Phoenix turned five months old on December 27th! The fog really started to lift for me this month. Despite being busier than ever, Phoenix was never easier. Partly, due to the fact that we are all sleeping more!
I tell people sleep for Phoenix is two steps forward, one step back but this month in particular I saw major improvement! The light sleep training we started at three months has payed off. For two months straight, Phoenix only napped on the go or while we wore him. After much experimenting, I decided to drop the fourth nap and increase his wake times to encourage three naps.
Now, more times than not he naps 3-4 hours a day. Usually, his first nap of the day is the longest but I'm mostly focused on total sleep so generally it all evens out.
As far as nighttime sleep, Phoenix goes to bed around 6:30/7 and eats twice (it used to be 3-4). I've been experimenting with the timing of the second feed. It seems that when I feed him closer to 4:45/5 he sleeps past 7, otherwise he gets up around 6:30. The first feed is anywhere from 12-1:30. I let him dictate the timing of that one. Because of Phoenix's small size, I'm not dropping the night feedings. I'll let him decide when he no longer needs them. And actually on December 21st, he only ate once!
During the day, Phoenix still eats every 3-3.5 hours. Roughly seven times in a 24 hour period. At his four month checkup my pediatrician said I could start introducing food, but I've decided to wait until he can sit up a little better. Mostly likely by six months. While I am breastfeeding, when I am at work, we supplement a little with formula. I was discouraged, at first, with my assumed dismal pumping output (usually 1.5 oz per side, per session). But than I read this on Kellymom.com (an excellent breastfeeding resource).
"It is typical for a mother who is breastfeeding full-time to be able to pump around 1/2 to 2 ounces total (for both breasts) per pumping session. Mothers who pump more milk per session may have an oversupply of milk, or may respond better than average to the pump, or may have been able to increase pump output with practice. Many mothers think that they should be able to pump 4-8 ounces per pumping session, but even 4 ounces is a rather large pumping output for a mom who is breastfeeding full-time.
It is not unusual to need to pump 2-3 times to get enough milk for one feeding for baby (remember that the pump cannot get as much milk as a baby who nurses effectively)."
So, while initially I thought maybe I was doing something wrong, my pumping output is relatively normal. Thankfully, because my work schedule varies so much, most days I still breastfeed Phoenix for the majority of his feedings.
Phoenix currently wears 3-6 clothing. The 3-6 is beginning to be too short, but the 6-9 is still a little too baggy. He's rolling over like a champ but still needs assistance when sitting up. Phoenix is grasping toys with purpose and occupies himself for longer periods of time. I can leave him on his floor mat and take a shower or throw a load of laundry in and he doesn't need assistance. YAY!
Jordan and I like to envision what life will be like when Phoenix is talking, crawling or able to wrestle and play catch with out in the yard but I also have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy these sleepless days!