Sleeping & Breastfeeding / Newborn Stage

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K so this post is mainly for me to remember things (I love reading old posts), and is more of a journal for me, but I also think it can be helpful for other new mamas or soon-to-be moms. If you don’t fall into any of those categories, you can go ahead & skip this post if you want. ;)

{1 week baby & postpartum update here}

Also, this is simply what has worked for me/us and my opinions on some of the various things that are happening–and is no way a judgement call on what is best. Each baby and situation can be verrrry different.

Sleeping & Breastfeeding / Newborn Stage

My mom told me in those last few weeks of pregnancy (that ended up being last SEVERAL weeks of pregnancy….) that babies who cook longer in the womb tend to be better sleepers & eaters. Not that it really calmed me down because nothing seemed to be happening on the labor front…

But still.

I guess my mom was right.

Lily cooked an extra 15 days (past my due date), and I think that has made alllll the difference with our experience so far.

If she had come on her due date, she would’ve been much smaller, less mature, and possibly less ready to take on this new world. It’s my personal opinion that allowing her to cook until she was ready (and don’t worry-she was safe in there per doc’s orders & all the tests that were run), has helped in the aspects of sleep & breastfeeding during this newborn stage.

Sleeping

The first night we were home she slept for 8 hours straight.

I know, right?! We were like saaweeeeet! This baby is perfect. ;)

Well, she must’ve been all tired & stuff from a thing called birth, because the next few nights were not 8 hours in a row, but they were significantly awesome for a newborn–she slept 4-5 hour stretches consistently.

So the first 1.5 weeks I’d wake up every 4.5/5 hours to feed her. She would definitely cry quite a bit to wake herself (and me) up to eat, but otherwise, she really doesn’t cry much during sleep time.

breastfeeding & sleeping / newborn stage

She does get quite fussy right after we put her down though…and I’m not going to lie, it’s kind of frustrating! I put her down, and then I lie down to sleep, and seriously like 5 minutes later she is so fussy I have to get up & calm her down. Often it is a burp that she needs (she burps A LOT), but sometimes she just wants to be held.

The first 1.5 weeks her sleep was pretty wonky, and she would fuss more often than she does now, so I felt wayy more sleep deprived then than I do now.

We’re sleep training with her, so we hold her to whatever hours of sleep she takes….(which means that once we know she can go a certain number of hours without eating, we stick to that amount for the next night & so on). We’re up to 6/6.5 hours of straight sleep with no eating. And it’s fabulous! Some nights are definitely better than others, but overall I’ve been impressed with how well she’s doing.

Now that’s not to say I feel really well rested every day. Not at all.

Sometimes she wakes up BEFORE the amount of hours is up, and because we know she’s not really hungry yet, we have to help her go back to sleep. Some nights are definitely rougher than others!

She also tends to sleep funkier hours than I’m used to (like 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for example), and I am used to going to bed around 9 p.m…..which is often when she wants to play & hang out.

Ummmmm.

So some days after our 7/8 a.m. feeding, we both go back to bed & don’t start the day until 10/11 a.m.! But such is life with a newborn–gotta be flexible. ;)

During the day she sleeps often. She is not really on a ‘schedule’ yet, but some days she sleeps a whole lot (like I feel she’s never awake), and other days she is more fussy & wants to stay awake. I have yet to see a real pattern though, so I just roll with whatever she’s wanting to do at this stage.

For bed time right now we have her sleeping in her pack’n'play right next to my side of the bed in our room.

breastfeeding & sleeping / newborn stage

She often sleeps in her swing though. It sort of depends on her mood.

breastfeeding & sleeping / newborn stage

And sometimes if I’m lazy & just want sleep, she’ll sleep right next to me in the bed. This usually happens after the 7/8 a.m. feeding when I want more sleep –so we say good-bye to Jared & both crawl back into bed together. It’s kind of cute, eh? ;)

breastfeeding & sleeping / newborn stage

Hopefully when she’s a little older we’ll transition her to her real crib–not sure when yet. Maybe at 6 weeks?

Breastfeeding

Lily latched pretty quickly right after she was born–which was really special & kind of surreal all at once.

I was grateful she took to breastfeeding so quickly! I know that it is not easy nor does it come naturally to some, so I feel very grateful Lily likes to breastfeed & does it seemingly well.

The first few days though were quite rocky, as in she didn’t WANT to eat! I was like what, girlfriend?!? All she did was pretty much sleep that first day in the hospital, and because the lactation specialist told me this was normal, I didn’t worry too much about it.

Well, then she was dehydrated & had jaundice and had to be in the nursery. I was crushed!

She fed horribly while in the nursery (she hated the entire experience, as did I), and so we actually had to feed her a bit of formula to get her rehydrated & out of there as quickly as possible. (Apparently the bilirubin levels will go down the better fed and hydrated they are, and since she wasn’t eating so well from me, we decided to do something drastic so we could all leave. And it worked!)

After 20 hours of being under the bilirubin lights & eating a few things of formula (through a tiny tube I attached to my finger & she sucked on as she sucked on my finger), we left the nursery. Hallelujah!

And left behind the formula & any and all breastfeeding problems.

Once we were home she ate really well–and just as predicted, she ate a lot and often!

And once my milk came in she started to spit up a bit too…..

Well, apparently I make a LOT of milk (I have a sister who had this ‘problem’ too), and so sometimes she’d eat really fast, choke on some of it, and throw up some of it back up too.

So that first week home we spent a bunch of time making sure she ate well, but not too fast. She’d get super fussy, frustrated, and then eat really quickly! It was kind of sad to watch.

The second week began much better & she ate more consistently, but she still fussed quite a bit. Once she calmed down she latched well & ate well.

breastfeeding & sleeping / newborn stage

Now though she’s eating really well & consistently! :)

During the day she eats every 2-3 hours, and she eats a lot–so it takes anywhere from 30-40 minutes for the whole thing.

Here’s what I do:

  • feed on one side
  • burp her
  • change her diaper
  • feed on other side
  • burp her

This works really well because she tends to get sleepy after one side, so changing her wakes her up & she’s ready to eat on the other side.

This all gets thrown out the window if she barfs though…because then she is hungry again! :/

It also gets thrown out the window when she’ll only eat on one side. She actually might be getting enough from just one side, and she lets me know if she does. When that happens though, I have to pump.

Overall though she eats like a champ and is doing really well! She’s also getting chubbier cheeks, had gained 11 ounces 10 days after birth, and has grown a few inches.

breastfeeding & sleeping / newborn stage

She is already out of some of her newborn clothes. Crazy!

Girl likes to eat, just like her mama. ;)

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I feel very blessed to have baby Lily in our lives, and to be a part of this whole newborn experience. Some days/nights are better than others, but overall she is doing amazing!

My mom & sister, when they were each here, commented on how good of a baby she is (and they’d know–they each have had several of their own). And she is! She doesn’t cry much, but when she does, it’s usually because she is really hungry & wants food NOW. She is not a baby who just cries & cries, so that is super nice for Jared & me. :)

And if she is fussy and it’s not because she is hungry, picking her up & rocking her fixes that in a snap. Girl loves to be on the move…I wonder where she learned that from?!

;)

{While chatting with my sister & telling her Lily does not like being in the Ergo if I am just sitting down–she totally loves it when I’m walking around & doing stuff & will often fall asleep–my sister jokingly said, “well, you know, you brought that upon yourself you know.” Yes, I guess I did. hah}

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Thankful Thursday

  1. I am grateful for yummy smelling candles. My house smells amazing!
  2. I am thankful for those boob pads–saves my bras/shirts from the milk!
  3. I am grateful for Christmas music–I love how quickly it makes me so happy.

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Have a WONDERFUL day! <3

How much sleep are YOU all getting per night?! ;) What are YOU thankful for today?? Mamas: when did YOUR babies sleep through the night?? What helped the most??!

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  1. a good eater like her momma and at this rate she’ll be tall like her momma!! :)
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  2. So happy to hear that everything is going well for the two of you! She’s a good eater and doesn’t like sitting down – I’d say she’s a lot like her mama ;-)
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  3. I love this post :) I can’t really relate to any of it (hello, I’ve never been a mom of a newborn!) but I used to nanny a 6 month old and he was pretty wonky at sleeping too. The mom had him pretty figured out and always had me come over when he was waking up and leave once I put him down for a nap, but there were a few times he would be super fussy and just wanted to sleep! I can’t believe Lily sleeps so much! You’re lucky! ;)
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  4. Hehe your post is going to make a lot mamas jealous! My son didn’t sleep through the night until he was 1. He was tiny, needed a nipple shield for 4.5 months and I think he wonky sleep was because he was hungry and just needed to eat every 90 minutes-2 hours. Even at his 9 month pedi appt my doctor and I determined his 1-2 wake ups/night were because he needed the extra calories based on his growth. All that said, I loved our breastfeeding relationship and it lasted 523 days! (17 months + 5 days!)
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  5. I’ll be curious if you get any people telling you that you shouldn’t be sleep training her yet … but I’m not one of those people. ;) We kind of did a version of sleep training fairly early on. I definitely fed her in the middle of the night, but we would wait a few minutes, comfort her, wait a few more minutes, etc before finally feeding her. Doing that helped her stretch things out and by the time she was 2 months, she was sleeping the whole way through the night. Our doctors were fine with it, so we did it. And it was wonderful. I am a believer that better sleep for baby and mommy makes for a happy household. But I realize everyone has their own opinions and to each their own! :)

    • Kristen I was thinking the same thing – anything regarding baby sleep/nursing/you name it baby-ish stuff is like a worm hole for controversy. I’m a big believer in your family your rules so you do what you got to do!

    • I had no idea people would tell me I was doing something wrong. Hah! I guess I am new to this whole mommy controversery thing. Which is crazy to me–b/c how could someone else tell me I was doing something wrong or right for my child?!? Blows.my.mind.

      I love that you guys had a sleeper by 2 months!! That is AWESOME. I sure hope that is us :)

  6. Christen says:

    I just have to say how much I love reading your blog, my favorite by a long mile!

  7. You’re doing awesome (and so is little Ms!). We transitioned Kay to the real crib closer to 3 months…I think I was too paranoid until then haha. Plus walking up and down the hall in the middle of the night sucks (just being real) ;)

    • that is good to know–I have no idea what I am doing, so I figured 2 months would be good. hah! ;) And you’re right, walking up & down the hall doesn’t sound crazy fun. Her room is close to ours (tiny apartment!), but I will just have to play it all by ear & see how she does. First up: sleep through the night (pleeeeaasseee!) hah

  8. Lily sounds like a little angel!! I’m also in agreement (with what I know about you from this blog) that she sounds a lot like you – love her sleep, loves food, and loves to be on the go. :)
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  9. I wish that by being pregnant for longer meant a better sleeper! I was 2 weeks overdue and he was and is the worst sleeper ever!! But that’s okay, I got what I got ;). I had an oversupply too and I had found my guy did better if I just fed one side at a time – otherwise he’d get too much fore milk and not enough hind milk and be way colicky from the gas… And although when you are tired you just want to get back into bed, sometimes just holding them upright for an extra 5 minutes after feeding to ensure that burp got out is worth it (but sometimes those gas bubbles are really really deep!) Just like everybody, you figure out your rhythm and what works for you!

    • that is great info on the oversupply & burping! I have to be more patient with the burping thing….it can be frustrating at 5 am! hah. Thanks Jade :)

  10. Hi!
    I was just curious if you used any particular book as your sleep training guide? I’m pregnant with my first and I’m a baby book reader. Judge me now! :)

  11. so glad that things are going well with your sweet girl and that she is feeding and sleeping well! my good friend kat’s baby was in there long enough for kat to be induced and her daughter is certainly a great baby and an excellent eater. good sleeper too. maybe cookers are really the best babies!
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  12. Love reading new mom updates!! Everything sounds like it’s going wonderfully. My little guy is 9 months now, and he’s currently up at 5am on the dot everyday, ready for action! zzzzzz…
    He actually didn’t sleep through the night until 7months. I KNOW! You are fortunate to have such a great sleeper. Your description about bringing Lily back to bed in the morning made me miss that stage! So special.
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  13. Aww I love reading posts about you and Lily :) She is such a great little girl! I love it! I get about 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I’m a huge crankster if I don’t get at least 7!
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  14. I wish we were neighbors. I have Christmas music playing right now! :)

    Cracking up at “boob pads” – I can’t leave the house without them.

    & until reading this post, I never thought about it but I am probably the reason atlas insist on moving during the day. Haha

    & so glad Lily is a good sleeper. Atlas sleeps great at night & I swear that is my saving grace. I really think God knew I would need 5-7 hours each night of straight sleep in order to function. But I’m like you – my schedule is all out of whack. At 9pm Atlas is ready to play & I’m used to bed at that time. But I’ve adjusted to the later nights & later mornings. We start our day around 9 now, which feels so late, but I’ll take it if that means he keeps sleeping “through the night.”

  15. Hunter started sleeping through the night around 9-10 weeks. Of course we had our off nights occasionally (we still do!), but that’s how life gets when you become a mama. I have nothing against sleep training early (I’m actually all for it!), but also remember babies have a tiny tummy those first several weeks so they need to eat often. :) She’ll get there, especially if you’re training her to sleep that way. I truly believe good sleep isn’t just a “coincidence” – it’s something that needs to be taught.

    You’re doing a great job!!! I swear it gets a million times easier right around 9-12 weeks!
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  16. I’m so glad everything is going well! You are very lucky with all that sleep you’re getting! Parker didn’t sleep 6 hrs straight until he was like 5 months! Let’s just say I didn’t function very well during that time. haha. And eating.. it was so hard for us. I’m really happy for you guys and hoping the next baby will be a little easier (but not counting on it.. haha). Love you!!

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