Saturday, November 18, 2006

Update on Jackson: 9 weeks old

This picture is of him doing his new favorite thing---sticking out his tongue and laughing. Too cute!

Well, according to Baby Wise [we do not agree with everything in this book], we are done with "Phase One" (Weeks 1-8) where Jackson eats seven to eight daily feedings for the first two months. Jackson is successfully sleeping through the night and as long as we swaddle him tight he goes to sleep when we put him down...what a wonderful baby! I really think he is doing this because we feed him every 3 hours during the day and he gets all his ozs in during the day (about 27oz). We never feed him earlier than 2 1/2 hours from the start of the last feeding. If you feed him every two hours they are snacking all day long and never getting full, therefore, they are extremely fussy.

Now we are in "Phase Two" (Weeks 9-15) where we try for him to eat about every 3 1/2 to four hours and bump up his ozs to 6 ozs. We have tried this but he wants to eat every 3 hours and will not take 6 ozs. Now we are trying to get 3 naps in (min 1 1/2 hours in length to 3 hours) but he does not want to take a nap longer than 45 minutes. However, if we put him down for a nap after he is swaddled extremely tight he will sleep longer At six months, apparently babies take 2 naps at 2 hours long each one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Right now this is Jackson day
Diaper change Eat at 7-7:30, Awake till 8:30
Nap till 10ish
Diaper change, Eat 10, Awake 11:30
Nap 11:30-1ish
Diaper change Eat 1 pm Awake till 2:30
Nap 2:30-4 pm
Diaper change, Eat 4 pm Awake till 5:30 pm
Nap 5:30 till 7:00pm
Diaper change, Eat 7 pm Awake till 8:30 pm
Nap 8:30 pm till 10ish
Diaper change (bath every other night) Eat 10 pm
Sleeping through the night from 11pm till 7 am

Wow that is exhausting! Haha...and you wonder why new moms are tired. He definitely does not follow that schedule perfectly and some days he only has 3 naps and for only 45 minutes.

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We also watch this dvd that helped us learn how to calm Jackson down when he is crying real hard. It really helped and if you want to know more about it just let me know...


Leah said...

It sounds like Jackson and family are doing really well! I admire your determination to get him on a regular schedule. Georgia will be one month old tomorrow, and though we have made small attempts at putting her on a schedule, now that she is past "newborn" stage, it will begin in earnest:-) The problem we currently have is that when she needs to go to sleep, she doesn't want to (she fights it), and when she needs to be awake (after nursing), she conks out. We are working on reversing that trend...Thanks for the encouragement that you give--babies grow and change, and it is all 'uphill' from the newborn stage! Take care--Leah

Emily Wallace said...

I completely understand. When I nursed Jackson would always fall asleep because he was so warm and cozy. I would go change his diaper or get him undressed to wake him up. I do not know why but babies are a lot happier when they have wake time first and then nap time. But who wants to wake up a sleeping baby? Now, when we put Jackson down for a nap we swaddle him real tight so he cannot get out and, then we put him on his side and bounce him. He usually goes to sleep after this and then will sleep longer if he does not get out of his swaddle. I love all the pictures of Georgia and I hope yall have a great Thanksgiving!