Week Four Summary

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Tess’s 4th week of life was from Thursday August 21st – Wednesday August 27th. She was three weeks old during this week!

Nursing: Tess is for sure my fastest nurser. I kept waiting for her to slow down and take a longer time to eat, but at this age she was still only taking around 30 min. I know many people have a babies who nurse faster, but for me 30 min is quick!

Tess is getting her own little personality, even while eating. When done eating she started to smile a lot and would have a lot of grunting sounds. I’m a moaner (as was my grandmother…I remember sitting beside her in church and hearing her groan and moan haha) so I think Tess gets it from me πŸ™‚

Up until this week I never had any supply issues (my supply issues are not what you would think…I usually over produce!). On Sunday Aug 24th I had forceful letdown during her first feeding and sprayed milk for the first time. She started only waking once in the night during this week and I think that affected my milk balance and made me start to show over production signs. 

On Wednesday Aug 27th I had a clogged duct issue in my left breast. It was VERY red and painful and I was freaking out about it turning into mastitis. We were leaving two days later for Zach’s big birthday trip and I could NOT be in the bed sick the whole time!!! Zach also woke up that morning with eye issues and ended up going to the doctor (he had some strange strand of the flu that shows up in your eye! RANDOM!) so while he was there he showed the dr a picture of my boob to show him the redness. He gave Zach some tips to tell me and I worked the entire day on getting it unclogged. Of course I got that side handled and then woke up the next morning with my right breast clogged! Thankfully I was able to get them both back to normal and avoided getting mastitis on our trip!

Schedule: We had the same schedule as the week prior and it was going well! Tess was waking once in the night to eat which was giving me a lot better sleep than when she woke twice! Schedule was the same as the week prior with feeding times at 7, 10, 1, 4, 6, 8 (bath prior to this feeding then straight to bed after), and dream feed at 11. She was waking between 3-4 am to eat in the middle of the night. 

Sleep: Well it’s still not enough sleep for Mama’s liking that’s for sure πŸ˜‰ As I mentioned earlier, Tess started to only wake once per night (around 3 – 4 am). I felt 1,000 times better because I was able to get more sleep! 

Since she took about 30 min to nurse we would have roughly 10-15 min of awake time together and then I would begin the process of putting her down for nap. I start to sing our song  while I swaddle her. Then I pick her up and turn off the lights, turn on her fan, and then just SIT with her. No stimulation. No rocking. No singing. I just hold her vertically on my shoulder and sit for a few minutes. She fights it some and fusses a little and then I will feel her body go limp and that’s when I lay her down for sleep. She is awake, but tired. She always fusses a bit as soon as I lay her down but then she’s OUT! 

I learned this week that she just HAS to fuss a bit when she settles into sleep! It’s just a “Tess thing” and that’s ok πŸ™‚ 

On 8/25 I accidentally slept through the dream feed. I woke up to her crying at 1 am. Oops. Fed her at 1 and then again at 4. It was an awful night because her SNUZA also went off for the first time ever! It hadn’t been clipped good enough on her diaper and had slid off. And THEN she also had a mega blow out diaper through her sleeper and everything. Lesson learned? DO NOT skip the dream feed!!!

More About Tess: The remaining bit of cord stump completely came off this week. She has THE cutest belly button! Kye’s was herniated and Britt’s still pokes out so it’s different to have a baby with a cute belly button right away πŸ™‚ 

Since her belly button is good to go…that meant Zach moved her bath time into the legit bath tub. She LOVES it! Bath time is still prior to the 8:00 feeding so usually I’m tucking Kye into bed while Zach bathes her. 

One night we let Kye stay up a little later so he could help πŸ™‚ 

Tess isn’t a huge fan of tummy time. I usually have her do it on the boppy since she still doesn’t have a ton of head control. She doesn’t cry through it, but will start after just a few minutes.  

Her hair is still ALL there and growing! It’s crazy to me how much hair this child has! I even put it in her first pony this week πŸ™‚ 

Zach thinks she will have curly hair as she gets older. You can see when it’s wet how curled up it gets! Britt’s has always been so straight so it’ll be interesting to see!

Tess went to the chiropractor for her second visit this week. Her first visit was on Wed Aug 20th and it was such a huge, noticeable change in her! I could tell by Friday Aug 22nd that she needed to be adjusted again. She stopped sleeping as solid and seemed more gassy. Since we had the birthday palooza at Mrs. Charlotte’s all day Saturday I wanted to make sure she slept well! So we went to the chiro on the way to her house to get Tess adjusted. He massaged a spot under her ribs and said that the more we massage it the better it will help it develop and help her gas issues. She was, again, drastically better when we left. She slept solid that entire day and seemed great throughout the rest of the week as well (her 3rd visit wasn’t until Thur Aug 21). 

When Kye was born my mom bought him his “friend” Monkey that he’s slept with since he was very young. When Britt was born my mom bought her a lamb that Britt named “Mimi” and who she also sleeps with. Both of them are by the same company…and are called Lovies by Komet Creations . They are breathable baby blankets with a stuffed animal attached to the top and have a place to embroider the baby’s name and birthdate, etc. Of course I wanted to continue on the tradition my mom started and also get Tess a Lovie. The kids and I picked out a pink bunny one for her! If you’re reading this Mom…I hope you approve! I think it’s very cute and wanted to get some pics of Tess with it just like I did of Kye with Monkey and Britt with Mimi when they were babies. No, she won’t be sleeping with it in her crib anytime soon but I did go ahead and order two of them so I’m ready for washing when the time comes! 

Tess’s hair, as you can tell, is still going strong and long! I can’t get over how FAST it’s growing. Check out how much is covering her ears now!!! At this rate she’ll have longer hair than Britt soon!

We had a day during this week where the weather was mega pretty so I took Tess outside. Honestly, there isn’t much time that she’s awake and it’s just not long enough for us to go outside. So this was her first time outdoors haha! And it only lasted like 3-4 minutes before she started falling asleep and we had to go in. I do think she liked it though!

More About Tess:

  • She had her first “pudding poop” this week
  • When she’s waking up from sleep and I’m changing her diaper she does this adorable thing where one of her legs (left) quivers. It’s SO cute and the way it flutters makes me think about her little kicks in my belly and I wonder if that’s what she was doing in there!
  • NB sizes are starting to get too short
  • Her face started peeling some this week and lotion really helps
  • She smiles when I gently tickle her behind the ears 
  • When she spits up it often comes out of her nose which TOTALLY freaked me out at first but then I googled it and found that it’s totally normal
  • When she poops her face gets super red
  • She started getting her first diaper rash towards the end of the week and I asked on the FB Blog Page what people recommended. The most common answer was Triple Paste so I tried that first…it didn’t help but more on that in the next weekly summary
  • The whites of her eyes are for sure blue so I’m hoping that means her eye color won’t change
  • Her acne is gone
  • She is much more alert
  • She’s holding her head up much better and will turn it with it raised
  • She started doing better and better with tummy time. 
  • I read a lot about gas this week πŸ˜‰ The chiropractor visits made a HUGE difference but my research helped too. I read the best way to burp a baby is to rub upwards on their left side in a circular motion. You want them laying over your shoulder with their arms raised when you do this. Also another good trick is to pat hard (and straight up) on the butt! I do a combo of both and it really, really works. And when you do the back rub thing and if it isn’t working…try laying the baby downward and picking them back up. That motion tends to do the trick! I also learned that if a baby is crying and they are raising their legs in the air that it means gas is the issue. If they are arching their back then it means the issue could be reflux related!

Siblings: Not many sibling pics this week! I was working hard to get us ALL packed for our trip so I didn’t take as many pics πŸ™‚ 

When I was doing my daily pump session Britt started to say she wanted to “help me” pump. She’d come sit beside me and “massage” me while I was pumping. It was HILARIOUS. She mostly was just poking my chest because I guess she had watched how I massage it while pumping? Such a sweet girl to want to help haha!

Visitors: Casey and Jordan came by to visit this week with Carter and they brought dinner! It was WONDERFUL to get to hang out with them. We knew once both babies were born that the four of us getting to hang out would be a rare event and I do miss being able to hang out more often!

Baby Gear: I stopped using the humidifier this week as she really didn’t need it anymore but I want to say that if you own a cool mist humidifier READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Did you know you aren’t supposed to put them on wood?!?! We use metal chairs for ours! 

More of Tess: Here are some more sweet pics of my baby girl from this week!

She reminds me of a little bird at times and this pic is so cute to me b/c she looks like a bird and has a bird on her outfit πŸ˜‰

Postpartum Update: With Tess only waking once in the night I felt like a new person this week. I was still having night sweats and still just SORE. I stopped taking the ibuprofen so I felt the soreness more than I had before. Zach was so sweet to give me lots of back rubs. Usually I’m not big on back rubs (I LOVE when people play with my hair though!) but with bending over so much it’s amazing to have a good rub!

I had my first outing this week! I missed the first kids sale (it was the same day we came home from the hospital) but was able to go to the second one! It started at 6 so I pumped at 5 and left a bottle for Zach to feed Tess and I was home before she ate again at 8. It worked out great and was SO NICE to go out for a bit with my friends!!!

My bleeding was pretty much non-exsistant so I just had to wear panty liners. I also researched how often I should be wearing the Bellefit and saw that you should wear it for 24 hours when you first get it! Oops! I started that Friday wearing it and wore it for 24 hours a day for an entire week! 

I had a really good routine down for my sleep. My goal was to get a one hour nap in each day. Then I’d also go to sleep around 930 or 10 and sleep until her dream feed at 11. Then she’d eat until 12 and I’d be able to sleep until she woke again at 3 or 4. And then she’d eat for an hour roughly so I’d get to sleep again from either 4 or 5 until 7. Yes. MEGA broken sleep. But I was surviving! 

I tried to make sure to take time out to play with the kids πŸ™‚ I look a hot mess but we had fun building a train track together!

Britt has started to make crazy faces in pictures…

Sibling Comparisons: You can read about Britt’s 4th week here (SO crazy to me about the things in common…) and you can read about Kye’s 4th week here. 

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Week Four Summary

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Oops! I forgot in the Week Three Summary post to provide a link to look back at Kye’s third week! Here it is and for sure look at it because there is a picture of me on there that looks SO much like Brittlynn! Brittlynn’s fourth week of life was from December 27th through January 2nd. Here’s a rundown of what was going on during that week πŸ™‚

Sleep: Her awake times started to spread out a little and she started being SO alert. FINALLY!!! We thought at the time that her tired cue was being fussy (spoiler alert…we have since figured out that she was fussy b/c of GAS and not because she was tired…). We took the sleep wedge out of the crib because it wasn’t really helping and it only caused her to slide down from it so a lot of times she’d be out of view of the video monitor. IF we allowed her to be, I think she’d be a tummy sleeper. She would cry pretty constantly during naps but when we pressed her against us she’d fall right to sleep. She also would use my breasts as a pacifier if I let her! Often times when we’d get her ready for sleep she would try to suck on us but wasn’t hungry. She isn’t a big fan of the paci though! We used it sometimes but she would suck so hard on it that it’d leave a mark around her mouth and she’d spit it out constantly. Plus since she sleeps with her head to the side it falls out instantly. Def not worth the hassle it causes. It’s good that she WILL take it though and I plan to keep using it occasionally so she will take it if we need her to like at weddings and stuff!

Nursing: Still going well. My breasts seem to have adjusted to nursing so much better this time around and I never even use any nipple cream or anything! I have even had to get up and walk while nursing a couple of times and, while it’s awkward, I can mange it! At this point I realized there is NO point in rushing her because she takes her precious time eating. Still averaging an hour each feeding and I stopped keeping track of the time. Prior to this week I kept a note book and wrote down how long she ate on each breast, etc. At this point I could tell when she was done with the first breast and the entire feeding! On 12/31 I went out with Kye for a couple of hours and gave Zach a bottle to feed her while we were gone. It was a nice break for us both and she ate 4 ounces with him.

Schedule: During this week I pulled out my Baby Whisperer book (I highly recommend buying it in addition to Babywise…they work very well together! The legit title is: The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracy Hogg). Zach and I used bits and pieces of it with Kye (especially her shh-pat method for naps) and, after reading it over, I decided to change Britt’s schedule to match up with Hogg’s E.A.S.Y one. Here is what Brittlynn’s schedule became at 4 weeks old (I started it on 12/29):

7:00: start of the day, eat
8:00-8:30: awake time then down for nap
10:00: eat
11:00-11:30: awake time then down for nap
1:00: eat
2:00-2:30: awake time then down for nap
4:00: eat
5:00-5:30: awake time then down for nap
6:00: eat (this is what Hogg calls a cluster feed, I would feed her close together in the evenings to help her load up on food and stay full for the night time. The evenings are also THE fussiest time of the day at this age so it makes sense to feed her and keep her happy!)
7:00-7:30: awake time then down for nap
8:00: do bedtime ritual (massage or bath) then eat. Put her straight to bed after this feeding
10:30: wake her up for her “dream feed” (this is one extra feeding before we go to bed to, again, help her stock up and hopefully sleep through the night).

After the 10:30 feeding we would go to bed and cross our fingers! The first full day on the schedule (12/30) I was home alone with her that night as Zach was out of town and Kye stayed at Mrs. Charlotte’s. I put her straight to bed at 11:30 (after she finished eating at 10:30) and she slept until 5 am! That’s 5 1/2 solid hours which was AWESOME for me to get!!!

Here are other things going on with Brittlynn during week four:

  • I really felt like I was starting to learn her more and understand her better
  • Kelly sent us a miracle blanket and it’s awesome! (I’ll be talking about it in a future weekly post)
  • Britt’s skin completely stopped shedding
  • During a feeding she sounded super congested. I researched it and it’s VERY common for winter babies to be congested because of the heat/dry air. The best thing for them is to run a cool mist humidifier and also to take them out in to the cold air outside. I started taking her out for a couple minutes and it did help! We now run the humidifier during all her naps and it makes a huge improvement. I also did some of that spray saline stuff but it didn’t have a long term lasting effect and she hated it!
  • We followed the Baby Whisperer schedule and also advice on helping her sleep. We’d set the stage before each nap (which we did with Kye too…you swaddle them and then hold them upright until they get limp, but not asleep, then put them down) and we’d also do shhh-pat during the nap when she would cry. We ended up doing shh-pat ALL the TIME and quickly went back to the Babywise recommendations for how to handle naps (let her fuss in the beginning then go in and comfort her in the middle if needed)
  • Her precious cheeks started to have the nasty baby acne
  • I noticed that she has hair on her ears and back just like Kye did, although hers is blonde instead of black like his was
  • Her hair is getting lighter and you can really see a difference in the sunlight, but she hasn’t lost any of it yet!
  • On 1/2 the rest of her cord officially fell off!
  • I was hoping she wouldn’t be a puker like Kye had been as a baby…but she is! The spitting up started getting more frequent during this week. I’m constantly covered in puke. Sexxxy
  • Another thing we learned from the Baby Whisperer was about burping. It’s the BEST trick! When burping, go upwards only on the left side of the baby’s back. It works so well and for some reason the left side gets the air out? I don’t care why, I’m just glad it helps!

Here are some pictures from this week:

She loves her playmat!

Kye loves playing with her (and yes, the turtle did end up falling on her face when Kye was sweetly dangling it above her head so she could see it…I think he’s gonna help her be a tough one!)

Here’s a video!

And another video of her enjoying her mat

Enjoying her bouncer

Part of the shh-pat method is when the baby cries you turn them on their side and say “shhhh” really loudly while patting firmly on their backs until they stop crying and fall asleep. The problem with Brittlynn is that the SECOND you roll her back over to her back she busts out crying. SO annoying. I know it’s still sleep training because you aren’t rocking her or anything, but it felt like a lot of work and we would have to basically do shh-pat until she was hardcore asleep enough to wear when we turned her to her back, she wouldn’t wake up. I used the sleep wedge to prop her on her side. She’d often fall right to sleep when on her side without even doing the shh-pat stuff! I’m pretty confident as soon as she’s able to roll over that she’ll be a tummy sleeper like her mama (although we’ll be putting her on her back to sleep every time  we lay her down!). It was frustrating feeling like she’d never sleep for naps. Nights were still great, but it was KILLING me to be in there alllll day with her shhing and patting. It didn’t last long because I literally can’t be doing that all day, it’s not fair to Kye. I ended up letting her cry some at the start of naps then when she’d wake up (like 20 min into the nap then every 10 min from then on…) I’d go in, pick her up, comfort her (often with shhing and patting but while holding her rather than her in the crib) then put her back down. It was quicker than sitting in there until she fell asleep and it was just as effective because either way she was never napping in increments longer than 10-20 min solid πŸ™

This face reminds me of the ones Kye would make as a baby

You can see the little blister looking thing in the center of her upper lip

Her little nose is so pudged that I joke with her about being able to see her brains…I can seriously see snot she has like way up there!

Robyn got her these adorable onesies! Doesn’t she look so pretty in them?

my new favorite picture!

I didn’t write a blog entry for Kye’s fourth week, I combined it with his one month summary so you can read that here.

Postpartum Update: It seemed like this week things started to get a little better for me. I stopped taking the ibprofin from the hospital as well as the stool softener. I took them both longer after this pregnancy because I figured, why not? I noticed my night sweats got less and I was able to sleep on my stomach. My bleeding slowed down and I was finally able to use a lighter pad. I tried on my bridesmaid dress for Casey’s wedding…I had to buy it when I was MEGA pregnant and wasn’t able to try it on then…and it fit except for the boob area was WAY too small so I exchanged it for the next size up. I kinda forgot how HUGE my boobs get while nursing. I really like the way the look though and especially how perky πŸ˜‰ I totally want implants someday! I did start to get some intense headaches this week though and I thought maybe it was from lack of iron? The hospital had prescribed me iron supplements but they forgot to give me the prescription when I was discharged so I never got them. I called Southern OB to see if I could get them now and they wanted me to come in for blood work and junk before giving them to me…no thanks. I can handle the headaches πŸ™‚

Also this week I noticed my left breast was red and tender. Right away I knew that meant the early signs of mastitis. I went through so many breast feeding issues with Kye that I am pretty much an expert haha! I didn’t have a fever (at least not yet) but I called Southern OB hoping to get meds to kick it’s butt before it started. They told me they couldn’t prescribe anything until I actually had mastitis so I spent a good 24 hours babying that breast, hoping to unclog the duct on my own. I had her nurse on that side longer then I pumped after each feeding. I also applied a heating pad, ran a hot shower over it while massaging it, and used cold booby tubes (they are AWESOME for breast issues…def good to have!) in between feedings and when sleeping so I could be comfortable. I’m super proud of myself because I unclogged the duct on my own and never did get mastitis!!! It is such a blessing that I went through the tough stuff my first time around as I know how to handle things this time πŸ™‚

1 Comment

  1. ks201183
    January 24, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    ooh- clogged ducts are NO FUN!! I remember those days so well… Cabbage leaves (for whatever reason) work, as well, at getting them unclogged.Β Implants- totally. When I was nursing, I would stare at my breasts in the mirror and just admire them. No joke. They are a MUST-HAVE. :)Carter (my 2nd) had infant acne at birth, and Braydon got it around 4 weeks, as well. I put Aquaphor on his cheeks & it cleared right up. I don't know why it worked, but it did almost instantly!!Brittlyn totally looks like your baby picture!! You have such a precious family & I'm so glad I actually know you now so I can openly stalk your blog!! ;)You're doing an amazing job, Mama. It's not easy, I know. Especially when they're all yucky & congested. Naptimes/Bedtimes seem nearly impossible… Braydon had to sleep IN HIS CARSEAT for several weeks just to be able to breath!!

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