Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Pebble is sleeping.
If you are terminally bored by stories about babies and sleep. Read no further.
I’m trying to get Pebble to have at least three hours between feeds, so that she’s nice and hungry to feed well, and therefore sleep well (and so on and so on). This is because previously I was demand feeding, which resulting in lots of snack feeds, and very little sleep (for anyone!).
After an awesome night last night (10am, 2am, 6am feeds, good sleep inbetween) I woke Pebble up at 10am (it was four hours since her last feed, and I don’t want her to go too long between feeds so that I keep my milk supply up).
She had a lovely feed, a smiley play and then started to show me her tired signs (yawns, agitated movements, buggy stare bear eyes, and grumbling noises), so I put her down to sleep using our new method.
Pebble did her usual droopy eye thing, then closed eyes, so I slowly stopped rocking…. and her eyes opened. Repeat this x 45 mins and I figure I’m fighting a loosing battle. So I pick her up and try to have a cuddle, a quiet chat, a walk around the house, but she’s having none if it, and is very grumpy.
I go to a modified plan and try to put her to sleep in the pram. After a long haul I get her to sleep for 15 mins, but then she’s stirring again. I rock, rock, rock, and she’s asleep again…. but by this time it’s nearly 3 hours since the last feed so I figure next time she stirs, I’ll just feed her……..
Now we’re 20 mins away from 4 hours since the last feed and I’m back to where I started….. having to wake her up to feed! Except this time she hasn’t had a very good sleep.
This whole time I’m questioning everything I’m doing. Should I have let her sleep longer this morning and get into her own natural rhythm? Should I have fed her earlier when she wouldn’t sleep the first time? Should I let her sleep this time? What if it affects (my already questionable) milk supply?
What do you think? Seriously, I need help.
Posted by Kylie G at 1:41 PM