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  1. YAY! I am so glad you are getting things figured out. :)

  2. Jill

    Any more clues on how to get this routine going? Are you following “BabyWise” or some other book/program? I’m in awe and want to figure this out for myself!

  3. Yayyy! I’m glad to hear everything is going so well! I just finished telling someone how hard the first six weeks are. You seriously feel like you have 0 control! Y’all are doing awesome with the schedule! Since my days are all so different (based on when I work, when I teach, etc)…I’ve kinda let Kaylin do her own thing. Its working well for us- I think everyone just has to do what works for them, right? That picture of PB and Raffi? Melts my heart! So sad we couldn’t meet up while I was up there!

  4. Jen

    He’s so precious, Sabrina! So happy things are starting to get easier for you. <3

  5. It’s nice to hear things get better after 6 weeks! My baby is only 1 month old and we are still struggling to understand each other, but it is getting better! Raffi looks just like Trig! So cute!

  6. Great job Sabrina! Raffi is adorable.

  7. I’m so glad you’ve figured out a schedule that works for you and your family. He’s adorable. I love his mohawk hair!

  8. So happy things are getting better! He is an adorable little guy!

    My 4-week old baby used to be great with taking naps anywhere, but now she must nap right next to me (like next to my leg on the sofa) if I want her to sleep longer. If I put her in the bassinet or the swing, she wakes up within 20, 30 minutes. Something about my warmth keeps her asleep! I don’t mind, but I have to get everything ready and set up before I sit down.. food, check, laptop, check, charger, check, etc… once she’s asleep, I don’t move! Good thing I work at home :)

    I can’t wait for the social smiles, too!!

  9. BrandyH

    Hi. First time commenter here, I found this site thru your Babycenter blog and I really enjoy reading.

    I just wanted to say that I think keeping Raffi on a schedule is the key to making life easier with a newborn. I kept both of my girls (now ages 6 and 8) on a schedule and I really think it makes a difference. It’s hard sometimes, especially when you are so so tired but definitely well worth it. In fact, my girls still have a routine (school, sports, bath time, and bed time, etc) and if we happen to veer off it really affects them. So, great job and you have a beautiful baby!

  10. He looks like such a little man, now- adorable! I’m so glad to hear you’ve got everything under control because it sounds like you’ve got it all figured out :)
    A couple questions for ya- why do you have to stop swaddling at 10-12 weeks? Also, how much tummy time to you give Raffi everyday? I’m so impressed he’s rolling over! H isn’t rolling from belly to back and I feel like it’s because I don’t do enough tummy time. She just hates it!

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life), I’m not 100% sure why, but he did mention it in relation to his rolling. He also said thst once his startle reflex lessens it is good for his development to kick and move while sleeping.

      Tummy time- I am the mean mom. I try tummy time after every single feeding. We play for like 10 min and then I put him on his belly on the mat in front of me while I do other stuff. Sometimes he loves it and other times he gets frustrated fast. When he gets frustrated I place him down with the pillow under his belly and then put thekick and play piano in front of him so he isn’t bored. If he starts crying I help him roll and try again a few min later. I’m guessing he does about 30 min a day since I love watching him so much.

      Meanwhile, I am still not reading books to him! Sometimes I read an email out loud, but mostly I just talk. he isnt blabbing that much yet! in time it will come im sure.

      • @RhodeyGirlTests, I can kind of answer the 10-12 weeks question, though, I wouldn’t say ALL babies have to. We had to stop around that time because he was getting too big and too mobile. He outgrew the swaddle, but more importantly, he was rolling, and pulling out of it making it dangerous. I found him with it pulled up around his head and rolled over on it. You CAN stop at that point, though, because they lose the startle reflex that wakes them up.

  11. Trig

    You forgot my favorite nickname for him – “Fatso”! :)

  12. Tiffany

    It’s interesting that your doctor has a time frame for swaddling. We’re still swaddling and my daughter is now 3 months. I haven’t been swaddling for naps for a long time, but thought about starting again as she has a tough time sleeping during the day for any good length of time! I am not a “mean mom” with tummy time so she is not rolling over yet so maybe that’s ok? She still startles herself when I don’t swaddle during the day!

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @Tiffany, He said his absolute limit is 14 weeks with swaddling. Every ped has a different recommendation though I’m sure. You know what’s best for your daughter! We are JUST starting swaddling for naps, and I am bummed that I will have to break a new habit so soon. However, he is already rocking back and forth too much swaddled so it is probably a good thing for us to stop in a few weeks. I wouldn’t want him flipping to his belly and getting stuck!

  13. MK

    Naps were a challenge for us at first, and still are sometimes. We have blackout curtains in the room, we blast the sound machine (Homedics…the waterfall noise sounds like loud white noise) and we are just getting to the point where we are letting him fall asleep without being rocked (still in progress). The key for us was to catch him before he got overtired because then it was impossible to get him down.

    Also, our pediatrician did say that some babies just don’t nap often during the day…some will take very short cat naps and that’s fine too. Ace is a cat napper for the most part, but will occasionally take a good 2 hour nap (HEAVEN.)

    What a cute little guy! So glad things are going well for you!!

  14. What a wonderful update — I love these! I love Raffi’s hair too by the way. Sounds like your little family has found a great routine that seems to be working! Congrats to you!

  15. Loved reading this update! I’m so glad he’s doing better at night. That all sounds so great. And man oh man is he cute!! I always thought he looked like Trig until the photo of you holding him next to your face. Now I see mom too!! xo

  16. RAFIIIII YOU ARE SO LUCKY … YOUR MAMA AND PAPA LOVE U SO MUCH AND YOU ARE CUTE JUST LIKE THEM !

  17. i am DYING at the little adidas suit! i love it!

  18. Li Frank

    Raffi is so big. It’s amazing :)
    My baby girl is 9 weeks today and hates tummy time.
    :/
    Sometimes we go a couple of days without tummy time (I forget about it) and when I remember, I feel so bad.

    It’s really rare when she sleeps more than 4 hours at night. I really miss more sleep time for me too. She sleeps a lot during the day, it’s so hard to keep her awake. Does Raffi sleep a lot?
    You’re doing really good, Sabrina.
    I love your blogs
    :)

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @Li Frank, Raffi stinks at daytime naps. He probably sleeps 4 hours total during the day which stinks because he clearly needs more than that. Then he sleeps from around 9 PM to 5 AM, 5:30-8:30 AM.

      Did you try following any type of eat/play/sleep pattern?

      • Liege Frank

        OMG, that’s so funny! I just came back here because I’m struggling with my almost 6 month old son. He hates napping. He won’t. He refuses. And 5 years ago I wrote that my daughter (then, 2 months ;)) was napping too much.

        And sorry lol I never noticed that you replied.
        Back then I did not follow that pattern. I don’t even remember what I did, but now I do eat, play and sleep. The big problem is that he won’t sleep in his crib AT ALL during the day. I try put him down and he wakes up immediately. It’s been 2 long months. And the worst is that he only sleeps 30 minutes at the time. Even if I’m holding him or if he’s in his carseat

        Urgh!

        We’re working now on the night time sleep. We’re putting him down awake. Sometimes he goes down, not a peep. Sometimes he cries for 10 minutes but that’s it. And he still wakes up twice to eat.

  19. I can’t believe how much he is sleeping – count yourself blessed!! Nice work!

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @pupfiction, Thanks pup. We’re going on several days in a row now. Two nights only have been less than 7 in a row- the one mentioned above plus 2 nights ago he woke up at 3:30 AM and was seriously hungry.

  20. You all sound like you are doing great! You sound like a much happier, healthier mama now that the little one is getting more into a groove and getting some sleep.

    I followed you through pregnancy and it’s so fun to see you as a mom.

  21. kat

    Does Raffi fall asleep after each feeding during the day? Do you wake him up to play or is he already awake? My baby sleeps a lot during the day and always after a feeding. By the time she wakes up, its time to feed again so we’re not getting a lot of play time in.

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @kat, We don’t get that much play time in either. This is how it usually goes for us in a 3 hour cycle:

      Feed 20 minutes.
      He falls asleep. 4 minutes later he wakes up.
      I burp him.
      He cries for a few minutes until I figure out what’s going on. Either he needs a burp, to be changed, or is still hungry.
      I lay him on the mat on his back while I have a glass of water, reply to an email, or make a snack/lunch etc.
      I flip him on his belly. If his belly is too full he cries right away and flips back. I try again every 5 minutes until he does it. Sometimes we do this on my belly, and sometimes on the mat.
      He eventually starts crying a lot and yawning.
      I start the process of getting him to sleep. He FINALLY falls asleep only to wake up 30 minutes later hungry.
      3 hours have passed.

      Raffi does NOT stay asleep after a feeding. He rests for a few minutes but then wakes up. For a few days I was waking him up right away to play, but he was a crab so now I give him a few minutes and he wakes right back up on his own. Sometimes he doesn’t fall asleep at all.

  22. Li Frank

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my comment.
    :)
    Well, baby Claire sleeps more than that during the day for sure. It’s so hard to keep her awake. I even wake her up sometimes for some playtime.
    I’ll try the eat/play/sleep pattern.
    Last night we put her in her crib at 11pm. She woke up at 12:30, 4:00, 6:30. She nurses a tiny bit and goes back to sleep. Usually she wakes up at 3:00 and 6:00. She needs to sleep more. And me too. This is killing me.
    :(

    • RhodeyGirlTests

      @Li Frank, If she’s not hungry, how about giving a pacifier? I noticed that when he would wake up and only nurse a little bit the pacifier did the same thing and he would fall right back asleep. Also I need to catch him before he is overtired in order for him to know it’s sleeping time. And we use white noise all night so he stays asleep.

      • Li Frank

        @RhodeyGirlTests, I tried the paci sometimes but after a lot of fussing, I would nurse her. I think I’ll try harder with the pacifiers.
        We need put her on a schedule so bad. Last night she slept from 1am to 8am but sometimes she wakes up 3, 4 times.
        I tried yesterday and the day before the eat/play/sleep pattern and that’s probably why she slept so good.
        (I WILL buy the Sleep Sheep)
        :)
        And Happy Thanksgiving.
        Raffi looks so cute with his shirt.

        And I love your ‘ecard’

  23. RhodeyGirlTests

    @Katy @ MonsterProof, Great post. So when you stopped swaddling how did he know it was time to sleep? what was your nap routine?

  24. @RhodeyGirlTests, We had an established routine, similar to yours, and just dropped the swaddling. We have a bath, then lotion, pj’s, now that it’s winter a sleep sack (not tight at all, but for warmth, didn’t have this when we first stopped), then nurse, then sing a few songs, then he gets laid in his crib (awake) with his pacifier. Naps…still aren’t perfect. But we’re still on demand, so when he gets sleepy, we go up to his room, give him his pacifier, and I stand in the dark room and rock back and forth with him til he lays his head on my chest. Again, he gets put down awake. This… does not always work right now. He VASTLY prefers to sleep on me, and we’re trying to stop that. But…today he took one nap in the crib, one on me, and one on his activity mat on the floor next to me because I was in the middle of a CLE.

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