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|Brinley in her Christmas dress. This was taken right when it was time for a nap, so you can see the “tired stare” she gets when it is time to sleep.|
This is a summary for Brinley’s 17th week; she was 16 weeks old.
She had some fussy times during this week during waktime, which I attribute to wonder week mumbo jumbo.
During this week, she pretty much for every nap cried out at mid-nap. Most of the time, it was one little cry, then back to sleep. A couple of times it was a cry, try to fall asleep, cry, try to fall asleep, and she would eventually fall asleep but she was obviously having a hard time sleeping.
She had a lot of shorter than normal naps, too.
BASSINET TO CRIB?
We tried one day of sleeping only in her crib instead of the bassinet. I did it when she was taking short naps anyway…which I thought, hey, she is taking short naps anyway, might as well give this a try. This is against my own advice of trying new things during fussy times. I don’t like to do that normally because then you don’t know if things are rough because it is just a rough day or rough because of the change.
She did okay. She had a hard time falling asleep and then took short naps. After a few naps, she fell asleep easier, but still had a rough time staying asleep. But again, short naps anyway so I wasn’t sure if it was just the short nap day or the crib…
I figured we needed to push through it so she could sleep in her crib because some day she will be too big for her bassinet.
Then I remembered that Brayden moved from a pack and play at 6 months old with no issues. When McKnena was 6 months old, we moved to a new house with no issues. Remembering this made me realize I don’t need to force something right now. So I moved her back to the bassinet. We will worry about moving out when we have to, and there is no reason for us to move out of the bassinet today in preparation when she will be too big for it in a few months. I know it is counter the idea of “start as you mean to go on” but I don’t think it is the same thing. She will get bigger and less desirous for the coziness of a smaller bed. Plus she will fill out the big crib better as she gets bigger.
Eating is going well. She continues to just be fast at nursing. She got to about 5 minutes per side, and she really empties in that time. This is a tricky age because they are starting to get distracted while eating and also getting faster at eating. Because of these two things, it si hard to tell for sure when they are done. That does get easier as they get older.
This is our daily schedule. BUT this week could best be described as “Sporadic.” Some days, she followed this. Some days, she took a short morning nap and wanted to eat at 10 instead. She pretty much always had a long nap of the day, but it could be any one of the naps that was long. We always ended right at 7:30 with me waking her up to eat and started at 7:30 with me waking her up to eat in the morning, but the days were sporadic.
2:00 or 2:30–feed
3:00–nap (one hour after waking)
5:00 or 5:30–feed
6:30–nap (one hour after waking–sometimes she does one hour ten minutes here)
7:30–feed, then bedtime
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