Re: Baby Who Eats A Lot! I Think?
- From: "LineVoltageHalogen" <tropicalfruitdrops@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 31 Jul 2006 12:00:55 -0700
Here is the official schedule as it stands today:
6pm: I arrive home and we eat dinner. (sometimes I cook, sometimes she
cooks). I clean up while she puts our son into his evening wear, or
we give him a massage and batch depending on how tired we are or, are
8-9pm: She officially relinqueshes our son to my care. He is usually
sleeping by now. I use this time to boil water, make formula, bottles
9-10pm: I am in the "monitoring room" which is our guest room equiped
with the baby monitor. The safe room is our master bedroom without any
monitoring, this affords the person who is assigned to sleep a nice
peaceful sleep. I usually read a bid and then light out.
12am - 2am: Our darling little boy makes it know to me that he is
hungry and needs a a diaper change. I love this time of night, he is
so precious when he is sleeping while he is eating. I kiss the
daylights out of him :)
3am: My wife wakes up and pumps her breasts (we are doing both formula
and breast milk for reasons that I choose to go into here). and then
come into the monitoring room and tells me to got to bed.
7am: My wife wakes me and I get ready for work and then take the baby
so she can pump again and shower for the day.
8:30 am or so I am on the road heading to work.
Cycle starts over.
On the weekends (Fri night or Sat night) I take my son for the entire
night so that my wife can get a full 9 hours sleep (she looks forward
to this) and on the other night she offers the same for me but I
usually ask that she take him at 2am instead of the normal 3am time.
I know that I should sleep more but I have to admit to you ladies that
I fully understand the overwhemling amount of work it is to take care
of our son during the day and if I had to do it I am not sure I could.
The only thing I can for my wife is to let her get as much sleep as she
can get during the night. To be honest I am much better at not getting
much sleep tham wife is, if she does not get 9 hours (before our angel)
she would be a wreck. Now, she is getting about 4-5 disjointed hours
each night and she is learnign to live with it.
I have to say that this is the hardest thing we have ever had to do!!!
He is awfully adorable though so it takes the sting out of the sleep
"LineVoltageHalogen" <tropicalfruitdrops@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Thanks to all who have replied. It is good to know that he is moving
along normally :) It is just funny to watch him eat sooo much, where
does it all go? Today he took in 40 oz of breast milk and formula and
it just amazes me. Question to all, when can my wife and I expect to
see him sleeping through a good portion of the night? He is eating
about every 3-4 hours at night and we are both sooo very tired. She is
a stay at home mom but I have to go to work and I am always dragging my
butt!! I own all feedings from 9pm to 3am at which point my wife takes
over until I get home at night and then we share him until she goes to
bed. Everyone told us our life would change, what they neglected to
tell us is how much it would change :) I love my boy sooo much I could
just cry staring at him, I just cannot wait for him to sleep through
the night and go longer in between feedings.
As Ericka said, 5 hours straight is considered "sleeping through" which I
think is absolutely barking mad. Particualarly as at one stage my son used
to sleep 8 pm til 1 am and then up for two hours, down for two, etc for the
other 19 hours. I was going mad but officially this is "sleeping through"!!!
Unfortunately there is no set age when kids will sleep for a consistently
long stretch of time. In my mothers' group we ran the gamut of one who slept
all night without feeding (with interruptions for parents helping her find
her dummy again) from 5 weeks old to my lovely son who didn't give me a
whole night's sleep until he was 11 months old. And both these babies were
exclusively breastfed! The rest of the group, including the bottle fed
babies, all started to sleep for long stretches at night at their own pace,
anywhere between the 5 weeks and 11 months marks.
I think it's great that you help out so much with your son. What time do you
get home?Would it be possible for you to look after your son 6pm (or soon
after) to midnight, while your wife has a sleep, then you get to sleep from
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