I feel like I have been overfeeding her because I would use nursing to get her to sleep even for daytime naps. I fed her every 1 1/2 hours during the day and typically had two night feedings. Near the end of this month, her dad helped get her to sleep without feeding, and we realized she only needed to be fed around every three to four hours from actual hunger. Cutting the number of feedings down drastically decreased the amount of spit up we saw all day. She seems like she suffers from tummy pain and gas much less and is overall much happier.
I was so worried about two words: sleep regression. However, this didn’t really happen for us. She had two days where sleep was a little rough. Right after that period, she started sleeping for 7 1/2 to 9-hour chunks and then would wake up for one night feeding and get another 3-4 hour chunk. Near the end of this month, she’s been having a little trouble. She wakes up after 2.5-3 hours and is struggling to stay asleep unless her daddy bounces her. We just remind ourselves – it’s probably a phase and it will get better soon.
No doctor’s visits this month to give a real measurement. I would imagine she’s over 16 pounds by now. It seems to me like her massive weight gain is finally slowing, maybe due to fixing the over-feeding issue.
She is so close to doing a full push up. She lifts up with her upper body and lifts her butt in the air, but doesn’t quite do them at the same time. Skylar is a rotating machine though. If I put her on her mat, she’ll end up the opposite direction shortly after. It also never fails that she will find her way off the mat. She started scooting herself backward and even pulled her body forward a couple times. I think we are going to have our hands full very soon.
We celebrated her first Christmas, and she was ripping apart her gifts. Nate would rip a small piece of paper, and she would actually tear the rest of it off. I didn’t think opening her gifts would be entertaining at this age, but it definitely was!
She laughed consistently for the first time, and I feel special that I was the one that was able to make her laugh. All it took was a popping sound with my mouth. Her laugh is seriously the most beautiful sound I’ve heard.
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