mamamonday - routines? what are those?Monday, December 19, 2011
Eli was starting to get into what I stupidly thought was a nice little routine. Eating every 3-4 hours, sometimes going longer at night. On Saturday night he went to sleep around 10:00, woke up at 2:20, and not again until 6:20. Waking up once during the night? Seven-ish hours of sleep? I was super excited and proud of my little man, thrilled that we were seemingly on the right track towards a sane schedule and a break from the zombie days.
Then last night happened, when we were up at 11 something, 1 something, 4 something and again at 5:45. Today he's cranky and hasn't gone more than 2 1/2 hours between feedings. I'm guessing we're on the verge of a growth spurt...lovely. During his three week growth spurt I did a lot of sobbing. Serving as a 24-7 milk bar will do that to a person. It wasn't pretty. I know babies hit a growth spurt somewhere around six weeks, so we're due anytime, and I'm not looking forward to it.
If anyone has any advice on getting a baby into a routine, please feel free to fire it my way. I've read Babywise, and am trying to follow it, at least the overall general premise- the whole feeding time, waketime, naptime order of operations, anyway. I'm not sure if five weeks is really old enough for the "cry it out" method. And I fail to see how doing things in a certain order is going to get us a solid night's sleep any time soon. But I digress. I'm not the author of a bestselling book about healthy sleep habits - au contraire, I'm a frazzled mother without two clues to rub together, so what do I know?!
Maybe we just have to wait it out...however, if I hear one more mom gloating about her kid's fantastic sleeping abilities (oh, like I was doing yesterday) I'm going to lose my shit. Let's all pray that if it's a growth spurt it'll be a quick one and in the meantime please feel free to bestow your secrets for establishing a nice, comfy, cozy routine on me in the comments.
Aside from the past 24 hours this has been a pretty nice week with Eli - lots of walks, outings, naps, and generally being pleasant. No crazy crying fits. All very civilized and enjoyable. He's five and a half weeks now and it feels like he's starting to be more "with it" - smiling in response to our smiles, looking to find the source of a noise, lots of eye contact and babbling back at us. He's always been an alert baby but it feels like he's starting to understand more of what's going on around him. He still hates tummy time and loves being in his gym, is happiest when he's cuddled or swaddled, and is 50/50 on his swing.
Right now he's being quiet so this girl better go shove some food into her face before the next outburst. Ahhh, newborns. Good times.