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Getting up twice is progress!
Lots of people ask me if Jamie is sleeping through the night yet. I just laugh wistfully.
But… honestly, we’re on our way there. I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, but I am convinced that this tunnel DOES have an end.
Our current schedule is: I nurse Jamieson sometime around 8 or 9 p.m. I then go to bed. Hopefully Jamie falls asleep too, and Doc puts him in his pack ‘n’ play or his swing, and stays downstairs with him. When he’s next hungry, Doc gives him a bottle of formula. Often he’s successful at keeping Jamie asleep during this process (yes, this child can eat in his sleep!). Then around 2 a.m., Doc brings Jamie to me to nurse again, and after that, we all go to bed. With luck, Jamie doesn’t wake again until 5:30 a.m., and then I can sometimes get him back to sleep for a little while after that before I get up and get ready for work.
So between the time I go to bed and the time I get up in the morning, I often nurse him just twice… sometimes just ONCE if things go really well! This is a massive improvement over the 4 or 5 times I’d get up to nurse him for the first three months of his life. Doc has really saved my sanity by staying up with him and giving him some formula at 11 p.m. or midnight, and then staying up for another shift. It’s not that Jamie doesn’t sleep during these early night shifts — he often does, in fact — but he tends to “murf” around in his sleep, moving and making little grunty sounds. I wake up easily when he makes noise at night (my “mom ears” are on), so him being away from me for a few hours helps me to get some good solid sleep.