Out of shear exhaustion and exasperation, I made a spread sheet last Sunday to chart Samuel's schedule. I've been keeping track of his sleeping and eating patterns all week. This is a picture of it. Each square is 1/2 hour, the yellow is sleeping time, the blue is eating time and the green is his awake time.
He usually feeds around 9 PM and then sleeps until midnight and then feeds again around 4 AM and then again around 8 AM. He is usually awake the rest of the morning and then takes a nap in the afternoon.
The last three nights have been pretty good. I've been getting about 5 hours (3 at one feeding and 2 at the other) sleep. I end up taking a shower around 5 AM so that my husband still has time to get ready for work. I've found that a shower helps my mood and energy level even more then coffee does. So, if getting a shower means I miss an hour of sleep, I'm ok with that.
Sometimes he can be happy staring at the ceiling fan, laying on his back, but being so young still, he has a hard time entertaining himself, so I hold him a lot so that he doesn't scream bloody murder. I do let him scream some, but after awhile I just can't take it anymore. I think it will be better once he finds his fingers.
So far I make him go, at least 3 hours, between feedings, but sometimes he's slept through that and it ends up being 4 hours between feedings. Now, I think, I'm going to try to make his eating times more uniform. What do you think?