Mackenzie’s days and nights have started to take on a bit of a familiar pattern. The clock time of each feeding will vary from day to day, but the amount of time between feedings is pretty consistent. Each ~24 day is broken into 7 blocks of time, each beginning with a feeding.
8:30 am wake up from “nighttime” ready to start the day. If we’re lucky, she’ll wake up grunting and blinking and I’ll catch her before her morning “I’m hungry Mama!” wails. 🙂
After feeding her and changing her (takes 40 minutes to an hour), we put her in her chair while we eat breakfast, play the piano, or whatever. She looks at something stimulating during this time. Such as us eating breakfast, a striped towel, or the wall. (Hey, she likes it!)
Then she yawns. And yawns again. So I whisk her away to her crib where she fusses herself to sleep.
Woah. Hold it. No, that would be what the books say she should do. Mackenzie is an angel, but she is not a book baby. She likes to be awake during Block 1 and so she fights sleep tooth and nail. Typically, she just fusses* and squawks occasionally until her next feeding, but sometimes she does wail a bit because she’s over-tired.
So every day, Scott and I hold our breath to see if she’ll successfully fuss herself to sleep like the books say she should. Well today, she started nodding off. Her eyes would close and her chin would drop then she’d shake off the urge to fall asleep and look around for a bit. This continued until those little eyes closed and stayed closed. Scott rejoiced (inwardly, not wanting to wake her up). Just when he was going to come tell me so we could have a (quiet) party to celebrate… Mackenzie passed some gas. Loudly. She woke up with a start and those eyes stayed wide open until her next feeding time. Foiled!
Read on for a run-down on the rest of her typical day and night (and by default, MY typical day and night as well). I haven’t returned to work yet (soon, hopefully)… so I pretty much spend the day with Mackenzie. It is so fun but I do think as her schedule gets more predictable, I’ll be able to whip out the laptop and get some work done consistently as well. That is the hope, at least. 🙂
11:30am – Mackenzie is so tired from her “awake time” during Block 1 that she just conks out after I feed her and change her.
2:30 pm – See Block 2. Rinse and repeat.
5:30 pm – We call this time (affectionately, of course) “The Witching Hour”.
After feeding and changing Mackenzie, she fusses. And squawks. And most nights she wails. Again, she’s tired but doesn’t want to go to sleep. See Block 1, but add a dose of the baby rage.
Exception: Last night I gave her a nice bath before she started fussing, and she had a good half hour of content time on her tummy. She raised her head on her own and turned it from side to side. This (combined with the fact that she wasn’t wailing during The Witching Hour) was so notable that we pulled Scott away from his studies to show off. 🙂
8:30 pm (or maybe 8 pm if Mackenzie is REALLY fussy) – Yay! We made it to “night time”. The lights get turned off and Mackenzie eats, gets changed, and then gets a full swaddle for the night. She usually goes down without much trouble because she’s super “milk drunk” (that describes it perfectly, Ruth!)
1:10 am – She wakes up wailing with an empty belly. We fill it up, and she fusses a bit and goes back to sleep with a full swaddle.
4:40 am – See block 6, rinse and repeat.
In other news, I just realized I haven’t left the house since Tuesday. Ordinarily I would be a bit bothered by this, but it’s currently 19 degrees outside and as Scott says, Mackenzie is a “bundle of cute”. So I’m really just enjoying this time with her holed up in the house.
*”Fussing” for Mackenzie means moving her little arms and legs around and making quiet disgruntled (read: grunting) sounds. When she crosses over into over-tired territory, we get squawking. When she’s starving or she glances at the clock and notices that it is The Witching Hour… we get wails. 90% of the day she is angelic but when she wails, she wails.