older I have learned, & you just have to adapt to what they need.

So bedtime- It goes like this… bath time, usually 20 minutes because he loves baths.  Jammies, then reading & bottle.  Then I lay him down in his crib &  say “night night, love you sweetheart” rub his head & belly & lights out.  That exact routine every single night.

He sleeps 10-12 hrs straight every night, with the occasional night waking here & there like I previously stated.  It isn’t all perfect.  For instance last week, he woke up every 3 hours crying & crying which I believe is from teething. 

Those little hiccups are fine & will happen.  For the most part I am super stern with this schedule & it has worked wonders.   I have no nannies, or babysitters during the week usually, so him being on a schedule like this has really helped me to get my work done.  

It is VERY important that the kid naps haha.  That is how I get my work done every single day, that is how I am able to throw out content, create content for you & chat with all of you daily!   I love what I do, & so was really important for him to get on a schedule so that I could continue working at home.

Plus, like i said, they thrive off routine!  So it is good for everyone involved.

Anyways, going to do some mediating while Oaks naps & then starting my next Meal Plan today!

Let me know how you liked this post!  Have a great day!

xoxo,

Sara Lynn

BALANCING LIFE

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I am still trying to figure out this motherhood thing every single day, so if it looks like I have it all together all the time.. I don’t! ha.  I think I have said that in so many posts, but it’s the truth. I really try and show that through my snapchat and instagram stories. The hard times and the good.

I have had a few of you ask if I could talk about how I balance life. Work, mom, wife, household keeper, etc.. you get it.  

Truth is, I have had to really figure this out from trial and error and each stage of Oaks life is different, so I have to adjust.  I have finally figured out such a great routine for everyone.  

First off, if your baby is past 6 months and isn’t sleep trained.  Girl… you don’t know what you’re MISSING.  I am telling you.  HUGE life changer for me.  Ever since Oaks was 6 months he has slept perfectly, with obviously an occasional bad day or two.  But he is the BEST sleeper which I am so thankful for.  Babies and mamas needs their sleep to function!

Anyways read about how I sleep trained him in the post I did about it.  

Now that he’s been on a great schedule, I have been figuring out how to schedule things around him.. because everything revolves around those little humans.  

First off, I started doing my work out FIRST thing in the morning just recently, but used to work out while he napped with my LOVE HIIT BODY GUIDE.

I time block all my time.  So each morning I work out for an hour, then we eat breakfast, clean up and play, sometimes run errands, or take him to the park.  But between 8-12 it is ALL Oaks time.  And I really TRY my hardest not to do any work related things, unless it is just a quick post. I want to make sure I am living in the moment with him while he is awake.

When he naps from 12-3, that is MY TIME to work work work. I put my head down and do  Emails, answer questions on all my social platforms.  I really LOVE talking with all of you daily.  It is really what keeps me going and why I love doing this so much.

That time while he naps is my only time I do that.  So I really have to schedule out what I am going to do when he is sleeping so I don’t get distracted by it, while he is awake.  It can be SO distracting and really take me out of the moment with him.  I have learned this the hard way, and I am sure you guys can relate to this as well.    Social media can really suck the life out of you sometimes haha.

Obviously I snap a little while he is awake,  but mostly focus on him and play with him.  

Once he is asleep it is back to him and we have some more fun together!  Then its dinner.  Once he goes back down to sleep at night, which used to be 7pm, but lately it is 8-8:30pm, I get in some reading and more blogging and work.  

So really, it is all about time blocking.  Plan your day out, and set your timer and focus on that ONE thing for that hour, and nothing else.  Turn off your phone if you have to.  When I clean I will put my phone in the other room and set my timer for an hour and clean like a mad woman until it goes off.

It will help your mind feel less cluttered and less stressed.  Trust me, give it a try!

Figure out what is most important in your day, and do that thing first thing in the morning, because we tend to get less motivated as the day goes on.  If you haven’t noticed that in yourself haha at least for me. 

Trust me I am still learning how to balance it all.  There isn’t a lot of time in there for my hubby and I to have alone time as you can tell, so we REALLY have to do date nights once a week.  I think it is so important.  it can be so easy to get caught up in work and kids.  

You have to remember that it all started with the two of you, and to pick one night out of the week and go do something alone together and go back to just you two for one night..  A little tip – try not to talk about the kids or work.  Helps so much!  

anyways, I wrote a post about this SELF PLANNER that has helped me schedule out my days!  It is amazing.  

These moments with my sweet boy I NEVER want to forget.  It is unreal how fast they grow up.  I am so shocked everyday at how fast he is growing and learning.  It is very surreal.

How do you balance mom life with work, and your relationship? Tell me!  Share your advice in the comments! 

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to read my posts.  means a lot!

xox,

Sara Lynn