Believe it or not, my sweet little Skyler slept for five hours last night, woke up for a feed and slept another five hours. This, according to the internet, means she is sleeping through.
Now, of course, any parent will jump up and down when this happens and also cry a little (mostly owing to previous sleep deprivation, but you will also feel just a tiny bit less needed and sad.
During the first few weeks of Skyler’s life she woke and fed every three hours. We were on the ready me and her dad, armed with breast pump, bottles, bibs, feeding pillows – we armed ourselves for the night and beamed proudly the next morning that two lazy arses such as ourselves could keep a chubby little newborn alive and chubby by feeding her through the night.
Yes I will admit I did sometimes doze off baby and bottle in hand but snapped back to reality as soon as I had a vision of her swallowing too much air and me having to burb her for an extra hour which would cut my sleeping time between her feeds to one hour only.
So yes, I am amazed that my Einstein baby is sleeping through – but then again as she is super smart this is to be expected.
But I can’t believe how big and independent she is getting. The cute folds under her chin and behind her neck are getting less, all of the fine hair on her body is disappearing, the chubbiness is becoming more firm and her face is less scrunched up.
Her monkey face- which she always made when she wakes up by throwing her whole body and neck back with her hands next to her ears, lips pouted and forehead all wrinkled up – is also becoming less now. She now stretches like a normal person- maybe me and her dad should do the monkey thing and she will revert to that normal.
I loved that monkey face so much. Found myself at her cousins first birthday party holding her and telling people “look look she’s doing it” and them staring at me as if I am crazy. I don’t know why because I am sure not all babies do that – only mine. Or only mine does it that cute.
Gosh I will miss these times. Me and hubby were watching videos of the first few weeks last night and it is crazy how much she has changed from then to now – all in five weeks.
So…Tips for letting newborn sleep through the night (aka what every single pregnant couple is
Googling while chewing their nails and pulling their hair and praying to God there is a simple recipe)
- I don’t know
- What we did is just let her let us know when she is hungry and we obliged
- Don’t pick her up every time she fusses – see if she was just moaning or if she is really hungry (trust me she will become a lot more than fussy if she is really hungry)
- Let her drink at her own pace
- Burp in between a feed and check if she is still hungry after changing her diaper – this will ensure that she has a full tummy and will sleep comfortably. Also, burping in between will ensure that any of those stuck evil suckers will get out and not bother her while she is getting her beauty sleep.
Little one is now moaning next to me – hungry again.