12 weeks | Thriftanista in the City


12 weeks

Tomorrow begins the 12th week. During those first few weeks of crying my eyeballs out and wanting to leave her on someone's doorstep, folks kept saying "Wait 3 months and she'll be a completely different baby". Were they right? Yes and No.

She's definitely less crabby. She smiles and laughs so that's good encouragement when she's working my nerves. She sleeps a bit longer. I've witnessed a couple 5 - 6 hour stretches at bedtime but I am selfishly looking for 8 to 12 hours at night. In a perfect world, I would also like her to take three 2 hour naps (45 mins is her norm*). Her crank level goes way down after a long nap.

I do the 5 S's from The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer and they've all worked great for calming her down. I've skimmed Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child and I have my doubts about the sleep begets sleep notion. On the nights she slept a long stretch, she was up until 9ish and hadn't had a decent nap the entire day. Could have been a fluke, I dunno. I also have to admit that I've let her CIO a bit even though she's too young to get it. Nothing but disaster there. Cry 2 hours, sleep 5 to 45 mins. Heartbreaking listening to her cry. Now that she's coming out of the "4th trimester" what can I expect?

*as I write this she has gone beyond her 45 minutes power nap. Babies are weird.

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