Sleep Training

Sleep training is going really well for nap times. Lucy is usually ready for a nap an hour or so after she wakes up, and when I see her rubbing her eyes or yawning, I put her in her room. Usually she’ll cry for a couple of minutes, although there have been days when she didn’t fuss at all, and then she’ll fall right asleep. It’s nice getting her on some kind of schedule, even though our days aren’t always the same.

Now, I’m working on sleep training at night. We don’t have a problem with her sleeping through the night. She sleeps in 10-12 hour stretches. But, we’ve gotten into a habit of letting her fall asleep while we’re holding her and then putting her in her room. While she either stays asleep or goes right back to sleep if she wakes up, I know it’s good to start putting her to bed while she’s still awake so she can learn to soothe herself. It’s been going well so far, with the exception of tonight because she was super gassy. She usually fusses for just a few minutes at the most before falling asleep.

I told Joe we’re not having another kid. There’s no way we’ll have a second one who sleeps as well as Lucy.

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Two Months

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Dear Lucy,
Mommy’s finally getting around to writing your two month update. Two months was big for you, as I think every month will be. You had your first round of vaccinations (and definitely was not a fan of all the needles!) and you passed the 9 pound mark (hooray!). You started giving us “real” smiles, and you started lifting your head. We also started doing tummy time more regularly with you, and you *hate* it! You cry and cry and refuse to lift your head at times because you’re so mad. You’re a very stubborn girl…you definitely take after your mommy.

Despite all your fussy times, you’re still my little sunshine, and I love you more than you will know.

Love,
Mommy

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Baby Question

Whenever we put Lucy in her bouncer or on her back, she turns her head to the right. We try to move it either straight forward or to the left, and she turns it right back. Did any of your kids do this? I wonder if it’s something that’s normal or not. Any ideas?

Lucy the Dinosaur

It’s been a long few days, but I think Lucy is starting to turn the corner. She was diagnosed with RSV on Thursday afternoon, and a few hours later, Joe sent me a text while I was reading the 5 p.m. news and said he thought her breathing was getting worse and that she was pulling in on the sides of her belly even more, so we headed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Luckily, the hospital has several satellite locations, so we were able to get in and out of one much faster than we would have had we gone to the main hospital.

Lucy’s oxygen level was 100 percent, which was great, and she didn’t have a fever. The doctor gave us a nebulizer and told us to do treatments with albuterol 3-4 times a day, which we’ve been doing for the last two days. She’s also been on an oral steroid since Thursday afternoon. We were told the albuterol might cause her to tweak, and boy has she been tweaking. This afternoon, her feet and arms have been twitching like crazy. It’s kind of freaky yet kind of humorous. Our baby’s getting high.

We’ve had quite the time with her breathing treatments. She’s not a fan of having a mask put over her face with mist streaming in at her, but she’s been pretty good about it. Sure, she’s put up a fight at times, but there have been a few times when she’s slept through the entire treatment. They try to make the nebulizers kid-friendly by making the masks look like animals. Lucy’s were shaped like a dinosaur and a fish.

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This morning, she napped for a little bit after her breathing treatment, which was nice.

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And, of course, with the sickness comes extra fussiness. She’s been crying constantly and will only stop if we hold her. The minute we put her down, she starts to cry. She also hasn’t been napping much during the day, but she slept for 14 hours on Friday night. We ended up waking her up this morning around 10 to get started with her meds.

We’ve noticed Lucy sounding a bit more rattley today, which we were told means the albuterol probably is starting to loosen everything up. She’s been coughing more, too, which also supposedly means the medicine is working. We’re hoping we’ll start really seeing improvements by Monday. I’m ready for her to start feeling better. I hate seeing her like this. The good news is that apparently, once a baby has had RSV, it won’t get it again. And, next year she’ll be 1 during RSV season, which means it’s not as serious. We have two more doctor’s visits scheduled for next week, and then hopefully that will be it until her 4-month checkup.