Saturday, October 18, 2008

Day One Without the Pacifier

Like I said before - we've had a rough couple of days.  I wore myself out over-analyzing what could be wrong.  I think I am reading TOO much, and just need to go with the flow a bit more.  But out of my desperation, I think I did discover a few things.  

A)  It was time for us to trash the pacifiers.  I know she's only 7.5 weeks old, but when she started crying everytime it fell out of her mouth, I knew it was time.  Yesterday was our first full day without it.  It was . . . rough.  The poor dear just kept vigorously sucking the air and flailing her tongue about and fussing.  I manipulated her in to sleeping 1.5 hours twice in the morning, and she pretty much didn't sleep after that until about 10pm.  She wasn't really that fussy though for not sleeping.  

B)  We also upgraded her bottle nipple.  I bought a few different kinds that were for 3 months and up.  I cannot believe the difference it made for her.  It used to take her 45-60 minutes to eat 2.5 - 3 ounces.  And she rarely ever ate more than 3 ounces.  She'd get tired of working so hard and quit, and then be hungry an hour later.  Since I switched yesterday evening, she's been eating 4 ounces in 20 minutes!  Hallelu!  

C)  Today I am not thinking about what "the books" say.  I'm going to watch Davie for cues, and go from there.  I'm writing EVERYTHING down, so I can compare her routine day to day and not just make her do what I think she should do.  

Gotta go, she's waking up from her nap!!!


Pascha said...

girl, can you believe that you have this little human being that you are responsible for! its craziness...

i dunno about all of this book business; i didnt read any before i had gabriel, and havent read any since. so im not sure what they say, but just go with the flow!

gabriel is now almost 6 months old and granted he is an easy baby, but i think part of that is i have just let him be him. i did start having him sleep in his crib at about 5 weeks for a nap and through the night. and he does take a pacifier and he loves it; soooo i let him suck suck away ha! anyway like i said i havent read any books, but i would say just do what you want to do and what you feel comfortable with!

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