I really want to get better at posting my BabyWise updates. I plan to once a month. Here's where we're at now. Elijah had a growth spurt around 5 months old. It felt like it lasted FOREVER. He started waking up one to two times at night. My middle of the night(MOTN) pump went out the window, but luckily I was able to get enough milk for Elijah's bottles until I was done at my old job.
I took two weeks off and was basically pump free. During this time, Elijah stuck with his normal schedule:
7 a.m. WEP
8:30 a.m. Nap
11 a.m. WEP
12:30 p.m. Nap
2:00 WP (When we pick him up from the babysitters)
7:30 BF, Bed
5.5 months we started solids. Slowly, but with Elijah's growth spurt
and waking up twice at night-I was hoping solids would help. They did a
little. I quickly increased solids from once a day to 3 times a day,
about 1-2 ounces per feeding (usually 4-6 oz. per day).
now at 6.5 months, we're in a transition phase. I'm researching
appropriate 6 month schedules. Elijah was still waking up around 3 a.m.
until last Friday. I decided that it became habitual since it was the
same time every night and we let him cry it out (CIO). CIO lasted about
30 minutes then he went back to sleep. The next night, he woke up around
3 and only cried 5 minutes before going back to sleep. He's been
sleeping through the night (STTN) ever since (about a week now)!
that that is fixed, I'm working on fixing his bedtime/morning wake
time. I need him to wake up around 7:30 so that his 1st wake time isn't
over 1.5-2 hours. Sometimes he'll wake around 6:20, and we don't get him
down for his nap at his sitters until 9:10 (that's almost 3 hours!). So
I'm trying to put him down for bed at 7 p.m. I have to admit for this
working mom-that's tough. I'll try this for a week and see what happens.
If it doesn't fix it, I'll try 8 p.m. and see if that works.
that is fixed-hopefully soon-I'll work on his wake times (WT), so I can
drop his late afternoon nap. We have a lot to fix! Here's his messy
6:20-6:30 WT (this is supposed to be 7-7:30) I BF at this time.
8:45-9:10 Nap (this depends on his sitter)
10:30 WT (This is supposed to be 11). I go to his sitters at 11 to BF.
12:30-12:45 Nap (we're going to try to extend this a little later to hopefully get him to sleep longer)
1:30 WT (This is supposed to be 2:00).
2:30 BF (I think I'll extend this to 7)
5:30 WEP (He'll usually actually sleep until this time!) I BF when we wake him up.
7:30 BF and Bed
you can tell-it's really messy! When we created the first schedule
listed, it was completely 100% accurate. It's crazy how a growth spurt
and a month can switch everything around. It's true that as soon as you
get used to something, it changes!!! I'll post soon once we get a good
6-7 month schedule in order. Wish me luck!