Can you believe Jasmine is already 6 weeks today?!? Where has all the time gone?!? Where has my tiny little newborn gone?!?!?
Certainly I've been asking this as she goes through her 6 week growth spurt. The good, placid baby is still there (somewhere), but for the past few days, she's been very unsettled. Her feeding routine has also gone out the window and is now feeding somewhere between 2.5-4.5hrs.
I had the worst day with her yesterday - just couldn't settle her and therefore I got no rest. Gus is away at a training course all this week and so far he hasn't been getting home until almost 8pm, so I've got to battle this all day all by myself. Very stressful, but today was HEAPS better. Instead of putting her down in the bassinet to sleep (and have her not go to sleep at all or wake up about 2 minutes later), I employed different tactics to get her to sleep. After her morning feed, I went out for a walk up to the shops and she slept quite well the whole way and a bit after we got home. Then after her early afternoon feed, I decided that enough was enough and I needed some sleep too, so I plopped her on my chest and both of us went to sleep for a while. I know, I know, I can hear the protests already, but hey, anything goes to get her to rest and give me some rest time too!!
I've been trying to come up with some positives for this post-natal time, but when Jasmine won't settle because she's screaming the house down, and I feel worse than a zombie, then it's hard to focus on anything but the negatives! It does take a huge shift in thinking, doesn't it? What I did come up with was the fact that I seem to have more patience despite being tired (which should lead to MORE stress, right?!?). I thought I'd react differently to her crying her little head off, so all this patience and calmness is certainly leaving me a bit perplexed! Of course when she does flash me a smile, or she looks as though she does recognise me, my heart melts and all the negatives fly out the window! Definitely one of the joys of motherhood. :D
So before I head to bed because she's blissfully asleep at the moment (and it's 11.30pm anyway), please tell me, have you got any settling tips you can pass on?