Thursday, January 14, 2010

Maybe I should go live in Alaska

I have so many things I want to blog about, but just either don't have a long enough stretch of time to do it, or when I do have a chance to sit down I'm too tired to collect my thoughts.

But I did have a breakthrough moment last night that has me kind of excited. I've discovered that if I stop paying attention to whether it's dark or light out, staying up with a hyper-alert Chicklette in the middle of the night doesn't bother me nearly as much. And sleeping during the day doesn't seem nearly as "wasteful." It's made the last 24 hours much more pleasant!

Of course, 6 hours of fragmented sleep still does not equal the 8-ish hours of semi-uninterrupted sleep (in the dark) I was getting before the baby. But hey, I'll take what I can get at this point.

And now, time to put my boobs back in my shirt before Grandma and Grandpa get here.


Kerri said...

Yep. I started DVR'ing some of my favorite shows and watching them during our late night/early morning feeding sessions. I thought maybe I could trick myself into forgetting it was 4am. It gets better around 5 or 6 weeks. They usually start sleeping in 4-6 hour consecutive stretches at night at that point. That's what one of my books told me and, so far, Camden's been right on that schedule (knock on wood). It's the broken sleep that's so tough. Hang in there!

Michele said...

Dont worry, it gets better :) They learn their nights/days and go to bed when you do at some point. We usually get them to bed between 10pm and 11pm and wake up between 6am-7am. The Chicklette will get there! I promise!

the mind behind said...

Long time reader, first time commenter! The best advice I was given was to stop looking at the clock.
Feed when hungry, bath when messy and change when wet/stinky. Don't forget to follow the same rules for yourself!

ana said...

Also long time reader, but infrequent commenter. I have a 3 week old who is very VERY fussy, particularly at night.

This is great advice, I need to start the same thing. It'll be easier when the family leaves and I don't feel like I have to "entertain" (or at least be somewhat present) during the day, and I can nap.

I have started trying to watch TV online or read magazines during nighttime feeding/pumping sessions. being more alert helps me get more milk, and feel less miserable.