Luna had a great visit from her Abuelo Richard last night. He was driving through on his way back to Austin and just had to stop to see our little Princess. We had a nice dinner out to Neighborhood Services and went early, around 5:30pm, the new 'family eating out time,' and Luna did great. I was able to feed her with my breastfeeding shawl without anyone noticing which made Luna happy, and the rest of the diners in the restaurant happy!
She has been doing so great these past few weeks as far as new things and her development! She is sleeping a lot better these days as she weighs around 12 pounds, it helps her stay asleep longer. She is going down around 7:30pm-8pm and sleeps about 5-6 hours, sometimes 7-9 but she goes right back to sleep after her feedings and wakes around 8:30am; 5-6 hours is considered sleeping through the night in a baby. I can't complain because she is not even 3 months old yet! I was expecting her to not sleep that long until around 4 months.
I am also so fortunate to have been a nanny to several families in my 20's and learned so much from those moms! One trick I learned from one was to do dips when a baby cries, holding them and pretending to almost fall as you squat and then bounce back up, it COMPLETELY stops their crying! I have not had to drive our baby around in the car and have not even had to go outside and walk around to calm her yet.
I also am hoping to model after several of those moms, to put our baby down at night at 7pm and then have her sleep 12 hours and wake up at 7am. This schedule was used by many of the moms after using Dr. Ferber's methods and it creates such happy children, vs. sleep deprived ones who get fussy, hyper and cranky the next day- trying to avoid that at all costs! And it is easier on the parents to have their own free time at night :) But we can't push the sleep schedule until around 4 months of age. She of course still sleeps in our room, she is totally ready for her crib, but her mommy just can't part with her leaving her bassinet next to me. You can never get these precious early weeks back, and I am trying to savor them as long as possible :)