Yesterday was rough! Eli decided to be a toot yesterday. It was Monday so what did I expect? Not a lot went the way I had wanted…it was my first day in almost a month that I didn’t feel “with it”. Our routine was out the window and Eli refused to sleep unless I was holding him. Little turkey!!
Barry came home and it was more of the same until he finally gave it up and passed out several hours later.
While Eli slept, we celebrated the positive stuff from the day: We discovered that he has 2 outfits that fit him perfectly that originally hung on him in the hospital. Growing boy! And I had a full day and a half where he ate all breastmilk. 🙂
Then we settled in for the night and drifted off to bed…only to be woken by his screams at 2am! He never wakes screaming and we discovered why: We forgot to turn on the humidifier and he was all congested. He couldn’t breathe and was uncomfortable. 😦 I felt so so bad!
I finally got his nose cleared and fed him but it took him an hour before he could wind down. Then I had to pump…
So sleep went out the window. No nap during the day and a difficult evening. I am now snuggled next to him in my bed while he blissfully sleeps and I pump. Story of my life. Lol
It’s times like this that I wish I weren’t pumping. I could feed him when he wakes up and enjoy some more rest.
Such is life! typical newborn antics…we operate on his schedule! Which makes me happy and tired. 🙂 I love being a mom!! I dislike being tired. Lol
Speaking of being tired, we have been struggling during the day with getting him to sleep on his own. He needs to be snuggled. We started this with all the skin to skin we did in the beginning to bond and help my milk come in.
His need to be held was aggravated more by the fact that we had non-stop visitors for like 2.5 weeks, all of which wanted to hold him.
Now what I have discovered is that he sleeps instantly and easily when on my chest or in my arms but when I try to put him in his bassinet he always wakes up. So then I pick him up, rock him and try again. This will continue for about 30 minutes before he finally gives it up. Today was even worse because of Monday’s mishaps.
If I held him he slept, if not he cried. I just needed a nap lol
So you have to decide: snuggle with him and sleep or fuss with him and stay awake. Snuggling becomes the best option for me because sleeping while your baby cries is impossible…in my opinion. It makes my feet and hands tingle (like I’m about to fall from a high ledge) and my heart jumps in my throat like I’m about to have an anxiety attack! It’s awful! So we nap together sometimes.
The good thing- the bonding time paid off and I feel very connected to him. The bad thing- I worry I’m setting the precedent for all sleeping behavior. Is he too young to let him “cry it out”? Are snuggles a need at this point or is he just spoiled? Will he never be able to self-soothe and sleep on his own?
Not sure what to do at almost 4 weeks old.
(Side-note: He can and does sleep on his own and I am capable of letting him fuss in his bed- but I’m still concerned about this becoming a habit.)
Today I thought I might sneak in an early morning nap- he slept from 5-9!! But I remembered I had a speech therapist session set up with some girlfriends in my Ds group. It was so so good! All the ladies have infants ranging in age from 7mo to 4weeks 🙂 we got to learn some oral therapy techniques for stretching our little ones muscles and strengthening them. It was informative and helpful. Eli is too little for it now but we will save that info for later. So many good tips! Communication is going to be one of the most important things in my opinion. Which reminds me…I need to look for a good baby sign language series- any tips?
Anyway, we had lunch together and visited. Such a good time! I’m so blessed to have such an active group that’s so nice and caring.
I never thought I would be a “mommy group” kind of mom but I enjoy their company. Makes me wish I was a SAHM and could visit like that all the time. 😉
The rest of this week is busy. I have a friend coming to keep me company tomorrow, visiting work and Barry’s office to show off Eli and family dinner over the weekend. Should be fun!
Barry came home determined to get Eli to sleep in his bassinet. He has the magic touch- he’s sleeping away but needed his pacifier to finally pass out.
Hopefully we can recover quickly from our Monday and get our schedule back again.
Thanks for reading- Hope everyone is having a good week!!