Friday, December 7, 2007

Adding to the Nightly Ritual

I referred in my last entry that the kids use a bunch of stall tactics to keep from going to bed at night so what do I do but add one more thing we will probably have to do every single night until the end of time. Now I have Reese lay in each of their beds for a few minutes. Really it's actually very sweet. They love it especially Ethan -- as Daddy says "he's a professional at it". They are very careful with her and I can even trust them to be alone with her for a few seconds. Now I'm not leaving her alone for any period of time but to run to another room to grab something but I was worried that they would try to pick her up but they haven't.


Also I figured out that Reese eats a million times better if I just let her decide when she is ready. I was aiming for every 3 hours during the day and every 4 hours during the night but the 10-15 minutes I spent trying to get her to latch on was more than frustrating for both of us. The hospital told me not to go longer than 4 hours to feed her but if I wait until she "cues" me then she latches right on and eats well. Most of the time it's every 5 hours but sometimes it's 3, 4, or even 6 hours at night. She has another doctor appointment on Monday so if this isn't okay with our pediatrician or she has lost weight I will have to change the routine. This is so much different than feeding the triplets. They had to eat every 3 hours around the clock, whether they wanted to or not. Of course since they only weighed between 3 and 4 pounds and were preemies when they came home is a big difference compared to a full-term baby that weighs 6+ pounds. I was such a schedule freak before so maybe I am just going to have to be a little more relaxed with one baby. I am a pretty flexible person so that shouldn't be a problem.

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