Infant Weekly Summary
During week 8 we were still in the throes of the Wonder Week. Just when I thought the 45 Minute Intruder was vanquished, the Witching Hour decided to make its first appearance. What is up with these insidious baby terms, anyway? Another challenge was nursing. I suspected that she was going through a growth spurt, but at the same time, I noticed an alarming drop in my supply. This week the term “when it rains it pours” definitely applies!
That smile is becoming oh, so, contagious. She’s watching the world much more carefully now…to the point where I have to shut off the lights in order to get her to concentrate on eating. Interestingly enough, she still isn’t interested in the animals and very rarely looks at Daddy without prompting.
I put her in her walker for the first time. She kind of leans forword and smiles but doesn’t seem to grasp the concept yet.
The 45 Minute Intruder was less oppressive this week. More often than not, she put herself to sleep after a few minutes of crying. Other times, it was pretty obvious that she was fully awake so I sucked it up and fed her. I hated diverting from our routine, but as Babywise says, treat it as a food problem first, and then treat it as a sleep problem.
This week, Cali became fussy almost every time I put her down for a nap. She also grew very demanding with the pacifier, which made me a little worried that it was becoming a sleep prop. I suspended pacifier use. Midway through the week she seemed to crave it less.
**Note from the future** I read that suckling is a necessary component of a baby’s day. Pacifier use was reinstated. However, I made sure that it didn’t become a sleep prop**
The Witching Hour was by far the biggest challenge this week. Some nights were just terrible. We tried to let her cry it out (thinking it was regular fussiness) but to no avail. She’d cry as long as we’d let her. Once I found spit up (vomit?) in her crib. I worry that this is a direct result from the crying (not a cause for the crying). Although we didn’t let her cry for very long, I think we’ll have to figure out another solution. Stay tuned!
**Another note from the future** I discovered after more research that the Witching Hour was NOT the time to practice CIO. Poor baby 🙁 **
Finally—FINALLY—she took the dream feed consistently. Unfortunately, that only bought me a few hours. Remember how she used to wake up at 4AM? No such luck this week. She wakes up at 3AM, starving. I feel like I need to increase her daytime feedings but I’m not sure how without disrupting her schedule. I’ve read about the cluster feed from the Baby Whisperer but I’m not quite sure how to implement it. I think next week will definitely include trying out the cluster feed.
After the 3AM feed she slept straight until 7:00-8:00am. The one time I wasn’t able to give her a dream feed she woke up at 1:30. Based on these results, I’m going to stick with implementing the dream feed.
Nursing produced some alarming challenges this week. Friday I noticed that I was tapping out at about 10 minutes. I know at this time a lot of babies become really efficient but Cali screamed at my breast. I googled terms like, “breasts feel empty at 8 weeks”, “baby screaming at breast”, and “not expressing as much milk.” According to the forums and articles, it sounds like my supply is either regulating or she’s having a growth spurt. So, it’s normal. But it doesn’t FEEL normal. It feels like she’s starving. Babies have a growth spurt every month or so but this, combined with her 3AM wakings, prompted me to do a yield test.
When I did a yield test, I found that I only produced 2 oz (barely). Thank goodness I stockpiled expressed milk. I supplemented Cali’s feedings until I could get my supply a little higher.
I’m not sure what caused the decrease. She’s been sick so maybe she hasn’t been eating as much and that messed with my milk production. Or, I’ve been dieting so maybe I wasn’t eating enough? I was sure that I was eating enough calories.
I took several measures to correct the supply issue. First, I began drinking Mother’s Milk tea, milk, and a ton of water. I also ate lactation-friendly food, like oatmeal, spinach, and eggs. I pumped after every feeding to stimulate more production. This was exhausting but by Sunday I had great results. 3 ounces!
On a side note, after I did the yield test Sunday, I gave Cali the expressed milk. I thought it was a little odd that she took an hour to drink 3 ounces from the bottle. She also dribbled a ton of milk while she drank. The next feeding she was very happy and drank from my breast in 20 minutes.
**Note from the future** Are you seeing the classic symptoms of tongue tie? I am! Short feedings, dribbling milk, crying at the breast, and a decrease in milk supply. If you notice these signs, don’t hesitate to speak with a lactation consultant.**
Thanks for tuning in 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. As a final note, I’m trying to be as transparent as possible with these entries. So, think of this as a journal, rather than a polished article.