Piper – 19 weeks

Piper turned 19 weeks on Thursday 5th October, making 5th October to 11th October her 20th week of life. Here’s what was going on for her this week.

What we did: My niece and I share a birthday (6 October – she turned 3 and I turned 30!) so this week was all about birthdays. We started off by heading to my in-laws on Thursday as they were taking Tom and Rose (my niece) to the theatre. Piper napped well in the travel cot and enjoyed playing with her cousin.

Friday was my (our) actual birthday. Piper was also booked in to have her (very delayed) 16 week jabs at our old doctors’ in Walthamstow, so we went out for a family lunch at a tapas restaurant beforehand. Piper did brilliantly in the restaurant and slept in her buggy through most of the meal, then had a bottle whilst we finished up. She did not enjoy her jabs though – it was three separate injections and she screamed and screamed. It was heartbreaking to see her so upset. She was then a bit fussy that evening, but went down fine, which was lucky as my mum was babysitting her and Tom whilst John and I went out for dinner.

On Saturday we went back to my in-laws house for Rose’s birthday party. We came early so we could all have lunch and Piper could see everyone before the party started. She slept through the first half and napped really well, but wasn’t too sure about the party once she got up. She was a bit fussy anyway (presumably due to her jabs) and there were a lot of small children running around. She cheered up once most people had left and enjoyed some family time before we headed home.

She was home the rest of the week, apart from nursery pick ups.

Feeding: Piper is occasionally drinking as much as nine ounces when she has a bottle. This is made up of 4oz of formula and 5oz of breastmilk. Since she always has a bottle at 16.30 and is (mostly) going through the night without a feed, I essentially dropped two feeds at once (even though I do pump to replace the 16.30 feed). My supply seemed to have dropped a bit so I am being sure to drink more water and to take all the various supplements every day.

Sleeping: Piper slept through on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. She did wake at 3 ish on Sunday night and I expected to feed her, but gave her 10 minutes just to see if she could put herself back down and sure enough she found her thumb after 8 minutes and went back to sleep until 6. Naps were also good.

After almost a week of sleeping through (or nearly so), Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights were increasingly bad. She woke twice each night. The first waking was at a different time each night and she put herself back to sleep quickly with her thumb. The second waking, which was happening around 4 ish each night, she struggled. Since she had been going through the night I was reluctant to start night feeds again but she was clearly in need. We couldn’t work out though why she was also waking earlier in the night as it didn’t seem to be hunger (she was putting herself back down and not waking again for a few hours – if it was hunger I’d expect her to wake again within an hour or so).

On Tuesday evening I started to get a sore throat and then woke on Wednesday with a sore throat, sinus pain and a banging headache. Since I had a cold it seemed reasonable to assume that she did too, despite the lack of obvious symptoms. She’d been more tired than usual during the day and cranky during awake times. I’d thought she might be teething but a cold made sense too. Naps on Wednesday were awful so it was obviously bothering her. I don’t like to give calpol too often since there are studies that suggest overuse may lead to issues later in life, but I did give her a dose before bedtime on Wednesday – sleep being the best medicine I wanted to give her the best chance possible of getting a decent night. She slept until 2 so maybe it had helped a bit (other nights she had woken at 1 and midnight).

Working on: She’s been concentrating less on trying to roll this week in favour of playing with toys. She is so much more accurate and rarely misses when she tries to grab something. She’ll take a new object an stare at it whilst feeling it all over with her hands… and then try to put it in her mouth. She has also discovered her feet but doesn’t try to put them in her mouth, just looks at them and occasionally sort of strokes them.

Other things: We’ve always assumed Piper’s eyes would turn brown (John has blue eyes but mine are a very dark brown so we doubt I have any blue alleles to contribute). Sure enough they have started to change. Currently there is just a small ring of hazel around her pupil and so her eyes mostly look green. I can see little bits of brown radiating out too.

We moved her out of her swaddle and into a proper sleeping bag this week as the nights are getting colder and she keeps wiggling out from under the blanket. We are still using a muslin to keep her left arm swaddled within the sleeping bag though.

Schedule: Everything was very variable this week. Before she caught the cold she was transitioning to 2 hours of awake time but after she got poorly she was wanting to go down earlier again. In theory we are now aiming for this, although I don’t think we actually got there at any point!

6.00-6.30 awake and feed (woken at 6.30 if not awake earlier)

8.00-8.30 – nap 1 (start time depended on morning wake up but I tried to keep her on track for the next feed regardless by waking her if she was still sleeping).

10.00 – feed

12.00 – nap 2

14.00 – feed

16.00 – catnap

16.45 – feed

17.45 – nappy off play

18.20 – bath and pjs

18.45 – stories

19.00 – feed

19.15 – sleep

Slept through half the week, then woke twice the rest of the week, but only occasionally wanting a feed.

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