Tuesday, January 12, 2010

McKenna Baby Summary: Week 41

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This was a pretty uneventful week overall.

NURSING
Things are still going well and we are nursing 4 times a day.

SOLIDS/FINGER FOODS
Still great. She still loves to eat all foods.

ECZEMA
Her skin is still doing really well. Mid-way through this week, her scalp really started to look better. I have dry scalp, and I remembered something my mom did when I was little. She would use a bristle brush and brush my scalp before I took a  bath. I did that to her one day this week. Her head looked like it was covered in snow! But after I washed it, it looked so much better. So I am guessing the Burt's Bees is helping to prevent buildup, then brushing her head helps remove the buildup.

DROPPING THIRD NAP
She had some days this week without the third nap, but the majority of days she had it.

SLEEP OVER
We went to a party at some friend's house, which meant we needed someone to watch the kids. My parents are always happy to do so. This time we had them all sleep at their house. This was McKenna's first night sleeping somewhere without me! I had some anxiety of course, but she slept perfectly! My parents had Brayden sleep on the couch--his first time doing that. He slept great, too. I just can't imagine the kid sleeping when he was on a couch, but he did.

CHURCH
I thought I would post how we are handling our new chruch time. Church is now from 1-4. This is actually much better for McKenna because she can take a full nap. What we do is follow our schedule as usual up until just before 1 when we go to church. Then she stays up through all of church. We get home at about 4:15. I then nurse McKenna, feed her dinner, and put her down for a nap. She naps until 7:30 (it ends up being about a 2.5 hour nap which is what she lost while we were at church. Then I do her bedtime routine as usual. It works out well.

OUR SCHEDULE
8:15 AM--wake, nurse, solids (prunes or peaches/apricots and oatmeal)
10:00 AM--nap
12:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (green veggie and applesauce. Sometimes mix with blueberries or cherries).
2:10 PM--nap
4:30 PM--wake, nurse, solids (yellow veggie and bananas or pears).
5:30ish PM--dinner with family. Finger foods and what we are having.
6:45 PM--nap. Some nights, she stays up until 7:00. Since most of this week included this nap, I am including it in our schedule.
7:45ish PM--wake, nurse, PJs, story, bed

On nights we dropped the third nap, we did:

7:15-7:30 PM--nurse, PJs, story, bed.


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2 comments:

fishersmom2be said...

First of all, thank you so much for this blog - it's been a lifesaver! We just started the BW system w/ our 7 week old daughter on Monday. I already see an improvement! Two questions for you...

How long is optimal waketime at this age? I've been following the 3 hour window, with just shy of 90 minutes being feed/waketime. Is this too long? I'm afraid she could sleep TOO much during the day!

How do you eliminate the middle of the night feeding? Will she simply start sleeping thru it, or do we need to use CIO to eliminate?

Last night was our first night on BW, and we cluster fed at 5:30, 8 and 10. She went to bed immediately after feeding around 10:45 with no fussing. Then woke up around 4:30. I fed her and immediately put her back to sleep. Surprsingly enough, she fussed for 10-15 minutes and conked out! I used to pace the house for an hour after a feeding! So to say i'm impressed w/ BW thus far is an understatement!

Thanks again for this WONDERFUL blog! Such a valuable resource, and I find myself reading each post during her naptimes!

Plowmanators said...

For a 7 week old, optimal waketime is usually about one hour. This holds true for a 9 week old as well. Be sure to see the label "optimal waketime" to be sure you have it right. Waketime lengths can vary throughout the day, with the morning times being shorter than the afternoon and evening.

Most sleep through the middle of the night feeding, though some do need intervention. See the blog index "dropping things" for help in this area.

Your first night story sounds exactly like my experienc with my son :) We started BW at 9 weeks with our oldest, and we immediately had better sleep! It was amazing!

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