Week Twelve: Charlotte’s Newborn Summary
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Week twelve was what I had been working towards for a while. We left week eleven with the hope that we had found a solution to Charlotte’s feeding issues and I’m very pleased to report that we finally did!
Keep reading to find out how we worked to overcome Charlotte’s feeding aversion and how she’s doing now.
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I cannot even begin to convey how much relief I felt this week.
Not every day was perfect. Charlotte had some great feeds and others where she basically refused the bottle. However, in general, everything was so much better.
She drank most of her bottles without any protest at all.
In truth, it was more myself that I had to really be conscious of. It was so difficult to just trust her when she refused to eat any more.
However, she continued to sleep really well even when she didn’t drink as much as I felt she should.
Most of her bottles were 120ml (4oz). There was usually one feed a day where she would only take 60-70ml.
And then there was one day where she finished all of her bottles and even took 150ml (5oz) in one.
Also, if you’re new here and have no clue what I’m talking about, then check out last week’s update.
I talked about how we discovered Charlotte had a feeding aversion. We found a great book online that addressed the issue and gave us a plan to overcome it.
Charlotte’s routine stayed the same as ever.
Her last nap of the day is usually 30-45 minutes. She is often grumpy after that one, but it can’t really be helped.
Over the next month, I’m sure we’ll start working to drop it, but it’ll be a bit hit and miss until then.
- 6:30 Desired wake time (I tried my best to feed as close to this time as possible)
- 7:30 Nap
- 9:30 Feed
- 10:30 Nap
- 12:30- Feed
- 1:30 Nap
- 3:30 Feed
- 4:30-35 Nap
- 5:50 Cuddle Time
- 6:15 Bath
- 6:30 Feed
- 7:00 Bedtime
- 10:00 Dreamfeed
This was the challenging part of the week.
Charlotte was super fussy during her wake times and wasn’t content for long unless being held.
It made things tricky, but we got through it.
I wondered why on earth she was so discontented, but then I remembered that she’s currently in the middle of a wonder week.
Typically, she would do okay for 5 minutes or so on her back under her play gym. For the rest of her wake time, I would usually have her on my lap and switch positions when she started fussing.
Sleeping was great and naps were pretty good.
She did cry out during some of her naps but always went back to sleep.
If she does cry out, I always leave her for 15 minutes to see if she’ll go back to sleep. She always has thus far.
The exception is the afternoon cat nap. That one is always short.
She has struggled to fall asleep at night, but I believe it is because of the heat.
We don’t have air conditioning in the bedrooms, so hers has been upwards of 30 degrees Celcius (86 Fahrenheit) several nights.
Once asleep for the night, she doesn’t make a peep.
The best part about this week has been socializing with Charlotte.
She has become far more ‘chatty’ and smiley.
First thing in the morning is the best. She’s full of big gummy smiles.
And then she’ll lie there and coo at you. She’ll even seem to copy you if you start it.
So very sweet!
I believe the next month will be one of transitions for Charlotte.
The first thing I’m planning to try and drop is the dreamfeed.
I almost always have to wake her up in the morning. She’s gaining weight just fine and so I believe that dropping it will be a good idea.
The next thing we’ll be transitioning her to is the crib.
She is still sleeping in her bassinet, and it has been great. However, she’s getting stronger and I’m sure she’ll be rolling before too long.
I’d like to get that transition done some time during her 4th month.
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