Thursday, July 16, 2009

Don't Look at the Clock

The first couple of nights after Toth was born, he didn't wake up to nurse as much as the clipboard-wielding, door-leaving-opening night nurses would have liked. After all, there was nothing to be had but colostrum and he was sleepy.
But now that my milk is in and Toth is quite interested in drinking it, we're developing one of those nighttime schedules that horrify people into getting cats instead of having kids, hiring night nurses or joining convents. Last night it went like this:
11 p.m.: Return home from dinner at Kaze in Roscoe Village. Mmm, pretentiously fancy but delicious sushi rendered more affordable by
12 a.m.: Ready for bed and finished nursing and burping. Baby swaddled and sleeping.
12:02 a.m. We're sleeping.
1:55 a.m. Wake up to nurse. Still taking awhile to latch on due to inexperience, engorgement, and tendency for both mother and baby to fall back asleep in rocking chair in mid-nurse. Burp.
2:45 a.m. Back to bed.
4? a.m. Repeat cycle. Wake up Epu to burp and change baby.
4:55 a.m. Back to bed.
7:30 a.m. Repeat cycle, minus waking Epu. Back to bed quicker this time.
8:55 a.m. Repeat, up for day.
Gosh, that's not a lot of sleep, is it? Thank goodness I've been able to grab an afternoon nap each day. Wonder how long the girls will let us sleep in on their first morning back tomorrow. Not likely till 9 a.m., I'll tell you what.


lwwb said...

waking 2 times a night for a newborn is good. I think 7 is wakeup time.

Sara said...

sheesh. suddenly i'm thankful for only having our one middle-of-the-night feeding.

Carrie said...

It's not the number of feedings as much as the duration that's tough in the newborn days. I remember from Pebbles that soon enough we will get the night feeds down to just a few minutes and I will barely remember them. But right now, there's barely time to sleep between the end of one and the beginning of the next!