I love hearing from you guys! It’s great having such a wonderful support network of other mommies out there. Thanks so much for reading and being there on twitter to help answer my questions, too! Together, we can conquer our babies 😉
What do you do when you are out with “Hubbs” and Hailey gets hungry?
Even though I always pack milk, I rarely use it. Typically I sit in the back seat of the car and feed her. Even when we’re spending several hours at Taco Mac watching football, when she gets hungry I’ll take her out the the car, feed her, then return! …unless I’m drinking beer. Then, we use the milk.
Her feeding schedule is pretty predictable, so typically I’ll work our outings around it if possible.
Side note: We always warm the milk up and I’ve never given it to her cold. I’m nervous about this, but need to try it soon to know if it’s an option!
Did Hailey seem to notice all of the greens in the shake when you nursed her? Sometimes I wonder if certain veggies, like broccoli, make my daughter gassy.
I was 100% prepared to eliminate beans and broccoli from my diet while breastfeeding, but the lactation consultant assured me that I didn’t need to unless I noticed a negative reaction, so I didn’t change a thing. I eat dairy, beans, veggies and nothing seems to bother her (YAY- I’m so excited about this!). However, I do think she may be sensitive to caffeine because the couple times I’ve had it, she’s been fussy, so I’m sticking to decaf.
Does Hailey fall asleep when you feed her during the day?
Sometimes she will doze off while I’m nursing, usually if she’s almost done. I poke her, wake her up and offer her to keep eating. If she refuses, then I lay her down and play with her so she doesn’t sleep. I try to keep her awake right after feeding because I’ve found the naps right after nursing are short and choppy.
What do you play when she’s playing?
My favorite is to sit her in her boppy or hold her on my legs facing me and just talk to her. She starts to smile so big and babble back and I imagine that we’re just chatting the day away. I’ll tell her about my day or what’s for dinner- basically it doesn’t matter, but babies are supposed to thrive on this kind of interaction. Other than that, it’s walks in the stroller, playing on her play mat, ‘reading’ books, standing on the porch so she can stare around (she loves the outdoors) or I lay her flat and just let her kick and wiggle up a storm.
Do you nap when she’s napping?
Rarely. I did at first, but now she’s a good night time sleeper and has been sleeping from 8:30-5:30ish. Occasionally when the early mornings catch up to me, I take an afternoon nap with her for an hour or so, and I must admit that they are wonderful!
Where does she nap during the day?
Although she has napped in her crib a few times, she doesn’t typically. I want to start having her nap there, but for now, our master is on the main floor and the nursery is upstairs, so I usually opt for putting her down on our bed or in her Moses basket so she is close by. She will also nap in her boppy on the couch. Usually, though, I’m out and about so much that she naps in the stroller (on wogs) or in the car seat as I drive around.
How often did you feed her/did she nap in the beginning?
I actually recorded this, so I can tell you! From birth, through the first few weeks, she would eat every 2-4 hours. She would eat for 15-20 minutes on each side. Now she eats every 3 hours during the day, for about 8 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on the other.
I don’t really know about naps in the beginning. Since we had no schedule, she just slept whenever. She started off sleeping a lot though. I’d feed her, then she’d be awake for only 10 minutes sometimes before she’d fall back asleep.
What did you read to learn about infant care?
Not much, to be honest. I was so fixated on labor I barely looked into infant care. I did read Happiest Baby on the Block and found it’s techniques very useful! Other than that, I’ve gone to my mom, my friends, twitter and blogs with any questions.
My baby is 3 weeks old and everyone tells me (and I read) to feed a minimum of 8 feedings a day. Did you do this? When did you transition to less feedings?
I don’t really follow any of the ‘rules’. I never woke Hailey up to feed her. Ever. And she was back up to birth weight by 4 days old. I really follow her cues and let that dictate her schedule. I was a bit nervous a few weeks ago when she was only eating 6 times a day, but she was gaining weight, not fussy and sleeping well, so I figured it was working for her. And that’s still what we do now. She typically eats 6 times between 5:30am and 8:00pm.
When did you begin to operate more on a schedule?
Don’t let me fool you- there is no such thing as a schedule with a baby 🙂 However, I will say from about 6 weeks old and on (she’s 8 weeks today), I feel pretty confident in predicting her schedule of the day and reading her cues. I was so worried I’d never ‘know’ my baby in the way people say you will know what different cries mean, etc, but now I do and things are going pretty smoothly.
Typically we operate on a ‘Eat, Play, Nap, Play, Repeat’ kind of schedule. I tried just the ‘Eat, Play, Nap, Repeat’ schedule that Babywise promotes, but then I was feeding every 2 hours and Hailey wasn’t very hungry and ended up snacking. Even though I’ve heard fabulous things about Babywise, Hailey’s preferred method for now doesn’t quite match it.
So far, things are going great. Everyday I love being a mommy more and more. She really does light up my life and I love getting to know her a bit more everyday! I do feel confident and like I have things under control, but it doesn’t mean Hailey never cries… especially when I overdo it with the camera… 😉
As always, feel free to email me or comment if you have any questions.
But I have a question for you…
I am having a discrepancy in an Etsy order. I ordered size 0-3 month and she mailed a newborn size saying that it was the same thing.
Am I correct that a newborn sized onesie is NOT the same thing as a 0-3 month sized onesie?
Or am I crazy?