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We Have Finally Started To Sleep Train B (17th January 2021)

We Have Finally Started To Sleep Train B (17th January 2021)
 
#YesterdayWeFinallyDecidedThatWeShouldStartSleepTrainingB
#IHaveWantedToDoItForAWhileButIHaveBeenReallyTiredLatelyAndWeAllNeedOurSleep
#IWasAlsoHesitantToGiveUpMyOfficeSlashStudioAsBHasToSleepInThereInsteadOfOurRoomForTheDurationOfIt
#WeGotUpAtEightThirtyYesterdayMorningAfterBHadBeenFedAt5
#WeHaveBeenJustFeedingHerToGetHerToGoBackToSleepLately
#IDoNotLikeDoingThatButWithHerSleepingInOurRoomAndTiagoWorkingDuringTheDayWeDoNotLikeToLetHerCryForLong
#SoSheWentDownToSleepPrettyEasyAndWeGaveHerHerDummyButSaidWeWereNotGoingToKeepGivingItBackToHer
#ThenSheWokeUpAtTwoThirtyAndSheSeemedOkay
#AndThenSheDidNotSleepForThreeHours
#ITookThisPhotoAtAboutThreeThirty
#AfterAWhileWeThoughtWeShouldCheckHerNappyAndItDidNeedToBeChanged
#AndThenSheStillDidNotSleep
#InTheEndWeTurnedOnTheHeatingInHerRoomAndSheFellAsleep
#WeFeltReallyBadAsThatRoomIsColdAndThatIsAnotherReasonWhyWeHaveDelayedMovingHerOutOfOurRoom
#TiagoSaidIShouldGoBackToSleepButICouldNotSleepUntilSheFellAsleep
#ThisMorningWeGotUpJustBefore8AsWeWereAllSoTired
#SoonHopefullyWeWillAllBeGettingUpAt7FeelingGreat
#WeHaveStartedToGiveHerMoreMilkBeforeSheGoesToBedInHopeThatWeCanDropTheDreamfeed
#TiagoTriedToDoADreamfeedLastNightButBBarelyDrankAnySoSheDidGoALongTimeWithoutBeingFed
#SheEatsFairlyWellDuringTheDayButMaybeNowSheWillEatMoreIfSheReallyIsHungry
#InMyLastEntryISaidThatBHadStoppedScreamingOnHerFrontInHerCot
#WellSheHasStartedToDoThatAgain
#ButThenAgainTheOtherNightSheWasScreamingALotAndIPickedHerUpToSootheHerAndSheBurped
#SoThatWasALessonInRememberingToWindBEvenAfterMealsWhereSheHasJustHadWater
#IAmStillFeelingStressedOutByBsMealsEvenThoughIKnowSheIsGettingAGoodBalancedDiet
#TiagoWentToTheSupermarketLastNightSoHopefullyICanTryToMakeSomeNewDishesForHer
#HopefullyWeArePastTheWorstNightOfTheSleepTraining
#WeAreGoingToTryToNotGiveBHerDummyNowAsSheJustConstantlyDropsItInHerCotAndSheIsNotToCleverAtPuttingItBackInHerself
#WeUsuallyCoverUpHerHandsButLastNightIDidNotInHopeThatSheMightComfortHerself
#ButThisMorningHerHandsWereFreezingAndIJustNeedToMakeSureThatHerNailsAreFiledWellAsSheEasilyScratchesHerself
 

#YesterdayWeFinallyDecidedThatWeShouldStartSleepTrainingB #IHaveWantedToDoItForAWhileButIHaveBeenReallyTiredLatelyAndWeAllNeedOurSleep

I’m sure that I have been mentioning it for at least 2 months…

#IWasAlsoHesitantToGiveUpMyOfficeSlashStudioAsBHasToSleepInThereInsteadOfOurRoomForTheDurationOfIt

Maybe it will just become B’s room and she will never move back into our room. That is probably how it should be. It feels nice to have our own room again. Though our bedroom is not good for a studio as it has no flat plain walls, but maybe this will encourage me to get more creative with my practice.

#WeGotUpAtEightThirtyYesterdayMorningAfterBHadBeenFedAt5

We always aim to get up at 7. It is easier when B is crying and wants to get up, but she rarely cries bang on 7.

#WeHaveBeenJustFeedingHerToGetHerToGoBackToSleepLately #IDoNotLikeDoingThatButWithHerSleepingInOurRoomAndTiagoWorkingDuringTheDayWeDoNotLikeToLetHerCryForLong

We had also been trying to wait a few minutes before going over to her, but it’s not easy when she slept less than 2 metres away from me.

#BWentToSleepPrettyQuicklyLastNightAndWeGaveHerHerDummyButSaidWeWereNotGoingToKeepGivingItBackToHer

I did cheat and gave it back to her once, but then she went to sleep. Then I said okay I will not give it to her again…

#ThenSheWokeUpAtTwoThirtyAndSheSeemedOkay

Her crying was not that bad.

#AndThenSheDidNotSleepForThreeHours

We kept going in to comfort her from time to time – we did not let her cry for 3 hours.

#ITookThisPhotoAtAboutThreeThirty

It’s orange/red from my phone’s night filter.

#AfterAWhileWeThoughtWeShouldCheckHerNappyAndItDidNeedToBeChanged

Maybe she’ll go to sleep now that it’s changed?

#AndThenSheStillDidNotSleep

Nope.

#InTheEndWeTurnedOnTheHeatingInHerRoomAndSheFellAsleep

We did think that it was a bit cold when we were popping in. She sleeps in a thick sleeping bag, but obviously it was still too cold.

#WeFeltReallyBadAsThatRoomIsColdAndThatIsAnotherReasonWhyWeHaveDelayedMovingHerOutOfOurRoom

We need to have a look at the radiator. We did think about doing the sleep training but it had been really cold – last night was not so bad.

#TiagoSaidIShouldGoBackToSleepButICouldNotSleepUntilSheFellAsleep

He wanted me to sleep, but I couldn’t. I wish I had been more productive with the three hours but oh well.

#ThisMorningWeGotUpJustBefore8AsWeWereAllSoTired

I do not like getting up so late as her naps have to be super short. Maybe she will sleep slightly earlier as she had less sleep last night, but probably not.

#SoonHopefullyWeWillAllBeGettingUpAt7FeelingGreat

Lol. Doubt it.

#WeHaveStartedToGiveHerMoreMilkBeforeSheGoesToBedInHopeThatWeCanDropTheDreamfeed

She is starting to drink more water during the day, but not loads so she probably does need a good drink before bed.

#TiagoTriedToDoADreamfeedLastNightButBBarelyDrankAnySoSheDidGoALongTimeWithoutBeingFed

We gave her 5oz of milk before bed, and tried to give her 6oz at the dreamfeed but she drank 2oz. If we had given her 7oz before bed, she would have had the same amount right? That’s what we’ll try tonight.

#SheEatsFairlyWellDuringTheDayButMaybeNowSheWillEatMoreIfSheReallyIsHungry

I have been a bit worried that she has been not eating as much as she should as she is having a lot of calories at night? Let’s see. She did used to go from 10pm to 6/7am without a feed, so I know she can do it.

We have just been feeding her more as she has been teething, but apparently teething will not have that much of an impact on sleep.

#InMyLastEntryISaidThatBHadStoppedScreamingOnHerFrontInHerCot #WellSheHasStartedToDoThatAgain

Typical. Last night some of trips to B’s room did involve rolling her back over. We need to get her to learn how to roll back asap.

#ButThenAgainTheOtherNightSheWasScreamingALotAndIPickedHerUpToSootheHerAndSheBurped #SoThatWasALessonInRememberingToWindBEvenAfterMealsWhereSheHasJustHadWater

I think now that she is older I forget that sometimes she does need to be burped.

(6th February: I still keep forgetting to do this. Whoops.)

#IAmStillFeelingStressedOutByBsMealsEvenThoughIKnowSheIsGettingAGoodBalancedDiet #TiagoWentToTheSupermarketLastNightSoHopefullyICanTryToMakeSomeNewDishesForHer

I spend too much time worrying about B and her meals.

#HopefullyWeArePastTheWorstNightOfTheSleepTraining #WeAreGoingToTryToNotGiveBHerDummyNowAsSheJustConstantlyDropsItInHerCotAndSheIsNotToCleverAtPuttingItBackInHerself

It makes sense to stop giving her one as she doesn’t use it at any other point during the day. I wish we had never started to give her one but oh well. It seemed right at the time.

(6th February: I have been thinking a lot about this after saying that. We lived in a flat before and I was super worried about annoying the neighbours, so it made sense.)

#WeUsuallyCoverUpHerHandsButLastNightIDidNotInHopeThatSheMightComfortHerself #ButThisMorningHerHandsWereFreezingAndIJustNeedToMakeSureThatHerNailsAreFiledWellAsSheEasilyScratchesHerself

Yesterday I did not cover her hands during a nap and she has a scratch on her nose. Last night before she went to bed I filed her nails, but it seems like they need to be filed ALL THE TIME. They are always sharp. We just need to keep her room warm and as soon as she starts crying we should turn it on – we need to get one of those smart plugs where we can control it from a phone. I just ordered one…


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Failing At Trying To Imitate B Rolling Over, But Having A Good Workout (9th January 2021)

Failing At Trying To Imitate B Rolling Over, But Having A Good Workout (9th January 2021)
 
#WellNanEndedUpGettingAVaccineTheDayAfterMyLastEntry
#SheGotACallInTheMorningAndSheWentToGetItACoupleOfHoursLater
#ThatIsAReliefAsBeforeTheLockdownSheWasGoingOutToShopsALotAsSheWasSoBored
#IWasWorriedThatIfSheCaughtCovidWeWouldGetBlamed
#MostOfOurBabyClassesHaveBeenPostponedThoughOneHasMovedOnline
#TheyHaveClassesEveryWeekDayAndWeCanGoToAsManyAsWeWant
#IThinkIWillTryToAttendOneEverydayAsThereIsNotMuchElseToDoAndBHadAReallyGoodNapAfterOneYesterday
#IDidNotLikeOnlineClassesMuchBeforeButIThinkNowThatBHasAnEstablishedRoutineItIsMuchBetter
#AlsoItMightBeABetterWayToGetToKnowSomeLocalMumsAsMaybeByTheTimeWeGoBackToRealLifeClassWeMightRecogniseMorePeople
#IKnowThatBIsDueToDropAnotherNapSoonButAtLeastThenSheShouldKeepASimilarRoutineUntilAround14Months
#BHasSuddenlyRememberedHowToRollOverAndJustDoesItAllTheTimeNow
#SomeFriendsWereTalkingAboutHowTheirBabiesAreRollingOverInTheirCotsAndSleepingOnTheirFronts
#ISaidThatBDidNotKnowHowToRollOverInHerCotButTheSameDaySheStartedToDoIt
#ThoughSheGenerallyScreamsAfterSheDoesItSoIHaveToPutHerBackOnHerBack
#ButThenSheKeepsDoingIt
#IAmLikeIfYouDoNotLikeItSoMuchThenWhyDoYouKeepDoingIt
#TheOtherNightSheDidNotGoToSleepInHerCotForAnHourAsSheKeptRollingOver
#IReadThatTheyJustWantToPracticeTheirNewSkillsSoYesterdayIMadeHerRollOverLots
#SheTookAboutHalfAnHourToSettleInsteadSoHopefullyTonightItWillBeQuicker
#ITryToPutHerDownOnTheLeftSideOfTheCotAsSheTendsToRollToHerLeft
#WeJustNeedToGetHerToLearnHowToRollBackNow
#IForgotToMentionThatBTriedFishForTheFirstTimeLastWeek
#SheSeemedToLikeItThoughIDoNotLikeHavingToFeedItToHer
#IUsuallyCheckTheTemperatureOfHerFoodALotAndIDoNotWantToCheckItIfThereIsFishInIt
#IAmStillWorryingAboutHerDietButYesterdayIWentToGiveHerAFoodPouchAndRealisedTheyAreFullOfTheSameThingsThatIAmGivingHerAnyways
#SoonSheWillBe7MonthsSoINeedToStartLookingAtDifferentRecipes
#MyNanKeepsSayingIShouldGiveBIceCreamSoIDoNotKnowWhyIWorrySoMuch
#AsFromWhatSheSaysItSeemsLikeBabiesInThePastWereJustGivenWhateverAndTurnedOutOkay
#SheAlsoSaidToPutAPillowInBsCotToStopHerTurningOver
#YouAreNotSupposedToPutAnythingInBabiesCotsBesidesBedSheetsUntilTheyAre12Months

#WellNanEndedUpGettingAVaccineTheDayAfterMyLastEntry #SheGotACallInTheMorningAndSheWentToGetItACoupleOfHoursLater

Hurrah. She also saw one of her sisters who must have been getting the second jab as she had got a phone call about the first only a couple of days after they became available.

#ThatIsAReliefAsBeforeTheLockdownSheWasGoingOutToShopsALotAsSheWasSoBored #IWasWorriedThatIfSheCaughtCovidWeWouldGetBlamed

You know the story – Nan gets Covid after her Granddaughter and her family move in and fingers get pointed. Obviously she can still get it, but hopefully if she does it will not be that bad. At this moment in time Tiago just goes out to the supermarket (though his car is broken at the moment).

#MostOfOurBabyClassesHaveBeenPostponedThoughOneHasMovedOnline #TheyHaveClassesEveryWeekDayAndWeCanGoToAsManyAsWeWant #IThinkIWillTryToAttendOneEverydayAsThereIsNotMuchElseToDoAndBHadAReallyGoodNapAfterOneYesterday

In the morning I have generally been doing old YouTube classes, so it’s nice to have some ‘fresh content’. Plus it’s a music class so that’s always fun.

#IDidNotLikeOnlineClassesMuchBeforeButIThinkNowThatBHasAnEstablishedRoutineItIsMuchBetter

In Liverpool when I was doing them I was just stressed as the timing of classes never seemed right and I guess B was younger so we would not often get through them.

#AlsoItMightBeABetterWayToGetToKnowSomeLocalMumsAsMaybeByTheTimeWeGoBackToRealLifeClassWeMightRecogniseMorePeople

They are supposed to be setting up WhatsApp groups for the class, though like I said in my previous post I am not great with them. The one we ‘went to’ yesterday was not our local class, but I guess I am more open-minded about the whole thing. In Liverpool it just seemed like I would never meet any of the women in real life – to be fair I only met a few and that was because I knew them from elsewhere.

#IKnowThatBIsDueToDropAnotherNapSoonButAtLeastThenSheShouldKeepASimilarRoutineUntilAround14Months

She is not ready to drop it yet, but I know that it can happen around 7 months.

#BHasSuddenlyRememberedHowToRollOverAndJustDoesItAllTheTimeNow

She has rolled over here and there occasionally, but now I put her down and the floor and she rolls pretty quickly.

#SomeFriendsWereTalkingAboutHowTheirBabiesAreRollingOverInTheirCotsAndSleepingOnTheirFronts #ISaidThatBDidNotKnowHowToRollOverInHerCotButTheSameDaySheStartedToDoIt

Of course.

#ThoughSheGenerallyScreamsAfterSheDoesItSoIHaveToPutHerBackOnHerBack #ButThenSheKeepsDoingIt #IAmLikeIfYouDoNotLikeItSoMuchThenWhyDoYouKeepDoingIt

Babies…

#TheOtherNightSheDidNotGoToSleepInHerCotForAnHourAsSheKeptRollingOver #IReadThatTheyJustWantToPracticeTheirNewSkillsSoYesterdayIMadeHerRollOverLots #SheTookAboutHalfAnHourToSettleInsteadSoHopefullyTonightItWillBeQuicker

Hoping for 15 minutes or less, but I am guessing it will be 2 hours now I’ve said that…

#ITryToPutHerDownOnTheLeftSideOfTheCotAsSheTendsToRollToHerLeft

I’m not sure if she has ever rolled to her right? I try to encourage her to do it, but she does not seem bothered.

#WeJustNeedToGetHerToLearnHowToRollBackNow

Roll to the right, and roll back. Let’s see.

#IForgotToMentionThatBTriedFishForTheFirstTimeLastWeek #SheSeemedToLikeItThoughIDoNotLikeHavingToFeedItToHer #IUsuallyCheckTheTemperatureOfHerFoodALotAndIDoNotWantToCheckItIfThereIsFishInIt

I did make Tiago feed it to her as I was a bit grossed out, though I did try again the next day. Sometimes I think it’d be easier if we all just ate the same thing, but I don’t think I can face the idea of eating fish yet.

#IAmStillWorryingAboutHerDietButYesterdayIWentToGiveHerAFoodPouchAndRealisedTheyAreFullOfTheSameThingsThatIAmGivingHerAnyways

She had been waking up a lot at night and I thought it was due to hunger, but the last couple of nights she has slept better. So maybe it was just due to the rolling and teething? Though this morning she woke up at 5am, and we were still trying to get her to go back to sleep at 5.30am so we decided to start the day. It’s nearly 7am, so hopefully she’ll have a nap soon and I’ll have one too.

#SoonSheWillBe7MonthsSoINeedToStartLookingAtDifferentRecipes

I really like the recipes that are in Joe Wicks’s Wean In 15.

#MyNanKeepsSayingIShouldGiveBIceCreamSoIDoNotKnowWhyIWorrySoMuch #AsFromWhatSheSaysItSeemsLikeBabiesInThePastWereJustGivenWhateverAndTurnedOutOkay #SheAlsoSaidToPutAPillowInBsCotToStopHerTurningOver #YouAreNotSupposedToPutAnythingInBabiesCotsBesidesBedSheetsUntilTheyAre12Months

My Nan raised some of her siblings and two of her own kids, and the rules/guidelines have obviously changed a lot. Though some things I am not sure if she just says them for the sake of it.

When my older sister was born in 1986 people were advised to put their babies to sleep on their front, but by the time I was born in 1988 people were told that it was better for their babies to sleep on their backs.

Rules/guidelines changed, but so many people survived these things that are considered bad for babies now. I’m not saying I’m putting B to sleep on her front now (like I said she hates it), but I get so worried about B when she probably eats better than a lot of adults…

I’m keeping a mood diary now and I think it is helping me reflect on my emotions and feelings better. It’s early days though, so we’ll see. I think hormones play a big part in it all.


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