Lucy had a check up Monday, and turned 6 weeks old, so I thought it would be a good week for an update.
Things here are going a bit more smoothly since I last posted. I was at my wits end, so I should’ve known…isn’t that always the way?
Lucy slept really well for about a week and a half — she’d sleep about 5 hours before waking up for a feeding, then back down for a few hours. The past few days have been rough again, though. Lucy isn’t wanting to feed all night like she was (thank goodness), but she’s only sleeping for short periods before waking up and staying up for awhile. Last night she slept from midnight until 4:30 am…and at 6:30 I finally realized that we weren’t going to be sleeping anytime soon and we got up. Might as well get a head start on laundry, right?
We are starting to get the hang of things around here and I’m slowly figuring her out.
Lucy won’t take a pacifier and unfortunately this means that she sometimes has trouble napping…I see her always trying to suck at the air when I lay her down. After several days of not napping for more than 20 minutes at a time, I made sure she was full, dry, and warm, and let her cry it out for about 5 minutes…she ended up napping for HOURS. I think she was just exhausted and is having trouble falling asleep.
We thought Lucy hated baths, but it turns out that they are one of her favorite things!! You just need to add bubbles and make the water a little warmer than what you’d think a baby would like. She loves it!! She kicks her feet and doesn’t cry a bit, and it’s nice to see her have fun. Babies don’t get to enjoy much at this age, so I let her stay in the bath until the water starts cooling off.
Her weight this week was 7 lbs 9 oz. The doctor was happy with that, so I don’t have to go back for a month instead of two weeks. I feel like I’ve had to take her to be weighed constantly, so that is a huge relief for me.
I’ve been supplementing Lucy with a bit of formula, just a small bottle twice a day to top her off and get her good and full. I’ve had trouble getting her to TAKE a bottle, not because she doesn’t like it but because she has trouble latching on. After a zillion fancy bottles, I tried the Playtex Nurser bottle from Walmart…and it works the best for us BY FAR. Sometimes she takes it right away and other times it takes her a minute to get comfortable, but it always works, which is a huge relief. I was starting to think I’d never be able to leave the house.
Other than the occasional lack of sleep, I feel good. Sick of wearing pajama pants, and hungry constantly, but good. I’ll be glad when the weather warms up and I can take Lucy for walks…we are getting a little stir crazy around here!!
Jon David is still crazy about his sister. He went back to school this week and I have to say that I was relieved. I love my kids, but goodness, a baby and a bored eight year old when it’s too cold to play outside can be…a handful. Have you ever noticed that if you have more than one kid, they will always need stuff at the SAME TIME??
How do you people with 3 or more do it? Is there a secret trick or are you just magic?
Anyways, that’s about it. I’ve discovered that nursing is a great opportunity to read, so I’ve been flying through books lately. Any recommendations?
I look forward to seeing how Lucy grows this month and sharing it with you. I hope you had a happy holiday with your family!!
Have a great weekend!!