Monday, January 5, 2009

Samuel's routine....kinda...sorta!?!

Four weeks ago today Samuel was born. I want to get him sleeping through the night by the time I go back to work on February 17, but from reading all your blogs, I'm not holding out much hope.

Samule feeds every 3, sometimes 3 1/2 hours. So, for instance, in the last 24 hours he fed at:

6:30 am
9:30 am
12:30 pm
4:00 pm
7:00 pm
10:00 pm
1:30 am
4:30 am
7:30 am

He has healthy lungs...if you know what I mean...and I try to hold him off a little with the pacifier and a little water, but he is very insistant!

I'm trying to enjoy all the little moments, but being an A personality it's hard not to look forward to when he sleeps through the night, or can find his hand, or coos, or laughs etc.

He eats very slow so it takes me about 45 minutes to get through changing, eating, burping, etc...and to sleep again. Just when I think I've figured out something that works for him, it then doesn't work the next time.

Yah know that "book" God wrote to tell us how to live...well he really needs to write an instruction book for these little ones! 


Kris said...

That looks like a pretty good schedule! GOOD FOR YOU!!! If you think about how little his tummy is and how easy it is to digest milk, going that long during the night is pretty good. I know, it's hard when they aren't sleeping all night, but hopefully you are learning to fall asleep the minute your head hits the pillow (okay, within a few minutes).

I know what you mean about looking forward until they xxx or yyy. I've been there (I looked forward to her walking for a LONG time!). Truly, enjoy every moment. It'll feel like you blinked and it's all past. We've been home almost a year already...boy has it gone fast! I always think of Mary and how the Bible says that she laid all these things in her heart when Jesus was growing up. She knew he was going away, and likely didn't know when. All of us moms need to do that.

BTW--He is absolutely PRECIOUS!

Melba said...

That's a sweet picture of him. It sounds like you have things going pretty well so far. It's a huge transition even with a really easy baby so hang in there!

One little side note, you may want to use caution with the water thing. I'm not a doctor, but I have heard that babies under 6 months of age need nothing other than breast milk or formula to meet all of their nutritional needs...just an FYI. :)


Amy said...

Even now, with my boys at 16 and 13, just when I think I've got them figured out...they change on me. *Sigh*
Soak up every little burp and coo...It goes by so fast.
He is SO yummy to look at too; what a cutie!:)
Give him some smooches from me!

(((BIG HUGS!)))

Becky said...

My 9 year old often still does not sleep through the night!!!! ugh!
No matter the area, the age, or the stage, it's a 24/7 job for at least 21 years (in your house...)!!!
And, it does go really fast!! Don't anticipate any of it away!!I want my babies back every day!!!

I'm weird about the water too. Did your pedi suggest that? read it somewhere? know someone who does/did it?

TXMom2B said...

I agree about the water, I think you need to wait until they are 4 months unless it is super hot.

I felt like the 45 minute feedings and the eating every 1-3 hours would last forever, but, at 2 and a half months, my little guy is finally taking 6 oz. every 4 hours. He still doesn't finish that bottle the first time, but he'll finish it within the first 2 hours which gives me 2 hours where I don't have to feed him. And each feeding will go faster, maybe even soon!

I have to say, I don't miss my son's first two months. It was too hectic. Now it's getting fun, and I can start to concentrate more, and I'm just now feeling like he's a tiny bit predictable (instead of me constantly trying to react to the unknown). So it's OK if you're looking forward to the next stage! You're right in that it's not a good habit, but it's hard to really enjoy the harried first couple months.

hope548 said...

Donovan is 3 months old now and started sleeping through the night at 2 months. He didn't do it every night at first, but within a week or two was doing it consistently. At 1 month he ate every 2-3 hours including night time. Don't lose hope, a lot of things can change very quickly as they grow older!

Darcie said...

Hang in there Tracey. It will come. I always have said that those first six weeks are the hardest and I stand by that. A few months from now it'll all be just a sleepless blur as your adorable little Samuel gets himself on a schedule!