Monday, January 17, 2011

Sleep Deprivation

DSC_6768It's been weeks since I posted here, and those weeks have passed in a blur of sleep deprived adjustment to a new baby. Elijah turned six weeks old on Friday, hopefully marking the peak of his refusal to go more then 3 hours between feedings. Three hours probably sounds pretty good until you subtract out the time actually spent feeding him, changing him, soothing him, and getting him back in his crib. That makes it more like 1.5-2 hours between feedings assuming there is not an extra wet diaper or just some disgruntlement on his part over being left all alone in his crib.

And so we've fallen into a survival-mode pattern that allows no time for superfluous activities like blogging, reading, exercising, or even leaving the house some days. But on the plus side in the past week there have been two occasions where Elijah went four hours between feedings at night, which makes a huge difference. And both of our parents have been helping out: my mom takes the boy on Wednesdays during the day to give Linzy a break, and Linzy's parents came down and spent this weekend with us and helped out immensely. So there is light at the end of the no-sleep tunnel.

Elijah is growing at a crazy rate. Already we're looking at having to retire some of his newborn outfits. And he's getting more responsive every day, so all in all it is pretty cool, if tiring.

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