Monday, March 29, 2010

Alex, I'll take 'swaddle' for 400

To say that having Doug home has changed our lives would be an understatement. A big one. Right now the three of us are all getting used to living together. We've found that Doug likes to nap in the living room with us, wants to eat when we eat, and wants to be awake all night long.

He sleeps beautifully during the day. At night, not so much. The pediatrician told us that he should be able to go 3-4 hours between feedings and take about 3 oz of formula. During the day, this is no problem. However, at night, Doug wants a bottle about every two hours and only takes an ounce or two at a time. We've tried telling him that he's not hungry yet, or that he shouldn't be. He usually very vocally disagrees with us. We're also lucky when we know that more formula is what he wants. A good third of the time, we have no idea. We've developed a list of things to try on him. If he has a pacifier (a love/hate relationship for us. Why can't you strap them to the back of their little heads?), we find it in his crib and offer it to him. If that doesn't work, we try changing him. Then we proceed to swaddle or unswaddle him, try to burp him, and if he's mouthing everything, we'll try a bottle. It seems most of the time that he quiets down as soon as we pick him and, and starts screaming again as soon as he goes back into his crib. At around one am, he just likes to be up. You go into his room and these bright eyes are just peering around as if to say, "What are we going to do now, Mom and Dad?". We've found that bringing him into bed with us and playing with him for a while works best then.

Next week Jeff goes back to work, so I'm thinking that this up all night deal isn't going to fly. I've looked into baby sleep books online, and most of them are for older babies. It looks like we've just got to wait for the little man to out grow it. And maybe we'll keep the Lord of the Rings DVDs in our bedroom. I have a feeling we'll get to watch a lot of them :)

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