I was planning to write that Ada has been awake far more hours this week. It was true for a five day stretch. And then in the last couple days, I feel like she's been sleeping more than ever.
For example, last night she fed around 9PM and was asleep by 9:30. She didn't wake again until 2:30, at which point I did the math and realized it'd been nearly 6 hours (SIX!) since she had eaten last. Usually I set an alarm as a rough guide to not necessarily let her go much longer than 4 hours (though I've read at this point that we can basically let her sleep -- she usually beats that alarm by a few minutes), but I must have forgotten to set it.
Strangely, she had also slept a long chunk in the afternoon. I've checked her temperature and she doesn't appear to be sick. So, I'm trying to relax about the whole thing. Changes in behavior from day to day -- just like with adults -- is probably normal. I'm just worried about my milk supply if she continues to space feedings like that.
Anyone know what's "normal" for number of feedings at 5 weeks?
Ada, seen above in her very first pair of jeggings, isn't on any sort of schedule yet. I have trouble knowing how to spend time with her when she's awake. My mom has a degree in childhood development, so I've asked her many times if there's anything specifically I should be doing to enhance her development. At one month, there isn't much, really. Just lots of snuggles and a little bit of tummy time and play.
I thought I'd share some highlights of our days for this post. In photos, of course.
Here's Ada's favorite toy. Just some plastic links with different colors and textures.
Whenever she opens her hand, I place one of the rings in her palm and try to get her to grasp it. There's a name for the reflex that babies have at this age, but I forget.
Anyway, at first, Ada would just grasp and then let go. But in the past couple days, she's been holding on to them for longer and longer periods of time. Pretty cool!
We usually have an hour or so throughout the day that I call "music appreciation" time. It involves me scouring YouTube for fun tracks. It's how I found her favorite Christmas song.
We only started last week. Artists we've covered include: The Beatles, Aerosmith, Bright Eyes, Arcade Fire, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Elton John, Justin Beiber (hahah -- don't ask!), Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon, Dave Brubeck, and multiple covers by Glee.
I tend to have TLC on in the background much of the day. I suppose Ada's getting quite a fashion education with all the What Not To Wear that airs each afternoon. And, yes. I, too, was appalled at how that professor dressed!
Ada despises tummy time. We try to get in at least 10 minutes every day. I know it should be more, but I read that on-chest time counts, too. She gets plenty of that. Her neck has been super strong since we brought her home from the hospital. And just this week she started holding her head up for longer periods of time and raising her chest sometimes as well!
We also soak in the Christmas tree for a while. Ada just loves staring at all those ornaments!
You may also notice in that last photo that we started cloth diapering this week. She's still a bit small for them (well, they fit -- but they just look ginormous), but overall -- the switch has been much less traumatic for the both of us than I thought it would be. Right now I'm finishing a load of dirty diapers. So far, so good. But the whole thing deserves its own post.
Here's something interesting: During the day, we're diapering Ada on the dining room table. Want to come over for dinner?
That's about it for daytime activities. Stephen shines at night when he gets home from work, so we'll do another post on that sometime soon, too. For now, I need to fully take advantage of this quiet time and finish the laundry.
Can you believe Christmas is this weekend? Having a baby sure screwed up my sense of time. I thought I had one more shopping weekend. This means Stephen's gifts were purchased on Amazon yesterday and will arrive on December 30th. Sigh . . .
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