daphne {week 17}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // overalls: babyGap  // tee: Hanna Andersson // moccasins: Freshly Picked // socks: June and January }

{week 17} I know, same tee as last week. But I am obsessed. Plus, it was Pride Weekend!

Sleep (again) has been the theme of the week. And I think we are starting the dreaded four-month sleep regression… ahh! Daphne went from sleeping thru the night (and doing well with naps, even some in her crib) to waking between 5 and 6 times per night and crying thru her naps (if she wasn’t held).

So, I chatted with my sleep guru friend Stephanie about what her thoughts were and she was on-board with us trying to maintain the status quo. Not introducing any new sleep props, but focusing on sleep, even if it wasn’t totally ideal. One thing that she did suggest though was to try unswaddling. It is a step that we have been wanting to take, especially since I think Daphne is on the verge of rolling from back to tummy, but I was hesitant (particularly when she was sleeping so well)! But, we figured we had nothing to loose, so we tried it a few nights ago by unzipping the sleeves off of her swaddle and so far, so good! She is still getting used to having her hands out (and trying to figure out what to do with them) but she seems to have mostly outgrown her startle reflex. I have found that when she does fuss, if we give her a few minutes, she will almost always find her hand or her thumb and start self-soothing. It isn’t perfect yet and she still prefers a paci (which is normally all she needs to get back to sleep, though sometimes she wants to be picked up and cuddled) but it feels like progress!

I have also found that really being mindful of keeping her on a 3 to 3.5 hour schedule is ideal for sleeping, both naps and at night. Often in the earlier part of the day, Daphne can go for a 4 hour stretch between feedings, but she isn’t ready to be totally on a 4 hour feeding cycle and by the end of the day, she wants feedings every 2 hours.

Daphne loves her Bumbo seat and spends some time in it during her wake time (maybe  a few times per day) and has started reaching for toys that are on her tray. She also LOVES to lay on her playmat and stare at herself in the mirror or bat at the hanging toys.

Happy 17 weeks Daphne!

M

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