Piper – 12 weeks

Piper turned 12 weeks on Thursday 17th August, making 17th-23rd August her 13th week of life. Here’s what was going on for her this week.

Where we were: yet another hectic week. We started off at my parents’ house on Thursday and drove down to Somerset where my parents had rented a cottage. My brother, sister, and the new puppy were all there too! We attended my cousin’s wedding on Saturday which was Piper’s introduction to my extended family (of which there are many). Sunday we drove back to London. Whilst John worked on the new flat, the kids and I then spent Monday to Wednesday at home, tackling the massive pile of washing and attempting to establish some kind of continuity before we headed to Suffolk on Thursday. 

Feeding: bottle feeding was much improved this week. We’ve continued to give her a bottle of fresh expressed breast milk every day and she drank them without complaining. She also managed to go 4 hours between feeds whilst at my cousin’s wedding, making it through the entire church service and walk to the reception before downing a bottle once we reached my aunt and uncle’s house. 

Nursing on the other hand has gone screwy to compensate. She started being a bit fussy, especially for the last feed of the day. During the wedding meal she had an up the back poo that meant a full outfit change (in a stable no less) and was very upset. I offered a feed to help calm her and she screamed hysterically. Eventually I calmed her down by walking around with my boob in her mouth (not an easy feat) and managed to latch. Little did I know that worse would come the week after! 

Sleep: she started this week still in the 12 week Wonder Week and it had a big effect on her sleep. She started waking twice at night again and was harder to settle after feeding. Naps also were disrupted at the 45 minute mark, though we could usually get her back to dozing with the dummy. Being away from home again didn’t help and she had also caught Tom’s cold. She can be difficult to settle first thing at night even when sleeping well and this was especially bad a couple of nights this week. 

By Sunday night we were back home and it was the last day of the Wonder Week. That night she went down easily and woke once at 4am, then went back down until 6am. We also got a couple of good naps though most are still being disrupted at 45 minutes, which makes me thing I must be getting her awake time wrong. She has very few sleepy signs now so I may have to start going more by the clock. 

Working on: she has learnt how to grasp something held for her at the right angle and is working to put things in her mouth. She can’t yet let go again though! Head control is improving too though she still needs some support, especially when she is tired. 

things: she coped brilliantly with the long car journey. We stopped once going both ways so she could have a feed. Other than that and a little fussing in the last 20 mins, she slept the full 4 hours both ways. 

I took her with me to my chiropractor appointment on the Thursday as she has always had difficulty turning her head to the right. She gave her a bit of a neck massage which seems to have loosened it a bit but I may have to take her back for a full session as it still seems to be quite stiff. 

She did awesome at the wedding and slept in my arms most of the church service, then in her buggy at the reception.

She was in disposable nappies for most of this week since we were away and got her first nappy rash. We’ve been treating with sudocrem, bicarb in the bath, and lots of nappy off time and it is improving but not yet gone a week later. 

I moved her into her 3-6 clothes on Monday. Can’t believe she is already so big! 

Schedule: started off the same as before but on Monday she slept really solidly for her 4pm nap and was still fast asleep at 5pm when she usually feeds, so we let her go to 6pm for that feed. Since she still ate well at bedtime and slept well that night, we thought we’d try shifting things around so she’d drop that last cat nap, which has always been tricky. So she now goes down at 4pm, sleeps until 6pm, has a feed and then stays up until her bedtime feed from 7-7.30pm.

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