When a few days feels like a whole week, you know you’ve had a tough one. Has anyone out there gone through rough patches but there’s that something in your life that represents hope. It’s like a rope that’s been thrown down to remind you that there is a way out – that there is hope. Hope. I love that word. I enjoy how Colette has been this reminder of hope. When I look at her, and think of her future ahead, I am just overfilled with joy. It’s like this analogy that was in Soul Surfer (such a cheesily-wonderful movie). In the movie, they magnified objects and got people to guess what it was. And it’s nearly impossible to get the correct answer. “It’s hard to look at things that are too close” – focusing on the problem at hand in the present is HARD and draining. We can start to better understand things with time, because it gives us a greater perspective. No better way for me to get that perspective but by looking at Colette. Or for a short-term solution, just watch Pitch Perfect and laugh my tush off.
Here’s a summary of Colette’s 4th month (weeks 18, 19, 20 and 21). She got her 4 months vaccinations! She was a trooper again! Short cries after the needle, but all smiles shortly after. Unfortunately she reacted with a fever the next day, standing at 101.8 F. She was just slightly more fussy, but definitely VERY tired. Her wake time went from 2 hrs to 1 hr, and she actually fell asleep in the car after a few moments (something she hasn’t done for months). Despite feeling under the weather, we made the most out of her sleepy state and had more peaceful outings 🙂 We gave her one dose of baby Advil and her fever was over.
As I am planning to go back to work in the next 1-2 months, we wanted to try the bottle again. We planned to do a full week’s training, but she took the bottle after the second try! woohoo! I researched how to use the breast pump for “an occasional bottle”, and it was suggested that you pump after breastfeeding in the morning (when you’re the most full). The trouble for me is that I don’t seem to have a lot left after breastfeeding her, even in the morning. I’m planning to work on it and hopefully the stimulation will increase my supply.
I woke up to an engorged breast one morning which hasn’t happened for so long. Surprisingly, it didn’t go away after nursing. I even tried pumping and it still didn’t ease. I looked up blocked duct and am pretty sure that’s what it was. I was massaging it almost the WHOLE day. Thank goodness it disappeared by the last feed. One of the best advice was to massage while nursing from the point of the duct towards nipple, as well as using a gravity dependent position.
We’ve tried a new trick of rocking her in her stroller to fall back asleep when we are out. It worked a few times, but I’m not sure if it’s because she was already drowsy the few days recovering from her shots. Either way, we will keep trying that method. It does seem to take a good solid 15-ish minutes of consistent rocking.
In week 19, Colette started waking up at 5am pretty consistently. She usually just talks to herself and whimpers a bit after an hour and sometimes would lead to crying. My husband thought if we re-swaddled her, it would re-set her to know it’s time to sleep. That seemed to work (as in getting her back to sleep) if we do it in the window when she just wakes up, or else she seems to get too excited and awake. I would go get her at 6:30am at the earliest. We would then slowly adjust her next feeds and she usually gets back on schedule.
Another strategy we are trying in order to try to get Colette to sleep in a bit more is to cut down her naps during the day time. So we have pushed her wake time from 1.5 to 2 to 2.5 hours throughout this month. It seems to have done the trick.
As mentioned above, her wake times ranges from 2-2.5 hours these days which is quite fun and nice. We often let her have independent play in her bouncer, Bumbo or play mat. Especially since she can play with the toys herself now, it is quite enjoyable to watch her on the side while we do our own thing.
She’s definitely reaching and grasping her toys now. She does it best when it’s right in front of her face. Guess she doesn’t have issues with personal space just yet.
I also got her a Bumbo chair! I’ve been contemplating for so long, and finally got one and am SO glad! I love seeing her play with toys upright. And hopefully this will help her learn to sit up independently sooner.
Colette was also sick for just over a week. She wasn’t that different from normal, except just a bit more cute due to her husky voice and snotty nose. Perhaps this adds to the semi-disrupted sleep and early wakings. We had also tried to take away the swaddle, and she had survived one whole day of naps without it, but not so good at night. We will wait until she’s over her cold to try it again – a project for month 5.
Colette’s still on the same schedule: 7, 11, 3, 7. Her wake times are anywhere between 2 to 2.5 hours. Some cycles she seems to get tired and cranky sooner. In the evening we wake her at about 6:30 and feed her at 7:30 so she has some evening wake time. There were so many fun things that developed this month! From developing finer motor skills with grasping to giggle sessions, month 4 is definitely one of my favourites so far!