If there is one thing I have discovered about this child of mine it is that his activity patterns that I noticed in the womb have continued on out here. Remember the child who would not stop kicking for what seemed like days, and then a few days later would send me into a panic as I hadn’t felt him move in what seemed like days? Yeah, what that translates into is a 6-week old who sleeps like a champ for a few days (5 hour stretches, wakes up to eat, goes back to sleep for 3 more hours) and then is constantly awake for a few days. No, seriously. Other than very short naps in arms after nursing once or twice a day, little Sam the Man would be up, awake, ready to play, happy. Kind of fussy for a while in the evenings, but not too bad. Well earlier this week he had an awake stretch where I got about 5 hours of sleep total in 48 hours. He just would not sleep. I don’t think it was a growth spurt (I think that was last week) but he was just not interested in sleeping. He would nurse on the couch and he’d drift off (I’d think) and so I would try to take him to bed but he would immediately wake up. Not unhappy. Just look at me with those gorgeous peepers like “hey, mom, can we play??” So I am trying harder to be more consistent with waking up and going to bed at the same time. This can be a little challenging, as it is difficult for me to get up at 8 o’clock when I just got to sleep at 3, but if we lie in bed and nurse and nap all day it only complicates the problem. So I am trying to work on keeping him awake/feeding him often during the day and hope that he will sleep more at night. He is sleeping for longer stretches of time, which is great, except those stretches don’t begin until like midnight or 1 am. Which is a little late for a tired mommy (and daddy who has to get up and go to work and not get fired). So I am getting him up earlier and trying to watch his naturally tired times, like The Baby Sleep Book recommends. So far in the past week or so I have noticed he naturally wants to take a nap at around 11am (hence the time to blog! it’s 11:37 here) and 2pm, and then starts to get sleepy for the night at around 7pm. I am trying to stretch his bedtime to 8pm because 7pm is difficult with getting dinner finished and put away, etc. I ordered a book online called The No-Cry Sleep Solution and I am hoping it offers some insight as well. I want Sam to be able to go to sleep on his own, not really for my own convenience (although it would be nice) but also so that he doesn’t feel scared to go to sleep. It would be nice if he could spend the night at my mom and dad’s later this summer and I am worried that if I am not there that my poor mom would have a really difficult, sleepless night. I know that it will still be a while until he in on any kind of real schedule but I am trying to pay attention and work on this stuff now, before it becomes a major issue later on. Now if I could get him to sleep in his co-sleeper, Pack ‘n Play, crib, bouncy seat, or swing, or basically anywhere but in my arms or nestled in my armpit, that would be great, too….I do cherish our little snuggly nursing moments at night, and know that they are fleeting, but at the same time I would love to be able to sleep next to my husband again.We are discussing buying a bigger (king size) bed if this sharing sleep thing continues. I will say that if I put him in his co-sleeper, he wakes up every 2 hours (or less) than if he is next to me…so we all end up sleeping more, which at this point in my life is very important to me.
I also ordered a book called The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears (again — I am so thankful for their parenting tips!) and am trying to become more informed about vaccines. I think of myself as being kind of a hippie mom but not so much as to not vaccinate altogether. So I am trying to come up with a delayed vaccination schedule for Sam sometime before his 2-month wellbaby appointment on March 20th. I need to talk to his pedi about it, too. I generally like the guy, he is a great doctor, but he has scolded me for co-sleeping and has also given me some wonky breastfeeding advice (like to switch sides every 20-25 minutes rather than draining one side before switching, and if he is not “done” in 20 minutes to take him off the breast because that will “teach” him to eat faster next time) so I am a little worried about how he will take this delayed vaccine schedule. I am not anti-vaccines, I just worry mostly about my son’s immune system being bombarded with viruses all at once, and would like to space it out a bit more, especially since he is exclusively breastfed and not in a daycare environment. But I will have to see what the book says before I make my decision.
Sam has begun smiling pretty regularly. It melts my heart. He is also becoming more vocal, making really cute little gurgles and coos in addition to loud screams of protest.