From day one, B has wanted nothing to do with bottles. She never cared for her bassinet and would only sleep in her crib for a couple hours at the beginning of the night. Granted, part of that sleep situation was because of me. I was just too tired to put her back in her crib. But now, things need to change. I love co-sleeping, I love all the cuddling. But I miss cuddling with my blanket and sleeping on my tummy. I've also heard that crib babies sleep for long periods of time. While 3 wake-ups-a-night is better than the 6 we were doing a couple months ago, it might be nicer to only wake twice or maybe even only once a night. Sleeping a whole 10-11 hours is just too much to ask for with this kid though. So, we shall try sleep training again. I know this means that I need to stick to a strict bedtime routine (goodbye prime time TV) but hopefully it'll be what is best for us in the long run. Besides, I would hate to have a perfectly good crib and hardly use it till it's time to convert it to a big girl bed. Tonight, bed time is at 8...hopefully...we'll see.
The other issue to tackle is bottles. It might be nice to be able to go out every once in a while but in order to do that, B MUST take a bottle or sippy. She plays with them now, biting them to get the apple juice. But she doesn't care much for actually using them. Even while I was writing the previous part, she was fussing for a snack. I gave her a bottle and she looked at me like I was crazy. After a couple of minutes of shouting and biting, she finally ate the ounce in the bottle. Her reward? Letting her nurse and finish her snack. She's cool now.
If' I'm lucky, which I don't count on, I'll be able to attend a friend's birthday party next month. Maybe even two friends' birthday parties! Like I said, not counting on it but if it works, I will be one happy mama. Of course, you'll still find me cuddling and co-sleeping with my baby every once in a while because who could give that up?
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