On Becoming Babywise: 3 to 6 Weeks

Josh and I decided early on before our first baby was born that we would be following the schedule outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep.

I blogged about our Babywise experience with Caden and several weeks ago shared how our experience was going the third time using the Babywise with Jesse. While I am no expert on sleeping babies, we have used Babywise twice before and had great success. If you are curious about Babywise or are using Babywise in your own home I hope you find this post and those that follow equally as helpful.

Oh, and if there are typos or run on sentences in this post, please forgive me. It has taken me over a week to type this up. #momlife #momof3 #daddywentbacktowork

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Schedule

This is a rough outline of what our routine is during the day. Some feedings are adjusted by 30 minutes if the baby needs to be fed sooner because he is hungry.

Week 3-4
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6pm: Nap
  • 8pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 11pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 2am: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 4am: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
Week 5-6
  • 7am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 8:30am: Nap
  • 9:30am: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 10:30am Nap
  • 12pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 1:00pm: Nap
  • 2:30pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 4pm: Nap
  • 5pm: Eat/Waketime, Diapering
  • 6:30pm: Nap
  • 7:30pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 11pm: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib
  • 3am: Eat, Diaper, Back to Crib

Jesse’s 2am and 4am feeding merged together to become a 3am feeding. Yay! More on this below.

Nursing

Jesse is nursing every 2 1/2 to 3 hours during the day and is going 4 hour stretches at night. I am not sure why this time around I having so many issues with nursing but between mastitis and a plugged duct I am overly paranoid about anything that feels somewhat off in my boobs. Now that I got that off my chest…haha…did you catch what I did there? That pun was intended.

Anyway…because I was nursing and pumping and massaging while I had mastitis I created an oversupply of milk which I am still trying to correct. I feel like I might be finally on the verge of getting my supply somewhat adjusted but I know that Jesse will be dropping a feeding soon and I will begin the entire process over. Ice packs have helped as has not pumping or hand expressing to the point of emptying only to the point to relieve engorgement.

My letdown is also super fast and I have to take him off within a minute of latching on and catch the milk into a towel. If I don’t do this it causes Jesse to gag and get sick because it is too much milk coming at him. I am hoping that over the next few weeks this corrects itself as well.

Merge One

During weeks three and four Jesse was nursing 9 times in 24 hours and has since went to 8 feedings during weeks five and six. Babywise helps parents to adapt successfully from one growth stage to the next using the merge principal. In total there are seven merges that happen over the course of the first year. Jesse has successfully completed Merge One by combining his two nighttime feedings into one. YAY!

Most babies start out nursing twice during the night and sometime between weeks three and six they begin to stretch their nighttime sleep from 3 hours up to 4 hours. If you look back at Jesse’s schedule you can see that he was nursing at 2am and 4am and during week five he merged these two feedings together for a 3am feeding.

The most important thing I want to stress is to understand the difference between your infants capacity and ability. I can’t just decide that I am going to drop or change Jesse’s schedule unless he has the physical capacity and ability to make that adjustment. This is something that is stated over and over in the book.

Waketime

Jesse’s waketime is his feeding time and he is starting to extend his waketime slightly after his feedings. I am trying to make sure that I notice his sleepy cues like yawning and becoming agitated. With two other kids to watch I sometimes miss these cues. The majority of the time he is back in his crib within an hour and fifteen minutes after his feeding.

During his waketime when he isn’t eating or getting a diaper change he is on his playmat smiling at the overhead toys or the ceiling fan, doing tummy time, or sitting in his bouncer.

Naps & Night Sleep

Jesse’s naps last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. If he wakes early he is usually fussy. Sometimes he will make noises for several minutes and fall back asleep. If he continues to cry of the cry escalates to a scream the nap is over and he comes out of his crib until his next feeding.

Night sleep is actually going really well. Since he has merged his two feedings to one I have my alarm set for 3am. If he is not awake when my alarm goes off I hit the snooze button once or twice if I am lucky before he is awake and ready to eat. Most of the time he is already awake and ready to eat at 3am. Once he is fed, changed, and burped he is swaddled and is able to be laid back down in his crib. He is back to sleep within 10 minutes of being laid down.

With his feedings dropping down to twice a night and then to once at 3am I have been able to handle the feedings, diapering, and re-swaddling on my own which has allowed Josh to get the much needed sleep he needs for his job. After being off work for over a month he went back on shift three weeks ago. Which leads me to my last topic for this post…

Family Life

It was amazing having Josh home for so much time. I truly felt like it was needed. This was the most time he had taken off work after any of our babies came home. He was home for two weeks after Caden and Maisie were born. With your first baby you are still able to have some time to yourself during the day when they are napping, with your second you might be lucky to sneak a nap in for yourself during the day if your two kids are sleeping at the same time, and with your third you find yourself at the end of day in the same clothes you woke up and can’t remember when the last time it was that you washed your hair. Basically, I live in pajamas, all day, everyday.

But in all seriousness bringing a new member into your family while amazing is a huge adjustment. For everyone. Parenting is so rewarding and requires an extraordinary amount of selflessness. Marriage and parenting take effort and giving yourself intentionally to each other. Jesse has given us another chance to love more sacrificially and enjoy the miracle of new life. I am not really sure where I am going with this paragraph just to say that I am so thankful that Jesse is part of our family. I can’t imagine him not with us.

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Swanson Vitamins $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Swanson Vitamins. I received the product as compensation.

Happy New Year! We just came back from a quick vacation in the snow. I hope you all had a great Christmas and safe New Year celebrations! Today I am teaming up with Swanson Vitamins to give one lucky reader $100 to spend on products from their online store.

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My recent order from Swanson Vitamins included the following items:

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Several of these items I have used before but a few of the products were new to me. After having Jesse and getting Mastitis I knew I needed to be taking a probiotic and was looking for something that would be good for myself and the baby. I happily discovered the Garden of Life Prenatal Probiotic and have been using it for the last several weeks. I love this probiotic! If you are pregnant or recently had a baby I highly recommend this product.

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I ordered 4 bottles of Nordic Natural Kids Omega for the kids and in my tired and sleep deprived state I thought these were chewables but when they arrived they were soft-gels. I didn’t realize they were soft-gels until we opened a bottle, whoops. Swanson has a great return policy and we were able to return all the bottles, even the opened bottle, for the full refund.

If you are looking for some new items to try I would also suggest…

To enter the giveaway signup for Swanson email list, like The Workout Mama Facebook Page, and answer the following question in the comment section: Do you or your children take a multivitamin or another supplement? If you win the giveaway what would you buy with the $100?

The giveaway is open to residents in the United States and Canada and runs from January 5th until the 8th. The winner will be notified by email. Good luck!

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(Family Devotion) Christmas Lesson 2: The Angel’s Announcement

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Welcome to our outline and plan for our family devotions. This 3 lesson Christmas Family Devotion is all about helping children understand that God’s plan didn’t start in the manger. God’s ultimate plan to save people began long before the nativity story and is the central theme of the Bible.

Each lesson includes worship singing scripture, scripture reading or bible story, memory verse, and prayer. Please feel free to adjust and modify these family devotions as needed for your family.

This week we will be learning about the visits Mary, Joesph, and the shepherds had from the angels.

The time frame for each lesson is 20 minutes.

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INTRODUCTION

Please read through this entire post first before attempting to go through this with your family.

Explain to your child(ren) that you will be talking about the Angel’s Announcement of the coming Messiah to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. An example of this might be, “Sometimes when Christmas gets closer, we tell the story of Jesus’ birth without really thinking about the many miracles that happened leading up to his birth. Last week we learned about the Old Testament prophecies. This week we will learn about the role the angels played in announcing the upcoming arrival of the Messiah to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. Messiah is another name for Jesus and means the person whom God sent to save people from their sin and be their king and the only person who can put us right with God.”

WORSHIP

I love the idea of my kids learning God’s Word by singing and it makes my heart so happy to hear them sing along and memorize scripture. We are using the DVD to sing along with these songs.

  • Seeds Family Worship – Seeds of Christmas – 4. Mary’s Song of Praise
  • Seeds Family Worship – Seeds of Christmas – 5. God with Us
  • Seeds Family Worship – Seeds of Christmas – 6. Joy

BIBLE STORY

For this story you can use pieces from your nativity set to further engage your child(ren) while reading. I have included the scriptural references in parentheses if you would like to find the passages in your Bible.

Read the story below of the angels announcing the upcoming arrival of Jesus to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.

God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl’s name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph. The angel Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.’ Mary was very surprised by this and wondered what the angel meant. The angel said to her ‘Don’t be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He will be God’s own Son and his kingdom will never end.’ Mary was very afraid but she trusted God. ‘Let it happen as God chooses.’ she replied to the angel. (Luke 1:26-38)

Joseph was worried when he found out that Mary was expecting a baby before their marriage had taken place. He wondered if he should put off the wedding altogether. Then an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: ‘Don’t be afraid to have Mary as your wife.’ The angel explained that Mary had been chosen by God to be the mother of his Son and told Joseph that the baby would be named Jesus which means ‘Saviour’ because he would save people. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel had told him to do and took Mary as his wife. (Matthew 1:18-25)

9 months later, in the hills and fields outside Bethlehem, shepherds looked after their sheep through the long night. As the new day began, suddenly an angel appeared before them and the glory of God shone around them. The shepherds were very, very scared, but the angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid. I have good news for you and everyone. Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born for you. You will find the baby lying in a manger.

Then many more angels appeared, lighting up the sky. The shepherds heard them praising God singing: ‘Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on earth.’ When the angels had gone the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem to see what has happened.’ So the shepherds went to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph. (Luke 2:8-15)

Discussion: Use this story to discuss the following with your child(ren).

  • God knows that fear would be the first emotion that the Mary, Joseph, and shepherds would have felt when the angels appeared. He wanted to make sure that the angels reassured them that this was a good visit. What do the angels say to them?
  • Where was Jesus born? God has the angel tell the shepherds that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Last week we learned about two prophets who spoke about Jesus and his birth hundreds of years before it happened. Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would be the mother of child and give birth to a son and she would call him Immanuel which means God with us. Virgin means a pure, unmarried woman. Mary was the woman that Isaiah spoke about. Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem.
  • When many angels appeared lighting up the sky the shepherds heard them praising God. Do you remember what they said? ‘Glory to God in highest, and peace to everyone on earth.’ We can praise God too! Let’s say the words the angels said; “Glory to God in the highest!”

MEMORY VERSE

John 3:16 New Living Translation (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

PRAYER

Lord, Thank you for the promise and gift of your son Jesus. Keep our family focused on you this Christmas season. Thank you for being with us and for reminding us that we are not alone and have nothing to to fear. Amen.

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