Monday, August 9, 2010

Bring on Baby Agbai

I really didn't want our blog to turn into a full-fledged baby blog, but given I'm in the midst of trying to get Baby Agbai out and into the world the majority of the posts lately are about my pregnancy and her impending arrival.

With that in mind, I just wanted to provide an update in the event I go right into induction tomorrow morning after my 9:30a.m. progress appointment.

Today my mom, Lauren, Uka and I all went for an hour walk around the neighborhood. It was HOT, but it felt good to walk. We first went to the library where I picked up The No-Cry Sleep Solution and Kaffir Boy (recommended by my sister). Not sure out I feel about the Pantley method offered in The No-Cry Sleep Solution vs. CIO, but fellow blogger BeingMrsJones had some interesting Twitter commentary about CIO yesterday which my mom totally agreed with.

For those of you who don't know CIO is "cry it out" method for allowing infants to cry when laid down for rest and eventually find a way to self-soothe themselves and fall asleep. My mom used it for all four of me and my siblings, and we all turned out fine without brain damage, feelings of resentment or neglect which opponents say can happen. Essentially, my mom explained that a mother's sanity and well-being is very important for raising healthy children. If a mother is ragged from having little-to-no sleep at night she will not be able to be the best mother she can be. I want to be the best mom I can be so I will be trying this method, but am open to the Pantley method which is why I decided to pick up that book as well.

In the end I know I have to do what works best for me and my family as with anything else.

So back to the dr. appointment tomorrow:

In the event my dr. says all systems go for induction, I am hoping to go immediately to the hospital from her office to get started, especially because my mom and sister Lauren leave on Thursday morning and who knows how long induction will take.

I took a page from BabyMakinMachine and created my birth wishes. I know people say, "Oh that all goes out the window," but it's an easy blueprint to help Uka and I communicate to the nurses what we'd like to happen at the hospital. You can take a look at BabyMakinMachine's birth wishes here. She even packed a goodie basket for the nurses! I'm not that ambitious, but I like the thought.

So for now I'm just reading up on a few more baby topics, things I want to remember and doing a few organizational things around the apartment like making sure there are batteries in Baby Agbai's gadgets that require them. It's a slow quiet time, but I know it's about to get busy.

I'm ready.


  1. I am praying you will be reading this comment after the baby Agbai's arrival:-) Christen slept in the bed with us for 6 months as I was breastfeeding. I don't reccomend this for anyone, while it worked great for us, it is up to the individual parents to make this decision. Once she was old enough to sleep through the night( I could have moved her earlier), she went into her own bed in her own room. I nursed her at night and most nights she fell asleep in my arms and I would put her to sleep. The CIO method(never heard it called that before) works definately and I use that today. We had no sleeping challenges until she we put her in her toddler bed (age 2). We are working through them and its getting better. Good luck Quiana and welcome baby Agbai!!!

  2. I hope Baby Agbai has safely arrived by now!

    My son is almost a year old and his sleeping habits leave something to be desired. He pretty consistenly sleeps between 10PM and 8AM with a 5AM-ish wake-up for food. Some nights though...ugh. My main issue is that he stays up way too late and he doesn't know how to put himself to sleep. He just stays up until he conks out. He's also not sleeping in his own room in his crib. He sleeps in our room in the pack and play. SMH.

    I am seriously considering the CIO thing. I purchased the No Cry thing but we haven't tried much from it.

  3. I keep stopping by to check on you. Hope Baby Agbai shows her beautiful face soon. Good luck and many blessing to you and hubby.

  4. Hi! I popped in to see if baby Agbai had made the grand entrance. I hope so! I can;t wait to read your birth story and see pics as soon as you are able to post. Many blessings!

  5. Congrats. You must be holding your little girl in your arms right now. Congrats and I hope to see you back (since I missed everything up to this point).

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