Our baby girl is one month old today! It’s hard to believe… we can’t really remember what life was like without her. We are just beyond blessed! She is one adorable, happy, lovable little girl.
First some pictures:
Before Laney was born, Kyle and I had read several books and blogs. I read several times, “Just enjoy your baby for the first four weeks”… and that is what we have done. All we worried about was her eating, sleeping and bowel movements and let her kinda dictate the schedule. Luckily, she has been pretty good about going back to sleep after eating at night (for the most part), and we haven’t been too sleep deprived. I didn’t worry too much about losing the baby weight, and Kyle didn’t stress too much about not making it to the gym when he needed more sleep.
Oh, but those four weeks are already over… So, break out the pad and paper, because it is calorie-counting time! I got the old jeans on last week, but I would like to be able to breath in them. I thought I would get a head start on the eating before I go to the doc next week and (hopefully) get cleared for regular physical activity. And Miss Laney isn’t off the hook either… time to get this girl on a more consistent schedule!
It’s a little hard for me to be super strict about a schedule. She truly has a very happy demeanor. She usually only cries if mean old mom is sucking the snot out of her nose or if you don’t get the bottle in her mouth fast enough. However, two ladies/moms I adore and admire recommended Babywise to me, and they have some pretty fabulous kiddos who are good sleepers and always have been. Therefore, Kyle and I broke out the book last night for a little review session, and I have been keeping her to a stricter 3-hour schedule as best as I can today.
Our goals for today/near future:
1. Eat/wake/sleep cycle: Feed her every three hours (not a problem for her!). Keep her awake after feeding for 15-45 minutes (sometimes a problem). Put her down to nap until the next feeding time.
2. Put her to sleep drowsy but awake so she learns to fall asleep on her own (so far she is a champ at this).
3. Let her cry for 5-10 minutes if it is not time to get up yet to see if she is really ready to wake up and eat (so hard to do, but has definitely worked a couple times so far).
ULTIMATE GOAL: Sleeping through the night in the next month or two.
Of course, I started this on the day my neighbor is getting a new roof, so luckily my little girl sleeps through anything. And of course she is being a good sport about the updated schedule. It’s like she is saying, “Mom, I know you are so worried about being a good mom, so let me just help you out and play along with this.” I just love my sweet, sweet girl.
We will keep you updated as we continue this little journey called parenthood. Have a great weekend everyone!