This is a summary for Brinley’s 12th week–she was 11 weeks old. This was really a perfect week. In my experience, I knew this was the “calm before the storm” kind of deal before the next wonder week came along. Even though it was a nice, calm week, there are some points of interest.
All normal. Still six feedings a day. She took her bottle again this week just fine.
Sleep was all good and perfect. I still love the Merino Sleep Sack. I haven’t decided if I am getting a second one or not. She did fine for her one nap without it last week on laundry day. However, she is a child who obviously likes her stuff clean. I have never had a child be like this. I change her swaddle blanket every other day and her sheets three times a week. So I do think she would be happy with two just so she could have it cleaned more than once a week…but I don’t know. Yes, I know. She is my youngest child alright? Allow me to do some spoiling here.
Brinley is still in her bassinet in her crib for all naps and night. I did a couple of naps in the crib, and for one she slept as usual but seemed to take FOREVER to fall asleep. Then the next day, she didn’t fall asleep at all. I think she still likes the incline. I am sticking with the bassinet for now and will try the crib again at a later date. We still have months before it will be too small for her.
I also changed the light in her room this week.She has always napped with the blinds fully open, but after watching her on the monitor, I thought the sunlight streaming in the window might be making it difficult for her to get into a nice deep sleep. So I now close her blinds half way. I think that is better. Every child is very individual on what kind of light they can have, and Brinley has even changed through her life, so always keep that in mind when troubleshooting sleep.
Witching hour is definitely on the way out. It is often not even around.
The church disruption can be killer. I think being at church is important, so we push through it. This week, though, I did leave 20 minutes early because she just wasn’t sleeping.
This week I also skipped a feeding in the evening. She gets so tired that it is hard to wake her up to eat, and then she ends up snacking. So I skipped a feeding in an effort to get her hungry enough to just eat. I still had to wake her up to eat, but she did eat well and we had no night issues that night.
At the risk of sounding trendy, I know coconut oil is all the rage these days, coconut oil really is fantastic. My sister-in-law gave me some when I was pregnant with Brinley. She had a dry forehead, and I had tried the various lotions. I finally decided to go with the coconut oil and one nap later she looked 100% better. The rest of her skin does great with the Aveeno, but her face does best with coconut oil.
I have been shifting her schedule in preparation for the time change. The only thing I haven’t shifted is the dreamfeed.
This is our daily schedule.
8:00–feed, then bedtime
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