Someone decided to wake up at 3:00 this morning and not go back to sleep until right now (6:20). In fact, someone was really pretty much awake at 2:30 but I pretended not to notice until closer to 3:00. Someone acted like he was hungry around 3:oo and again at 5:00 but then only ate half his bottle. Someone appears to actually not really be asleep right now after all... I know what you're thinking - why would K want to be up so early?
We have gotten into somewhat of a pattern and Jonah has been sleeping at night for the most part. Not through the night, mind you. He still is up every 2 1/2 - 3 hours for a bottle, day and night. Considering that he is now up to 9 lbs you would think his ferocious appetite would have calmed down somewhat, but no, he is still on a 3 hour only stretch. I expect that at some point he will start being able to go longer. During the day, I can sometimes keep him happy for up to 3 1/2 or almost 4 hours but at night, I'm too tired to continue putting the pacifier back in or getting up to hold him, so I end up folding and just giving him a bottle.
The routine (ha ha) that had sort of been working is that I stay up with him until around 11:30 or 12:30, give him a bottle and then we both go to bed. He is sleeping in a co-sleeper right next to me. He generally wakes up again around 2:30 or 3:00 and I pull him into bed with me and give him a bottle. Then he wakes up again around 5:00 or 6:00 and K gets up with him. In theory, K is getting up with him and then going to work (he works out of our house) but I think a good part of the time he is actually laying down and sleeping with Jonah in the guest room. Anyway, it is a fairly decent arrangement except that I don't get quite enough sleep and since I have still yet to nap during the day (I know it's crazy but that's just the way it is), after a couple days in a row of this I get too tired and just go to bed early. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work very well for any of us. Last night I went to bed at 9:30 and took Jonah in with me. K came in around 11:30 and got him and didn't give him another bottle until around 1:00. He then came to bed and put Jonah back next to me. Jonah proceeded to be very noisy for the next 2 1/2 hours. I think we all slept a little but not great and by 2:45 or so I gave up and got up with him. Gave him the bottle that I thought he was asking for (he only ate half of it), changed his diaper, and then decided to give the guest room a go. We laid down together but sleep was not what he was interested in. I got up with him again, re-swaddled him and seemed to get him to settle. We went back to my bedroom and he slept for maybe 10 minutes? Then cried. K pulled him into bed with us, which usually works, but it was not to be. So, I got up. Changed another diaper. Gave another half bottle. And Mr. Jonah has still not gone to sleep. He is currently propped up in the boppy next to me sticking out his tongue (very very cute). I am on my third cup of coffee... I actually feel great but we'll see how I feel at 3:00 this afternoon. By the way, just to be clear, I'm not complaining. He is great. Better than great in fact. Did I mention that he's 9 lbs?? We no longer have a tiny little baby!
So there's an update on motherhood. Everything is going really great. We've been getting out a little bit more. It's very cold here at the moment and our streets and sidewalks still have some snow left from Christmas so walking outside is not as pleasant as it might be. We did, however, buy a very snazzy stroller so I'm anxious for it to warm up a little so we can really take it for a test drive. I'm starting to dread the thought of going back to work. My boss has yet to officially respond to my request to go part-time but from what I've heard through the grapevine I'm just assuming that it's a go. I do need to know from him which days he wants me in the office so that I can find some kind of childcare. I really don't want to think about that, much less do anything about it, but time is ticking by so I guess I better start doing that soon. Ok, I need another cup of coffee so I will go for now!