I had a feeling it would happen and it did... I went from having an awesome happy baby to a baby that fusses all the time and has meltdowns all the time. It started around 7/8 weeks when my supply dipped... He went from sleeping anywhere from 4-6 hours straight at night before needing to eat, to every 3 hours, and now back to every 1-2 hours after a 3 hour stretch in the beginning like he did between birth and 3 weeks old. He sleeps the first stretch in his crib in our room then comes to bed with me after he wakes up just so I don't have to sit up or get up because I'm so tired I was falling asleep sitting up. To top it off, when he does wake up in the middle of the night to nurse now he's difficult to put back to sleep... He wants to comfort nurse all night and I just can't do that. He used to nurse until he started falling asleep then I just put him down in the bed next to me and he went to sleep... Now I have to fight with him to take his paci or he will just cry. Now during the day it's hard to get him to sleep more than half an hour and we have 3-4 meltdowns everyday where he's inconsolable... After awhile of it he just falls asleep in our arms for 20/30 minutes and wakes up again. It's getting to the point I can't get anything done during the day between him and his big brothers(big brothers are loud so he doesn't sleep well unless I'm holding him). I can finally wear him, but I can't really do any cleaning that way... I can't see around him enough and it jars him too much. It also hurts my back to lean over so I can see with him on me. I'm getting exhausted and frustrated. My house is a mess, because I'm so tired and never have enough time to even put the dishes in the dishwasher. I kinda wish I could go back to still having an oversupply just to see if he would go back to sleeping well lol. I'm going to try to put him back in his bed instead of bringing him into bed with me... Either way that's something that needs to be done, but I'm really hoping it will make him less likely to wake for nursing so often. I thought I got lucky with a great sleeper and he's just doing what my other EBF baby did. I hope this isn't an omen of what's to come like with my other EBF baby... My other had issues with gaining weight after my supply dipped from leveling out. First from gaining slowly, to not gaining, and then losing weight until I had to start feeding him table food at 7.5 months on doctor's orders after being hospitalized for FTT. His diaper count has gone down a lot, but still meeting the expected amount of wets. I guess only time will tell, and I can praise the day he starts taking solids and is back to being happy again like my other kiddo.
I just really need some uninterrupted sleep... And a maid apparently lol. I just woke up an hour ago after being in bed almost 10 hours and I feel as if I only slept 5 hours.
on May. 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM