So much for “I’ll be posting regularly now”! Apparently I have baby amnesia – I completely forgot how damn near impossible it is to get shit done when there’s a baby in the house This week marks the end of my “fourth trimester”, otherwise known as my baby has been on the outside for a whole three months now. I must admit, all in all, it’s been a fairly good three months.
Overall, Maisie is generally a happy baby. If she cries it’s because she needs something and once that need has been met, she’s good. She can be generally irritable in those early hours of the evening (you know, the hours where all children band together to make their parents lives a living hell) but if I’m holding her that almost always fixes the problem. She tends to drift off to sleep quite easily (especially if she is in the sling!) throughout the day and – I almost feel bad telling people this one – but I am not sleep deprived in the slightest because she sleeps BRILLIANTLY at night. Like, all night. Before you decide to hate me, I’m pretty sure I know why she sleeps so well at night – I breastfeed and we co-sleep. So she spends the entire night in bed with us and wakes every few hours to feed. This means that while I’m being woken every few hours, I’m only awake for a total of about 30 seconds to help her latch on and then we both go back to sleep.
While sleep is a complete non-issue now, Maisie did spend the first 5 nights of her life screaming. Non-stop. All night. Then we took her to see our chiropractor and that night she was fine. And has been fine ever since. It was like magic. She has also had problems gaining weight because she didn’t take to breastfeeding as easily as Charlie and Max did, which caught me by surprise. I’ve never had a single problem breastfeeding (aside from one bout of mastitis when my milk came in with Max) so I just assumed it would be just as easy this time around. So, of course, it wasn’t. She had a weak suck and just could not attach well, no matter how many times I tried to reposition her. We saw a lactation consultant who suggested I change the position I feed her in (which helped) but I think most of all she needed time and practice – over the last couple of weeks we’ve finally hit our stride and she’s having good weight gains. It was stressful but I’m incredibly glad I stuck with it. While she does sleep very well, she will not sleep on her own – her naps during the day happen either in the sling, in my arms or on my chest. I’m happy to do it and I know she won’t need to sleep near me forever but it would be nice to be able to use that time to do other things once in awhile!
Maisie hates the car. HATES the car. She screams hysterically every time I put her in her car seat, like someone is back there pulling out her fingernails one by one. And I have tried EVERYTHING and nothing helps. She is marginally less traumatised if Charlie is sitting next to her, keeping her company and putting the dummy back in every 3 seconds but it’s only a very slight improvement. Again, time seems to be the key with this one – just recently I’ve been able to make short 10 minute trips without her losing it (as long as she isn’t hungry or tired). I actually think I’d give up some of the sleep I’m getting at night if she could tolerate the car better – it’s awful.
I’m working on getting Maisie’s birth story down for a post but it seems like every time I sit down to type she wakes up! I’ll get there eventually