Our newest little bundle of joy Avery (aka milk dud, aka Pearl) is 8 weeks old as of yesterday. It does feel good that we have made it this far already.
They change so much every day in those first few weeks and months. For example, both Ella and Avery hit a growth spurt about half way through their 5th week. For about 4 days they eat more often and sleep gets weird…and then all the sudden it’s over. There are days where you pick them up and all the sudden they feel twice as heavy!
Ella was sleeping from the 10:00pm feeding until 7:00am by some time in her 7th week. What we can’t remember was at what point we out her in her bed to cry it out after the 7:00pm feeding. It was some time around her 8th week I believe. I do remember that night because it was hard! We walked out, closed the door, and came into our room and David said “hold me!” as he crumbled into my arms. It made me laugh. But she didn’t cry very long and just fell asleep.
We decided last night to try it with Avery. She has been in this routine of staying awake after her 7:30 feeding until like 10:00 or so and that gets old quick! It also means she continues her nighttime hard sleeping after her 7:30am feeding. We had loaned out our sleep sack so we tried it with the swaddle. I was not expecting it to work honestly. We put her in our room since Ella was already in her bed. She had some big eyes when we put her down and she did cry pretty hard. We were only going to let her go like 15 min, because it was late and Ella was still awake in her room too. She stopped her mad cry around 10 and started sounding tired. She ramped back up a few times though and I assumed we would have to go get her.
Around 15 min we were finishing up dinner and it got quiet I’m both rooms! One minute, two minutes… Every parent knows the wonderful feeling when they finally give it up and sleep! It’s the best thing for them and for everyone else! 5 minutes went by and no noise. Success!
When we were getting cleaned up David asked me how much of that swaddle blanket I thought was still on her. We both thought her arms would at least be out and over her head.
But we went back in at 10:30 to get her and she was still perfectly swaddled!! Ha! We tucked a light blanket around her and under her arms to help and it worked ;)! Will she do it again tonight? We shall see, we shall see. I’m sure you are on pins and needles. But this is my world right now!!
Hopefully the next blog I write will be reporting that she slept through her middle of the night feeding until morning. Now that will be cause to celebrate!