Wow, it has been a fast week and for the most part it has been a good one. There are highs and lows obviously, but Sean and I are really learning fast how to take care of our new bundle of joy. The first night home was pretty awful because we had no idea how to soothe Colin except for nursing, which we basically did all night long, probably getting an hour and a half of sleep total. While I was pregnant I read the book "The happiest baby on the block" and in it the author (Dr. Karp) goes through five "S's" for soothing a baby. For some reason we were both thinking that Colin was too little for the five S's on day 1 so we didn't think to try it. But on Day 2 Sean went back to the book and starting trying the tricks on Colin... and low and behold they worked. We now had a way of soothing him that didn't require nursing constantly. Now we have a pretty happy baby who doesn't really cry all that much (unless you're trying to change his clothes) but who is unable to stay awake during feedings. He sleeps really well at night but because his weight is still under birth weight (we are up to 8lbs 12 ounces) the pediatrician wants us to have feedings spaced no more than three hours apart ( and that time is measured from start to start!) Since Colin is being woken up to eat he generally falls into a sleepy state mid meal and therefore the feeds go on really long trying to wake him back up. So by the time he has eaten 'enough' (a concept I'm still not sure of) its been over an hour, we get him back to sleep and its up-py time again 2 hrs later. I think where we have been making a mistake is that we let him stay awake too much during the day... thinking he is just happy and alert he doesn't need to sleep... well this has seemed to create an overtired baby all the time. Since he isn't fussy we didn't soothe him, then by the time he falls asleep on his own, we are waking him back up again! Its a slippery slope. So now we are applying the 5 "S's" to our awake and alert baby to help him fall asleep faster so we can try to catch up on his sleep so he can be more awake to eat a proper meal. Hopefully it will work. We are supposed to go back to the pediatricians on Tuesday for another weigh check and after that if he is back at birth weight we can let him sleep apparently.
Some pics for your enjoyment.
Me with my favorite little boy. An aerial shot because the side shot made me look exposed.
This shot was supposed to be Colin chewing on Sean's nose but I missed it.. I thought it was still cute.
Baby Colin asleep on the bobby on my lap... sometimes it is easier to let him sleep where he is than move him to the bassinet and have him wake up.