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|first taste of peas|
This was a week of big changes for McKenna. Here we go.
Everything is still good. She is a little faster. She probably takes about ten minutes per feeding these days, but I don’t really keep track anymore.
This continues to be the same and wonderful. I still wake her up at eight each morning.
This week I introduced McKenna to her first green vegetable: peas. She liked them.
This week we had two rolling disruptions during sleep. They both came in the morning. The first one was at 6:50 AM. I heard her crying, which I thought was odd. I looked on my video monitor (love it!) and she was on her belly. I went up to her and rolled her on to her back. She went back to sleep and slept until eight when I woke her up.
The next time was a few days later. It was 7:15. Again, I went to her and rolled her on to her back. I didn’t know if she would go back to sleep since it was pretty close to morning waketime. Well, she did. She is super baby.
We still have the dreamfeed.
FOUR HOUR SCHEDULE
Are you wondering where the big change is? Here it is. We are on a four hour schedule. Yes, I know. We haven’t dropped the dreamfeed. Yes, I know. I have told many, many, many of you to drop the dreamfeed FIRST.
I still think that is the best thing to do (drop the dreamfeed before moving to a four hour schedule). We had many extenuating circumstances that led to this:
- We are moving soon and I really felt like I needed to keep the dreamfeed until after we were settled in our new house.
- She was ready to drop a feeding and thus the end of our day was really crammed in there.
- We were painting.
Painting is what led to this schedule. The first day of this week, we started painting our new house. We had lots of friends and family come over and we were painting like crazy. McKenna was at my parent’s house where my mom was watching her. I completely last track of time and McKenna kept on sleeping (like she always does) so that a feeding came an hour late in the evening. Because of that, I couldn’t cram in the last feedings like I usually do. So I decided that day was a four hour schedule.
Well, that was smooth and so much more convenient for our working-on-the-house schedule. So I just decided to keep going with the four hour schedule. She did great. My current plan is to keep the dreamfeed until after we have been in our new house for 1-2 weeks.
Again, I still think it is preferable to drop the dreamfeed first. But you always have to do what is best for the entire family. We were in a special situation that this really worked better for us. I don’t think it will cause any long-term problems :). I haven’t seen any short-term problems.
I also think that often times if your baby is older than four months old and still has a dreamfeed and not yet on a four hour schedule, she will be ready to both drop the dreamfeed and move to a four hour schedule at the same time. With Kaitlyn, I dropped the dreamfeed and moved to a four hour schedule a couple of days later. It is risky to do it that way because is baby has problems, you won’t be sure if it is because of the dreamfeed, four hour schedule, or both.
- 8:00 AM: I wake her. Nurse. 2 T fruit (prunes or peaches) and 3 T oatmeal. This is followed by bath and then independent playtime.
- 9:00 AM: Nap
- 12:00 PM: I wake her (yes, she takes a 3 hour nap). Nurse. 2-4 T peas and 2-4 T of bananas. This is followed by some time with siblings and some tummy time/floor play.
- 1:15-1:30 PM: Nap. Almost every day this week, she took this nap at my parent’s house.
- 4:00 PM: I wake her. Nurse. 4 T yellow veggie, 2 T fruit (usually peaches), and 4 T oatmeal. This is followed by us going to our new house to work on it. I would put her in the front carrier or in the bouncer. Some days, she and I would drive to pick up food for the workers.
- 6:00 PM: Nap. This was taken in my new neighbors master bedroom closet in her bassinet.
- 8:00 PM: I wake her. Some nights she woke on her own. She sleeps so well! I never expected her to sleep well there. They have six kids, so you know things just get really loud sometimes. The girl can sleep. Nurse and then back to bed at home.
- 10:20 or 10:30 PM: Dreamfeed.
I would ideally like the last feeding to start at 7:30 so she can be in bed by 8:00, but for right now, it is good for me to have that extra 30 minutes to work on the house. We are still figuring out our perfect 4 hour schedule.
- Super Baby Food
- On Becoming Baby Wise
- On Becoming Baby Wise: Book II (take note that this is a link to the 2001 printing; there is a 2008 printing, but Amazon doesn’t have it).
- What to Expect the First Year
- The Wonder Weeks. (and a link to their site:http://livingcontrolsystems.com/)
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
- Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby
- The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems: Sleeping, Feeding, and Behavior–Beyond the Basics from Infancy Through Toddlerhood
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