Foiled by Flatulence

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.

Block 1

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. 🙂

Block 2

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.

Block 3

2:30 pm – See Block 2. Rinse and repeat.

Block 4

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. 🙂

Block 5

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!)

Block 6

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.

Block 7

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.


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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5 Responses to Foiled by Flatulence

  1. macpeanut says:

    Goodness this all sounds so familiar:) I had forgotten how hard it is with newborns sometimes. I used to spend most of my day it seemed in my chair, either feeding Reese or trying to calm her down or get her to sleep. It’s like “Look. I know you are tired, you know you are tired. Let’s just work together to make this sleep thing happen, alright?”

    It sounds like you have things well in hand and MacKenzie sounds like a very pleasant baby. I hope that things only get better from here:)


  2. macpeanut says:

    PS. Since Reese was 2 or 3 months old I have consistently done a bath for her at bedtime. I know she doesn’t necessarily need to be bathed that often, but it has been a lifesaver to help with “the witching hour” (which Reese has also:)), it also calms and relaxes her for bed and cues her that it’s time to go to sleep. No matter how much she is squealing and kicking in the tub, the moment she is out and I begin putting on her jammies she immediately begins rubbing her eyes and falling asleep. Even when I’ve moved her bedtime around the bath always cues her that it’s time to sleep:) Maybe it would work for you and MacKenzie too!


  3. Liz says:

    You know, come to think of it, I remember around that time, Audrey’s most difficult times were during her first nap of the morning and the evening. I’m not sure what I did to fix the morning thing – I think it was just time. 🙂

    You’re doing great! (More cute pics, please :)) Oh, and when will you know if you won the tax contest? 🙂


  4. beanland says:

    We LOST the tax contest, because the judges didn’t pick our photo as one of the top five. 😦


  5. Sounds like a good schedule. Thanks for keeping us posted. Let me know if you need anything!


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