We got peanut some Zantac. Hallelujah! It has made the world of difference. Read more about reflux and how to spot it here.
This week, everything has continued to improve. We’ve had two nights with 6 hour stretches which was amazing, but most nights are holding steady with 5 hour stretches. I’m not complaining. It’s great progress, but I am still looking forward to those longer nights coming soon… hopefully!
I feel like our schedule is starting to solidify a lot. She’s starting to be a whole lot more predictable too, which I appreciate. Day and night are definitely oriented now. She wakes up on her own during the day every 2-3 hours to eat, has much more alert time after those feedings, and she goes right back to sleep during the midnight feedings. I think part of this is because she’s on Zantac now so she’s not squirming and upset after those big feedings in the middle of the night.
Her daytime patterns are getting more consistent (or at least it’s easier to notice when MY day is structured.) We’ve got a good 3-hour rhythm going:
Eat for about 45 minutes
Poop, burp, spit, fart
Awake and alert for about 45 minutes
Sleeps for 1 ½ hours
I went back to work on Monday! I take Peanut with me and she’s been AMAZING!! Most everybody thinks it’s crazy that I’m back to work already, but seriously it feels like a gift to be able to sit in a big comfy chair, snuggle my new baby and talk to adults all day. Honestly, it’s easier than juggling 3 kids at home, with the constant demands of a 3 and 5-year-old. Plus, I really love what I do and the clients I work with. And I only work 1.5 days a week anyway…
The last big insight I’ve noticed this week is that she LOVES to be swaddled. Most babies do. I find that she sleeps way better when she’s swaddled tight, and even when she’s awake and alert she’s much happier swaddled up. Babies also love to suck, so be sure to keep that paci handy.
If you haven’t introduced a bottle yet, do so this week. Even if you are planning to be a stay-at-home mom, it’s so worth it to get them used to a bottle as soon as possible. There will be times that you’ll need to leave your baby for a doctor’s appointment, date night or a solo grocery trip and it will be a giant relief if you know they’ll take a bottle in your absence. Seriously, just talk to a mom who’s been there with a 6-month-old who won’t take a bottle. It’s STRESSFUL!
Give your baby an ounce or two of expressed breastmilk once or twice a week and they’ll be golden. If you’re not planning to pump a ton, I am totally in love with this manual breast pump. It feels so natural and I love how quick it is. In less than 30 seconds you can be set up and pumping. Sometimes the hassle of setting up the double electric pump with the cords, million pieces and pump bra feels like a hassle. Plus, I can be walking around doing stuff like unloading the dishwasher with my other hand while I’m pumping.