Thursday, April 9, 2009

Is Grammy the baby whisperer?

My mom has been visiting since Monday and it has been wonderful. She is very low key and aside from not wanting to watch ER and other procedural shows with me (I've been watching a lot of TV while breastfeeding) she is up for anything.

Hard to believe she is a grandmother of 4 (almost 5), isn't it?

We actually ran some errands with Cameron yesterday. I got some nursing bras and a couple of tops and picked up a few books from Barnes and Noble. Then we met with the lactation consultant again. Cameron still isn't at her birth weight but she is getting over 2 ounces from me at a feeding so she's gained 9 ounces in 8 days. Not too shabby! Plus the LC converted the grams from the hospital records and they say Cameron was 7 pounds 6 ounces, not 10 as originally indicated so she's just an ounce away right now. Either way, she's gaining weight but they do want me to come in for another weight check next week. So that's 4 appointments (counting the LC) in 3 weeks. Good times :-)

I'm not sure if it's Grammy's influence or the hand of god but Cameron has only been waking up for one feeding for the past two nights. On the flip side, she hasn't been falling asleep until about 10 PM (with the help of the swing) but she's usually done eating by 8:30 (including about one ounce supplement). She sleeps for 3 hours after her 6:00 AM feeding so I would prefer she's up then and sleeping after her 8:00 PM feeding. But I guess that will come in time. Not that I'm complaining about only one night feeding! DH fed her last night so I could sleep and I woke up at 6:00 AM with my boobs about to explode. I've been pumping before bed but with Cameron skipping the 12:00 AM feeding and DH feeding her at 2 or 3 AM I'm leaking everywhere. If she keeps up with this one time a night feeding I may have to suck it up and feed her and let DH sleep. But we'll see - I do like my sleep! I have been able to set aside about 8 ounces a day of additional milk which is awesome and will really help once Cameron is in daycare. Of course now we're running out of freezer space so Grammy is buying us a freezer chest for additional storage. Any recommendations?

Look at how wide awake I am!
I'm also looking for any advice on getting Cameron to sleep earlier in the evening. But I don't want to mess with the one feeding a night. Should I just wait it out and see how her schedule adjusts? Should I be forcing her to stay up after her 6 AM feeding? Right now she just conks back out and I go back to sleep myself until 9 after pumping. Her most wide awake time is early afternoon and evening.

Baby aerobics with Grammy.Watching baseball (the Yankees of course) with Daddy and Charlie.


LauraC said...

I would not mess with a baby that only gets up once during a night!!! But then again, Nate ate every 3 hours until he was 12 weeks old so I am forever going to be jealous of these kinds of babies :)

On the freezer side, I would say think about whether you want a chest freezer or an upright freezer. We have a chest freezer and I really wish we had gone for an upright. So much easier to organize and see everything!

Mommy, Esq. said...

I would not mess with her schedule. I would say you should go to bed around 9 pm and let Jeremy put her to bed by 11 pm. Then you should feed her at 2 or 3 am because you need to keep your supply up. Then you and Cami can go back to bed after her 6:00/6:30 am feeding. It is very typical for newborns to go back to sleep within 1 hour of getting up - my kids still nap within 1.5-2 hours of waking up. After she is about 4 weeks old you can re-evaluate. Definitely keep your bedtime routine at 8 pm as you have been doing it - she'll eventually start sleeping at that time instead of staying awake for a few hours. Also make sure you bring her into direct daylight and/or a VERY bright room after she wakes up at 6:30am so she knows what it means for awake time. And have her in the dark (even if she is awake) when you put her down for bed at 8:30 pm. Jeremy will just have to sit in the dark with her in the swing or whatever. You can tell him I promise it will only be for a week or two. Good luck.

I agree with Laura on upright freezer.

Anonymous said...

I'd also leave her schedule be for now... It will change again and again over the coming weeks and months. If you can learn to nurse side-lying, you can basically doze through a middle-of-the-night feeding, which is sooo much better than having to sit there wide awake.

Donna said...

She is absolutely a doll! As for the schedule leave it for now. We have a chest freezer and I love it. It forces me to keep it organized!

T. said...

She is sooo cute Stacey!! I have no advice obviously, but I am glad that you are able to get some good rest :-)