Life with a Baby: Weeks 19 + 20

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 8, 2015


This week marked the start of something bittersweet – we transitioned Adriana to her big girl crib for overnight sleeps! It was clear that she had outgrown her bassinet, and I started to feel guilty for putting her down at night in the bassinet when she had this amazing crib mattress to sleep on. We knew it was time. I was a bit emotional about my sweet baby leaving our bedroom, but I think I handled it pretty well and she seems to love her new crib! She slept in a co-sleeper in our bed from months 0-2.5, then we transitioned her to the bassinet next to the bed from 2.5-4ish months and now into the crib this week. I think this gradual transition has worked well as first time parents. She’s been napping in her crib for the past two weeks to help get her used to sleeping in that room. We’ve had no problem putting her down to sleep (she tends to fall asleep quickly these days), but the challenge has been keeping her asleep. As you may know, we’ve been struggling with the 4 month sleep regression for a while now and she has been waking a lot during the night.

One rather sleep-deprived night, I sent a desperate text to a friend looking for suggestions on how we could improve her current routine. Her first suggestion was to put Adriana down for her first nap 2 hours after waking. We had been putting her down for her first nap much sooner than 2 hours so I figured it was an easy change to try. The other suggestion was that her latest nap should be no later than 4:30pm. Our nap times have always varied each day, but I noticed some days we let her take her last nap around 5-5:30pm which I now think was probably too close to her bedtime. Her last nap is now around 4-4:30pm. So we tried both of these things out and we saw an improvement almost immediately. She now takes 3 naps a day rather than 4. We’ve had two great nights where she is up around midnight and then not again until 5:30-6ish. It’s still too soon for me to say if she’s back on track as we’ve had some rough nights too, but I definitely think we are making p-r-o-g-r-e-s-s! The nights/days where she sleeps well I notice such an improvement in her mood. It’s like night and day! When she doesn’t sleep well she is cranky and easy to cry all day long. Well-rested babies are happy babies for sure.

It’s so great to be able to use the nursery at long last. The nursery is used so much now – not just for all of her sleeping, but diaper changes, nursing, etc. It’s nice to consolidate things a bit more. Eric moved my glider chair back up into the nursery again. It’s such a peaceful room and it brings me so much joy! [Here is our nursery tour in case you missed it.] I love our peaceful moments together in there.


In my last update a couple weeks ago, I wrote that it would be any day that she’d roll from her back to her tummy and sure enough she did it the day after I wrote the 18 week post. Once she figured out how to roll from back to tummy she became obsessed with doing it. As soon as I’d put her down on her activity mat, she would instantly lift her legs, roll to the side and flip herself over. It was THE thing to do!! It’s been almost two weeks of her rolling over non-stop and she finally seems like she is getting bored of it. Who knows what she’ll do next.

Adriana seems to get bored easily these days and always has to be doing something, so we usually rotate between a bunch of activities when she is awake. She is now more interactive with her activity centre, exersaucer, toys, etc. Once she gets bored of one thing, we’re onto the next. I can only imagine how much energy she is going to have when she’s actually crawling/walking, etc!

Her new fav. thing is sticking out her tongue and blowing bubbles (I read this is called “blowing raspberries”). We do it back and forth and she thinks it’s quite the thing. Apparently this helps with language development. She also makes a high pitched squeal when she does it sometimes. Lately we love to blow on her stomach making a vibrating noise and she giggles like crazy…it’s way too much fun. It’s amazing how much she interacts with us now. I miss her so much when she sleeps! It feels like Christmas morning when I go into her room to get her each morning.

Nursing sessions have decreased in duration lately. We are averaging about 1.5 hours of nursing per day. This is down from 5 hours when she was a newborn. Huge change! I think she’s more efficient at getting the milk out now. She loves to squirm and wiggle her legs during feeds. She still loves to stop eating and look up at me with a goofy grin and wide eyes. That’s probably my favourite thing in the world…it just melts my heart to see her gazing up at me with such wonder. Sometimes we go into the nursery and keep the light off to minimize distractions if I feel like she needs a good feed.

I recently picked up a new breastfeeding pillow last week called My Brest Friend. Many of you recommended it way back when I was pregnant. For the past 4 months I’ve been using the Boppy Pillow which is also very popular. I didn’t find the Boppy Pillow worked well when Adriana was a newborn (she was just soooo tiny and was too low even when placed on the pillow – but that could’ve also been my own awkwardness), but once she grew I started to enjoy it more. The one thing I don’t like with the Boppy is that it’s hard to use when I’m alone (there isn’t a strap around the waist so it often slips out of position when I place her down) and it doesn’t have back support so I had to prop two pillows behind my back while nursing. I bought the My Brest Friend Pillow because it has good reviews and it has a belt with a padded back support – genius!! So now when I nurse, I strap the My Brest Friend pillow around my waist, then pick her up, and then sit down and position her. It doesn’t fall off and works great. At first I hated it because it’s much more stiff compared to the soft and pillow-like Boppy, but I’ve gotten used to it now and Adriana doesn’t seem to mind it either. I also love that it has a pocket in the front where I can stash my phone or water bottle! It’s like a tool belt for nursing! haha.

I’ve done well with exercise since I got back on track with it a few weeks ago (mostly treadmill hill workouts and core work). I figured out that sleep deprivation doesn’t mesh well with morning workouts, so I moved my workouts to the early evening. Oddly enough, I have much more energy around that time of day so I’m going with it. It’s funny how a simple change in workout time can make such a difference.

Have I mentioned that I can’t wait until spring/summer? Yes, yes I have. February is a hard month, isn’t it? A lot of my mama friends and I are feeling the winter blahs lately. It’s hard not being able to get out as much, but on the positive side I think the days are slowly getting longer!! I can’t wait!

I hosted our monthly potluck this week and it was so much fun to get together with the girls. We got to meet the newest lady in the group – sweet Liliana, just 7 weeks old! It’s hard to believe that there were 5 baby girls born into our group in 2014. What a wild year! I am so grateful for my friends…they are a great support system and I don’t know what I’d do without them.


What the experts say about introducing solids (and why I’m in no rush) – Kelly mom

I watch this video whenever I need a good laugh – Jim Gaffigan via YouTube

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Katalijn February 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

Starting solids was one of the hardest thing to do (I found). We also started just past 6 months, and did mostly Baby Led Weaning. I’m so happy we did it! I know it’s not for everyone, but it worked for us. We actually used quite a few of your recipes (the banana oatcake (minus the nuts and chocolate) has been a hit from the beginning! Our little girl is now 16 months.
Good luck with the sleep regression too. I remember the days we moved her to her own room. Mixed feelings for sure.


Karen February 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

Look at those big, blue eyes! Adorable!


Annaliese February 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Aww, that hat and her big blue eyes…so cute :) Spring flower photos with her will be a must I am sure!


Jessica @ TwoGreenPeas February 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

I can’t get over how big and bright her eyes are! Also love the winter hat; too cute.


Naomi Newman February 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

You can tell she was a well nourished baby in the womb and continues to get the best nourishment. Those bright eyes and beautiful skin says it all!
Love, love, love your nursery. It looks so peaceful and serene…like something out of a magazine. Also love that your cat is in the shot.


Catherine @ foodiecology February 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

So cute!
I wish I’d known about that nursing pillow in the early weeks/months! Since I’m back at work and nursing less often I don’t really need it, but it would’ve been awesome when I was home alone during maternity leave.


Sara February 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Love these posts! Do you put Adriana down to nap while she’s still awake? Oftentimes I nurse my 4 month old to sleep, but I know that can be bad habit! I would love tips on putting baby to sleep while awake if you have any! I usually nurse her to sleep then transition her to her crib, but oftentimes she will wake right up! If babies could just stay sleeping it would make everything so much easier :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Hi Sara,
In the early days I nursed her to sleep all. the. time. and then someone told me to try putting her down to sleep awake so she could learn how to soothe herself to sleep. So I started to do that sometime around 2 months maybe…I think it helped get her used to falling asleep on her own, but honestly she has always been pretty easy to fall asleep. I’m still guilty of putting her down asleep when she feeds overnight (she just passes out on me!), but for the most part now I always put her down awake during the day. One thing that has helped us recently is the Merlin magic Sleep Suit…she doesn’t do swaddles anymore, so this helps her feel secure while still being able to chew her hands! lol. When I put her in her crib I also like to sing her a song and rub her belly in circular motions. It’s our little routine and her eyes get dozy pretty fast (I think she just wants the singing to stop haha). We were also gifted a lullaby machine (it looks like fish swimming in water) that attaches onto the crib – so I often press that to play a quick song too. Another tip I have heard is to avoid nursing immediately before a nap (try to have something in between to space it out like a bedtime routine with a book or song). In closing, I really have no clue what I’m doing so take the tips at your own risk! haha.


Sara February 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Thanks for the tips Angela! It’s nice to hear other mom’s routines! I will look into the sleep suit as once we stopped swaddling, sleeping went south!


Susan S. February 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Sounds like my 6 month old is on a similar schedule!
7:30am wake up
1st nap – 9:00am to 10:30am
2nd nap – 12:30 to 1:30ish
3rd nap – 3:30 to 4:30ish (but no later than 5pm)
Bedtime 6:30 or 7 (if she wakes up at 5 from her last nap)
1st waking & nursing 12am
2nd waking & nursing 5am

It’s been a solid week of this, yay! I make sure my LO doesn’t stay awake for more than two hours during the day. That seemed to help her mood the most. I hope Adriana continues sleeping well for you :) Looking forward to hearing about your intro to solids.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm

That looks very similar to our day today! Wake up at 7a, first nap 9-10:30, second nap 1:20pm-2:10pm, third nap 4:10-4:40pm. I’m hoping we can keep this momentum going. :) it’s so nice to have some sort of idea what to expect!


Rachael February 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

The hat is adorable! What’s the Sketchie news these days? How’s he doing with Adriana and health wise?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

He’s hanging in there and still on meds for his cancer. Some days he’s like his old self and other days he doesn’t seem to have much energy.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

oops I forgot to answer your other question! He’s pretty indifferent to her most of the time. He walks near her and sniffs her if he’s feeling brave but he usually just ignores her. hah.


Terri February 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

I just read this really cute post on Medium. Thought you might enjoy it. Hilarious! Unfortunately, I don’t see how to make it clickable…..


Karen February 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm

You said it feels like Christmas morning when you go to get her after she wakes from her sleep. It is like that with my grandson, whom is my first! Can’t get enough of that precious one!


addie February 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Hi Angela! I adore these updates. It’s so fun to follow along with Adriana’s growth and development. I heard an interesting fact from a friend who has a baby a couple months older than your girl. She said that she had off handedly said something to her doc about the baby not sleeping as well, and the doc said that it could be related to low iron. So they started an iron supplement and since then, her babe has been sleeping 6-7 hour stretches.


Lori February 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm

How do you handle night wakings? (or how DID you handle them, when Adriana was waking a lot?) The 4 month regression really got me. My little one was sleeping well and then bam, started waking a ton. I fell into the trap of always nursing back to sleep and then he couldn’t sleep without it, and was in my bed most of the night waking every 45 min! I was just waiting it out and then I read that the “regression” can turn into the new norm if you’re not careful. Yep, that was me. So about a month ago we switched up the bedtime routine so that there’s at least 20 min between nursing and bedtime. (We are lucky that he can be put down awake and goes to sleep easily. He just can’t STAY asleep!). This seems to have helped a lot. We’ve gotten some longer stretches of sleep, but they are really hit and miss. I decided to try not to nurse unless it had been at least 3 hrs from previous session. But after that first wake up, whatever time it is, it’s almost impossible to get him back in the crib. I’ve tried letting him cry more, but after about 5 min it just seems to get worse so I end up rocking him and can sometimes get him back in the crib but he is usually in my bed from midnight until morning. I’m just not sure how to handle those wakings when I know it’s not hunger. You seem to have the same values as I do in baby rearing so far, so I’d love to know what worked for you! Thanks for sharing all that you do :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 5:06 pm

I too used to nurse her every time she woke up…which felt a bit ridiculous because sometimes it was every hour or two and I knew she wasn’t hungry as she’d just pass out within minutes. It was for comfort and habit (aside from those couple growth spurts when I knew it was actual hunger those couple days). So we’re trying to break that habit by only nursing if it’s been 3-4 hours since the last feed (like you are). It seems to be working well so far and she doesn’t even seem to miss those feeds. Lately, when she wakes up a lot she will fuss or cry out and one of us will often go into the room and rub her belly and she usually passes out again very quickly. So I am starting to think we are coming out of the regression storm cloud. *fingers crossed* I want to get to the point where she soothes herself back to sleep…baby steps I suppose. I’m sorry I don’t have good advice, but I hope it improves for you soon too. Maybe some other mamas can offer some? Keep your chin up you are doing amazing!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2015 at 8:56 am

So I totally jinxed it…she was up sooooo much night last night and didn’t want to go back to sleep easily. I don’t think we are out of the woods yet, hah.


Lori February 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Ugh, I’m sorry! Isn’t it hard? I am the Queen of Jinxing, as we’ve been on a 2 year rollercoaster with our first child’s sleep. I really want to help this baby to be a better sleeper if I can, but it’s just so hard! I wish it wasn’t such a gray area between sleep training and intervening too much. I guess I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope that he’s sleeping longer stretches by age 6 months or so, otherwise I’m going to start feeling like CIO is the only option, because I think it only gets harder (for the child) the longer we wait. :( Good luck to you, it sounds like you are doing all the right things, all around!


Lori February 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

I’m back! Hahaha Sorry to hijack this post! I just wanted to share something that might be a useful. I tried it the last couple nights and was able to get my baby back in the crib after wake ups with a little less crying than usual, after trying this: (My little one is 5 months old, and while it may seem silly to speak to him in the way that she suggests, I found that it really calmed him down). At the very least, maybe discovering this site and the work of Janet Lansbury and Magda Gerber will lead some mamas out there to what I think is a beautiful way of parenting.


Kaleigh February 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm

What bassinet do you use? I’m using the co-sleeper as well, but at almost 11 weeks she is clearly out growing it. We put her in her crib, which I think she loved – her arms were completely spread out! I on the other hand had a breakdown one night, and put her back in our room (I never thought I would be one of “those moms”).

I would like to purchase a sleep safe bassinet for her to transition her for the next 6 weeks before we officially move her into her own room!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Aww I totally understand…it’s emotional not having them in the room! I want to cry sometimes when I think about how fast time goes.
We have the Fisher Price Rock n Play Bassinet. It’s well reviewed but to be honest Im not sure I would buy it again. I wish it was a bit more sturdy. I’m also not a fan of the mirror that isn’t detachable…she would often kick it, making noise and wake herself up. The good thing is it is portable and can fold down. I used to bring it into the living room and put her in it for naps and things as she grew. The sides aren’t see through and I always wished I could see her through it without having to get up (sleep deprivation probs, haha).

here is the link:

I have heard amazing things about the Halo bassinet, but since it was so much more expensive I didn’t opt to buy that one. Now I’m wondering if I should have. Oh well! :) Hope this helps!


Brigitte Gaudreault February 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Bonjour Angela,
you mention your monthly potluck , my daughter goes to John Casablanca school in Vancouver, I live in Montreal, do you think that you could send her an invitation or is it just your friends/ family, if yes well sorry to intrude . If not thank you for your time!
from Montreal, Québec
Brigitte Estelle


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Hi Brigitte,
It’s actually just a get together with my close girlfriends, but now that you mention it I think it would be really cool to have a big potluck someday with blog readers! I might have to consider it this summer (if I do I will announce on the blog). Thanks for reading!


Lauren February 9, 2015 at 10:00 pm


I am hoping you will write posts about what you are feeding Adriana when she starts on solids. I have a 9 month old son (who is a terrible sleeper, up to breastfeed every 4 hours) and I find that I am often challenged to find things for him to eat. He has no teeth yet so I can’t give him anything that requires much chewing. It would be great if you had a tab with recipes for babies/kids once you get to that point! Hey, maybe that could be your third cookbook!! I love your blog and especially love reading about Adriana. She is too cute for words!


Sarah February 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

What’s her “bedtime” right now?!


Sue February 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Love following the Adriana stories!! She is beautiful and you seem to be doing a terrific job. Doesn’t it feel great to know that those chubby cheeks are all due to your nursing!
Keep up the good work.


Tammy Root February 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Hey Ange — Adriana is so adorable. I always look forward to these posts! Anyhow, I wanted to let you know that when Marea was 5 months old I consulted with a sleep specialist. She is the best and has helped more than 10K babies! She is located in St. Louis but she does phone consults (which is what we did). Marea was sleeping through the night on day 3 and to this day (she will be 3 in May), she naps and goes to bed and sleeps all night on a consistent basis. If you want her info, let me know! :)


dani February 10, 2015 at 9:55 pm

There’s a word for blowing on tummies…it’s called a zerbert. No joke! I just recently learned this, after always calling it ‘the burble-burble thing.’


Nicole February 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm

I was wondering if you were going to be starting solids with her soon or not, so I’m glad you posted that link. My first daughter seemed really ready at 4 months and I still believe she really was. She’s a great eater now at almost 6 and incredibly healthy so I don’t doubt my decision. My 5 month old now though, I thought was showing signs, so I introduced solids. However, she just doesn’t really care for them yet. I still offer them. She plays with the spoon or bowl or cup and sits at the table with me for lunch and with our whole family for dinner. I think that tradition of eating as a family helps develop a healthy relationship with food and I figure when she’s ready, she’ll be ready! I know the article you linked to uses statistics and data to make their point but I think sometimes we really have to take our cues from our own babies. I can hardly wait to see the adorable pictures of Adriana with green monster all over her face, though!!!


Christine Waldman February 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

You are so lucky that you have pre-existing friends that are having babies the same time as you! I, like many other urban moms, was pretty lonely when I first had my son. I knew there were TONS of moms within walking distance (I live in Greektown, Toronto) and yet I didn’t know how to meet them.

As I’m sure you agree, having that support system is so incredibly important, particularly when you see 70-80% of moms having some degree of post-partum blues. I was a lawyer before baby, but since then I’m putting all my effort into bringing the village feel back to modern mommyhood.

My site matches via email for now ( but soon our full site will be live, and moms will be able to find eachother based on things like:
-kids’ ages
-family challenge (twins, autism, etc.)
-first language
-allergies (because that can be super stressful for the families it affects)
-parenting style
and more!

It sounds like you are one of the fortunate few who already have a support network, but I’m wondering what you think of the concept. We have 485 moms in just over 2 months so far.


Christine Waldman February 12, 2015 at 9:18 am

That’s a super cute shquishy-cheeked baby you have there by the way. And the nursery is absolutely gorgeous.


Erin February 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

Hey gals,

Can we stop calling it “sleep regression”? That makes us feel deflated and somewhat hopeless. Here’s a great little article:

It’s really a string of developmental leaps! And hey, babies are human, and like us they have good nights and not-so-good nights. Even before kids, we had nights where it was tough to fall asleep, or nights where we woke up a bunch for no reason, or mornings where we woke up at 4:30am out of the blue. Sleep with toddlers can be just as challenging as with infants (getting out of bed and crawling into yours, nightmares, wetting the bed, etc.) So it helps to start thinking of this time of little sleep as a marathon rather than a sprint!
And keep in mind that every baby is uniquely different so there’s no one size fits all solution. Listen to your intuition above all else!!


Cindy February 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Hi Angela!
What beautiful eyes Adriana has!!! Such a cutie!
Looks like you are adjusting well to motherhood. Happy for you! Love your nursery too.
Love the posts about Adriana she is adorable.
God Bless You & Your Family


Lindsey February 13, 2015 at 8:22 am

Hi Angela,
I am so happy you touched on the fact that post partum lasts longer than the healing time. My son just turned 3 and I finally feel like my new normal self. I wish more mama’s would openly talk about this. Oh, and sleep? Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!! My son now loves waking up at 5AM and he is ready to go for the day, doesn’t matter when he goes to bed either. ;) Ah parenthood.
PS…I love your posts. And your food. :)


Susan St-Pierre February 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm

If you haven’t already picked it up – Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth was “my bible” for my two kids who are now 6 and 9 – everyone in my mommy group devoured it! He really explains baby and toddler sleep, and its importance for a child’s well being. My children both have fantastic sleep habits that we worked towards from early on.


Christine February 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm

That book was ok IMO. I liked the No Cry Sleep Solution. I should add though that my almost 2 year old STILL does not sleep through the night. I think it really depends on the kid (and if you sleep train of course).

Angela, do you consider yourself to align with a particular parenting style? Many of us are the “whatever works” style, but curious about if you identify with one? Like attachment for example.


rian February 17, 2015 at 6:05 am

thank you for sharing :) cute baby i want it


Vegan Junction February 18, 2015 at 4:29 am

What a cutie. Those are some eyes that definitely have a zest for life!


Theresa Rayner March 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm

I have been away from your site for waaayyy too long!! You have a book AND A BABY! Omg. Congrats on both!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2015 at 8:02 am

Thank you Theresa! Welcome back :)


Mary Lynn March 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

I’ve been enjoying exploring your blog for a week now- as a 30 year vegetarian I find I hit a rough patch of repetitive recipes and need to explore a few new ideas to incorporate in to the repertoire! thank you for some fantastic new ideas!

It’s wonderful you’ve interwoven your first year of motherhood into your blog.As a nurse and breastfeeding counselor who co-ordinates perinatal programs for moms (thank you Health Canada!) it can be an unexpectedly stress- filled journey. I am mom to six myself . Although long nights and blurry days are behind me I remember them well.

What I found helpful and recommend to the hundreds of families I have worked with other the years is to keep baby close,- baby carriers are your best friend- don’t watch the clock or think in terms of ” schedules”. Nursing to sleep is just fine and kind of what nature intended !
just like crawling, walking, and other developmental milestones babies and toddlers become physically and psychologically ready for events on their own timetable.

A wonderful new book by a fellow Canadian just came out last fall that I highly recommend ” Sweet Sleep ” by Teresa Pitman.Its not a sleep training book , we now understand the long term psychological harm that these methods create.It’s more of a practical way of viewing alternatives for every families unique situation
Another great read for any nursing mom is the ” Womanly art of Breastfeeding” from La Leche League International.

Be gentle with yourself- although you have passed through the ” fourth trimester” I find most moms take at least a year to fully integrate the experience of giving birth and the rearranging that occurs with becoming a parent.You don’t ever ” get back to normal” as you now have a constantly shifting ” new normal” with a changing and evolving new little person.

Love your blog! Look forward to reading more


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2015 at 9:30 am

Hi Mary, thank you so much for your beautiful comment! I appreciate it greatly and will check out the Sweet Sleep book as I haven’t heard of it before.


Hannah March 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Angela, she is one beautiful baby girl! You are very, very blessed. I love getting to follow your fight to make life happy and healthy for your sweet girl (and it looks like half the world does, too!). Thank you for being so open on this blog :)


Renee Hudson January 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm

I have my 12 month old in a mini pack-n-play. It works wonders sense he still has to share a room with me.


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