The last few weeks have been a blur. It’s amazing how much baby has changed and developed.
He has become much more independent in terms of how he spends his waking hours- enjoying spending time on the play mat, able to be left on the bed to coo at the light patterns on the ceiling or even better some nappy- free kickabout time lying on the changing mat.
His feeding and nappies have also changed-much less regular feeding and less cluster feeding. Also the feeds are more efficient and so he spends less time at the breast. Despite our best efforts, numerous teats and tears he will not take a bottle. Not interested, refuses to latch or suck…. the best he will manage is chewing in the teat whilst crying, ensuring a drip feed which enables us to get a maximum of an ounce into him over twenty minutes or so before he gets too angry. More successful has been cup-feeding, which is messy but he hates it less. None of this helped by the fact that I appear have an issue with the lipase in my refrigerated breast milk which means it tastes bad really quickly. As his gut matures we are also getting less dirty nappies (although they tend to be explosive when they happen).
Sleep has been interesting. He really wasn’t a good sleeper at all, often not going more than 90 min without waking for a feed. Around week ten he suddenly slept from midnight until seven am one night. Since then his sleep patterns have been much improved on the whole. We know there’s a good chance it will regress again so we are not getting to excited but we also don’t believe in “jinxing” it by mentioning it! We want to celebrate the positive as well as complaining when things aren’t so good.
Tonight hasn’t been a great one, hence writing a blog post at half six in the morning! First stretch was good-from when until three, but I’ve been up ever since. Lucky I know how little sleep I can function on from previous experience a few weeks ago!
Off now for my fourth attempt to put him down since three. …
One day old to eleven weeks!