|3 month old photo taken by me|
As her official newborn period ended, I reflected on it. It went by so very fast! I do not traditionally really love the newborn phase, but I am happy to say that I did this time around. I really enjoyed it to the fullest. I loved it for its good points. I soaked up those quiet moments with her. I let her sleep in my arms sometimes. I cuddled her. Those first smiles are just amazing. Life is slower paced with a newborn, and while that was hard for me to get used to with Brayden (I am a busy body) and hard to manage with my other girls just because of having busy little toddlers and preschoolers, it was something I fully appreciated this time around. Thank you for forcing me to slow down and take notice of life!
Oh these kids this age! They start to get distracted while nursing. I have to laugh. You start life out working so hard to get this baby to stay awake to eat. You get some time to enjoy baby just eating. Baby focuses and stays awake without a battle. Then baby gets about three months old and everything is a distraction.
My mom was remember the days of Brayden when he would get distracted and she would have to go into another room or hide from him so he could just eat. That worked great for him. I tried going into a quiet room where Brinley couldn't hear the many distractions of our house...but that didn't work. She is used to noise. Brayden was used to silence of course since it was just he and I at home. Brinley is smart and knows these people should be there, so she still looks for them if they aren't there.
I finally got out the nursing cover and covered her up. If she can hear them but not see them, I can usually get her to eat. I don't think the cover will be a fix forever, but it is helping right now.
Sleep was good and normal.
At this age, many moms start weaning or have even dropped the swaddle by now. I tried the one-arm swaddle one nap this week...definitely NOT ready.
This age is fun--the baby just gets so interactive and really enjoys playing. And it just gets better from here on out. I love her squeals of delight and fun while she plays. A cute thing is that she loves to be tickled under her chin. I can tell when she wants to be tickled by her little happy dance.
This was the week of the time change. I had her schedule fully shifted except for the dreamfeed. Oh the dreamfeed. I think this has to be incredibly rare. She was at the point when all signs pointed to dropping the dreamfeed, but it was a time change when you fall back. So I didn't want to drop it and have her wake earlier in the morning--earlier would have been early with this time change.
I thought and thought and thought about how to do this. Do I drop the dreamfeed altogether? Do I leave it at the same time to her (the new 9:15)? Do I move it some but not all of the way? I didn't really want to push it later because the way I like to drop the dreamfeed is to move it up a bit, so to move it later when I should be moving it earlier didn't seem to make much sense. But if I move it earlier I am at the point I could just drop it.
So what I did was move it to the new 9:45 (old 10:45). I will leave it there for a while--at least a week. Maybe two or more. I tend to drop the dreamfeed later than needed. I just feel better about it that way.
AS FOR ME
My hair has started to fall out again. So far it is just normal hair amounts. It reminded me that my hair hasn't fallen out for months and months. It also reminded me that the crazy amounts of hair falling out is in my future. Ahh good times (sarcastically stated).
This is our daily schedule. Most of the week was pre-time change, so I will leave the pre-time change schedule up.
8:00--feed, then bedtime
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