Sunday, November 13, 2005

back to front and upside down

Baby's being a pain in the butt these days. Sure, she's still really cute and has an adorable way of making small talk with those bubbly little noises of hers, but how about being a nicely regular feeder and sleeper for Mummy?

It's been like this since around last Tuesday - she wakes up and won't go back to sleep, but she isn't hungry. By the time she is hungry, it's past her nap time and the overtiredness makes her fuss instead of feed. Then we've got an overtired and hungry wee girlie who can't sleep and can't eat.

Or, she seems happy to go without food for hours and hours during the day (and gets all upset if I try to persuade her to eat), then makes up for it at night.

Last night she got me up at midnight, 2am and 5.30am. That was after a day in which she refused to feed for about 5 hours straight. Her first proper feed wasn't until around 3pm. It's as though her body clock has been set to start her day after midday, and end it sometime after midnight.

After weeks of painfully slow progress towards sleeping through the night, I'm suffering more from the sleep deprivation now than I did in the early days when I was always getting up every two hours.


According to the Baby Love book, this is normal, unexplained and usually temporary. Usually.

5 comments:

EB said...

I never thought I'd be saying this, but I don't remember exact details of the first few months anymore. I do recall though that when I started going to the PIN coffee group it bothered me a little bit that JJT didn't want to feed while the other mums, one with a boy a month older and the other with a boy a month younger seemed always to be feeding their bubbies while mine was up and staring about the world like a meerkat sentinel the entire time.

Did Baby Love say how long is temporary?

Violet said...

eb: I had the same problem when I went to visit my friend on Friday. She and another mum had no problems feeding their respective kids while we were together, but I couldn't get mine to feed - she kept complaining and finally I had to put her in the buggy in the middle of the kitchen.

Super Domestic Engineer said...

Oh my friend, this is so normal, hard,reaaaaly haaaard but norrrmal...my 15 months old is a picky eater still now, but still she sleeps at nights....so time flies and you'll get your sleep ...sleep deprivation comes as a part of the job description, but do not feel bad, just make sure you take a good shower and get some nice smell lotion and even some makeup...I am Venezuelan and it is not a coincidence there were all these Miss Universes from my Country...taken care of your physical appearance is a value in my country and though I disagree on how far it has got I do think it helps to look yourself at the mirror as someone who is Ok looking ...so , do not forget about yourself in the middle of this mess that is having a little one. I am pregnant AGAAAAIN (3rd. one!) and I know what's coming (maybe I do not know!), so cheer up and take some few minutes to look at yourself, exercise, even if those ugly moms do not greet you back you'll feel better after a walk and you'll lose some of that 'baby fat'...get some nice music when you do it and enjoy the rythm!!!!

Rainypete said...

That's about right. Just as soon as you start to think they have a routine going, and that you've got it figured out, they change it up.

Violet said...

super domestic engineer: thanks, Super. I think I could scrub up very well if I had the chance, only I'd be all dressed up with nowhere to go...

rainypete: the boy says something similar about women...about how we supposedly change the "rules" as soon as men figure out what we want...