Life with a Baby: Week 15

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 7, 2015

 

If I could use one word to describe Adriana over the past couple weeks it would be – changing! She is going through what appears to be many developmental milestones. This girl is always in motion. Her arms and legs are always flailing about. I call her squirmy girl multiple times per day. If her feet press up against anything her first instinct is to push off it with all her force. She has tried to spring off my belly a few times when I pick her up. The energy. Baby talk is also going on all the time, unless she is in the company of new people then she tends to be quiet and observant.

Adriana has also started grasping everything in sight – including my hair (ouch) and my necklaces. I see a lot of ponytails in my future. Or a hair cut! In addition to the grasping, she is scratching everything in sight. Textures are so interesting to her right now. She likes to scratch the top of my breast with her nails when she feeds sometimes. I am trying to gently correct this behaviour. ;) Her favourite book is her fabric book that makes the crinkle noises – she looooves scratching it all the live long day. It’s hard to keep up with filing her nails…they grow so fast.

Also, her hands and feet are suddenly very interesting. The other day I noticed that she spotted her feet and she had the funniest, most confused look on her face…like wtf are those???

I would be lying if I said that these recent developmental changes didn’t bring about some challenging times over the past couple weeks. I swear I was just saying “The 3 month mark is my FAVOURITE so far” a few weeks ago, and then everything changed, almost overnight. Lately, she has been quick to cry, often refuses to nap, wakes up multiple times in the night (like the newborn days), and mostly just wants to be held lately. It hasn’t been easy. I feel like that awesome grove we got into simply vanished into thin air. I’ve been feeling so run down.

And at this age, there are so many explanations for these changes in behaviour…

The dreaded 4 Month sleep regression (I’ve been reading a lot about this at 2am, lol)

Teething (she seems to be in so much discomfort lately)

A Wonder Weeks developmental “leap” (sure enough, I checked my app and weeks 14.5-19 are storm clouds!)

Growth spurt

Travel or disturbance of environment/routine (which we did a lot of over the holidays)

Transitioning from co-sleeper to bassinet (we just did this last week)

or umm…how about just being a baby? They tend to do that sometimes. ;)

So lots and lots of changes going on. I guess it’s to be expected. We’re just trying to give her a lot of love and consistency. Consistency is hard because some days she refuses to nap (yesterday she napped maybe three 15 minute sessions) which only creates an overtired baby who is less likely to sleep well at night. If you have been through this before you know exactly what I’m talking about! We are going to continue experimenting with an earlier bedtime to see if that helps.

We’re still working on getting her to take a pumped bottle. I bought some faster flow nipples last week and they seemed to help a bit, but she is still not latching on. She just gums the nipple and lets the milk flow into her mouth (half of which ends up coming out). I’m still EBF (exclusively breastfeeding) on demand, and aside from the challenges I continue to love it.

Current fav nickname: monkey-doodle

Teething: Nothing really new to report except for a lot of fist chewing, cheek rubbing, mega drool (hello bibs!), and extra fussiness. We also went through a couple days where she seemed to be using my nipples as teethers – she was rough on them. I even got a few tiny sucking blisters again and it reminded me how painful the early weeks of BF’ing were. Luckily, they healed up very quickly and it hasn’t been an issue since. Overall, she seems to be quite fussy/distracted at the boob lately and sometimes she will completely refuse to nurse and cry.

Exercise: As I mentioned, I’ve felt really run down lately so I’ve worked out maybe twice in the past 2 weeks. Oye. I think I’m the only person who stopped working out at the start of a New Year! Oh well. I just haven’t felt that motivated about working out lately and my eating hasn’t been great either (craving lots of sugar from lack of sleep). It’s a vicious cycle! I know activity usually helps me feel better, so I’m going to make it my goal to get in a bit of exercise each day this week, even if it’s only a 20 minute walk. Warm weather please hurry!

Weight: We are quickly approaching the doubling of her birth weight. She clocked in at 13.4 pounds on Monday (birth weight was 7 lbs).

Height: Approx. 24.5 inches – 4.5 inches up from birth

Current clothing sizes: She is mostly in 3-6 months now, although some brands are still a bit big. I’m in total denial and will occasionally try to put the 3 months clothes on her with bare-legged results, hah.

Well, that’s all for this week. We’re in a bit of a challenging time, but I know we’ll get through it. Feel free to let me know in the comments how things are going for you! Any new phases or developmental milestones to report? Sleep regressions? Maybe we can be zombies together. ;)

I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you all!

 

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Tara January 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

My “baby” is 8 years old, so I’ve largely forgotten about these wonderful moments, until recently (very recently) when I decided, maybe I could do this again….OYE! Maybe it’s just a passing phase, or maybe it’s confused hormones. Either way, your post made me smile about the days passed and the memories my daughter and I will make tonight (don’t underestimate the humor of an 8 year old!) Thanks and good luck!

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Sarah January 11, 2015 at 3:08 am

Loving these updates! Gah, life with a baby is tough! My second is almost 8 weeks and I miss sleep so much. So much. Would you be able to give me advice on being vegan and breastfeeding? I didn’t eat dairy when breastfeeding my firstborn which, according to our paediatrician caused low milk supply. So this time around I’ve gone back to being vegetarian rather than vegan because I’m paranoid about my milk supply suffering again. I’ve done lots of googling and can’t find much on being vegan and breastfeeding. I have no idea what supplements I should take or what key things to include in my diet. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to reply, I understand; life with a baby is crazy!

PS love your book- had it for Christmas and can’t wait to try some recipes from it when I don’t have a baby glued to my chest and a toddler glued to my leg!

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Sarah Kate January 11, 2015 at 3:25 am

Hi Angela,
I’ve loved reading your pregnancy and motherhood journey. Adriana is so precious. I am expecting my first baby in early July. Have you tried rubbing lavender essential oil on the bottoms of her feet before bedtime to calm her? Lavender and Roman Chamomile are great mixed with fractionated coconut oil rubbed along the jawline for teething. DoTERRA makes the only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade so it’s completely safe for little ones. Just a thought as I’m sure sleep deprivation isn’t fun…I’m soon to find out myself! hehe.

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Terri January 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

I have totally been there on the “no naps”. Although my kids are well past this stage (at 9 and 12 yrs old now), my 12 year old was a cat napper. A couple 15-20 minute naps per day, that’s it. That being said, he was and still is a great sleeper at night. Was sleeping through from about 3/4 months old (10pm-6pm) and never went back.
You start to find a new way of doing things when they don’t nap. It does get easier.:)
She certainly is one cute babe Angela, nice work!

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k January 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

My mom said my sis was uncomfortable and lot and she figured out warm baths would give her a lot of comfort. A hot (warm) water bottle wouls have a similar effect I think. Also get one of those vibrating seats I saw it on sex and the city lol

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Hanna January 12, 2015 at 2:56 am

The only way we have made it through teething (so far) is with paracetamol. 60mg suppositories specifically for babies. This is allowed and recommended in Sweden where I live. Maybe it is different in the US (every country seems to have their own “rules”). Anyway, our daughter sprouted 4 teeth in the matter of 2 weeks and neither she nor we would have survived had it not been for the paracetamol (She is 10m now and has 10 teeth…) She was refusing to eat and sleeping horribly. I respect that all parents choose to parent differently. There is not one single right way to raise a child. At the end of the day we all understand our children best and should go with our gut instincts. We felt that it was unfair and unkind to let her be in such discomfort.

Good luck and you’ll get through it all, everything is temporary. It just keeps on getting better and more and more fun :-)

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Lina Newman January 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

Hi Angela,
Have you tried Amber teething necklaces for the baby? I heard wonderful reviews from so many friends who swear by them. As you know, Amber has natural healing properties and you can feel confident knowing you are helping her without any use of chemicals..
I plan on buying one for my sweet girl, who is due in May. :)

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Carlie June 4, 2015 at 8:10 am

Love these updates! My baby boy is just 15 weeks now and I follow along your updates. The last week has been rough with nap strikes and getting up abLot at night. When I read this it made me feel sane again that I’m not the only one.

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