Monday, December 22, 2008

The sweetest smile

I've been trying super-hard to catch Avery's sweet smile on camera, but instead I've discovered how stinky our camera is. We have the Nikon Coolpix 3200- which is great for taking snapshots of most things, but isn't fast enough to catch fleeting moments... any suggestions or financial contributions so that we can have better pictures on this blog are welcome! I'm just kidding.. mostly. :)

In other news, I decided to let her try the Bumbo this week! She likes it, for about 3 minutes, then she gets tired... This photo was taken at the end of her 3 minutes :) But she looks so cute sitting in it!
I weighed Avery yesterday (holding her while I stood on the scale and then subtracting my weight) and I estimate that she's about 9 1/2 pounds by now! Wow! 2 weeks ago she was only about 8 1/4! I've also started letting her sleep on her tummy... *cringe*. I know you're not "supposed to", but she sleeps SO much better (up to 5 1/2 hours at a time at night instead of 2 1/2 or 3), is able to put herself to sleep, and doesn't need to be swaddled anymore. I check on her super-often while she naps and she is able to turn her head really well when on her tummy. I'm not too worried :) I've done research on the subject and have found studies that show babies who sleep on their tummies have better cognition, social skills, less occurrence of sleep apnea, and don't get those pesky flat spots on the backs of their heads... so there are benefits, not just risks. Besides the other risk factors for SIDS are things like having someone who smokes in the house (which we don't), low birth weight (which she didn't have), and sleeping with loose-fitting sheets (nope- not that either).. plus we use a pacifier and sleep with a ceiling fan, which help combat SIDS by encouraging the baby to breathe! See! I've done my research and made an educated decision for my baby... what do you think?


Aunt Amy said...

I completely understand! Mine slept MUCH better on their bellies too! I can't beleive how much she's changed since we were there!

Sara Francois said...

I think it's crazy that you found studies about babies sleeping on their stomachs. At least all that article searching at school was good for something! I can just see you on PubMed searching for randomized controlled : ) Hope all is well!!

Rebecca and Justin Gray said...

I have a friend who let both of her kids sleep on their tummy (they are super smart). She bought a sleep apnea monitor that alerts them if they stop breathing. You could look into that.

Wilson Family said...

Meghan- with our 5 girls, and me coming from the "old school" I too let them sleep on their tummies! I, like you, found that they slept better and longer. I also checked in on them and prayed over them each night as I placed them in their cribs and in the care of our Father! It looks as if you have done great research and are attentive to her care! You are doing a good job mom! Hang in there!