All the hype about babies being a lot of work at the beginning is true-especially when you are new at it. I think the hardest thing for me is not knowing what to expect. Is he tired, hungry, bored? Yesterday, Ethan wanted to eat every 2 hours. Today he wants to sleep. He woke up at 8, ate, and fell asleep at 9. Not just a little asleep but out cold. It's been almost 2 hours and he is still out cold. Yesterday I couldn't get him to sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time. It must be a growth spurt.
I hear that at 6 weeks babies start to have more of a rhythm to their schedule. They become more predictable. I would like that just so that I know what is going on and what Ethan is needing at the moment. But I am enjoying him being so tiny. I don't want him to grow up too fast.
Ethan has been a great sleeper at night. I have been trying since the first few days of his life to teach him the difference between night and day. During the day we talk and play and go outside. The lights are all on and the house is noisy. At night the lights stay off except for a nightlight.We don't talk very much and sleepiness is encouraged. It has worked to some extent. Ethan goes to bed at 11:30 or 12, sleeps until 4 or 5, eats, then goes back to sleep until 8 or 8:30. Not too bad for a 3 week old.
Things coming up this week:
- Ethan gets his first bottle.
- Ethan gets his first pacifier.
- Mom goes to her final visit with Dr. Wolanski.
- Ethan goes to his one month check up with the pediatrician.