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Saturday Morning

I mentioned in my previous post that Ava is growing too big to comfortably sleep on top of me in the mornings.  Well, I’m writing this post at 7:48 am on a Saturday because Ava could never find a position on me that she liked.  I really hope this is temporary.  I was already going to be tired because after 3:30 a.m. I was only asleep for one hour because of insomnia.  There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to sleep due to stress when your infant is sleeping next to you.  I could understand if she kept me awake, but it is unacceptable for my brain to keep me awake.

What is this fist bump that you keep talking about?


Ava has also decided that she doesn’t want to drink formula anymore.  The nanny thinks it’s because she wants to be sitting up and not in any position less than 90 degrees.  I suspect she’s tired of the formula.  I tricked her into drinking two ounces last night by making her think it was breast milk.  I switched from nursing to the formula while she was very sleepy.  I don’t know what I’m going to do today since she usually drinks about 8 ounces of formula.  She already caught on to my trick later that night when I tried to give her more formula.  I have different bottle nipples arriving today; maybe one of them will help.


The doctor said that she can start solids after four months.  I would love if I could replace the formula with solids and still nurse.  That would be perfect because then Ava could get only things she liked. It’s hard being limited to only giving her breast milk or formula.  We’ve tried many different kinds of formula and she disliked them all with varying degrees.

Sunday Morning

Ava slept so much better last night, which let me sleep as well!  It’s amazing how much easier it is to manage life when you’ve had enough sleep.  Onto the updates!

I’m trying to give Ava a lot of tummy time to increase her neck strength.  Once her neck is strong enough she can go in a bouncer.  That needs to happen as soon as possible because she’s getting way too big for the swing.  The best way to practice tummy time is to put her in a nursing pillow.  She starts off elevated so it’s easier to push off.  When we practiced tummy time on a flat surface, she’d get frustrated after a minute.



frilly butt for posterity


Ava can grasp objects for several minutes.  This is a prime opportunity for me to pose her.  I call this one “Prison baby asks for more gruel.”


Ava babbles all the time now.  She also learned two nights ago to blow raspberries.  She’s been giving Jon enormous smiles when she sees him for awhile.  Now I get the same honor.  I love it!


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