Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Week 12 - My Smiling and Sleeping Queen!

 Kinsey is really good at smiling!  It is even easy to distract her when she gets a tiny bit fussy by sitting her on my lap facing me, and smiling at her.  She'll smile back and even start babbling sometimes.

The best thing this week has been her sleep.  I was reading Baby Wise some more, which is what I have tried to use as a guideline since the beginning.  Before this week she had been sleeping between 6 and 7 hours.  When she woke up I would feed her and put her back to bed to sleep another 4 hours.  I read that she could, in theory, be capable of sleeping up to 11 hours at night, and that when she wakes up she is not necessarily hungry.  She may just need to burn off some energy or she may have woken up without knowing really how to get back to sleep on her own.  So the first couple nights when she woke up around 4 or so, I rocked her back to sleep.  Then for a couple nights I just patted her while she was in her crib, and let her cry it out a little.  Then the last several nights I have not even gone in to her room when I hear her, I just let her be.  She goes back to sleep within 10 minutes max, and she is sleeping about 9 1/2 hours.  It's not even really crying that she does, it's more just like a little bit of loud talking mixed with some fussing.  She still naps 3 times a day, so things are very blissful right now!

She is also putting her hands to her mouth a bunch.  She seems to do this when she's tired and hungry.  She doesn't like a pacifier, so I'm assuming she's going to suck her thumb eventually.  Not grabbing at anything yet on purpose, but she can hold on to small objects like the connecting rings if I put them in her hands.

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