Everly is 9 weeks old today. She is the happiest, smiliest, sweetest little cupcake with the eyelashes of a baby elephant.
Still eating every three hours and nursing on both sides for 5-10 minutes. No change there.
Her reflux is drastically better this week. She still refluxes and it makes her cough, but I don’t think it’s hurting her anymore. She doesn’t complain or cry about it anyways. She’s still on Prevacid twice a day, and I give her Mylicon before every feeding plus an infant probiotic. I started using a dropped for the Colic Ease Gripe Water when she needs it and that has worked perfectly! She doesn’t choke if I do it that way, but she hasn’t needed it much this week.
We’re pretty much back to two MOTN feedings again this week. So skipping the last one last week was just a tease I guess. Or maybe I’m too quick to feed her when she starts to fuss around 6am. But I don’t want to take the chance that she’s hungry and not feed her so I just nurse her. If it’s 6am I nurse her on both sides. If it’s closer to 7am I try to nurse her on only one side just to satisfy her so that she can make it to DWT at 8am and then I can feed her a full feeding.
We started CIO this week, y’all. And it is ROUGH. Probably more for me than for her. I hate hate hate hearing her cry at all. I started out letting her cry until the end of nap (extinction), but soon decided that she just got herself so worked up that there was no chance of her going back to sleep. She would sleep for 20-45 minutes, and then scream until nap was over, which was so sad to listen to and also unproductive. The past couple days I’ve started going in after 5-8 minutes of crying and putting her paci back in, patting/shushing a little, and then walking back out. She usually falls back asleep quickly after that. I usually only have to go in once, maybe twice, during each nap, so that’s progress from where we were last week, i.e. holding her for her entire nap.
You know what’s interesting though is that she usually doesn’t cry at all when I put her down for bedtime. She’ll maybe fuss a little bit, but when I put her down for the night around 8:30, she goes down easily and sleeps until 2:30-3:30 when she wakes up to eat. After that first MOTN feeding she often starts fussing around 6-6:30am so I nurse her and then try to put her back in her bed. If she still fusses I just snuggle her up in my bed and sleep with her until DWT at 8am.
8:00 am (desired wake time) – nurse
8:15 am – awake time (diaper change, talking to her, swing, bath, etc.)
8:30 am – nap
11:00 am – nurse
11:15 am – awake time
11:30 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 – wake up, nurse, and then straight back to bed
3:30 am-ish – 1st MOTN feeding
6:00am-ish – 2nd MOTN
Everly is 22 inches long. I think she’s a little over 10.5 pounds.
What We’ve Been Working On
Sleeping in her own bed – This is the second level of the babywise sleep hierarchy. A couple weeks ago she started waking up during naps if I put her down in her bed so I started holding her during naps A LOT. I really enjoyed the snuggles for awhile, but then my back started really hurting, and also I could tell that she had started to become dependent on that to sleep well, so it was time to let her sleep in her own bed more.
Falling asleep on her own – This is the third level of the babywise sleep hierarchy. Like I said above, we’re working on this, but not being super hardcore about the CIO part. I let her cry some, but I don’t let her get too worked up or cry forever. I’m not sure it works for her, and she certainly gets better sleep if I still give her a little bit of help staying asleep. I’m hoping as she gets a little older she’ll need less and less help. If it doesn’t work how I’m hoping, I’ll change strategies.
- SwaddleMe Pod – I finally found a swaddle that is made of thin, lightweight fabric that she can’t bust out of – the SwaddleMe Pod. And it has a zipper! Even better than that, it zips from the top and the bottom, so if I need to change her diaper in the middle of the night I don’t have to completely unswaddle her. I can just use the bottom zipper and unzip the bottom part while leaving her top half swaddled. I love it and she loves it.
- Smiling and talking – She has starting smiling and talking so much. She wakes up happy and rarely fusses or cries during her awake times.
- 45 minute intruder – We all hate the intruder. It interrupts naps and is just the worst. I know it will get better as she gets better at self-soothing, so we’re just waiting it out, but still, boooo intruder.
I can’t think of any new milestones this week. She’s been smiling A LOT and will “talk” back to us when we talk to her, but she started both of these things before this week.
Now that she is sleeping in her own bed for naps instead of in my arms, I feel much more like myself. I have time to get some things done around the house and work on work stuff, etc. Also, my back feels so much better.
Sometimes I can’t believe how much I love her. Like, she does nothing. She’s basically just a blob of a person, yet my heart bursts for her. The unbridled joy of a baby – I can’t get over it. What a gift.
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