I can't believe it's already been a week since Lucas made his arrival. One week since these little feet were still pushing against my ribs!
Before long I'll be saying it's been a month, then 6, then a year!
I guess it was fitting that he had me up at 12:25 this morning!
We're still settling in, trying to find our groove with nursing and sleeping. He still falls asleep so quickly while nursing that I'm only able to nurse about 10, sometimes 15 min at a time. Then he wakes up and we try again. He's definitely a more frequent nurser than Kayla.
I'm not sleep deprived - yet! Feels like we're getting there though. I don't think he really has his days and nights mixed up because we're not having the problem of him wanting to actually be awake at night. He wants to sleep, he just doesn't sleep as easily as he does during the day.
During the day there isn't any problem with sleeping. I nurse him, he falls asleep and stays asleep. He hardly stirs if he leaves my arms and I put him on the couch, or swing.
Nighttime is a different story. I nurse him, he falls asleep, I try to put him down in the bassinet and he wakes up after just a few minutes looking for something to suck on.
I tried swaddling him but he fights his way out of that (I haven't tried any of the swaddle blankets yet though). I tried having him sleep in the swing, which did seem to work ok, but because it sits on the ground he felt kind of cool to me. I have the heavier sleeper blankets, so maybe I'll try that again.
The problem seems to be at night he wants/needs something to suck on to stay asleep, but he doesn't do that during the day. He's perfectly fine sleeping without anything in his mouth.
I broke out the pacifier (we didn't use one with Kayla, and she didn't particularly care for them either, plus she was an easier sleeper). He didn't take to it the first few times, but try and try again and he'll take it sometimes now.
He was sucking on it last night like there was no tomorrow so I thought it was going to work. I watched his body slowly relax, I saw him fall into a nice sleep, saw the pacifier fall out and he still stayed asleep - which lasted all of a minute. I put the pacifier back in his mouth and repeat over and over and over again. He just couldn't fall into a nice deep sleep. I nursed him again, he fell asleep, but again woke up shortly after I put him down. I finally brought him to bed with us - still having to put the pacifier back in his mouth until he finally, finally, fell asleep.
What good is the pacifier, really, if they're going to wake up every time it falls out of their mouth and they obviously can't get it and put it back in at this stage! LOL I just wonder why he can sleep during the day with out needing anything in his mouth to stay asleep. Hopefully we'll figure this all out soon enough!
I do enjoy watching him sleep though - is there anything sweeter than a sleeping newborn?
And here is a blast from the past - Kayla sleeping on the same boppy pillow :)