Periodically, I want to write “here and now” blog posts and record a little bit about what everyday life is like. This is for my own remembrance so I don’t forget the different phases of life (no matter how mundane).
November was when I first had the desire to do a “here and now” blog post. Even though that was just two months ago, so much has changed since then. In November, my life was full of late nights and late mornings. Truthfully, I often wouldn’t be dressed and ready for the day until about 11 a.m. or noon. I normally went to bed shortly after midnight (which is late for someone who faithfully went to bed between 10 and 10:30 p.m. before having a baby) and got up in the middle of the night to pump and feed the baby. The entire pumping/feeding process would take an hour. Then I’d go back to bed and sleep as long as the baby would let me. While getting up in the middle of the night was hard for me, I relished the slow, quiet time I shared with my baby. This picture captures one of those middle of the night feedings from November.
John has kept very busy with work and church service. Consequently, baby David and I spend lots of time together just the two of us. Normally, 2-3 Sundays a month, David and I attend church alone because John has other church responsibilities that take him to neighboring church congregations. When church is over, we like to put on comfy clothes and snuggle in the basement on Sunday afternoons (like pictured below).
December was when David first started sleeping through the night (hooray!). He went to bed about 9:30/10 p.m. after being bathed. I would wake him up to feed him at about 11:30 p.m. And then he would sleep until about 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. I am so grateful he learned to sleep through the night at such young age. December was still a slow month for us as life still revolved around feeding the baby. I had no idea before having a baby how all-consuming the feeding of a little one can be. It rules my life. In some ways it’s nice though because it forces me to live life at a slower pace. In December, I was able to get some projects done around the house, like organizing our master bedroom closet (a task that before having a baby would have only taken one day, however, it took me a whole week.)
Now that we’re in January, we’re trying to adjust David to an earlier bedtime. He now goes to bed around 7:30 p.m. This allows John and me to have some time together after baby David goes to bed and John is done working. We’re only one week into this new schedule. There’s a book I’m using to help me train the baby to sleep for 12 hours at night. The goal is to have him sleep from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. He did this successfully once last week. During the other nights, he woke up between 2 and 4 a.m. When that happened, I fed him only 2 ounces to hold him over until 7:30 a.m. This normally took about 10 minutes, and he went right back to sleep. However, I had trouble falling back asleep. I’m considering adding a small feeding at 10 p.m. to help him sleep through the night again.
David generally eats 6-7 ounces at each feeding. He eats 4 times a day (about every 4 hours). The sleep training has been a bit challenging because we’ve had to adjust napping schedules. He used to take an evening nap, which is part of why we put him to bed so late. We’re trying to eliminate the evening nap so he’ll go to bed earlier. Every day last week he fell asleep in his jumper while I was doing the dishes.
Right now we’re also focused on transitioning David into his crib from his bassinet. His bassinet has a slight incline, so lying flat on his back in the crib has been an adjustment. In the beginning of last week, he’d cry when I put him into his crib. But throughout the week, he’s acclimated to the feeling of the crib. The night he slept 12 hours straight was in his crib, so that made me very happy and made me feel like we’re making positive progress.
I love being a mom and I love spending time with baby David 🙂 He grows so much each and every week. I can’t believe how much he has changed since he was born, which was less than three months ago. He is a bright shining light in my life.