Our girl is 6 weeks old! Time really is flying. I already find myself reminiscing about the days when she was tinier! But at the same time I’m loving watching her grow.
Breastfeeding is still going really well. She has started to block feed (nurse from only one breast at each feeding). I always offer the other breast, but often she only nurses from it for 1-3 minutes or completely refuses it altogether. When I pump I get about 3 ounces from each side so I figure she’s getting at least that much, which is plenty, and she’s getting full naps and having a good number of wet diapers so I’m just going to roll with it for now.
She is back to her solid 3-hour feeding schedule, even in the middle of the night. There were a few times she stretched to 4 hours in the MOTN, not anymore. She rarely goes longer than 3 hours without wanting to eat. I was hopeful that we were heading towards dropping one of the MOTN feedings, but acid reflux got in the way of that. And also, she’s still little. Maybe next week! Or the week after that, lol. I’ve heard so much that acid reflux really throws everything off so I’ve let go of all expectations and just assuming she’ll hit sleep milestones later than other babywise babies. Which is ok! It will happen! This is just a season – I keep reminding myself of that.
She is still sleeping right through those MOTN feedings though, so that’s a huge win! Also, her diaper rash is completely healed so I don’t have to change her at every single MOTN feeding and wake her up. Yay!
Really awful acid reflux and gas has been interrupting Everly’s sleep lately. In the morning and at bedtime she often has trouble going to sleep and cries from pain, which is just the saddest thing ever. Throughout the day the acid reflux doesn’t seem to bother her as much as it does during those times, but the gas is a huge issue and sometimes bothers her so much that she’ll wake up from it. I’m not sure it’s that it hurts but more is just uncomfortable. And sometimes she passes gas so loudly/forcefully that it wakes her up, so there’s that.
We’ve stuck to the 3-hour schedule, and she still takes 1.5-2.5 hour naps, but sometimes those naps are spent being held instead of in her own bed, so the sleep training has regressed a bit the past two weeks. I’ve been keeping in mind the babywise sleep hierarchy, and we frequently get to the point where she just needs to sleep no matter how we get there or where she is sleeping. Hopefully once we get the acid reflux and gas issues under control things will get back to how they were.
We’ve pretty much stuck to the same schedule as the past couple weeks, waking at 8:00 a.m. and nursing every 3 hours.
8:00 am (desired wake time) – nurse
8:45 am – awake time (diaper change, talking to her, swing, bath, etc.)
9:15 am – nap
11:00 am – nurse
11:45 am – awake time
12:15 pm – nap
2:00 pm – nurse
2:45 pm -awake time
3:15 pm – nap
5:00 pm – nurse
5:45 pm – awake time
6:15 pm – nap
8:00 pm – nurse and then straight back to bed
11:00 pm/12:00 am – 1st MOTN feeding
2:00 am/3:00 am – 2nd MOTN feeding
5:00 am/6:00 am – 3rd MOTN feeding
For the MOTN feedings, I’ve started pumping around 10-10:30 p.m. and making two 3-ounce bottles from that pumping session. Then she can take a bottle for the first two MOTN feedings. This has helped so much because someone can help me with those feedings and also I’m sure she’s taking a full feeding and not falling asleep and stopping before she should.
Everly is now 21 inches long and weighs about 10.5 pounds. So she’s slowed down on the growth a little bit, but still looking like a chunky little babe.
What We’ve Been Working On
Acid Reflux – Everly has the WORST acid reflux so I’ve been trying hard to get a handle on that. It affects everything for the whole entire day. I feel like its all-consuming right now. I give her Prevacid in the morning and at night, which has helped a ton. I’ve also started giving her Colic Ease Gripe Water and Mylicon before every feeding, which is also helping I think. She still spits frequently and has SO MUCH gas, but the meds are helping.
Naps – I’ve been trying really hard to read her sleep cues and get her down for a nap before she gets overtired. I’ve learned that for the first two morning naps I’ve got maybe 30 minutes to get her fed and changed and back to bed. Anything more than that and the whole nap is blown, and I end up holding her and rocking her for the next two hours.
- Bath time – Still lovesss bath time. I’ve started bathing her more often so try to get rid of her cradle cap. And also she loves it so much that I like bathing her. And our puj tub makes bath time so easy!
- Pacifier – Since her acid reflux got so bad we’ve started giving her a pacifier to help keep her food down. She loooves it. It instantly calms her down and helps so much with her sleep. I know it’s a sleep prop, but after I heard it helps with acid reflux I had to give it to her. Anything to help her not hurt! We can wean off of the paci in a few months after the reflux gets better.
- Acid reflux & Gas – We HATE acid reflux and gas. All of us. I hate hearing her cry in pain.
- Medicine – I’ve had to start giving her so much medicine throughout the day (Prevacid, Colic Ease Gripe Water, Mylicon), and she doesn’t love it. Sometimes she coughs and chokes and splutters and spits it out. I’m looking forward to when she’s a little older and can swallow it better or doesn’t need so much of it to not be in pain.
The acid reflux is making me crazy, y’all. It has completely thrown off everything – eating, sleeping, wake time. I feel like my whole day revolves around keeping the reflux under control so she’s not in pain and can eat and sleep well. I’m just hoping and praying it gets a tiny bit better every day and that this doesn’t continue like this for months and months. I know it can and does for some babies, but I’m so hoping it doesn’t for her.
One other issue is that my neck and shoulders are KILLING me. Like so tense and knotted that they burn. I have an electronic massager that helps, but I need to be consistent about using it because the pain is starting to get out of control. I’m still going to the chiropractor every week, which helps so much, but until I’m not having to stare down at a nursing baby for half the day I’m not sure what else I can do to help it.
Despite those issues, I’m still very much enjoying my girl. I keep reminding myself that even if the reflux doesn’t go away soon, it will go away eventually. Or at least not be so disruptive to our days. I’m trying not to wish away these early newborn days just because they’re monotonous and tiring. I know that they’re going to go by so fast, and in no time I’ll be wondering where the time has gone.
I often find myself looking at her in tears with a heart overflowing with gratitude that the Lord saw fit to answer our fervent prayers with a yes and grant us such a precious gift. Sometimes I still can’t believe I get to have her, my very own baby. I hope I never forget that feeling. Even when she’s a sassy threenager. (I actually can’t wait until she’s a sassy threenager!!!!!!)
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