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Katie's first night on site.

If last night was any indication, this won't be too awful, but I'll miss sleeping with Roper.

I gave Katie a bottle at about 10:30. She was done and zonked by 11. I put her in her bed and zonked, myself.
She woke me up fussing at 1:27 (I looked at the clock.) She took another oz and fell back asleep. I put her back to bed about 2:00 and went back to sleep. 2:44 (I looked at the clock) she started fussing again. This time she didn't want food, just cuddling. For the next couple of hours this was the pattern, hold her for 15 minutes or so, put her in her bed and lie down. 15 minutes later she'd fuss, I get up and cuddle her, etc. Finally, I snuggled into the easy chair with Katie on my chest. I drifted in and out and she zonked again. 6;30ish she woke up and did want the bottle. She zonked again and I put her in her bed. I went back to my bed, and as it was now officially morning, if she fussed again I was going to make Roper get up. She lasted until 9 or so and Roper did, indeed, get up when she fussed. So, all in all, I got about 5 hours of sleep. I can manage on that for the time being.



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Nov. 21st, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
During the first month or two (it's been a while, and I've forgotten the details) our standard pattern was for me to get up, change the baby if she needed it, and hand her to Mom for feeding. Depends on who's the lighter sleeper.

A rocking chair is a Good Thing.
Nov. 21st, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're having a wonderful time settling into Momhood with the wee one. :-)

Good luck getting the paperwork bits taken care of so you can be home in time for Thanksgiving!
Nov. 21st, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
So wake him up and share the love. ;)
Nov. 21st, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
THe nice thing about formula feeding is it doesn't always have to be you. My parents worked out a deal when we were babies that my mom did the middle of the night Mon-Thu because my dad need to get up for work and he did Fri - Sun. Trust me, too many nights in a row of interrupted sleeping starts to get to you!

But at least you don't have to wake the baby up to eat :) (we did that the first week or so)
Nov. 21st, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
You sound so content...it's lovely.

A big poofy recliner is a wonderful thing. You can sleep in it with baby-cakes on your chest, so both of you get some sleep.
Nov. 21st, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
They LIKE sleeping on your chest - did it with both my kids. In fact, they really like sleeping skin on skin, so if you can manage that, that's a plus.

T. is 9 months now and just kinda slept through the night last night - from 11pm to 5:50am. So when I told you to call, even if it's 2am, I really meant it - I'll PROBABLY already be up. :-)

I'm so happy to hear that you guys are nesting in so well together.
Nov. 21st, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
You know the standard advice, right?
"Sleep when the baby sleeps"

(Nothing else is that important, until you're caught up on the sleep you're losing)
Nov. 21st, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
it's not about HOURS of sleep, total.
it's about continuous sleep, connected.

and as for sleepingon the chest? I refer you to user icon exhibit A:
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