Her fifth week of life is over. In this time she celebrated one full month with us. She truly blossomed…and probably grew a ton this week. I’m afraid if we blink she’ll be in college.
We learned a few things during her fifth week. We’d been trying to implement a bedtime routine but after almost 3 weeks of terrible stress and discomfort on the part of everyone involved, I did some internet research. I discovered that it’s unnecessary until approximately 6-8 weeks. This made sense to me since E was in the midst of growth spurts and struggling with cluster feeding. If we were implementing a “bedtime” then it seemed to suggest I’d spend all evening in the dark bedroom with her nursing and attempting to re-put her down. With our new knowledge, we stopped stressing and since then, evenings are so much more relaxed and enjoyable. I’m interested to see any changes in our sleep chart following this change.
We’ve seen a few smiles and definitely heard some new sounds from her. Sleep is still a huge struggle. We’ve developed a poor sleep one day catch up the next pattern which is holding steady. We just installed an air conditioner in our room so hopefully that will also help.
This week E met her paternal grandmother Mimi! She brought E tons of clothes to grow into and hand delivered some gifts from friends in MI. While Mimi was here we did lots of walking on the waterfront. That was our main activity each day. It was hot for the first few days so we couldn’t do too much.
Another highlight of the week was E meeting her other uncle, J! The two became fast friends and While he was here, J babysat with Mimi so we could go on another quick date. E was able to introduce J and Mimi to her favorite spots at the farmer’s market as well as two trips to Metropolitan Market. This seems to be the best way for us to experience “eating out” with Miss E. It’s quick to get food either made to order or pre-made and all ready packaged to go. We figure we can make a quick exit as needed.
While we were there Sunday, E decided she needed to eat lunch so I was able to head back to the car a bit before the rest of the group to oblige her. We still haven’t attempted public nursing outside of our car. Someday…maybe. Our system works for now!
Just before J left we had him snap some photos of us as a family of three! It was nice to document this as our only other photo of us 3 was the newborn shot at the hospital. He caught some good ones!
During their visit we played cards, ate (a lot!) and also watched the Netflix series Stranger Things. It was pretty good! We’re already looking forward to our next visit with J and Mimi as well as season 2!