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McKenna is not officially a newborn, but she is close enough I thought I would continue the series :). This is age 13-14 weeks old, or the fourteenth week. She also turned 3 months old at the beginning of this week. This week was wonderful, though pretty uneventful. Naps were great, night was great, everything was just great.
Things remain the same other than McKenna getting more social. She loves to pull off and chit chat with me and smile. I also had to leave the room one time because she wouldn’t focus and eat–she wanted to find Brayden and Kaitlyn.
McKenna’s optimal waketime lengths were as follows:
1st: 50 minutes
2nd: 60 minutes
3rd: 60-70 minutes
4th: unsure. I still wasn’t sure about this length. When figuring out optimal, I work from the top down, so this is my last one to figure out. I went for about 60 minutes, which worked fine, but didn’t necessarily feel perfect.
Naps were great. McKenna slept really well. She started taking a longer morning nap. Since her last nap of the day is shorter, I thought it would be good to do a combo 2.5-3.5 hour schedule and let her sleep longer in the morning.
McKenna started extending her nights every other night. So one night she would sleep from the dreamfeed until morning waketime and the next night she would make it only about 8 hours, which then required me feeding one side, putting her down, then getting her up a couple of hours later. I am happy with the progress she is making.
I have mentioned that McKenna was born three weeks early. Because of that, I like to give her some leeway in my sleep hopes. I have been reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and in it he stresses over and over that your child will meet sleeping milestones at certain ages, and those ages are to be calculated from the due date, not the birth date. I found that very interesting.
Our schedule looked like this:
6:30 or 7:00–eat then down to bed
Every other night, she ate between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM. Those days, we started at 8 AM. The other days, she at between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM. She still slept until about 11:00 AM.
Most of our outings and events seem to not really affect McKenna because she will sleep pretty well still. I try to get her to sleep at her normal times and for the same duration, which does get harder and harder as they get older.
McKenna had her three week pictures this week. We set an appointment, and they took us 30 minutes late for it. This never fails to irritate me! I set an appointment for a reason, and that is so I can be there when my baby is alert and freshly fed. By the time the took us, it was time for her nap. However, she was still cute and smiley and we got some wonderful pictures.
We also went to a lake one day this week. We left right after her first feeding. She normally sleeps in the car, but our trip was through a windy canyon. She did not sleep at all. This threw off the day because she did not get her good morning nap (which I try my best to preserve). My husband was great and held her in the sling for her next nap and got a two hour nap out of her. He is much better at keeping her asleep in it than I am. By the end of the day, she was pretty disrupted. The next day was Sunday, which is the disruption of church. Because of that, Monday was disrupted with not ideal naps, but she had bounced back by Tuesday. This was her first Monday that was disrupted after a weekend.
- The Wonder Weeks. (and a link to their site: http://livingcontrolsystems.com/)
- On Becoming Baby Wise
- The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition
- 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
- Super Baby Food
- What to Expect the First Year
- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
RELATED POSTS/BLOG LABELS
- newborns (blog label)
- newborn summary (blog label)
- optimal waketime (blog label)
- Early Morning Feedings Before Waketime: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/01/early-morning-feedings-before-waketime.html