Brinley Summary: Week 11

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Isn’t she sweet? This is her, giving me big smiles, at my cousin’s wedding reception. She was  so tired and still happy as can be.

This is a summary for Brinley’s 11th week; she was 10 weeks old. You know, babies are just the best. I know in the past I have said newborn phase is not my favorite, but I have loved it with Brinley. In a couple of weeks she won’t be a newborn anymore! I think when you have older kids, you really appreciate baby’s. For one thing, they make life slow down. You have to slow down for the baby. For another, your concerns over a baby are so trivial in comparison to concerns over older children. Not to say they aren’t important, sleeping and eating are important, but I don’t find that as stressful as making sure life’s moral lessons are all happening at the right time. And they never talk back. You have to appreciate that about a baby 🙂 They also stay put. You know exactly what they are doing and where they are.

EATING

Eating returned to normal this week. 

BOTTLE

She took a bottle as usual again this week, which was a relief to me. 

WAKETIME

Waketime was fun this week. She really enjoyed her gym. She would slowly grab the toys and hold on briefly, then slowly grab. I just love sitting and watching her learn these skills. 

She is getting much better hand control. She started to suck on her hands briefly at times when awake.

SLEEPING

Naps were normal. 

Night was different. She had three nights in a row where she woke up. Every week after church, she has woken in the night. This week, after church she just slept and slept all day. It was so hard to get her to wake up and so hard to get her to eat when I did wake her up. That night, she woke at 3:15 in the night. The other two nights when she woke in the night it was closer to 5 AM, so not a huge disruption and not way off of normal. I figured she woke at 3:15 because she was hungry from not eating the evening before. I thought it would have been better to skip a feeding to let her get some sleep and to build up an appetite.

I also wondered if she was getting cold at night. I really think that was part of it. The last night of the week, I had a new sleeper sent to me to review. Here is a link: http://www.shoppingmoa.com/Merino-Kids-Baby-Sleep-Bag-Natural/M/B005OU5QEG.htm

Here is a picture from their website:

Just a normal looking sleeper. But it isn’t–it is made from Merino wool. What is Merino wool? Here is a description:

Merino wool is nature’s smart fiber and the fabric of our times. Soft as silk, yet durable. Warm yet breathable.

Merino has the remarkable ability to regulate body temperature. It captures and circulates air to insulate baby when the room temperature falls, and releases excess body heat and moisture as the room temperature rises. Baby stays warm and dry through night and day without overheating. 

Research shows merino is the ideal fabric for baby sleep sacks. A 2010 AgResearch study determined that babies sleeping in Merino Kids’ newborn merino sleep sack are less likely to overheat or to become damp or chilled compared with synthetic polar fleece sleep sacks.

It is pricey. Spendy. It normally runs up to $150.00 but is on sale for $99.99 right now. But it is worth it. It really works. I put Brinley in it in her swaddle blanket–so she is all swaddled up inside. She has slept perfectly ever since. I think she was cold at night. This blanket is so great because it keeps baby at the perfect temperature without you having to guess exactly how to dress baby each night. And it is a blanket that can’t be pulled over baby’s head. I told my husband after trying it I would totally buy it. I don’t get anything for saying it–and I wouldn’t recommend a product that is so expensive, especially in this economy, unless I really believed in it. I think I might buy a second for laundry day…I am about to have her take a nap without it so I can wash it 🙂 I am honestly nervous! Ha ha! 

It is sized up to 2T, so you can get two years of wear out of it. Definitely a product that I recommend.

WITCHING HOUR

I wanted to make a witching hour note. For Brinley’s 7:30ish feeding, I do things differently in order to help avoid any witching hour sleep aversion. 

I nurse the first side as usual. Once she is done, I take her to her room, change her diaper, put her in her PJs, swaddle her, and then nurse the second side. Then when I put her in bed, she isn’t asleep, but she is very contentedly drowsy. If she was asleep, I really wouldn’t see anything wrong with that. She just isn’t. She pulls off, is done nursing, and I burp her and put her in bed. 

So if you have witching hour going on, don’t feel like you can’t do what it takes to help it to go away. Nursing to sleep, swing sleeping, rocking to sleep–whatever it takes. It is one or two feedings a day typically and it is only a few weeks. It is okay to do what it takes to help baby peacefully sleep.

AS FOR ME

I had a night of insomnia again–the night she woke at 3:15. I guess I got used to not waking in the night and I was up for the day at that point. I stayed in bed after I had fed Brinely and put her back in bed. I tried to sleep, but to no avail. I was awake. As annoying as insomnia is, I am really grateful that it is only once a week and not several days in a row like it has been for me in the past.

I wanted to update exercise for me. I started off exercise with pilates. About three weeks ago I upped it to Lindsay Brin’s Boot Camp. I do that three days a week. Next week, I plan to add in cardio on my elliptical two days a week. 

SCHEDULE

This is our daily schedule.

7:30–feed

8:20–nap

11:00–feed

11:50–nap

2:00–feed

2:50–nap

5:00–feed

5:20–nap

7-7:30 (time varies here)–feed, then bedtime

10:15–dreamfeed

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