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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Tracy Oh January 7, 2015 at 9:56 am

Congratulations on your wee one! Just a few weeks younger than mine – teething and in the throes of the 4 month sleep changes :-) but every smile is worth it. Anyway I thought I would pass on another developmental site I’ve found useful – the author is a ubc researcher who does a great job of analysing, explaining and sometimes debunking infant sleep and development research. Continued joy with your little one!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm

thanks Tracy!
I’ve heard of the site and will check it out. :)


Jennifer January 8, 2015 at 8:50 am

I love this site as well!


Katharine in Brussels January 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

Thanks for the site recommendation!
Angela, have you tried unlatching little miss monkey doodle when she scratches? She’s smart, she will figure out quickly that doing that means mealtime is interrupted. If she’s teething then this is really important for that period when she will start trying to teethe on you. Oh if I may, trying taking some toothless grin photos because she will look *so* different once the first pearly white peeks through.


Kate January 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

I so feel you about the teething and poor sleep. My lo seems to be starting on the dreaded two year molars and he wants nothing but to be held (the God for the Ergo!), to nurse, and to thrash around in our bed all night long and get up after 20 minutes if we move him to his own bed. Good thing kids are cute because this mommy thing gets hard sometimes! You’ll get through it and might even find that the developmental leaps are your favorite times to remember, because with all the chaos comes another piece of lo’s personality shining through.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm

thats so true about the personality shining through during these times. I feel like weve seen so many more snippets of her personality lately!
I can only imagine how hard the molar business is! Hope it passes soon.


Nicole @ Broken Road Creative January 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

Oh man. I am right there with ya. My little girl just turned 4 months old and she’s been refusing naps, turning down pumped bottles when she used to take them, waking up more at night, etc. It’s rough. This is my second baby so if I remember correctly, after this chunk of “storm clouds”, it’s easy sailing again for a while, so hang in there. And for the record, I’ve fallen off the exercise wagon too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 9:31 am

Oh it didn’t even occur to me that they could learn to take a bottle and then refuse it later on…what a bummer! Hopefully it’s just part of the 4-month phase. From what I read, so many odd behaviours can pop up out of no where. Hang in there!
Glad I’m not the only one who isn’t overly excited about exercise these days…hah.


K January 7, 2015 at 10:55 am

I loved my first year of motherhood. I especially enjoyed months 4-12! ;), really though, the interaction, cuteness, development-its so incredible the first year!! After 4 months, it really does just get better and better and then toddler hood :) its all amazing!


Shannon January 7, 2015 at 11:16 am

I’m only 5 weeks away from giving birth to identical twin boys – your page has been very helpful in getting me prepped (x2!!) of what I have to look forward to. Thank you!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 9:33 am

Congrats Shannon! Identical twin boys…wow!! How amazing. Good luck with everything…and please let us know how you are making out.


Connie January 7, 2015 at 11:34 am

The book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child saved me when my twins were babies. For certain, an earlier sleep time was the solution to a multitude of issues. Mine were in bed at 6:30/7:00 p.m., with a nap from 1:00-3:00/3:30 p.m. – like clockwork! This worked both for my son, who surprised me by sleeping 13 hours straight when he was four months old (yes, I kept compulsively checking his breathing the first night this occurred) and my daughter, who had more erratic sleep habits initially.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 9:34 am

Thanks for the reminder about that book…I downloaded it to my Ipad but haven’t pulled it out since the early weeks. I will start reading it overnight again!


Jill January 11, 2015 at 1:15 am

I second the Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child book. Used it for two (very different) kids. Worked like a charm for baby #1… Took longer for it to work well with Baby #2, but we also had a child care provider at the time who was undermining our strategies. Since we’re no longer using that provider and applying the methods consistently, Baby #2 turned into a marvelous sleeper. I still consult that book for info about my 3 year-old’s sleep. (I think he’s phasing out his nap entirely…. agggghhhh!)
Glad you found Wonder Weeks… I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it always gives me comfort to feel like there is a purpose to all the challenges.
I love your recipes and look forward to following your motherhood journey (especially because I suspect that means you’ll develop more super-quick-to-prepare recipes as your daughter gets older and more active!!). Thanks for all you do!! And hang in there, you’ll get through this challenging patch!


Cathy January 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

I love reading your baby blog posts :) Have you lost all your baby weight? You look amazing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 9:57 am

Thank you Cathy. I haven’t weighed myself in a while, so I’m not sure. But many of my pre-preggo jeans are still tight so I know I’m not quite there. It doesn’t feel very high on my priority list right now though…and thank god for leggings! ;)


Katharine in Brussels January 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

Cathe, Ange, you’ve hit on the bright side of going through a needy period quite well! Adriana is getting bigger, and so she needs more calories–so around 4mos her natural liposuction effect is going to go into full force now till whenever you start offering solids and eventually her bmilk consumption will taper down naturally (this can take lots of time or go quickly, depending on how much one wants to keep nursing). So Ange, get ready–she’s going to grab that fluff from you and put it straight on her! Good on you Adriana! Go go go! That’s the part to love about this period.

Hey if she ends up refusing a bottle late on, you could cup feed. No worries.

Like Cathe I also noticed that you look to be springing back into health, and I fully support you taking it easy, as it comes. It took months to go up, it will take time to go down healthily and as a bfing mother one isn’t doing crash dieting. Clothing fit is a nice barometer because while LO is getting all nourishment from bfing your body will cleverly hang on to a heavier cup size and hence about two kilos or so.


char eats greens January 7, 2015 at 12:14 pm

And with a 2 year old (and almost 2 months) she’s also changed a lot lately so I feel ya. I’m like where did my predictable, non-whiny toddler go :'(. It’s parenting so fun? No, it really is, but my patience isn’t always so accommodating! haha


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

My daughter is 9 weeks+. The issues we are having is that she is extremely “colicky” all day long, but then sleeps through the night. I don’t understand it. It makes me so sad because she SCREAMS bloody murder during the day. I have tried everything. It’s improved in the past week because she smiles now, but i dunno. I feel hopeless sometimes–i just want a happy baby.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

Sorry to hear that…I can imagine how hard a colicky baby is! Hang in there! I hear the colic phase passes around 3 months. You are doing great and I’m glad it’s improving a bit lately.


Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

Thanks. Everyone keeps telling me to wait for 12 weeks/3 months…i can’t tell you how many times I have googled, “Does it REALLY get better at 12 weeks???” I am starting to think people are just lying to me!!


Tracy Oh January 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

If you are breastfeeding, this could be related to too fast a letdown or too strong a flow, which can cause baby to take in too much air and upsets their tummies. Sidelying position or even reclining while breastfeeding can help. See for related topics and if you can, consult with a board certified lactation consultant. Those women have TWO YEARS of education and are worth every penny.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 11:03 am

Just as I wrote that comment, I realized that you probably want to strangle people who say that 3 month thing! lol. I know it doesn’t help when you are in the throes of it. Big hugs!


Robin January 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

Don’t give up Nicole. It will be better soon. My oldest son’s colic did not completely go away until about 4 months so don’t give up hope if it lingers a little longer. I was fortunate to have lots of help from family. Please seek out friends and family to give you a break and don’t feel guilty about it. Your helpers will form a stronger bond with your little one by helping you during this time. My son is 21 now, healthy and happy, and has been since the colic ended. He has a close relationship to everyone who spent hours walking him to music- the only thing that worked.


Katharine in Brussels January 9, 2015 at 11:46 am

Nicole, your baby is happy and lucky to have such a sensitive and loving mother. Baby is uncomfortable during this period for reasons we don’t fully understand but it will be over soon.

Another idea to try is babywearing, which has demonstrated in published research that carrying a baby when s/he is not crying for a couple hours (!) each day reduced crying dramatically. I think it’s like, 4 hours? But if you can wear baby for 45 minutes and it improves things, that is already progress. It will also have a side benefit of giving you a little extra muscle exercise. If you are bfing you can also try nursing then, or nursing while carrying or rocking baby, or… trying the Healthy Sleep book mentioned above and try getting baby to sleep more through the methods mentioned. I like the 5-S technique too for settling babies from the Happiest Baby on the Block series. Worked like a charm with my son!
Nicole, whatever you do, the most vital thing of all is to keep your cool and remember you have a higher stress job during this period than most mothers have. Every intense high-pressure job gets breaks. So more importantly than watching baby’s mood is to watch *your own* and know when your patience is running thin. I try to stay aware of how much patience I have left, and if it’s running low, I set baby up to where s/he is safe (in a crib for example) and then take a breather to re-centre myself. As I got better at this I would notice more and more in advance to really set up baby to be comf(ier) in a clean nappy with a fully tummy and swaddled, put safely in a crib. Baby was fine, even if if s/he grizzled for ten minutes, but if I lost my cool things are not fine. Taking care of yourself is taking care of baby. You’re doing a good job, Nicole *hugs*.


Melissa January 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

That sounds really rough….it is so hard to hear your baby scream and not be able to help. Hang in there!


Jill January 11, 2015 at 1:43 am

Hi, Nicole!
I just wanted to let you know I’m sending out positive vibes for you. :) I’ve had not one, but two high needs babies (you can google it if you do desperate googling during 3 a.m. breastfeeding sessions like I did!) and I can empathize with many of the feelings you’re probably having. Neither of my kids were happy unless I was holding them in their baby phases… Draining on both physical and emotional levels. I am ok with saying I love my kids with all my heart, but I don’t love the newborn phase at all.
I really hope you have a strong support network… It is so hard to imagine how trying those times can be until you’ve lived them.
A BIG part of the problem with my oldest child was sensitivity to dairy… Which I eliminated, which eventually led me to lots of reading and a switch to a vegan diet… Which led me to this blog. Funny how life is. :) My son also has confirmed allergies to eggs, soy, peanuts, coconut, and gluten (among other things), so I would encourage you to consider the elimination diet if you’re really at the end of your rope. I apologize if you’ve had enough of unsolicited advice, but I remember looking for answers, any answers, in those challenging weeks.
Truly, truly, truly, I am hoping you have peaceful days and nights ahead. If your experience is like mine, you really will look back someday and the moments you’re living now will seem so distant. I promise you, it is going to get easier. I’m sure you’re a phenomenal mother. Hang in there, mama, and use the support your loved ones offer!


Ashley January 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Omg thank you for this post! We are going through exactly the same things. My baby is four months on the 10th and he has been fighting sleep so bad, fussy, etc. it makes me feel so guilty because I work at home and he is here with a nanny, screaming. My mother in law was here the other day holding him and he kept peeking out, seeing the nanny, and crying. Poor guy! Lol


Ashley January 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Also, same here with the exercise. I feel so crappy and stiff but fitting in an hour and a half yoga class between nursing seasons? Nightmare.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

I’m sorry you are going through this too, but I take comfort in the fact that this is a normal phase! Hang in there. I’m with you on the exercise classes…with her not taking a bottle it’s very hard to leave the house. I’m just seeing it as a sign from the universe that I should be easing up on myself during this time. :)


Christina January 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Hi, I have been following along all through your pregnancy after finding you site a few years ago (love your recipes and cookbook). Our first daughter also started out being called monkey which turned into monkey doodle and then just doodle. She is now in university and we still occasionally still call her dood. Enjoy every minute because it seems like just yesterday my little girls were the size of Adriana.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 10:01 am

haha that’s so funny! great minds think alike.


Tracy January 7, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Hi there
I remember those days, the good and the difficult! I have 3 little ones none of them small like yours anymore , but I remember what worked for me every time was first nap was within 2 hours of waking with 1st yawn being my cue to get them ready and swaddled up. Afternoon nap was the same..its yawn was my cue to get them settled, and a little cat nap around 4 or 5 ,then 2 hours or so later in for bed. I exclusively breastfed and this was the only thing that worked. I spent months with my first never sleeping consistently ever and feeding all the time. After surviving that for 10 or so months I knew when I had my next 2 it had to be different….
Good luck.
Love your blog! And the snicker doodle cookies I made this Christmas were a huge hit!

Sleep in the day means more sleep at night.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 10:04 am

That sounds very much like the nap pattern that we have on the good days! First nap is usually 20-30 minutes within an hour of waking. Second nap is late morning (again 20-30 mins) and then a longer stretch late afternoon. Hopefully we can get her back there soon!
Glad you enjoyed the Snickerdoodles! I wish I had some right now!


Michelle January 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I feel you! My little babe is a week younger than yours so it is interesting reading some of the same things that you are going through. She has been a drooly mess and obsessed with her fists for the last month and a half, but it has reallllly ramped up over the last few weeks. She has chapped hands from sucking on them so much! I’m also having probs with scratching, though she has taken to her own face instead of me. I don’t really want to put those scratch mittens on, but no matter how often I trim and file her nails, she still scratches the heck out of her forehead. Also, I never realized how much babies needed to be groomed, ha! I feel like I am constantly grooming her, nails, face, head, etc. Here’s to the end of this leap coming soon!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

I hear you on the grooming! It’s never ending.
Adriana scratches herself a lot too. I used the mittens for the first couple months, but then stopped because I wanted her to be able to learn grasping and all of that. I try to file the nails a lot but the corners get sharp and she still manages to scratch herself. Lately I’ve had to really file them quite short for it to be effective. She does seem to be a bit more gentle with her face lately…and I noticed she’s rubbing her eyes with the back of her hands now rather than just scratching them. heh


Jen January 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Try an amber necklace to help soothe the teething pain. We weren’t too sure if it would work, but seems to make a huge difference with our baby girl. I bought one from The Art of Cure on Amazon for about $21. Totally worth it!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

Thanks Jen. I’ve heard a lot about these necklaces. I’m nervous about putting something around her neck. Do you know if it’s still effective when placed around their ankle?


Lori January 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

I have a soon to be 19 week old. Going through all of this as well. He’s my second, but I still don’t have any stellar advice for you! ha! Sounds like you are into researching and being aware and sounds to me like you’re doing everything right (not that there’s only one right way except just what your heart and instinct tells you!). My first never slept well but this baby was sleeping really well about a month and a half ago, so I just hope he starts to again soon. And the bibs. Ugh. So drooly, and the bib just messes up cute outfits, no? First world problem… Love your updates, thanks for sharing! Zombie moms unite! :)


Lorie January 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for your post, Angela! My baby girl, Evelynne, just turned 6 months so I definitely am familiar with the changes you are talking about. There are hard changes, for sure! But mostly, it is so amazing to watch as Evey learns new skills in seemingly the blink of an eye! One day, she needed help sitting up and the next day she was a pro on her own! And another day–a tooth suddenly appeared after weeks–months!– of drooling and chomping on everything.

I hear you on the sleep…cosleeping has definitely been my saving grace with the multiple wake ups. I so look forward to nights of even 3-4 hour stretches. As the saying goes…this, too, shall pass. In the meantime, I’m trying to just enjoy all the late night snuggles!

I love reading your weekly updates! Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us!


Lisa January 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Oh mama, I’m a zombie with you. My baby is 22 weeks and for the past couple weeks he has woken up several times in the middle of the night and then will take FOREVER to go back to sleep. It is as if he just wants to be held all night long. As soon as I would put him back down he will wake up and start crying. Ugh, its a battle but we will get thru it. So far I think the 3 month sleep cycle was the best.

It is so amazing to watch them recognize new things. The other day I caught Jacob touching the top of his head and feeling his hair. It was so adorable.

Thank you for all of the updates, I really enjoy reading what she is going thru and relating to your experiences.


Leanne January 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Have you heard of brestfeeding/ teething necklaces? I didn’t use them personally, but I had friends that used them with their children. Silicon beads are used so baby can grasp and chew on them without an issue. I am sure there is a large variety out there, but here is one.


Leah January 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm

My baby boy is 13 weeks. He had been sleeping from about 8:30-4 ish. Then two nights in the past week he was up at 1:30 and 2 times after that. But then last night he slept from 8-5. Babies are so confusing! But so worth it!


Gina January 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Going through the exact same thing as you! My 15 week old is scratching while feeding, pulling my hair, drooling, screaming out of nowhere to demand more attention, but more baby talk! That I guess makes up for the rest! He’s never been a great sleeper. Some nights we can get a four hour stretch but that has been rare these days. I’m determined to prove that breast fed babies can sleep through the night! I give you so much credit for working out. I barely have the energy to cook dinner. What gets me through is that glass of wine by bedtime. I feel less alone knowing there is another zombie out there with me : )


Milissa January 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

Oh, boy, my youngest NEVER slept/napped on any sort of schedule no matter what I tried. For the longest time, a nap was 20 minutes. If I was lucky. Now at almost two and a half, she nurses to sleep at nap time which is anywhere from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, sleeps in ours bedroom on our bed by herself for 15-45 minutes then comes to find me and climbs on top of me and sleeps another 30-60 minutes. Now, at night sometimes she nurses down but usually nurses then falls asleep after, sleeps in our bed all night. Hey, at least we’re all getting sleep finally! When she was Adriana’s age she went through the fussy, wanting to be held all the time, too. My sling became invaluable! So, yeah, everything you’re going through is normal even though challenging and I promise you will someday look back and marvel at how you survived and the memories will be just vague and nostalgic enough that you’ll start seriously contemplating when to create the next one:)


Kelly P January 8, 2015 at 5:41 am

Ah, my daughter went through all that at Adriana’s age, too! It’ll pass, like all things. I also remember right around that time (3-4 months or so) she discovered her vocal chords. So in between nursing constantly and while being in my arms allllll the time, she would scream/shriek (loudly) ALL DAY LONG, mostly just because she could. It only lasted a few weeks but I remember being more than a little frazzled. My best solution was to sing to her, constantly…she would quiet down and listen.
She’s 14 months now and if there one thing I’ve learned it’s that as soon as you get used to one routine, it’ll change…for the better or for the worse, but it will change. Hang in there!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 8:40 am

hah omg that so sounds like her (using the vocal chords alllll day long!) thanks for posting this, it feels more normal now!


Alison January 8, 2015 at 6:51 am

Hi Angela, I’ve recently come across your website in my quest to change over my eating and lifestyle to a plant-based one, so I really appreciate your website and the information you share; thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your experience with us!
Your daughter is a couple of weeks older than my second son; welcome to the joys and growth of motherhood ;) In relation to that I’m wondering if you’ve blogged anywhere about eating a plant-based diet and breastfeeding. I want to ensure that I’m eating enough of the right foods to maintain milk supply and energy, etc. If you could point me in the right direction for such information I will be so thankful. Wishing you continued blessings on your journey :)


Kristen January 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Hi Alison, I recently just finished Alicia Silverstone’s new book called Kind Mama (we’ve got no babies yet, but I’m preparing the nest!) and she talks a lot about what types of plant-based foods are good for breast feeding (things like good fats, iron-rich foods, dark leafy green veggies, steel-cut oats, borage, fennel, etc.). She also has lots of other great info too!
Angela, I’m a first-time commenter, but a dedicated reader for about a year now and I want to thank you so much for all of your wonderful (husband-approved) recipes (also just finished reading your cookbook cover to cover!) and baby updates and sharing your life with us.


Keri January 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I love these baby posts–My little guy will be a year this month, and it seems like just yesterday and forever ago that he was this age all at the same time. I don’t know how that’s possible? Any way, he did the same thing with the bottle–we tried several different brands/nipple flows and he’d only just chew on it. So after about a month, we gave up trying. I now wish that we didn’t; I feel like weaning him is going to be a major challenge this year! Nursing is still the only way we can get him to sleep (another newbie mistake I made). Hope that the sleep regression passes quickly & she finds some comfort in the teething process soon!


Em @ Love A Latte January 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm

This sounds so much like me and my sweet boy, Sage, six weeks ago (he’s 21 weeks now)! We went through the sleep regression…oh he was up every 1-3 hours for a month straight. I was a zombie. It has gotten better (and I hope it stays!). About the bottle, my baby boy did not take a bottle until close to 19 weeks, and it was from someone else and I had to be gone. Like no where in site. We got him to take it from my husband by having my husband greet him when he woke up from a nap and had a warm bottle ready. Because I went through such a tough time with getting my boy to take a bottle I can give you sure hope that she will eventually! And those cat naps…for weeks Sage would take three 30 minute naps. It’s so nice to read this. I just nodded my head with each statement you listed :)


allison January 8, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Just found your site – your baby girl was born on my baby girl’s duedate! My girl (Charlie) came three weeks early :) It’s so neat to read about your experience… I find myself nodding my head along w/ pretty much everything you say! This is my first child and, sure, there are tough times, but I wouldn’t exchange any of it for the world!


Jackie January 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Hi Angela!
I love your blog and have been following since the beginning in 2009! I am 12 weeks pregnant and love reading all your baby posts! I was just wondering if you did anything with your placenta? I know it’s sort of a personal question but I have been reading that some people encapsulate it for consumption. Have you heard of this? Just curious of your thoughts. Hope you get more sleep soon :)


Meghan January 8, 2015 at 12:46 pm

I immediately thought of ear infection when reading about her recent sleep regression and air travel. Thought I’d throw that out, although I’m sure it’s everything you noted especially the “being a baby” part;)
Hopefully you find that sweet spot again soon. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, She’s adorable!


Aly January 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Hang in there mama! My daughter is almost 18 weeks and (fingers crossed/I almost don’t want to say it in case I jinx it!) I’m seeing a big improvement than her 14 – 17 week period. Her naps are still a bit of a hiccup (she used to have 2-3 hour naps twice daily in her crib, and now I’m happy if she can get 2, 45-minute naps at home), but her night time wakes up are decreasing (from about 8 per night to 1 – 3 per night) and she is SO much happier. She’s exclusively breastfed as well (on demand) and I’m finding her feeds during the day are about every 3 hours now (as opposed to 1 – 2 hours). There is a light at the end of the tunnel. And the holidays are so hard when your baby is going through such a developmental leap. We hosted Christmas dinner for 9 when she was 16 weeks old and wow, took a few weeks to recover. You’re doing an awesome job!


Krista January 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Gosh she is such a cutie! These updates you post are so fun and make my missed the baby days (mine are now 6, 9, 11, 13!!!)
One little tip I have with regards to the scratching during breastfeeding is to give her a small blanket or even a washcloth to hang on to. It helped with my youngest who was very scratchy!!!
Keep up the great job Mama!


Annaliese January 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Wow! So exciting! It is so cool that you are documenting how she is developing-I wish my parents did this-I’d love to know how I was when I was a little bean! I find the cold weather to be an impetus for low energy and craving sweets-so you’re def not alone there :) Hats off for being an awesome team–and happy new year!


Sarah colony January 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm

So glad you are having an amazing time with your baby girl. The nursery is beautiful, however if you are like us you probably haven’t used it too much since she sleeps in your room! I also exclusively breast-fed/pumped bottle-fed for about seven months and it was awesome. Just know it gets easier every month as they get stronger! I remember my arms and body being so sore from holding her up to latch and then all of a sudden she is just able to do it herself usually between four and five months :) once you master the side-by-side laying down eating position you will never want to change it also helped us to have the lights off. Good luck they change so fast!!!


K January 8, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Would yo consider doing a baby products you’re loving?
That would be fun!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

love that idea! i’ll try to put something together soon


Dawn January 8, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Hi Angela, I look forward to your updates every week! Thank you for your vulnerability and opening your world to all of us.My son is a week or two older than Adriana and we are experiencing many of the same ups and downs. Wonderful smiles, cooing and just all around a ton of growth in a short period of time. Finding his feet has topped the list this month. It seems like a lot of extremes across the board. He can be very moody and irritable right now especially if naps are cut short but so fun and animated too. Finding a flexible schedule has helped immensely in having a little predictability aka sanity lol. I too have put exercise on the back burner mainly because I need rest and rejuvenation before I can even think about exerting more energy. I am trying to get outside in the fresh air every day and meditate. Hugs to you! We are tougher than we think, You are doing a great job ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

Hi Dawn, Sounds like our little ones are going through a similar phase! I totally agree with the moods going from extremes very quickly! I read that is very common during this developmental leap. I’m trying to get outside for short walks too (even though it’s freezing) and it does help the mood, especially if it happens to be sunny!


Laura January 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Hi there!
My baby also loves to scratch my breasts while nursing. I read it’s very normal and baby’s way of bringing down the milk. Similar to what kittens do with their mamas. She’s also comforting herself and you! I just keep her nails short and enjoy the effection (while it lasts!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 9, 2015 at 9:42 am

hah I was thinking that too because she’s also been squeezing my boob once in a while (as if to get it to come out quicker!) It’s pretty darn funny how quickly they learn…


Sarah Jamieson January 8, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Oh my I remember those days!! They change so quickly don’t they!! The good news is that it can go the other way (happy, good eating and sleeping baby) over night as well. It’s like a seesaw up and down!! Keep up with the bottles, I went back to work when my twins were 3.5 months so we had to do bottles. We kept introducing them from 6 weeks on, a little every day and eventually they were hungry enough they took them. We found that they took the bottle more easily from my husband (or anyone else) than if I tried to give it to them…at least in the beginning. They preferred getting the goods from the original source!! I’ve read too drinking from a bottle its like learning a new thing so don’t give up!!

She is gorgeous and you are doing amazing doing all that you do with a little one!! Remember BF burns off tons of calories- a different form of exercise!! :-)


Sylvia January 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

The absolute best age is around 5 months. THE PUDGE! Oh the pudge and the smiles… and the inability to sit up without falling over… and the drool… and the fascination with everything. Its like the last stage before they start to become independent. Its like a little burst of sunshine after weeks of challenges. I absolutely miss having a smiling chubby baby sat on my hip pulling on my hair. You’re in for a lot of fun this spring!


Layla January 9, 2015 at 11:51 am

Vivian is a week older than your little girl and I recognize everything you wrote! While I feel for you it is very nice to know that I am not alone, haha!


Zoe January 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Hello Angela! Another EBF BW natural mama here:)Not sure what your family’s opinion on vaccinations is but please please do a lot of research before you vaccinate your baby. There is a lot of misinformation out there and the risks far outweighs the benefits. I’d also recommend reading ” how to raise a healthy child in spite of your doctor” by Dr. Robert Mendelsohn. It was written 80s but much of it still applies today. It has helped me tremendously and gave me motivation to keep breatsfeeding even though I really struggled at first just like you.


Robin January 9, 2015 at 2:10 pm

I love these updates. My (third) daughter just turned 9 weeks old and she’s already 14 lbs and 24 inches! We sort of skipped over newborn-sized anything since she was 9 lbs at birth. It’s such an amazing feeling to watch babies grow & develop on a daily basis. My oldest is 9 years old and, let me tell you, they aren’t little for very long. Infancy is fleeting. Cherish each moment, mama.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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


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 :-)


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. :)


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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