Thursday, January 31, 2008

Moriah Update

Moriah has been having trouble eating lately. She was a very scheduled baby and like clockwork she wanted to eat every 3 hours and she would drink really well. Since Christmas though she has not been as predictable. Sometimes she wants 2 ounces and sometimes she wants 6. Sometimes she will go 3 hours and sometimes 4. She has also started the 45 minute napping and everything I have tried will not work to help her nap longer. poor girl. Anyone have any advice? She tried rice cereal today for the first time and seemed to really like it. She kept going for the spoon and wanting more but she didn't quite get how to swallow it. She started to get better the more she had. It was fun to see her try something new. I have been trying to stick the the Baby Wise and Baby Whisperer program and have Moriah eat, play and then sleep but these short naps and periods of non-eating kind of have thrown her regular schedule for a loop. Thank the Lord that she is still sleeping through the night.
At her 4 month check up last week she was 12 lbs 12 1/2 ounces and 24 inches long. She was in the 50th percentile so I am not worried that she isn't growing, I just hate her fighting me on eating. Where did my predictable baby go? By two and a half months she put herself on a schedule of eating 8, 11, 2, 5, 8, and 11 and taking a great 2 1/2 hour nap every afternoon with short naps throughout the rest of the day. It was so great! I guess my mom was so right when she told me once I had her figured out she would change again.
It seems like she can do something new everyday. I love watching all her little new things and getting excited for her. I think it is such a blessing to be able to be home with her and spend every day with her. I have to keep remembering that she is my daughter but not really mine. I have been given a gift from God and trusted to raise her in the Lord. Wow, what an awesome job! I feel like I have no idea how to do that. I am struggling now with if she is getting enough sleep and enough to eat, I can't even imagine when I have to worry about the things of life...oh my goodness, boyfriends! One thing at a time though, I am not going to worry about tomorrow. I am so glad that I don't have to do it alone. God has been so gracious to me so far and He will guide me. Not only that but He has given me an awesome husband who LOVES to be involved with Moriah. I am also so blessed to have the support group I do of family (especially my mom, who I sometimes call 10 times in one day) and friends. Praise God for knowing exactly what I need and speaking to me not only through His word but through the awesome people he has placed in my life.
I am open to anyone who wants to offer any advice or share their baby stories with me. I love hearing about other's experiences so I can either copy them and try it with Moriah or learn what not to do if they had a bad experience with something.
I hope all of you are having a great day. I am so excited about Lost tonight!

1 comment:

  1. Ok, so here is my advice: There is none. :)
    Avenell kinda did the same thing where she threw her schedule out the window and mine as well. We tried a bunch of different stuff to get her to take longer naps- but when it came down to it- if she wasn't tired, she wasn't going to sleep. We also follow BabyWise (as best as we can) and it has helped, but even the book cannot prepare you for your indiviual baby's needs. Be as parent-directed as possible but also go with Moriah's flow. She will help you to know what she needs and when. It's all a very complicated balance really. What works for one baby doesn't with mine.
    As for remembering that she is not yours....I will AMEN to that! Everytime I get fearful or worry I just have to remember that same thing and ultimately God can protect and better care for Aven than me.
    Good luck, and as I am sure you already know, all those smiles weigh out over the interupted schedule. :)