Ruby turned one month old on Sunday. Let’s discuss…
I’m noticing some patterns developing. Namely, the nightly cranky, cluster feedings. I keep telling her that I am going to cut her off if she continues to punch, kick, twist and tug at my nipples. She continues to ignore me.
Thus, we have re-introduced the pacifier. Part of me is worried that she will forget how to breastfeed again. And part of me thinks that would be a bit of a relief.
We’ve also re-introduced the bottle. After all, why settle for two types of nipples when you can have three?
We’re filling the bottles with expressed milk. That I have been pumping in an effort to minimize the painful rock-like formations that have developed in my breasts.
Ruby and I went to our first mom’s group playdate on Friday and had such a great time. Getting out of the house and interacting with people that talk and poop in a toilet is invaluable.
Speaking of talking…almost nightly I have a (different) dream about a baby expressing her needs to me verbally. Hmm…what do you suppose that means? She’s crying more and more everyday and it kills me that I don’t know how to soothe her. She has one particularly shrill cry she works up to that just breaks my heart.
*See credit at end of post*
Apparently all this crying can be “normal” and typically peaks between 6-8 weeks. I cringe to think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
We have been using The First Years Close and Secure Sleeper at night since she has rejected any kind of bed without a person attached to it. So far it’s actually been working pretty well. She still tosses and turns, but she doesn’t really wake up. I wake up periodically throughout the night (for reasons I’m still trying to figure out), feed her while she’s half asleep and lay her back down. She doesn’t cry, and I get a reasonable amount of sleep. I’m crossing my fingers and praying to several Gods that she can keep this up.
Ruby and I are both in LOVE with the Moby wrap. With practice I’ve become pretty comfortable with tying the wrap and getting her in it. It generally takes 5-30 minutes of walking/bouncing/vacuum cleaner/pacifier to get her to stop crying once she’s in it. (Because, as mentioned previously, she cries A LOT.) But eventually she remembers she likes it and I get some hands-free peace!
I look forward to the day I can transfer her from the car seat to the wrap without the whole quiet-the-baby song and dance. Then I could do things like, you know, grocery shopping.
Following up since two weeks – both eyes are now goop-free, her ears are still hairy and she can totally lift up her head.
And last but certainly not least. Ruby and I both survived three days without Grandma while Jason was at work. Don’t laugh. This was a huge accomplishment.
*This photo was taken at one week by Erika Jackson. She shot our wedding and (obviously) Ruby’s baby photos. Her photography is incredible, and she’s just such a great person. I highly recommend her to anyone in the Bay area.