rollin', rollin', rollin'...

More than likely a fluke... probably not done intentionally...

Caroline spontaneously rolled from her tum tum to her back this morning on our bed (under both Mom and Dad's watchful eyes of course)! Steve and I just sat open-mouthed for a moment before we looked at each other as if to say - "OK you saw that too" and then "did that really just happen???" When placed back on her tummy she got upset so it was game over on that BUT UNREAL!!!!!

I think the very best part is that Steve was still at home and he didn't just get to hear about it!

In other news, we are approaching the end of week 2 of what will now be known as "Battle Bottle." She H-A-T-E-S the bottle now. We had been giving her one every other day and she had been taking it fine. When my oversupply started getting outof control I cut back on my pumping because it seemed to be making the problem much much worse. No pumping = No bottles to give her and during that 2 week span while my milk definitely settled, she totally lost her bottle drinking skills. WAH!!! She now screams so loudly that you would think you were sticking pins in her eyes when the bottle is even presented to her. Last night we tried a new method and I think it may work!

After 10 minutes of purple faced screaming and the biggest saddest tears compounded with the cry breathing (you know when you can't seem to even catch your breath and you inhale three or four times in quick succession?) I decided to put all those years of Psych and Social Work training to the test and created a new model to work from which hopefully will slowly condition her to the bottle. I fed her for about 15 minutes and then offered the bottle to her... no screaming, no crying, no purple face and an ounce later she told us she was finished by moving her head away from the bottle and closing her mouth... amazing... Steve was beginning to worry that it was him, so when she started taking the bottle I had him first hold it and then we moved her over to his arms where she continued eating quite happily. My plan for now is to freeze most of the milk I pump and save an ounce or so for my little bottle conditioning program. Today I will do 10 minutes and then try the bottle with a pass off to Steve. (If she is still hungry I have plenty of frozen milk to thaw) I will try to shorten the nursing time each day (and increase the bottle volume) until we can hopefully just offer the bottle straight out. =) My daughter the lab rat! Might as well put my knowledge of operant conditioning to good use right. Maybe next I will toilet train Reese...


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