Friday, February 22, 2008

working already?

I have been working at spacing out his feedings and ~deprograming~ my "snacker". He is 2 months old, and I really dont think he needs to eat every 2 hours. He just snacks a little every 2 hours, 24 hours a day. Its exhausting!

So, for the past 2 days I have been trying to lengthen that time between feedings. First, I make sure he gets a full belly at each feeding. He always nods off during a feeding, so as soon as he starts to I burp him- that wakes him and he wants more to eat. Then the really easy part- I set my clock for about 2 hours from when the last feeding started. He is an angel for the next 2 hours. But he ALWAYS wants to eat again at that 2 hour mark! I have found that if we put up with about 5 or 10 minutes of fussing, he kind of forgets that he wanted to snack and is content for awhile again. Most times we've held him out till 3, but 2.5 is ok for me if he is really fussy! You gotta start somewhere. Don't worry! we are letting him cry his heart out! It is just a fuss for a few minutes till he forgets what he was fussy for. It really isnt that bad to listen too.

Aunt Shel, who watched him yesterday, showed us a trick of holding him really close (so close the paci is held in by your chest) and bouncing with him. Works really well so sooth the fussing in a few minutes. She got him to fall asleep and take a cat nap, so far I havent had the luck of getting him to sleep. (btw, I got a wonderful massage yesterday!)

So last night, he went to sleep about 9pm. It was 1:45 before he woke! I fed him, put him back to bed and he woke again at 5:15 for the next feeding. I put him back in his crib asleep and I went to sleep too. I heard him making some noises in there- cooing and that sort of thing. But I kept sleeping and let him be. Finally I was ready to wake at 6:45- went in to my smiling baby! I love how smiley his is the morning! He was looking at his mobile and his mirror- just playing by himself.

1 comment:

The Ratcliff's said...

wish us luck-im trying this starting today. pedi wants baby to eat every 5 hours. yikes! its been a long day to say the least.
are you still on the web md boards?