You guys, this is hard. I need some success stories.
Good news: We seem to have conquered the bulk of our feeding issues. Milk production is up, and for the most part we’re done with supplementing. A huge, huge relief – pumping six times a day on top of feeding a newborn was not my idea of a good time. Moose is gaining weight and I’m eternally grateful.
Next up: sleep.
So, here’s what I’m wondering.
1. How on earth do people get their babies to sleep in the bassinet? For the first few weeks poor, gassy Moose would only sleep on my chest. We’ve graduated to swaddling and sleeping beside one of us in the bed, but as soon as I lay her down in the bassinet she starts pulling her knees up to her chest and wakes miserable. The thing is, she’ll sleep alone on the bed, so it’s not just proximity to me. (Although I guess I lie beside her to settle her, which I can’t in the bassinet). I put in one of my shirts for the smell, I’m using white noise. What am I missing? I take medication that makes me groggy at night, so I really don’t feel great about cosleeping. Right now we’re playing a ridiculous game of musical beds as we trade shifts in the night, and I would like to sleep beside my wife again someday.
2. How do you get a 7 week old to sleep enough during the day? I’ve read that Moose should only be awake for 60-80 minutes before sleeping again. It still often takes her about an hour to eat, so she needs to be asleep again almost right away? She just hit that stage where she’s noticing what goes on around her, so she no longer will just fall asleep. It can take a half hour to settle her down to sleep, unless we put her in the carrier or she’s riding in the car. She’s chronically overtired and is then so much harder to settle and it’s a vicious cycle.
I don’t mind the interrupted nights so much – she’s a new baby. I expected to feed her every couple of hours. But the other stuff – ???? I feel like other parents got a manual that got lost in the mail on the way to us. I am open to suggestion here.
In other news, she’s awfully cute.