Sicily is 4 Months Old!!! Actually she has been 4 Months Old for a week already 🤦🏻♀️
Where did that time go? I swear it was Easter last weekend!
Sicily Valentina has completed our little family. I plan on writing a solo post for her soon so I’ll tell you more about her soon. But life with 2 is Amazing. It’s hectic, crazy but ohh so fun and our girls will grow up together and just love each other already.
This year has been hectic for our little family. It’s been amazing and every bit worth it but we haven’t stopped.
12 months ago we learned that we were expecting Sicily and we would outgrow our first home. It was never meant to be our forever house and so we made the decision in Jan/Feb to go to Auction in March.
We started the process of decluttering and preparing the house for sale while I had the energy of my second trimester of pregnancy.
We were extremely happy with the result and because we hadn’t yet bought a house we had decided to move in with Adams parents in between houses. (We were there 3.5 Months)
This truly was the best decision ever with a new baby and a 17 month old that wants lots of attention. Adam works afternoons/evenings so I solo parent 5 nights a week. Having those extra hands at bedtime were the biggest blessing and I will be forever grateful.
About a month after selling we found our dream home. We had a massive list of must haves and this one ticked every box! Big, security, more than one toilet (we now have 4!!) , low maintenance and a big kitchen. This house will hold all of our memories as a family of 4. We are so proud of our home and can’t wait to watch our girls grow up here.
We have lived here for a month and it already feels like home.
Last week we properly started to set up Alessia’s bedroom and the girls toy room. They’re both a working progress but certainly an improvement and we have now worked out what we are wanting to do in both rooms so it’s going to be full steam ahead with setting both up in the coming week/s.
Last week after realising how disruptive Alessia was becoming to us as a Co sleeper, I decided it was time to cut the cord and transition her into her big girl (queen size) bed. We had purchased the side bedrails before we moved in as it was always the plan to move her into her own room.
We have to admit though, we both secretly loved Co sleeping. We have never had disruption at night with Alessia. She slept through the night from day 1 of Co sleeping. And even before that she used to sleep well, she would just end up in our bed after she woke at around 3-4am as she was still breastfeeding and it was easier to just feed her whilst I slept. But lately she has started rolling around in her sleep and it’s waking us both up several times during the night. So the time had come!
We upgraded to a king bed for this new house as our master bedroom is too big for a queen. We have Sicily’s cot in our room and we still have room. We gave Alessia our Queen bed, it’s the bed and mattress that she has always Co slept on and as such it made the transition a smooth one.
I did a double whammy and moved Sicily from bassinet to cot on the same day I moved Alessia into her room. They’re both little legends as no complaints from either one of them! They both went down in their respective beds without a hitch.
Occasionally Alessia will wake up during the night when she realises we aren’t there but she simply calls out “mum” and I go and get her. It’s generally after Sicily has woken and so I put her in with us and we all just go back to sleep.
Co sleeping isn’t for everyone but it has worked so well for us and our family and lifestyle. We love sleep and our kids have learned to love it too.
Getting 2 kids into a good night time routine isn’t easy when you’re outnumbered by them but by creating sleep cues and associations for them it’s working.
I don’t worry about the clock. I just stick to the same routine. We have dinner, we play and read, the girls had a nice splashy bubble bath together, put on their pjs, (by this point they’re both generally screaming because they are exhausted and just want their milk and to go to bed). I heat up Alessia’s bottle of cows milk, pop her on the couch with a recorded episode of Play School while I breastfeed Sicily, we all sit in the loungeroom with just the lamp on in the corner and kitchen light on in the distance, Sicily feeds to sleep, not ideal but it works so whatever!
I cuddle Sicily and sing to her “you are my sunshine” and place her into her cot. She stays asleep for around 5-6 hours lately before waking to feed. Pre leap 4 (see wonder weeks if not familiar) she was sleeping through for 8-9 hours solid at night, feeding and going straight back to sleep.
As soon as Sicily is tucked in, I grab Alessia and we say goodnight to everything, couch, toys, table, stairs, toy room, bath, you name it! Just something we have always done since she started talking, she loves it and it’s one of her sleep time cues.
Alessia has a rabbit lamp on her bedside table that Adam bought for her when she was born. We turn that on and lay in her bed and talk about our day. I let Alessia do all of the talking, she tells me what she did, who she saw, what she ate. I then tell her all the exciting things we are going to do the following day and tell her that she has to get a “BIG sleep” for the day ahead.
I touch her hair and wipe it away from her face while singing her favourite “you are my sunshine” (she started singing it back to me the other night and I legit balled my eyes out!)
She rolls over and I rub her back, pat her bum until she falls asleep, as soon as her breathing changes she is sound asleep and I get up and walk out. Closing the door behind me.
I have never been quiet around my kid when they’re sleeping, and it’s the best way as I can accidentally drop something or my phone might ring, we could have friends/family over and they both sleep through it.
Only if it has taken me ages to get Sicily down do I go all mumma bear and “shhhhhhhhhhh!”
It’s taken a solid week to get the girls into what I consider OUR perfect routine. It’s just me with them 5 nights a week unless I have visitors and so it needs to work for me.
Today Alessia had a big play date and only a 20 min nap in the car on the way there so we had dinner by 4:30pm and she was sound asleep by 8pm.
I’m going to make another hot cuppa and pop on a face mask and try and get some rest. I also have the worlds biggest basket of folding sitting beside me that is staring at me.
I’ll try and write more over the weekend, if the kids keep up this bedtime you’ll be hearing more from me very soon!
Here are some pictures of the last few months
Thanks for following along x