I've said before that Jillian often seems like one huge science experiment. There is always some sort of problem to be solved from how to get her to sleep through the night to how to convince her to drink a bottle in one sitting rather than leisurely sipping with several breaks over the course of an hour. When trying to tackle these problems, I inevitably form a hypothesis about a possible solution and then test it out. The problem is that I lack a control in this whole scientific experiment.
Here is an example. Jillian likes her pacifier to get to sleep. Lately she has been waking up as many as four times a night fussing. She's only a little awake and not hungry as I found out after a couple of irksome late nights where she fell asleep less than an ounce into her bottle. All that I have to do is get up, stick her pacifier in her mouth and go back to bed. While this disrupts my sleep a bit, I'll happily take a quick solution that I can complete while half asleep over an hour long feeding even if I end up getting up a few more times each night. What I don't know is whether the pacifier causes these wake-ups (e.g. it falls out, she wakes up, and her paci addiction is so strong that she must have it to soothe herself back to sleep). Or is this a phase that she is going through and the paci is actually my savior because it allows me to get more sleep?
I totally need an identical control group baby who I never gave a pacifier too to answer this question. Of course, that would require taking care of another baby. It's probably easier to just keep waking up and giving her the pacifier.
As a side note, Jillian's grandma loves dressing her up and taking pictures. It's sort of the kind of torture that only a helpless infant will put up with. Here is how she arrived home yesterday. Luckily she seems to be a good sport.