7.5 weeks of Olivia!

So I totally dropped the ball on doing a 6 week update on Olivia, and we are already closing in on 8 weeks, so a 7.5 week update it will be 🙂

You can read previous updates here:

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In the 4 week update I talked about how awake and alert Olivia was becoming, and that increased tenfold in the last 3.5 weeks. Now when she is awake she is full on looking around, making eye contact and following you with her eyes. As Olivia has started to awaken more to the world this means she sleeps less… and in the last 3.5 weeks that sometimes meant a lot less!

Around 5 weeks she started smiling and now she is smiling all of the time and it is beyond adorable. The above photo was taken at exactly 5 weeks old.

We also started giving her the pacifier around this time. Nothing cuter than a little baby with her suckie 🙂 I know some people have a love/hate relationship with the pacifier but it has been a lifesaver lately, especially during the middle of the night wake ups!

We were still getting the long stretches of sleep up until about 6 weeks. Then suddenly at 6 weeks it was like a flip had been switched and for the past 1.5 weeks Olivia has been fighting sleep like crazy. Suddenly it was taking several hours to get her down for the night and when she woke in the night she was often awake or 1 – 2 hours. This made for a pretty tired momma!

Baby wearing was key during some of these more fussy periods in the evening especially since her daddy has been working night shift the last two weeks!

And, when all else fails, I would just let her sleep on my chest during the day as it seems to be one of her very favourite places to sleep and really how can you not absolutely adore these baby cuddles!

My laundry assistant! 

It was so fun watching Olivia start to really look at things over the last few weeks. Every morning I lay her down on her play mat and usually prop a book in front of her while I get ready for the day! She also LOVES looking at the collage wall behind our couch in the living room. We call them “her pictures”.

 

She also got baby sat for the first time! She went over to my moms one evening while I got my nails done and then Eric and I rented a movie and ate sushi. Below is grammy giving her the bottle 🙂

And here she is cuddling with grandpa (my dad) and below sitting with her great grandpa (my grandpa). This is one loved little girl!

As mentioned, around 6 weeks Olivia went through the 2nd leap in her mental development. We noticed she was more awake and alert than ever and all of a sudden getting her to sleep took concentrated effort. For the first few weeks she would eat and you would rock her and she’d be asleep. If you got her into a deep enough sleep laying her in her bassinet was no big deal and she would always stay asleep.

Suddenly you’d lay her in her bassinet and no matter how deep of a sleep she was in her little eyes would fly open! Argh! So we had to start getting creative and making sure she was really swaddled well and also give her her pacifier – and sometimes prop that pacifier in her mouth because otherwise it would fall out and then she’d really wake up!

We’ve also started to create a bedtime routine over the last couple of weeks that includes a bath, changing into her PJ’s, nursing her and then rocking her to sleep. As mentioned, sometimes the rocking part lasted 1 – 2 hours. Oy! Olivia REALLY loves her baths now though and no matter how upset or fussy she is being she always calms down and relaxes in the bath.

Olivia is still sleeping in the bassinet beside our bed at night but during the day she is taking naps in her crib. Luckily the amazing baby nest my grandma made us makes the transition between bassinet and crib really easy. We will probably start to transition her to sleeping in her crib at night around 10 weeks or so but we’ll see how it goes. Eric was just on night shift for 2 weeks so I felt more comfortable having her in our room. Also when she was suddenly waking up every 2 – 3 hours after going for 4 – 5 hour stretches before it was nice to have her in our room as I’d just quickly nurse her in the chair in our room or in the bed in the middle of the night. I can handle walking down the hall to the nursery for one wake up per night but it got pretty exhausting with 2 or 3!

My aunt hosted a baby shower for Olivia last weekend and she was absolutely showered with amazing gifts and love! We are so lucky. She got so many cute outfits and she wore this adorable outfit that Aunty Lisa sent up for her. Dressing a baby girl is so fun! 🙂

Oh, and Olivia went to the doctor at 7 weeks and weighed in at exactly 12 pounds! She has been exclusively breastfed for the last 7.5 weeks and I have to say it’s a pretty cool feeling to know that the food my body is creating for her is keeping her happy, healthy and thriving!

I will leave you with this amazing photo my sister-in-law captured of her smiling the other night 🙂

We are so lucky and we love this little girl so much!

 

9 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    I wanted to share a sleep resource with you that I’m super excited about…

    http://takingcarababies.com/

    I have NO connection to the site except that I will be purchasing the first course in a few weeks as my second baby is due in a few months and I am resolved to have a better sleeping baby this time around! Check out her instagram to get a feel for her style/methods, she shares a lot of great information. Rocking your sweet gal to sleep for 2 hours does NOT have to be your normal, there’s hope!!

    • Megan says:

      I totally agree about it being too early for the “cry it out” method and so does Cara! Its one of the reasons I like her plan 🙂

  2. I love all the pictures in this post! She is so bright-eyed and I just LOVE her smiles! She’s such a little doll. And she sure looks beautiful in that outfit I gave her! Now I wish I had bought it in a bigger size so she could wear it longer. It’s so hard to know what size of clothes to buy for a baby as you don’t know how big they will be at birth or how fast they will grow!

    I hope that the sleep fighting gets better fast! It sounds exhausting to rock her for 2 hours!! Yikes! I know it’s been better the last couple of days so hopefully that trend continues!

  3. San says:

    7.5 weeks already… oh my, time is going so fast. But she’s the cutest… love the photo after the bath!

  4. Alison says:

    She is just the cutest thing!! She is so alert and smiley!

  5. Stephany says:

    Her little face just makes me so happy. She has the cutest little expressions! Sorry that she’s been fighting sleep for the past few weeks. Hopefully, she takes a turn for going to sleep easier soon – that has to be SO exhausting!

  6. Kelly says:

    Ah! She is just the cutest!!! 2 hours of rocking does not sound fun at all. I hope by the next update she is fighting sleep less! <3

  7. Lindsey says:

    I read this post and forgot to comment! She is too cute! I love when they start to get more alert, except it can make sleep a challenge too!

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