Sweet Poppyseed is 12 Weeks Old.

I can’t believe it’s been 12 weeks.  She is changing all the time now.

  • Poppyseed thinks that she can talk to us.  She looks right at us and mimics the sounds that we say.  It is so much fun.  She’ll look us dead in the eye and say, “Ayyyyy.”  We’ll laugh and say, “I know!  Then what happened?”  Her expression will get serious, she’ll hold our gaze, and she’ll say, “Oooohhhhhhhh.”  This entertainment goes on forever.  It never gets old!
  • She has been getting really close to rolling over.  I don’t feel like I can leave her on the changing table anymore without risking her falling onto the ground! Ahh!
  •  She really likes to sleep on her side.  I suspect that once she can roll all the way over she will become a belly sleeper.  And speaking of sleeping… she no longer likes to be really tightly swaddled.  Now if I swaddle her too tight, she grunts and struggles and cries until she finally gets an arm out and then falls asleep with it over her head.
  • I still have her on a loose schedule.  She eats every 2.5-3 hours.  7am (earlier on work days), 9:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm, a dream feed at 10pm, and one middle of the night feed.  I know that a lot of people warn against feeding on a schedule if you are nursing, but it has worked so well for us.  She is in the 90th percentile for weight, and I never refuse to feed her if she is hungry.  (For example, the other day I nursed her in the back of my car before going into Target.  Then about 30 minutes later, she had a COMPLETE meltdown.  I was in the middle of the store with no idea what could be wrong!  Her screams literally made me sweat and no amount of carrying, bouncing or shushing would help.  Finally I took her to the restroom and nursed her.  Wouldn’t you know she took a whole feeding.  I chalked it up to a growth spurt and resumed her schedule later.)   Typically, when she is not in a growth spurt, the schedule enables me to stay a step ahead of her hunger cues and I usually find that I’m offering to feed her before she is even asking.
  • That being said, we are currently trying to drop the middle-of-the-night feed so that I can sleep more at night.  I’ve noticed that she wakes up at 3am every night… it’s so close to 3am on the dot that I started to wonder if she was really hungry or just waking up out of habit.  (I used to set an alarm for 3am when she was really tiny because I did not want her to go longer than 5 hours without feeding.)  Well, last week at 3am I decided to experiment a little bit.  She woke up at 2:56am, cried, and instead of nursing her I just swaddled her and rocked her.  She fell asleep within about 5 minutes!  I could not believe that she didn’t get even more upset and expect to nurse. I put her back in her crib and she slept until 6:30am.  The next night was similar… I did the same thing and she slept until about 5am.  Then I went out of town, she was sleeping in bed with me instead of in her crib, she was eating off schedule, etc.  So this week I aim to get back on track and see if I can get her to sleep longer stretches at night.
  • I have to admit, it takes every bit of willpower I have to not just put her in bed with Oatmeal and I each night.  We LOVE to sleep with her.  (She loves it too because she pretty much has full access to an all-you-can-eat buffet.  Ha.)  But, I have been trying to exercise some self control and get her to sleep at least 2 out of 3 nights in her crib so that she is always comfortable there.  I know there will come a time where we will NOT want a squirmy kid in bed with us, so I don’t want to burn the bridge.
  • We just started taking Poppyseed to daycare last week.  I am still only working twice a week, so it’s nice to be able to get used to this so gradually.  I really like the two ladies who work on the days that she is there.  They seem to like me and don’t seem to think that I’m over the top with anything that I ask them to do.  I was so nervous that she would have a fit on her first day and that they would not know what to do.  I decided I’d type up a little page about all of her sweet little behaviors, habits and quirks.  It explains how she likes to play, what to do when she fusses, her eating schedule, and her sleep habits.  I tried to keep it short (just a page long even though I could have made it so much more detailed) so that they would just have something to refer to.  They actually acted really happy that I did it, and they read it right in front of me on the day that I dropped her off for the first time.  I also call every day to check in, and even though I sometimes feel like a micro-managing mama, I am always so glad I called after I hang up.  Usually the sitters are happy to hear from me, and I find that they usually have a question for me that they just didn’t have time to ask when I dropped her off earlier.  So it makes me feel better to have a conversation with them and know that they are getting to know my baby more and more with each visit.
  • We are still really liking the cloth diapers!  I always use them at home now, and sometimes I even take her on short errands in the cloth diapers if I know I won’t be gone too long.  She sleeps in them from 7pm-10pm, but I still put her in a disposable diaper at 10pm so that she doesn’t feel wet in the middle of the night.  I hope to get to the point where she is in a cloth diaper overnight soon.

That’s all I can think of for now!

Here is an example of what a day looks like.  I’m choosing a day that I work, because those are our busiest days.

  • Wake up around 6am.  Usually she is already in bed with us because on the nights before I work, I always end up bringing her to bed with us after her middle-of-the-night feeding so that I can have her close to me.  We snuggle in bed and nurse.  Usually Oatmeal is leaving for work around this time and he will nuzzle her a little bit before leaving.
  • I get ready for work while Poppyseed lies on her back in our bed and kicks her little feet.  I call it her morning aerobics.  As long as the ceiling fan is on, she is totally content.
  • Change her diaper, dress her, put her in the car, drive to daycare.
  • Go to work.  Call the daycare 1-2 times a day to check in.  I also still pump 3 times in a work day, usually at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm.  Can’t let that liquid gold dry up!
  • After work I drive straight to daycare and pick her up.  I try to spend some time chatting with the daycare sitter about her day.  Then we get in the car and head home.
  • We get home, I put her in her bouncer and we talk/babble while I store all of her milk from that day.  I start to prep dinner while she coos and enjoys her mobile that hangs from the kitchen ceiling.  (Aunt Jamie made it!)
  • Oatmeal gets home.  He enjoys playing with her for a while, and shortly after he gets home we give her a bath.  Sometimes Oatmeal even strips to his boxers and gets in the bath with her, which I think is just hilarious.  I’ll sit on the bathroom floor and watch him hold her in the tub.  She’ll babble, smile, kick her feet and just play in the tub.  Just like her mama, just loving that bath!
  • After that I love to let her lie on her changing table and let her kick her feet around while I give her a little baby massage.  I have a really nice chamomile lotion that I use, and I’m pretty sure she loves it.  🙂
  • Around 6:30pm-7pm, she starts to get fussy and we know it’s time for her to go to sleep.  We usually swaddle her, rock her, read her a book and then put her in her crib.  Most nights she falls right to sleep.
  • Oatmeal and I enjoy some time to ourselves.  We work out together on the back porch, cook dinner, discuss work/finances, or watch TV.
  • By 8:30pm I am usually bustling about the house getting things ready for work the next morning.  I pack her daycare bag, wash my pump parts and put it all in the car for the next day, check my work email, and plan my work day.
  • By 10pm I’ve showered and put on my PJs and it’s time for her dream feed.  I wake her, check her diaper, usually switch her from cloth diaper to disposable, and nurse her.  Then it’s right back in that crib!
  • Middle of the night… she wakes, I nurse her (or rock her back to sleep).  Or… on the nights where I just can’t resist, I just bring her to bed and she snuggles up to me for the rest of the night.

I can’t lie.  I love being her mom!

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  1. 90%! She is going to be big and chunky like Addison was!

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