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Friday, June 16, 2006

Sugar, Spice, and everything sleep deprived...

Quickly learning that sleep deprivation all but makes you crazy. Bella will be 2 weeks old tonight at 11:33pm and I still haven't gotten used to her nights being her days. No wonder I never took a job working 3rd shift. I wish I could find her cpu unit and change that technical error.

Other than that part, we are enjoying our baby girl and loving every minute with her. She already looks different than when we brought her home. I have no idea how this is possible. The things you don't want to grow though, always do.

She did give us a scare last week and we had to be readmitted into the hospital for her jaundice. Her bilirubin levels were climbing everyday and we had to take her back in for some light therapy. I know jaundice is a pretty typical thing, I just never knew of anyone having to be readmitted because of it. Usually a little time spent in a sunny window takes care of the problem. This just goes to show, my daughter will not be satisfied unless she turns my hair gray by the time I'm 30. She's got a great head start.

Another way she shows her mom love is by choking. Yes, great big gulps of air that she sucks in and makes her eyes bug out of her head do the trick to get mommy hopping everytime. I swear, every time I hear that special gasp/squeak come from her throat, it just warms my heart. More like attacks it and stomps up and down on it. I need to have a talk with her and let her know there are other ways to get mommy to pick her up.

In the meantime, if any of you new moms have found that special switch that turns baby's clocks ahead 12 hours, I'm all ears.

Have a wonderful weekend, I'll be spending it keeping Bella entertained during an outside wedding during 90 degree heat. Fun!


  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Thumper said…

    Lots of Dimetapp at night ;)

    (LOL No, don't do that, as tempting as it is...)

  • At 11:45 PM, Blogger girl from florida said…

    Amelia did that choking thing at first too- OMG did it freak me out! The ped. said it was normal for flushing all those fluids out of their system. argggggggg!!

    So. The day/night thing. YUCK. These are things that worked for me (and you may choose something totally different!)
    1. People say never to wake a sleeping baby. Screw that- I woke her up all day long to feed/play/interact.
    2. Expose her to sunlight during the day to start her circadian rhythm pumping (babies develop it and sunlight encourages those lovely conical brain cells to grow, I read that during my 2nd year of grad school and it stuck for some strange reason!)
    3. Nightime is relaxing time. I keep her up until about 11 or so then we turn out all the lights, cuddle, swaddle her (A won't sleep unless she's swaddled) and I nurse her. I don't know if you're nursing but it's the magic bullet for us- she snoozes off almost everytime.
    4. Minimal stimulation during nightime feedings- keep lights low, don't talk to her, etc. EVERYTHING at this point is stimulation.

    We've done this all along and now she's happily sleeping through (most) nights. You will find what works for you, though!

  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Shannin said…

    I know every baby is different but both my nephews switched over at about a month out, much to the relief of my brother and his wife...


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