At the beginning of this week, Brinley had a rough time falling asleep one night. I wasn't sure why. I tried rocking her. I tried feeding her again. She wanted none of it. Because of this, I thought I should do some pumping to help my supply get full again. It was slowly creeping up after my sickness (remember, I had the 24 hour puke thing), but Brinley is at an age where she won't just sit and suck "for fun." With newborns and young babies, they will suck even past the milk being plentiful, but a baby at this age is much more interested in playing than laying there sucking. She also was very impatient wtih the letdown. I typically have a pretty fast and pretty forceful letdown, but after I was sick, it was taking about 2 minutes of sucking for it to come on in the evening, which can be normal for some, but not me and Brinely was very impatient about it.
So I got a good pump and started pumping for a dreamfeed. Things bounced back quickly! After a few days I was over-supplied. I think I will still stick with pumping a "dreamfeed" most nights because I decided I like using the milk the next day.
I decided to try a bottle again. It has been MONTHS and MONTHS since I last tried a bottle. I was feeling paranoid about my supply and didn't want Brinley to be hungry. I wouldn't normally offer a bottle when worried about supply, but since I had a pump and could do some extra pumping, I felt okay about it. She actually took it! I was so excited. Freedom!
So that weekend, Kaitlyn had dance pictures at Brinley's normal eating time. I decided rather than get her up early to feed her, my husband could just give her a bottle.
She was totally offended. She would not eat. So Kaitlyn and I went straight home and I nursed her. I have since discovered she will take a bottle from me but not other people...isn't that weird?!?
It is better than nothing. And even if that is all she will do, it will be helpful to me. I spent all of Brayden's basketball season trying to nurse Brinley in the vehicle because she won't stay still or covered. But she didn't want to eat in the car--she wanted to look around. So for upcoming soccer season, I can sit on the sidelines and feed her a bottle if the game is at a feeding time. Small victories.
Brinley loves her exercauser and jumperoo. She also enjoys the standard baby toys. I love baby toys from Sassy (like these Sassy Newborn Gift Set). We also really like toys from Bright Starts (Bright Starts Pretty In Pink Playtime Fun). She also still totally loves her activity gym (Tiny Love Super Deluxe Lights and Music Gymini Activity Gym)--I still haven't ever turned on the lights and sounds part of this thing, and she LOVES it. This is something I bought new for her, which I debated over because we are pretty sure she will be our last baby and it is expensive (40-60 depending on sales). But it has been completely worth it. She has played with it from young baby and still fully loves it. This is definitely one of the best gyms out there.
I initially worried her rough time falling asleep was due to hunger, but I found the real reason. It was frustration from her sleep sack. She wanted to roll around and found it difficult with the sleep sack. So I started having her sleep in her normal footed pajamas and then some bigger fleece pajamas over that as her "blanket." She was totally happy after that! I put her in the fleece footed pajamas for each nap, also. I just put it over what clothes she is wearing.
With the removal of the sleep sack, she was quite the good roller and maneuver around the crib. She could get into whatever position she wanted to and was content.
This week, Brinley had cherries.
By way of information, other foods that are good for this age range (that sound interesting to me) that Brinley has not yet had are plums, papaya, and egg yolk (NOT whites). You can scramble egg yolk or give it from boiled eggs.
This week, there was still some residual grumpiness that I think can be attributed to schedule adjustment with the time change. We did shift the schedule by thirty minutes this week. It made mornings so much smoother with getting kids ready for school!
8:30--nurse with solids (fruit, cereal, yogurt)
12:30--nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, cereal)
4:30--nurse with solids (veggie, fruit, cereal, finger foods)
7:30--feed, then bedtime. In bed by 8:00.
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