Infant Weekly Summary
First of all, thanks for tuning into my infant weekly summary. Personally, I love reading other moms’ weekly summaries. It really helps me feel more comfortable about my baby’s progress and gives me an idea about what to expect/what’s normal. I hope you get the same use out of mine. Unfortunately, for the first 7 weeks of Cali’s life, writing an infant weekly summary was the last thing on my mind. Hopefully you won’t miss that phase of her life too much. As I write this, Cali is 20 weeks. I’ll publish her previous weeks, as well as her current week simultaneously until I’m all caught up.
As a final note, I’m trying to be as transparent as possible with these entries. Think of this as a journal, rather than a polished article.
My perfect little angel has thrown our Babywise routine to the wind. It’s amazing how many milestones—and blunders—developed during this short span of time. This week I saw the onset of the dreaded 45 Minute Intruder, combated habitual night wakings, and witnessed the miracle of baby talk! Wonder Week, indeed!
Cali really began using her voice this week. She loved to talk to her daddy and seemed fascinated with the sounds coming out of her own mouth. Her favorite word was “Grrrruuhhh”. I’m not sure what that means, but judging from the sincerity in her voice, it must be important. I also noticed that she is burping much easier and with very little prompting. She also loves to smile, and I can usually coax one out of her even if she’s crying.
Naps and the 45 Minute Intruder
The 45 Minute Intruder is in full swing. When I read about this concept in On Becoming Babywise, I didn’t actually believe that it was a thing. Or, rather, I didn’t believe that my baby would actually do it. Now I completely understand why they call it the 45 Minute Intruder. It’s awful.
It’s actually amazing how precise her little body is. Usually she wakes up 45 minutes on the dime. Sometimes she will cry for 5-10 minutes before falling back asleep. Other times, the only solution is to cut my losses and feed her. I hope this doesn’t last long. If it does, I have a feeling I’m going to have to troubleshoot.
She’s a pretty punctual gal. She starts yawning pretty much a half hour on the spot. If she’s still awake by an hour, I’m doing something wrong. Her cues are pretty obvious. Great big yawn. By the third yawn, all bets are off.
I put her down no later than 9pm and usually see her around 2–4AM. Sometimes she wakes me up at midnight.
Previously, the dream feed was next to impossible for us. Like her dad, she’s a heavy sleeper. If I managed to wake her up enough where she’d take a feeding, that usually meant that I woke her up too much.
Now, I’ve really committed the dream feed and I think the results are good. My hesitation is that since 5 weeks she was able to sleep 8 continuous hours. But, it’s inconsistent and I read that babies her age should have at least 7-8 feedings a day. Even Babywise says that. Without the dream feed, she only has 6. I have noticed that when I do the dream feed, she is able to sleep to the 4AM mark more consistently.
I suspect that the 2AM thing is a habitual waking. She’s very punctual. It’s still our biggest hurdle. When this happens, I’m completely asleep. So, Zombie Erin carries her from the bassinet to the Rock N’ Play. I pop a pacifier in her mouth, rock the seat, and we both collapse. This gets us through until 4AM.
I’m seeing a new pattern of shorter feedings (she was taking 20 minutes for both breasts, now I can barely get her to 15). This is a little disconcerting. I hope this doesn’t mean that she’s turning into a snack feeder. Since she’s suffering from the 45 Minute Intruder, I’m a little worried that the two are connected.
My other fear is that this will disrupt STTN. Alternatively, it could just mean that she’s becoming more efficient. I guess we’ll have to see.