Bridgette's eating has returned to its regular pattern. She eats well and it's always a pleasure to hold her close to me while she does so. My milk seems to have steadied out as well, so that's a big relief on my end.
We've switched our routine a bit and Bridgette now eats before she goes to sleep (both for naps and for night). She is much more relaxed and content to eat in those moments. We tend to hide out in her room so she can enjoy her meals in a bit of quiet (aka: away from her wild man of a brother).
I would say that sleeping is where the biggest changes are happening (*yay*).
She is definitely "transitioning" to more regular and predictable sleep patterns.
Bedtime: We've started her on a little more consistent bedtime routine. She often joins Simon for a bath (which they both love) after which she gets all cozied up for sleep. She's still in a "SwaddleMe" which is then zipped inside a sleep sack. Quite cozy, if you ask me. We then nurse to sleep. While she usually wakes and fusses to be fed a couple times before I go to bed, she sometimes...I would even go so far as to say, often...sleeps pretty much through the night! I give her a "dream feed" right before I head to bed myself and that will often carry her through until 6 or 7am...sometimes even 8am. She wakes HAPPY in the mornings (a bit of a change for us...Simon has always woken with crying and in need of pretty instant attention...this little lady is happy to laugh and talk in her bed. So. Cute.). She gives the biggest smiles when we go in to rescue her, pretty great.
Naptimes: We're starting to fall into a 3 naps/day pattern. A morning nap (anywhere from a half hour to an hour and a half), an afternoon nap (usually around 2 hours) and a late afternoon catnap (30 min or so). My favourite part of recent days was cuddling up with her during her afternoon nap (*which, we work hard at aligning with Simon's) and "nurse cuddling" her while catching up on Olympics. Pretty much the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
- getting very good at reaching for, and grabbing, items of interest (aka: pretty much anything and everything...gonna need to start being more careful what we leave lying around and particularly diligent about what Simon has stashed around the house)
- her Uncle Dan made an accurate and beautiful point about Bridgy Boo...he said that she's the first baby he's ever met who tries to get you to smile instead of the other way around. Her dad had a similar sentiment: "Shauna, I think you gave birth to the happiest baby on earth!". Bridgette is a beautiful, content, engaging little baby...we are so blessed by her presence in our life.
- she's almost rolling from back to tummy...she can get right over on her side but then gets caught up by her arms...it's gonna happen soon (and then we enter the "mobile" zone)
- playing in her excersaucer...even though she looks too tiny to be in there, she's able to spin herself around, manipulate the toys, find things to chew on, and turn her music on
- she's into doing what we refer to as a "jig"...pretty much just the most adorable thing done with two legs while laying down and kicking
- BITING (unfortunately) with those 2 adorable little teeth...doesn't feel so adorable on my end, that's for sure. She also enjoys munching on Sophie, her banana tooth brush, her bunny and any other toy we let near her mouth. More teeth around the corner perhaps?
- sleeping in her carseat! Unlike her brother, Bridgette is a dream to take places in the car. She never puts up a fuss and simply sleeps everywhere we go. What a blessing...definitely not taking that one for granted.