Life as a new mom

August 18, 2016

Wow 1 month flew by so quickly, can’t believe that Arya is 5 weeks old today. I’m not going to lie and sugar coat anything the past month has been rough! Started out getting about 2-4 hours of sleep a day, it seems as though she has colic, breastfeeding on demand…. it’s been a bit hectic around here.

Of course I am on her schedule now so she wakes up at about 3am so I can nurse her, that lasts for about 30 mins, then she is up again at about 6 or 7 for the next feeding. At about 9 or 10 she is ready to wake up. It was really rough for Andrew when he went back to work because she was up crying in the middle of the night and he is a light sleeper.  At one point I was taking her to the other room every time she would make a sound and I would end up falling asleep in the other room with her in my arms – not the most comfortable way to sleep because I would fall asleep in the rocking chair. I am always aware that she is in my arms so I am doing this on alert type of sleep, where I was waking up every 30 mins to make sure she was okay.

As the weeks passed, I did learn that she is a baby that doesn’t want to be alone. As soon as I would put her in her crib she would be wide awake and crying again, even though she was asleep in my arms just a few seconds before. So I decided to combat this by having her fall asleep on my chest and I let her stay there for a good 40 mins to an hour and then I would transition her to the bassinet. That seems to be working so far and Andrew is able to sleep through the night.

Life as a mom is very challenging and also satisfying at the same time. When she is calm I look at her and think that’s my baby girl and I love her so much even though she can drive me nuts during the day.

Li-Shann

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