Monday, August 9, 2010

almost 8 weeks....

And it's flown by! It's been hard to see Miss Isla June grow so quickly, but all the amazing things she is doing are well worth it. She now laughs and smiles all the time, but is not fickle or tite about it. She's not a "smiley laughing baby", but if something tickles her fancy, she will show you that. It's great, she's very meaningful with her gestures. She uses her hands all the time, to hold her pacifier, pull my hair or point (this is probably unintentional, see below).
and the most exciting news of all is that Isla June is now sleeping for 7-8 hours at night!! Yay! Our sleep timeline has been as follows (this is for me to remember in the future and for the new parents who think the sleep deperavation will never end)
Week 1-4: sleeping about 3-4.5 hours at night with 3 feedings. She was difficult to get down as she was overtired (remember), and would typically not go to sleep until 12 or 1 in the early weeks, then started going down at 11 around 4-5 weeks.
Week 5: Sleeping about 5 hours a night typically and going down around 11:00 with much more ease.
Week 6: Hello Growth spurt!! Eating every 3 hours at night (and nursing for 40 min!) and every 2 hours during the day (for about 3 days) Our schedule/routine was totally thrown off and I wondered what the heck was going on! Trying to get her in bed by 8:30-9:00 (this helps BTW)
Week 7: Eating about every 2.5 to 3 hours consistently, 4 naps during the day lasting 1.5 to 2 hours each with wakings during (I have to help put her back down), and sleeping 7-8 hours in a stint during the night, and going down at 8:30 after bedtime routine- bath, massage, nurse, rock, bed.
When I say, sleeping ____hours, thats how long she has been sleeping without waking or needing to eat. She has always slept 9-12 hours at night, just has had 1-3 feedings during that time.
Mommy is a much nicer person now that she is getting some sleep, and classes are done. We made it folks.

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