From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Go to sleep little baby… February 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 1:07 pm

Last night was hell. Henry had lulled us into a false sense of security by being so great at night for the past week that we were not prepared for last night. He woke up to feed around 10pm and then all hell broke loose and he would not go back to sleep. He was just screaming his little head off and demanding to be fed every hour on the hour until around 3am. We tried everything to soothe him. Rocking, bouncing, swinging him, singing lullabies, changing… nothing worked. It’s like he couldn’t get enough to eat. The worst was that he’d psyche you out and look like he was about to fall asleep after nursing and we’d put him down in the bassinet, then like clockwork, in less than 5 minutes he was screaming bloody murder. I had these baby books opened up all night looking for solutions and Chris was on the internet trying to figure stuff out. We got him in the swing which seemed to work but since you can’t keep them in there all night, we took him out after about 20 minutes and the wailing started up again. Around 3 I fed him again and then Chris turned on the humidifier for the white noise which seemed to do the trick. Or maybe Henry was just exhausted by then himself and decided to sleep no matter what.

It sucks feeling like a hostage in your own bed at night. When we’d put him in his bassinet, we’d both be silently praying that he doesn’t wake up and I found myself holding my breath from time to time also. It’s a good thing he’s so freaking adorable, I couldn’t be mad at him. I know it was just as rough a night on the little guy as it was on us. I’m also really thankful for all the help Chris has been offering. He sacrificed more sleep than I did last night and would take Henry after a feeding and bring him downstairs and tell me to try and sleep a little bit.

Here’s hoping these nights are few and far between.

Here are a few more updated pics of our little man. I find his features are changing already. They grow up so fast!

during sleepier times

wearing the cardigan I knit him and the snowpants Lolly and Pops got as we got ready for a walk around the block

Bonding with Mom

Nap time with Dad

His "put em up"fighting stance


4 Responses to “Go to sleep little baby…”

  1. Gillian Says:

    It may have been that Henry is going through a growth spurt and his hunger is insatiable for a little while. This wouldn’t be surprising considering how much weight he is putting on (and let me just add how awesome it is that he is putting it on so quickly!). These growth spurts will happen periodically so if that is what is happening, you can expect it will happen again and that there’s not much you can do other than know that it will pass and you just have to ride it out. It’s a small comfort but I found that knowing something was natural helped me come with it better.

    I also have a theory that they do this at night because it’s a time when they are not as stimulated and so they have the time to focus on needs like hunger. I know that’s true for me and it seemed to be true for Josie – when there were a lot of lights and objects and colours and movement and voices and sounds and caresses and experiences, it was easier for her not to focus on her hunger. But come night time that was all she cared about.

    Good luck tonight. I know how hard it is not to get gun-shy every time you hear a cry, but their patterns change so quickly that it’s a losing game to try and predict what will come next. Keep that in mind and let yourself rest as much as you can.


  2. Kelly Says:

    How come you can’t just leave them in the swing?

  3. grand-maman Says:

    WOW ca fait juste une semaine que je l’ai vu et il a déjà changé tellement. Il a l’air telllement éveillé. Mais qu’il est beau mon petit prince. On gardait son cousin Logan aujourdhui, donc la différence de taille est marqué pour nous.
    Luv ya

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