Our First Week With Gracie

It’s amazing how much easier babies are the second time around! When Turner was born, I was a nervous wreck. Every time he’d start crying I would get so anxious, like I didn’t know how to calm him! Of course, it didn’t help that he nursed every 45 minutes around the clock!

Gracie is a very chill baby. She nurses every one to two hours during the day but sleeps for most of the night! I actually have to wake her up to feed! What a difference between the two of them. I actually feel like I’m much more relaxed this time. I’m less focused on the “schedule” and just enjoying the snuggles while I can get them. That being said, in a few weeks, the schedule is ON, Gracie!

We’ve had quite a busy week! Turner is in school two days a week which is a life saver! He’s such a sweet big brother to Gracie, but my patience wears thin when he’s testing the limits, which seems often these days. Stew’s been a huge help with him, so Gracie and I have had some time to bond.

We had her pediatrician visit which went really well! She is already back up to her birth weight! But she was really jaundice so our ped took a blood test to make sure her numbers were ok. She was so traumatized that I had to take her shopping at Target. She wasn’t as excited to get out of the house as I was! 

Today we had our 1 week visit at the birth center to make sure she’s eating enough and check her weight again. And, she is! It was so awesome to be back there and see all the wonderful midwives. It’s such a comforting place to be! We’re off to a good start over here. Now wish us luck cooped up in the house with this rainy weather!

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  1. DariaM says

    Hi Emily! Congratulations! I wanted to ask about when you plan on starting scheduling with your daughter and what kind of scheduling has worked for you. Thanks so much!

  2. says

    Hey Daria! Gracie seems to be in a natural rhythm of 2-3 hour increments during the day and is sleeping for long stretches at night! With my son, I started around 5 weeks, but he was constantly feeding so I feel like I needed to stretch it out. With Gracie, I’ll probably start around 5 weeks with more of a “wake, change, feed” schedule every three hours. I’ll focus more on having “wake time” before letting her sooth herself to sleep. This is the link for my son’s sleep training. I’ll definitely post Gracie’s schedule once we get down to it! I have a feeling she’ll be a bit easier than he was though! Hope this helps! http://littlebabywatson.com/?s=sleep+training+schedule

  3. DariaM says

    Hi Emily! Thanks for your reply. My little guy is 2 months old and I’ve been told that he is too little to sleep train (to start when he is close to 4 months). How did you justify in your mind that 5 weeks wasn’t too early? I’m having mommy’s guilt and thinking that if I sleep train him now he will have attachment issues. (Plus it is hard to hear him cry). I feel like I’m being bombarded with opinions from those who are against this method and starting it too soon. He’s a relatively good sleeper at nights and can go up to 5 hours straight without feeding. It’s the naps that are a bit problematic since he only sleeps 30 mins after being rocked to sleep. We do, however, the eat, play, sleep routine (I read the babywise book). Thanks! Your blog has been very helpful.

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