Yesterday I cared for the World's crankiest 3 month old. Seemed like anything I'd do would only work for about 5 minutes. She wasn't crying necessarily -- more like making lots of annoyed-sounding coos at her play gym, etc.
And just when I thought that maybe she was just sick of me, Stephen came home from work and she continued for the rest of the night.
It wasn't all bad. We did enjoy some good times in her crib. I take her there to play sometimes to get her used to the idea of sleeping there.
Yeah. We're finally starting the (very slow) transition to the nursery. We're going about it in phases . . .
- Stop swaddling. I don't know the magic age when most parents stop, but in general I've noticed my friends have tried to phase it out by around 3 to 4 months. Mostly when their little ones are rolling over. (More on that below.) Last night was the first night we tried sleeping without being wrapped tightly -- and it worked! She woke up an hour earlier than normal for her nighttime feed, which is actually around 5AM -- so she woke up at 4 -- but we both were shocked that she slept from 10 until 4 with her hands free!
- Sleep on back. We're still having Ada sleep elevated in a reclined chair inside her Pack 'N Play due to her reflux issues. We're going to continue for at least another week. But her reflux is getting slightly better and she's not choking nearly as often as she used to. So, as soon as we feel the swaddling switch is OK, we're going to put her to sleep on her back in the Pack 'N Play.
- Nap in crib. I had been putting Ada down for naps in her crib when she was 2 months old. But I had also been putting her chair in her crib. I've tried having her nap on her back and she hates it. However, I don't feel comfortable leaving her unattended in her chair anymore since she is more mobile. So, once she's sleeping well on her back at night, I'd like to have her nap in her nursery during the day. Who knows how long that will take!
- Switch-a-roo! I'm not sure if we'll end up doing this one, but I thought maybe the next step would be to have her sleep for the first part of the night in her Pack 'N Play and when she gets up to eat, return her to bed in her crib. Might be silly, we'll see.
I might be making too much of the entire process. In fact, I know I am. And I know some of it is just for my own piece of mind. Being a mom to a baby with bad reflux is, at times, terrifying. I turn into a different person at night because I'm so worried I'll miss something and Ada will be in distress if I'm not RIGHT THERE. It's happened before (like last week when she was playing and then we looked down and she was convulsing because she couldn't breathe -- AHH!), but is happening less and less as the weeks go on.
In other news: Ada rolled over this weekend! She did it twice in a row and hasn't done it since. But it was pretty cool. Means I'll need to stop holding tummy-time atop our living room ottoman.
Anyway: Spread thin. I'm trying really hard to get the new site up and running by next week. So, I don't know how many more updates I'll be posting on (never home)maker, baby! this week. Good things to come, though!
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