I took Natali grocery shopping yesterday by myself and it was a success. She falls asleep easily in her car seat, so she just slept through most of the trip. I did make it quicker than I normally do though, just in case. Otherwise, we didn't do much else yesterday.
Last night was a pretty good night too. Natali slept for 3 hour stretches, so I feel like I got enough sleep. This morning we had some problems with fussiness when I put her down for sleep. Every time her pacifier would fall out of her mouth she would wake up and get upset. It was really annoying. Then I read a bit about pacifiers. The advice I read said I shouldn't give a baby this young a pacifier to sleep because they can't put it back in their mouth when it falls out. Pacifiers for young babies should only be used after meals if you know they aren't still hungry and they just need to suck on something. Otherwise this bad habit will develop. If a baby falls asleep with a pacifier in their mouth it should be gently removed before putting them down. I hadn't considered this before, but I will try it. I would rather have her sleep well without a pacifier anyway. I'm also supposed to just let her be fussy in her bed and try to fall back asleep herself when she wakes up (unless she needs to be fed or changed). It's hard for me to do, but I will try. it's much easier to just pick her up and hold her until she falls asleep again. I read that causes a bad habit as well, and it will take much longer for her to start sleeping through the night. I certainly don't want that problem.
In other news, I think we are about ready for size 1 diapers. I just realized yesterday that her diapers are getting a bit small for her. I only have enough newborn diapers to last through tomorrow, so we will just switch to the larger diapers when those are done. It's amazing how quickly babies grow! In the first couple of days we had her home, Darren accidentally grabbed the bigger diapers and they were huge on her! Now they are still a bit big, but they fit her fine. I wonder how quickly she will grow out of her current clothes? I am sure it won't be long. Darren and I run an app on our Ipads to track how much we feed her and how often and how often we change diapers. We started doing it in the hospital because we kept getting asked this information and couldn't always remember. Now we like to have it to track eating trends, etc. Plus the pediatrician asked me that information at her appointment and I actually had an answer for him. It is interesting to look back and see how much more she seems to eat each week. It just keeps going up and formula is expensive! Oh well, she is happy and healthy and that's all that matters.
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In comparison, my baby (our 3rd child)will be 8 weeks on Sunday. Size 1 diapers are almost too small and she is wearing 3-6 months clothes.
IMO, pacifiers are great and reduce SIDS. However, I took them away completely at 1 year (along with bottles!) The withdrawl wasn't as bad as I anticipated and it didn't last long.