Diapers: size 2
Clothing size: 6 months fits well.
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sissy, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue
Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed. Switched from a swaddleme sleep sack about a week ago to Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. We attempted to make the switch at 5 months but she slept so poorly that after 3-4 nights we gave up and went back to the sleepsack. Unfortunately she is just so good now at houdini’ing her hands out and waking herself up that it didn’t make sense to continue on in the sleepsack.
Overnight routine: I put her to bed usually while Flynn is watching Paw Patrol around 7:30. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired she sits in my lap and watches Flynn or paw patrol until she looks sleepy and then I put her down for bed. She either goes to sleep on her own or needs a paci-put in 1-2x and then goes to sleep.
Unfortunately, too often, after just 30 min or so she was waking up. She got to the point where she wasn’t even having a good first stretch of sleep. I’ve been feeding her every 2 hours and her sleep seemed to just get worse and worse with her waking up in between feeds every 2 hours too. There were nights when she’d be waking up every 15 min or so. I was dyingggggg. We had gotten into a nasty habit of picking her up when she was crying and “rocking” her back to sleep. 99% of the time she would cry and as soon as you picked her up she’d fall asleep. It was just so much easier than letting her cry and try to self-soothe.
After a particularly rough night last week I said ok – time to cry it out a little. Because she was eating every 2 hours overnight, she was actually eating about the same amount overnight as she was during the day. I knew we would have to slowly phase out some of her feeds overnight. So we decided I would feed her every 3 hours (or longer). Part of the problem was she was eating every 2 hours during the day and just “snacking” – she’d eat 3-4 min on one side and be done and be hungry again in 2 hours. I needed her to start eating more during the day so Eric had the idea of stretching her out to 3 hours during the day in hopes that she’d eat a bigger meal – so far that seems to be helping because she’s been eating on both sides more during the day and at night. We decided no more picking her up. If she wakes up and it’s before the 3 hour mark we go and comfort her every couple minutes but she cries. It’s not a strict cry-it-out because we’re not using the progressive intervals – we’re simply standing there and checking in with her every couple minutes – giving a paci, patting her on the belly, shushing or saying things like “time to go to sleep” and then walking away for a couple minutes.
So far we’re a week into it and we’ve had a few promising nights where she slept 2 hours before waking up, crying just a minute – getting comforted and then falling asleep for an hour before being fed and starting the whole 3 hour process over again. Sadly, this is drastically better than where we were a couple weeks ago. I can only hope that she will continue to progress.
Daytime schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours. She’s been napping poorly too – we usually get 3 30-60 min naps a day.
Food: We started solids! We started about a week before Christmas. We tried oatmeal cereal mixed w/ breastmilk. She kept just pushing it out w/ her tongue so we waited a week or so and tried again. Starting in January we restarted w/ Sweet Potato. Then we did Banana and then Peas. Strangely the peas have been her favorite. It took a couple weeks for her to start actually consuming the food and we still aren’t great with it but I’m giving her something every day as practice. Next up is Carrots.
Likes: FLYNN – she loves her big bro! She sometimes just watches him and giggles uncontrollably. #2 on the list is Daddy. then comes me. She also loves her grandmas of course. She likes eating her fingers, sucking on her paci, blowing raspberries, watching PAW PATROL, sitting in her bumbo or being held, jumping, watching people dance and jump, looking in the mirror,
Dislikes: riding in the car, laying down (only tolerates a couple minutes now)
Discovered her feet last week and now wants to suck on her toes and pull her socks off.
Can sit without support for 10 seconds or so
Rolled supine to prone and prone to supine for the first time on her 6 month birthday all within a couple minutes!
Cora enjoyed her first Christmas. She was a trooper and went with the flow through all of the chaos of parties and driving everywhere.
Cora met her Uncle Michael and her Great Grandma Brooks
She also took one epic photo on Granddad’s GT on a cloudy 50 degree day.
Cora had RSV. Flynn had it first before Christmas, then I got it and then Cora got it. By day 3, she had started to wheeze lightly. We took her to the pediatrician. They said she looked ok but told us what to watch for. She tested + for RSV. That night her breathing worsened. Eric stayed up for a long time by her bed watching her sleep worried about her. By the time she got up around 4 to eat I could tell she was much worse. We stripped her down and put her in the shower in her bumbo which we had done the day before which seemed to help some of her congestion drain out. This time though, all we could see was her lungs retracting and her chest struggling for every breath. We went to the ER that morning and spent about 3 hours there. They did a saline breathing treatment and some deep suction and got her breathing better. But they basically told us not to come back unless she was blue or stopped eating. Later that day, she got where she wouldn’t nurse but we were able to give her a bottle a couple times. Slowly she stopped nursing all together but I was able to give her bottles every 3 hours the next day. But she was only taking 1-1.5 oz before she’d struggle to breathe, get frustrated, and stop. With everything, she was so fatigued all she wanted to do was sleep. That afternoon she went 4 hours before getting a wet diaper. I knew we were at a turning point – she would either get better or get worse and worse meant going back to the ER for an IV. When Eric got home she perked up and took a few oz from a bottle. That night as I was putting her to bed she drained a 3 oz bottle and looked hungry so I nursed her a few minutes more. Overnight she nursed every 2-3 hours and I knew we were headed the right way. Slowly, day by day her breathing got slightly better and she sounded slightly less congested and she ate a little better. By about 4-5 days later, she was almost back to normal. There were a few very scary days there where she had us all worried and I am so thankful she recovered so quickly.