These last few weeks have been kinda crazy.. not because I have a newborn at home, but because my parents came to Italy the day after I got home from the hospital. Therefore, I’ve been having to play hostess and adjusting to life as a new mom. It’s been difficult since I’ve had to take the baby out instead of staying home and taking it easy. Although the last few days have been easier since I haven’t left the house except to go to the pharmacy or doctor’s office. Right now, instead of being downtown with my parents and making sure they don’t get lost, I am at home with a sleeping baby catching up on my blogging.
Actually, there’s a good reason to that. Yesterday, Valentina had her 2 week check up at the doctor’s office. She’s healthy EXCEPT…. she weighs exactly the same as she did when we left the hospital. I have no idea how that is possible… ok. maybe I do but still….. this girl EATS AND SLEEPS!… that’s it. I have to wake her up at night to feed her, otherwise, she’ll sleep ALL NIGHT LONG. One of the problems that we have is that when we’re out and she’s in her stroller, it really makes her tired and she will usually sleep the entire time. She’ll go 5-6 hours without waking up. I change her diaper, move her arms and legs, kiss her… do what I can to make her wake up and….. nothing. Especially on Sundays. She’ll sleep through church even though I try to wake her up to eat.
As I told the doctor, she eats for 40 minutes every 4 hours.. but I guess that’s not good enough. So, now for the next 2 weeks, she has to eat every 3 hours. So far, she’s been falling asleep as she eats and has only been eating for 10-15 minutes. It’s going to be a bit of an adjustment but I think we can do it. I think the distractions of guests has been hard on her. Especially when they want to hold her all of the time and that alone makes her fall asleep.
Our next appointment is 2 weeks and they will weigh her again. Hopefully she’ll make a big improvement.
2 thoughts on “2 week challenge”
Girl! You're crazy! Didn't anybody tell you not to leave the house in the first 2 weeks? (actually, I'm surprised that you had the energy to do that). Baby's are hard to keep awake during feedings. Tickling their feet and blowing in their ear work well. Also, stripping them down to just their onesie or diaper keeps them cool and less likely to fall asleep. But the thing I find most effective: when they slow down their sucking but are still latched, just give yourself a little squeeze to push some more milk into their mouth and that will remind them why they are there in the first place.
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