Week 12 Summary

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Brittlynn’s 12th week of life was from Feb 21st – Feb 27th which means she turned 12 weeks old on Tuesday Feb 28th. Yes, you read that right. My little BABY turned 12 weeks old!!! It’s flllllying

Diapers: Britt is back to pooping like all the time! I had to start changing her diaper both right when she gets up then again right when she gets done eating. She poops during every nap and even during the night so she’s constantly sitting in a poop diaper. Not good for her sweet skin! She had her first legit diaper rash this week. It made me realize that Kye never had legit diaper rash because I was WORRIED about how bad Britt’s was but when I texted Robyn a pic of it (I’m so cool…I know…) she said it was just normal diaper rash haha. I started letting Britt “air out” at each diaper change. I did a combo – after she ate I’d take off her diaper then put her on a towel and let her do her tummy time while also airing out the private area. Then I loaded her up hardcore with Aquaphor. It’s what Robyn recommended and it worked WONDERFULLY! So well that we switched to it and use it at each diaper change now (the pediatrician told us it’s fine to use diaper rash cream at each changing to prevent). We have always used Desitin (the purple tube) and had great results with Kye, but each baby is different and (so far) Britt seems to be an Aquaphor girl!

She also enjoys having her diaper changed and LOVES to talk to her mermaid picture above her changing table. Kye was the same way, he’d always talk to this big monkey wall decal we had. It’s cute how they do that! She laughs and laughs with her mermaid friend at each diaper change.

Here‘s a video of her πŸ™‚

Wonder Week: This week Zach was gone skiing in Canada and of course it was another wonder week. The third wonder week falls around 11-12 weeks old. Her little world is getting more organized and she is able to move with purpose. She had some ROUGH naps during this week. One of the nights Kye and I ended up eating in the complete darkness. We had every light turned off (and he closed every door to help…so funny) and we put her in the swing because she just simply wouldn’t stop crying. She didn’t sleep in the swing either but was quiet enough for us to be able to eat. 

Cry it Out: I ended up just completely letting her cry it out during naps this week for the first time. If I went in to comfort her she would stop crying but she wouldn’t go back to sleep no matter what I did. I figured if she wasn’t going to sleep either way (thanks to the wonder week!) that she might as well be in her crib rather than me being in there with her (with Kye in tow…who can’t be very quiet for long…). She doesn’t cry it out often and will always stop (even if she’s BAWLING) after about 20 min. I will go in there if her head or body is up against the crib and just move her and leave again. I rarely go in and pick her up at all…and I rarely even have to! Typically she talks/laughs/coos at the start of nap for 10-20 min before falling asleep then will cry mid-nap for 10 min or less then will wake up right at feeding time and fuss a little or just be talking away. I feel like she’s a WAY better napper than Kye ever was because we don’t use a the paci, we started with Babywise much younger, we were hardcore with her, and we do cry it out!

Schedule: Britt’s schedule is the same as Week 11 but since it’s been awhile since I wrote the whole thing out..here it is:

7:00: start the day, change diaper, eat
8:00-8:30: change diaper, get dressed, awake time
8:30-10:30: nap
10:30-11:30: eat
11:30-12:00: change diaper, awake time
12:00-2:00: nap
2:00-3:00: eat
3:00-3:30: change diaper, awake time, alone time with Mommy
3:30-5:00: nap
5:00-6:00: eat
6:00-6:30: change diaper, awake time, family dinner
6:30-8:20: nap
8:20: awake, bath, put pjs on
8:30-9:30: eat, last feeding of day
9:30: put directly to bed after eating

Just in case you’re interested here is Kye’s schedule at almost 3 years old:

7:00: start the day, eat breakfast

8:15: leave for school OR 9:30: roomtime upstairs

10:15: clean up from roomtime

10:30-11:30: movie time while I nurse OR 12:00: pick up from school

12:00: lunch (later if school)

1:00-3:30: nap

6:00 dinner

6:45: bath

7:15: bed

Here is what else Brittlynn was up to during this week:

  • I tried to stop giving her the mylicon gas drops at each feeding, but then she was gassy so I had to keep doing them
  • She’s starting to drool a lot and even makes some little bubbles, I wouldn’t call them raspberries yet though
  • I stopped leaking much milk during feedings so I quit using the Milkies and only use them for the morning feeding since my breasts are SO full then and still leak a good bit. I still think they are a worthwhile purchase as I saved SO much extra milk thanks to them and I’m still getting close to two oz a day just from that first feeding!
  • Britt had green colored poop again this week…I thought maybe it was from her shots? Now though I think she’s just got sensitive poop haha. It’s totally normal now so I guess nothing was seriously wrong?
  • She’s no longer super eager to eat at each feeding. She’s very happy and content when she wakes up and I don’t have to rush her to the breast. 
  • When Zach got home she would NOT sleep at ALL and it really was because she had missed him and just wanted to see him. It was adorable and so sweet! He ended up holding her during her nap and she just smiled and smiled at him. 
  • She sleeps totally solid through the night, never waking early or anything!
  • Britt started reaching out to touch me, love it
  • I quit using the humidifier after her dr appointment but hardcore use saline spray. I spray each nostril then clean them out with the sucker thingy and it really helps her. She’s SO congested ALL the time!

She had her first boo-boo this week πŸ™ I accidentally cut her when I trimmed her nails

The baldness is happening…

This is how I regularly find her in the mornings. Almost completely unswaddled and up against the side of her crib

She splashed for the first time on 2/26. She also cried when it was time to get out of the tub and she peed all over me in the two second walk from her room to the bathroom!

Kye and I spent the majority of Britt’s awake time in her room playing, we’ve started reading stories too which I enjoy!

she is a PRO at tummy time, but still doesn’t roll over anymore

She looks like she’s flexing her muscles in this one!
Here‘s a video of how well she can reach her toys now!

Kye still totally adores her…we have YET to see any jealousy issues (I think that may start up once she’s mobile???)

Kye was worried she was cold πŸ˜‰

The dogs are much more interested in her now too!

I enjoy this sweet view when doing diaper changes

Kye even helps clean up her puke…he’s always on puke patrol

She is great at holding things and has a strong grip

A lady at Hobby Lobby told me this week that she could see the love in Britt’s eyes when she looks at me. It was such a sweet compliment and I do feel like it’s true. She LOVES to stare at ME and it makes me so happy!

Zach was in Canada skiing this week so I wanted to send him a picture of her to let her know she missed him!

Postpartum Update: I am DONE with postpartum!!! I mentioned last week that the vaca to Jax was EXACTLY what I needed and it so was! After that trip I just feel better about my place in life and like I’m back to myself πŸ™‚ Even though Zach was gone and Britt hit a wonder week, it wasn’t a bad week. I was able to stay positive and not let the bumps in the road get me down. I got back serious on the diet. I drink a TON of water to help stay full and was proud of myself for really sticking to it when usually when Zach’s gone I cheat like crazy (not on him, on my diet haha). I have always loved my children but this week I just really could FEEL that love more than I had since Britt was born. Maybe the hormones were screwing with me? I seriously ADORE my children and when Britt’s awake all I want to do is hold her and cuddle with her and never put her down. Thank goodness for the schedule because otherwise I’d probably spoil this child like crazy!

You can go back and read about Kye’s 12th week here! It’s hilarious to me that at this age Kye drank his first 6 oz bottle while Britt has been drinking 6 oz since she was like 4 weeks old! And how ironic that during this same week I posted a video of Kye talking to his monkey sticker during his diaper change? Reading that post also makes me smile because I talked about how Kye always had multiple sneezes at once. He still does this. If he sneezes he will typically sneeze three times in a row. I remember the first time Brittlynn sneezed. She only sneezed once and it totally caught me off guard and I think of Kye every time she sneezes. It’s a special Kye thing I guess and I appreciate it even more now that it’s something Brittlynn doesn’t do. I do, however, also appreciate that she has WAY more hair than he did at this age!!! Thank goodness!!!!!

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Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

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3 Comments

  1. Crissmegow
    March 15, 2012 / 6:20 pm

    is someone else still helping with taking kye to and from school?

  2. Laura
    March 15, 2012 / 10:05 pm

    We used Balm-x and then Aquaphor on top to help with diaper rash on our second and our first was a Butt Paste only kiddo. It's funny how different mixes work with different kids! She's so cute!

  3. Rachael_Copponex
    March 16, 2012 / 2:07 am

    I love the puke patrol! Β I can tell you are happier now πŸ™‚

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Week 12 Summary

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Week Change

Ok, so I’m an idiot. But I also think this whole age thing is confusing as crap! When we are born we are in our 1st year but then we turn 1 year old and when we are 1 year old we’re actually into our 2nd year! It works the same way with weeks. Kye’s first week he was actually 0, his second week he was 1 week old, etc. This whole time I’ve been doing it wrong. Since he turns 12 weeks old today this whole past week has actually been his 12th week, not his 11th! Confusing? Yes! But I’m going to go back and correct all the weeks that I’ve written about πŸ™‚ Now, onto this past week…which is when Kye was 11 weeks old but was living his 12th week of life! haha

SIDS

We’ve been battling it out with the naps and thought he may be ready to be done with the swaddle so I tried laying him down in a sleeper and when Zach checked on him he thought he was cold so he put a blanket on him. When I walked in and saw this it was too cute not to snap a picture but then we also had to have a little Mommy and Daddy talk about how babies, due to SIDS, are not supposed to have blankets on them. I looked it up and did you know that more babies die of SIDS between the ages of 6-12 months than 0-6 months? It says it’s because parents assume their child is old enough to be okay to sleep on the tummy, sleep with a blanket, or sleep with a cuddle animal…but they aren’t! Pretty scary stuff and I totally see why parents would think, even at 3 months, that the baby would be okay! Zach and I thought we were in the clear too!

Swaddle

Like I said, we’ve experimented without the swaddle, and he still needs it. However, as seen in the Memorial Day post, he is breaking OUT of the swaddle a LOT! I have to go back in and reswaddle him all the time. He’ll get out one arm, both arms, one leg, both legs, or sometimes all four!

Big Boy Bottle

After the funeral this week we went over to Charlotte’s house for a couple hours to spend time with everyone. It totally messed with Kye’s schedule but sometimes that’s okay πŸ™‚ (See I’m not that hardcore…right?) Anyway Kye is officially drinking 6 oz at each feeding! The bottles I’ve had this whole time were little and only went up to 5 oz so I ordered the Medela big bottles which go up to 8 oz. The nipples that came with them are still too fast of a flow so he’s using the nipples from the smaller bottles but is enjoying his big boy bottles! Mrs. Charlotte got to feed him his first one!

Standing

So we still aren’t seeing any rolling over! However, Kye has been enjoying standing up a lot. He will push his legs down and so we will hold him up and let his feet touch the ground. While he still doesn’t take baby steps like he “should” be doing, I’m glad he’s wanting to stand up more!

Here I am giving him his nightly baby massage! I don’t really know the benefits of it but he loves it and I think it helps keep his skin soft

Dry Patch

While at Mom’s over the weekend we noticed near his ears he has a dry patch of skin on both sides. It’s a little red and even peals! When we got home I noticed his ear felt dry too! Of course, I worried about eczema as no mother wants her child to suffer through that! But I’ve started putting baby lotion on it several times a day and it seems to be clearing up!

Chatty

Kye has become more and more chatty. He talks constantly…at me, at the lights (especially the lights!), at the monkey on the changing table…whatever he’ll talk to it. I think he has it coming at him pretty honest though seeing as both his mom and dad are very social, talkative, people! Here’s a little taste of a conversation with Kye:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t948xH2-ok

Zantac

We really don’t feel like Kye was properly diagnosed when the dr. said he had GERD. He spits up a lot but he’s totally fine with it and I just have that motherly gut feeling that says he really doesn’t need the Zantac. Last Wednesday we dropped the nightly dose and he’s done fine without it! Tomorrow we will drop the morning dose and see how it does without it in his system at all! Hopefully we’ll be able to be med free!

Big Boy

As Kye gets bigger and bigger things change! The biggest thing to change so far for me has been his nursing position. Since Day One I’ve liked the football hold, as I found it the easiest. It’s where the baby is laying in one arm like a football with the legs at my side and head beside my breast. Well he’s too big now for it! His little feet get all smushed up against the chair and it’s uncomfortable for him so now we do the cross-cradle hold which is where his feet are across my body with his head in front of the breast. It’s much easier for me and much more comfortable for him.

Also we realized that he’s too heavy for the bassinet part of the pack and play! The weight is up to 15 lb but with a full belly and potentially wet diaper he’s for sure that heavy! So now he uses the bottom part which is waaaay more of a pain because I have to bend over so low!

Reaching

Kye is still loving to reach for everything, and now he can finally reach his car seat toy! Usually Zach and I have to reach back to the backseat and hit the frogs eyes for him to get the music going if he fusses but now he can do it himself! It was great that when we had to get back on the road from St Augustine that we stuck him in the car seat earlier than his naptime and he just entertained himself until he fell asleep!

Concentrating…

Playing with the frog!

Diaper Changes

When we put the Monkey Sticker up above the changing table I thought it’d be a good thing for Clover to look at while he or she got diaper changes…and I was right! Kye ADORES the monkey! Sometimes if he’s fussy we’ll just go over to the monkey and he cheers right up. I took a little video of how much fun he has looking and talking to Mr. Monkey (notice we say Mr. for everything…I don’t really know why?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYOMA9B9xJE

Feet Up

I think all babies do this at some point but Kye now understands what’s going on when it’s time for a diaper change. He’s much more helpful and puts his legs up in the air for us!

To the Mouth

Kye has begun the typical I-put-everything-in-my-mouth thing. Of course right now the only things he really has access to are blankets, burp rags, and bibs but they all go right for the mouth! It’s pretty cute actually even if it means slobber on his stuff!

Cries like Mommy

When I cry I bawl. Zach always teases me that I cry like Ron Burgundy from Anchorman when Baxter (his dog) got killed. I know I cry really, really hard. But I also turn so red! The whole side of my face turns red and stays that way long after I’m done crying. I’ve noticed that Kye cries similar to the way I do as when he really cries he will take AWHILE to get over it. He’ll be happy again but still doing the whole little bit of crying thing to get it over with. I’ve also noticed that he gets patchy red when he cries and that it stays there for awhile too. Notice his eyebrows!!! They turn BRIGHT red when he’s crying!!!Open Hands

Before it was rare when Kye would reach for something with an open hand but this week it’s really changed. Now his hands are always open! I’ve heard it’s a myth that you can “train” them to be right-handed but I’m still trying to focus on that hand with things just in case. He’s really gotten down grabbing things and has mastered holding on to the hanging rattle on his playmat!

“Look Mom!”

So serious

Left Hand

Kye is really enjoying finding his hands and exploring putting them in his mouth. His favorite thing is that left hand. He loves to play with it and to suck on it. He hasn’t mastered it enough for us to get rid of the pacifier but I can tell he’s starting to make connections and realizing it’s HIS hand that he’s sucking and that HE has control over it!

Sneezing

While, to date, Kye has never been sick…he does sneeze all the time! I was trying to capture him talking in this video but he started one of his sneezing fits and so I thought that’d be worth remembering too! I wonder if he’ll always have multiple sneezes each time for his whole life?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1eM0CmwXnc

Me

Feeling sooooo much better this week! I just weighed in this morning for my weekly Weight Watchers Weigh-In and I lost 2 1/2 more pounds! That’s a total of 10 1/2 pounds since April 29th! So less than a month!!!

While I don’t look 100% back to myself, I’m starting to see Emily again which makes me excited! Sure most of my pants still don’t fit but at least the clothes that do fit look better.

I’m down to only having 4.5 lb to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight and only 9.5 lb to be to my goal weight!

Weight Watchers did take down the points I’m allowed each day to eat. Since I’ve lost so much weight they dropped one point a day from my allowance. It’ll probably be a little adjustment but nothing major! I’m just so glad that I found something that WORKS!!!!

Zach is loving WW too and is seeing great results! We’re gonna be a mega hott couple in no time haha We both love it so much that we plan to stick with it forever. Why not? It’s super easy to follow and once we reach our goal weights they help you maintain it. It’s great for busy people like us and will be so easy to help teach our children proper nutrition and portion control!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook

2 Comments

  1. Elizabeth
    May 27, 2009 / 5:36 pm

    SIDS is so scary! I didn’t let Damian sleep with a blanket until he could stand up and get it off of himself. I didn’t see any point in risking anything. I just put him in a thicker sleeper if it was cold in the house, but I always left his fan on to circulate the air.Kye is such a cutie! I love reading about his development. It brings back memories of when D was that small. Every little thing they do is so amazing. They grow up so quickly. Before you know it Kye will be walking and talking.

  2. Crissy Megow
    May 28, 2009 / 12:50 am

    Here is something neat about the whole age thing, in Korea when babies are born they are actually considered a year old, b/c they feel that while the baby is in the womb they are already taking age. So when they are born they are 1 years old (which I guess makes sense).

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