Naps: Two to three naps a day. One, two hour in the morning; one two to three hour in the afternoon and a short 1/2 hour in the evening.Feeding: Exclusively breastfeeding. Typically nurses seven times in 24 hour period.
Clothing: Three month bottoms, three and six month tops.
Bedtime: 6:30 - 7 p.m.
Colic/Reflux Update: (I just want to start here since I know many of you have been curious how Colette is doing, how the medication is working, and if it's true what they say about outgrowing colic around three months.) As I mentioned in this post, Colette is completely unrecognizable as the same baby we had four weeks ago. As I look back over the past month so much has changed. At the time, we were still living in Minneapolis, and Colette was running a nursing/sleeping strike from about 4 p.m. - Midnight every. single. night. We upped her medication to 1ml of Ranitidine, every 8 hours and I truly think that made a large difference. My pediatrician explained that we were likely missing the evening "window" by only giving it to her twice a day, so now she receives it right after a feed, at 7 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. It's not exactly 8 hours between each dose but it's close enough, lets Mike and I get a bit more rest, and most important, Colette seems to be happy and comfortable on this timetable.
In addition, I do think she has outgrown the colic. It was sorta an overnight change, or rather maybe a two week change? We got her on the medication about four weeks ago and saw a big change in at least her being willing to eat in the evening - specifically from the bottle. Then about two weeks ago we started realizing that she wasn't crying as often or for as long of periods of time. She'd have a few nights here or there and maybe cry for an hour or two, if that, and then fall asleep, and she started being willing to nurse in the evening. And today, as I'll explain below. She rarely cries, if at all. It's amazing.
To those of you in the thick of colic and reflux, I have so much compassion and empathy for you, there truly is nothing, nothing that can prepare you for it. I know first hand how discouraging, difficult and downright depressing it is to not be able to calm your child. I'd like to write more on this topic at some point, but it's still all a little too fresh for me and I'm still processing, but I know I'm thinking of all of you going through it and if you need a friend in it all, I'd love to talk with you via email and encourage you!
Eating/Sleeping: Now that Colette is a little more like a "textbook" baby, and our lives have slowed down a bit, I've finally started actually being intentional with a schedule - and the first order of business was to figure out how to get her and Eli napping together, so I had at least a small break in the day. To get there I started feeding Colette every two hours in the morning, and every three in the afternoon, so our day looks like this:
7 a.m. Start the day, nurse and medication (Even if I have to wake her.)
9 a.m. Nurse and nap
11 a.m. Wake and nurse
1 p.m. Nurse and nap (CROSSING OVER WITH ELI'S NAP!!)
4 p.m. Wake, nurse and medication (Although she almost always wakes on her own for this one.)
5 or 5:30 p.m. Short cat nap for about a 1/2 hour
6:30 p.m. Nurse and bed. While I'd like this to be a bit later, like 7 or even 8 p.m. for the summer, she's simply too tired to make it much past 6:30 p.m. even with a nap.
10 p.m. Wake for dream feed and medication, straight back to bed
For night feedings, she typically wakes around 4 or 5 a.m., then sleeps until 7 a.m., and I often have to wake her up! I seriously feel like a champion every day getting this much sleep! For all her naps and bedtime, Colette goes down super easily, although we have had some struggles with the 45 minute intruder - she's seriously like a clock. Forty five minutes after she falls asleep, she's up crying. Typically all we need to do is throw the pacifier in and she'll go back to sleep, or there have also been times I've needed to nurse her to calm her down and then she goes right back down.
Up until about a week ago she was in the rock n'play (LOVE that thing), but I wanted to wean her of it before she started rolling, so we went cold turkey into having her sleep in a small travel bassinet we brought with us and she did great with the transition. I can lay her in her bassinet awake and she'll drift off all on her own.
Typing all that out, it's just crazy to read that she actually has a schedule and to see how much sleep she and I are BOTH getting, even with her just giving me a six hour stretch, I'll take it!
The BELLY LAUGHS. Oh man, I don't remember it starting this early with Eli, but this girl has THE BEST belly laugh. She gets in these moods right after a feed where she'll just giggle forever - she especially likes being tickled on her ribs and under her chin, but she'll even give you giggles if you just look at her with a big smile. She's constantly giggling at Eli, usually he's just tripping over himself trying to give her something, her sock, headband or a giant digger that will crush her when he drops it on her face to "share" and she thinks it's so funny. Usually Eli just says to me, "Mommy, Colette cry." And I have to let him know that, no that's not a cry, that's a laugh! We love laughing! Yay! Laughing and NOT crying!
She's still doing lots of cooing and squealing and she loves to talk, especially if someone talks to her - just like her momma. She hasn't rolled yet, but is definitely giving it the old college try. She tends to either just lay there looking around, or get angry and try to roll over, but just can't quite make it yet. She's doing awesome holding her head up, but still needs quite a bit of support. She's also discovered her hands this month and has started grabbing at things on her play mat, I love watching her down there!
Still a HUGE fan of the bath and having her hair washed, so that's still on the agenda a few times a week to keep her curly hair looking its best. She also just loves laying next to us on the bed or being up in her bouncer watching everything that's going on. She still loves the carseat and it doesn't matter if she just woke up from a nap, you put her in it with a pacifier and the cover over it and that girl is out like a light. It's nice, but it also tends to get her off schedule quite a bit when I'm out doing errands. She can still be a little finicky about her surroundings, liking everything "just so." Things like, she won't take a bottle unless it's super warm and doesn't like having a dirty diaper - but she's easy to read so it's not a problem. She really only cries if there's something off, which is so nice!
We're doing SO much better. Having the bulk of the move to Chicago behind us has taken a load off both of us, helping us to focus on the kids and give them the attention they deserve. Also, SLEEP IS A GAME CHANGER. Now that we're getting consistent sleep, Mike and I both have more positive attitudes throughout the day. I'm finding it so interesting how different of a parent I am with Colette than I was with Eli. Of course, in the big things, I'm exactly the same, but the smaller less important things, I've been forced to let go of a lot because of the situation we were in the past few months. Things like a consistent schedule, getting her to sleep 12 hours a night straight, nursing on demand, co-sleeping, etc. Eli slept through the night at 13 weeks and we worked pretty hard for about two months to get him there. With Colette, I haven't done ANYTHING until about a week or two ago. Technically she wakes up twice a night, but I don't even care and have no plans to really work on eliminating them. Of course, I'd love to kick that 4 a.m. wake up, but honestly, I'm just so happy with how far we've come, I don't even want to worry about it that much! We do find ourselves comparing the kids a lot, not in a bad way, but just like, "Do you remember Eli doing this?" or "Eli would have never done that!" More just observations and realizing just how different each kid is, even from birth.
We just love being parents to a little girl, it's so fun to watch Mike interact with her and see him be so much more gentle and delicate with her than he ever was with Eli. And I talk to Colette about "a pedi and a latte" all the time. I can't wait until she's big enough to take on mommy/daughter dates!