baby girl: week 8

I can’t believe my baby girl is (almost) 2 months old!  It’s amazing how much my life has changed in two months.  I went from having a big ol’ preggo belly to a nursing mommy and more in love than I ever thought possible.  MacKenna is the light of my life – I simply can’t imagine my life without her now!

MacKenna Week 8

Accomplishments + Milestones

We had one very big accomplishment this past week:  MacKenna rolled over for the first time!  We were doing tummy time and all of a sudden, she was on her back!  (Don’t worry, she was fully supervised when this happened – it just happened so fast!)  While I am so proud of my little girl, it scares the heck out of me that she can do this now.  Guaranteed it was just that one time so far, but having a quasi-mobile baby is scary.  Stop growing up so fast, baby girl!

That night, she also slept 8 full hours before waking up to be fed (at 4:30 AM)!  She also hasn’t done that since, but let’s hope we get a few more of those nights soon!

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What We’re Working On

MacKenna has really adjusted well to the “schedule” I have he on right now.  I set up a feeding schedule based on the times I want her to go to bed at night and when I get her up.  I am still concerned that maybe this isn’t the best approach to take with her, but it has made my life a little bit easier knowing when exactly she’ll be eating (about every 2.5 to 3 hours).  Plus, she is going to bed wonderfully and Matt + I are actually able to get a few things done in the evenings now that I’ve moved her bedtime up a little bit.

I know there is a lot of controversy with putting a baby on a schedule, but please know that I am still watching her hunger cues – if she is hungry before our “scheduled” time, I feed her.  If she’s not hungry, I let her go longer.  The schedule is not set in stone and I am more than willing to be flexible with it.  Plus, she’ll be going to a babysitter the majority of the day in a few weeks (WHAAAAA!) so that schedule will only be lasting us until then.  We at least have a morning + bedtime routine down though.

We still don’t have concrete naptimes.  Right now, I am just letting her call the shots on when she wants to sleep or be awake.  She’s so inconsistent right now that I think it’d be pulling her non-existent teeth to get her to go down for a nap when she clearly doesn’t want to.  I think she’s getting plenty of sleep still and we are enjoying our playtime together.

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Mama’s Miles

I had a great training week last week.  I actually started going to the gym in the morning to get my run in and it has worked out so much better.  It gets my day off to a great start and wakes me up a little bit (even though I’m getting up at 5:30 AM).  When I get home, I don’t have to worry about having to sneak out later and I can still usually fit a Body Rock workout in sometime during one of her naps!

It was also my last week of any run/walking on my training schedule.  Thankfully, I ended the week on a high note with a great run that has boosted my confidence that I can start doing my runs without walking breaks.

Monday:  2.75M run/walk on treadmill (10:43/mile pace)
Tuesday:  2.75M run/walk on treadmill (10:18/mile pace)
Wednesday:  2.25M run on treadmill (9:59/mile pace – including 400m warmup + cooldown)
Thursday:  2.75M run/walk on treadmill (10:18/mile pace)
Friday:  30 minutes elliptical
Saturday:  rest day
Sunday:  2.25M run (8:33/mile pace)

Total miles:  13 miles (10 miles running + 3 miles walking)

Random Tidbits

I still have yet to actually trim MacKenna’s nails.  Amazingly, she’s only scratched herself once and that was just this past weekend.  Her nails will pull up a little bit on the sides and I can just peel them right off, no pain or tears from either of us.  Maybe I can get by without having to cut her nails until she’s a toddler…

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(She’s not always happy, but I refuse to take pictures when she’s screaming…)

  • MacKenna is too cute – I love the weekly updates! Congrats on your return to running – keep up the great work!

    • Kristen

      Thank you!

  • melissa

    Would you be willing to share what you used to start the night time schedule?

    • Kristen

      I sort of based it off the Babywise concept. I chose what time I wanted her to wake up (6:30 AM) and then gave her 10-12 hours of sleep, so her sleep time would be 8:30 PM. She doesn’t always go right to sleep of course, sometimes it takes a bit more effort, but lately, she’ll be out for the night when I put her down. Our bedtime routine usually starts around 7:30 with a bath, then change into bedtime clothes + swaddle her and feed her around 8 PM. When she’s done eating, I read her a book, say our prayers, and put her to bed. It’s worked well so far! If you have any other questions, let me know! I’m not an expert, but I’d be happy to help!

  • Jen

    Aww she is so precious and such a happy baby! :) I can’t wait for my little guy to smile!
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    • Kristen

      Jen, it will make every sleepless night worth it when he smiles! :)

  • Cutie! And no it’s not wrong of you to put her on a schedule (in my opinion). I did that and it has been such a HUGE help in getting my son to be a great sleeper and a happy baby in general. Granted as soon as you get used to a schedule you have to change it, but I think having a bed time and a wake time is terrific. :)

    • Kristen

      I agree. It’s made her much happier and me much much happier! Plus, I’m flexible. Our weekends haven’t been scheduled as much and she’s done just fine getting back on one.

  • What a cutie! Love her smiles. Congrats on getting your running AND bodyrock. I am not a morning person, but have a feeling it will be morning workouts for me to soon.

    There is nothing wrong with getting your baby on a schedule (in my opinion), especially if it helps you get more more sleep….
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    • Kristen

      Oooh, you’re so close! You’ll be an anytime person with a baby!

  • Mary Kratochvil

    She is so cute. I am all for a schedule. It not only helps you, but the baby also. Since we are babysitting our 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, I have her on a schedule and we are all happy. It always worked for me.

    • Kristen

      Nice to know an expert agrees with me! :)

  • Kristen’s Mom

    Children love routine! So I am a true believer in a schedule. And everyone also needs to remember “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy!” I swear she is the cutest baby ever! (not that I’m biased in any way.)

    • Kristen

      Well, ain’t that the truth MOM! :)

  • She is SO beautiful — that smile just makes my heart grow ten times bigger!
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    • Kristen

      Thanks Katy! I love her big toothless grin!

  • Hi there. Your baby schedule sounds terrific. I did some research about baby schedules and studies performed in the 1940’s showed that a baby, when left to her own devices, would develop a schedule pretty much as you have described at her age – 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It sounds to me like you and your baby are right on track and both are thriving!

    • Kristen

      Thanks! I think she’s a pretty easy going baby and would do well scheduled or not. Right now, I think it’s more for me than for her, but I do think it will help once she starts going to the babysitter in a few weeks.

      • Absolutely! And when you are at your best, she will be at her best, too!