Everly is 8 weeks old today. YAYYYYY!!!! We love love love this chunky, happy babe. Her chunkiness has inspired us to sing “Baby Beluga” to her several times a day. I know she probably won’t love that that is our lullaby of choice for her, but it is what it is. I can’t stop singing it. She can blame her grandma who called her a whale when she was gaining like a pound a week her first few weeks of life.
Everly eats every 3 hours during the day. I usually have to wake her up to eat so honestly I’m not sure how long she would go if I just let her sleep. It’s an experiment I don’t want to try, but I’m so curious.
She has started eating on both sides again. I don’t know what her deal was last week – maybe she just wasn’t hungry or she got frustrated that my supply leveled out so the milk wasn’t coming as fast as it did before, who knows. For whatever reason, she’s back to eating for about 5-10 minutes on both sides.
My supply has definitely leveled out. I never get engorged anymore, which is nice. I’m still trying to pump a once or twice a day so I can store some breastmilk away for after I wean her, and I’m able to get about 6-8 ounces a day so that’s perfect.
She dropped her second middle of the night feeding this week! She goes to sleep around 8:30-9pm and will usually sleep until around 3:30am. Gary feeds her a bottle while I pump, and then we all go straight back to bed. We’ve made it to DWT at 8:00am several times now. Occasionally she’ll get squirmy between 6-7:00am so I feed her on one side and then wake her up again to eat at 8:00am.
Although her acid reflux has gotten better, I can tell it still bothers her. This week in particular was bad. Lots of naps she cried if I tried to cradle her or lay her down so I just held her upright while she slept for awhile. It was so sad. Our acid reflux regimen is still pretty much the same – Prevacid twice a day, plus Mylicon before every feeding and an infant probiotic once a day. I slowed down on using the Colic Ease Gripe Water before naps because I hate it so much when she chokes on it, but if she cries for too long I give it to her in a bottle, which she seems to handle better than when I use the syringe. She still chokes on it sometimes though, I think because it’s so syrup-y. But maybe it’s been worse this week because I haven’t been giving it to her as often. Sigh. The choking is just so scary. I’m going to try giving it to her using a dropper this week and see how that works.
Well y’all, the 45 minute intruder has started ruining naptimes. She wakes up 40-50 minutes into literally every single nap. If I’m holding her it isn’t as much of a problem, but I’m not going to hold her for every single nap so we’ve got to come up with a better solution. That’s what we’ll be working on this week!
Like I said, she’s pretty much dropped down to one MOTN feeding! YAY! She sleeps a 6-7 hour stretch before waking up to be fed, and then sleeps another 3-5 hour stretch before waking up for the day. She sometimes needs a little help settling down after that feeding, but Gary helps with that so I can go straight back to bed after I pump. If she doesn’t settle down or if she wakes up fussing an hour or two later, I just put her in bed with me, sometimes feed her on one side if I she’s acting hungry, and we both sleep soundly until 8:00am when it’s time to wake up. I’ve semi-become a co-sleeper, and I don’t hate it. I kind of love snuggling her warm little body while I sleep. I’m definitely feeling the benefits of getting more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep at a time. And I’m also so encouraged to keep pressing on with the routine and schedule because all the work I’m putting into it is working!!
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 – MOTN feeding
6:00am-ish (sometimes) – feed on one side then back to bed until DWT
Everly is probably over 21 inches long by now, but I keep forgetting to measure her. She’s back up to around 10.5 pounds.
What We’ve Been Working On
Falling asleep on her own – Still working on this skill. But honestly this week I was super lazy about it. She was just so fussy after every feeding that I was afraid her acid reflux was really bothering her so I did a lot of holding her while she slept. It could, however, just be that she’s super fussy before naps and fights falling asleep. I can’t tell, but I don’t care enough at this point to let her cry at all if she’s potentially hurting because of reflux. Maybe next week. Or the week after that.
Eliminating the second MOTN feeding – Almost there! I say almost because after the fist MOTN feeding I sometimes feed her on one side around 6:00am if she gets squirmy. She sleeps from around 8 or 9pm until around 3:30am. I tried to add a dream feed around 11pm or midnight to see if that would get her to sleep past 3:30am and get her closer to DWT at 8am, but it didn’t work so I’m going to leave it alone for now. I figure it’ll happen when it happens. Although if it happens soon that would be great.
- Being talked to – Everly has started smiling and cooing back at us when we talk to her. It’s seriously the best thing ever. I love that she’s starting to be more alert and able to interact with us a tiny bit.
- Being held while she naps – Girlfriend’s new love is being snuggled while she naps. Just naps though. When it’s bedtime we can put her in her bed, no problem, and she’ll stay asleep for hours.
- Being cradled while falling asleep – This week Everly has started to prefer being held kind of upright when I rock her before naps. I’m assuming that’s because her reflux bothers her when she’s laid horizontal.
“Talking” – In addition to all the smiles we’ve been getting, Everly has started cooing at us when we look at her and talk with her.
Almost dropped second MOTN feeding – Two down, one and a half to go.
Not so much poop – For the first month of her life it was like a constant stream of poo that never ended, hence the awful diaper rash she got. But she only poops like once or twice a week now, which I’ve heard is common for breastfed babies.
I feel more rested this week than I have since she was born thanks to her dropping that second feeding. Granted, she still fusses throughout the night so I have to get up to put her paci back in or pat her or whatever, but it’s way more rest than I was getting before so I’m feeling pretty good. I was starting to get prettyyyyy cranky I think.
I’ve started contemplating venturing outside my house to do fun things. I haven’t really done much because she naps so often, and it’s so dang hot outside, I don’t want her to overheat. But as she gets a little bigger I think I’ll feel better about taking her out for short periods of time at least.
Overall things are going great! We’re slowly but surely finding our new normal, and as we’re finding it, we’re loving it.
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