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When did your newborn 'wake up'?

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usernametaken Tue 06-Oct-09 14:03:34

DS is nearly 3 weeks old and really hasn't been awake since he was born. He was 9 days late at birth and had a very traumatic time during delivery- emergency c-sec due to placental abruption. He was a big lad at birth and had trouble feeding, but he regained his lost weight by 2weeks.

DD, in comparison, never slept in the day (3x20mins a day from birth) so having a sleeping baby is unusual for me and I don't know whether to be worried or just put it down to him being a normal newborn.

He wakes at 7am, is fed and then awake for 1.5 hours. He then sleeps from 9ish to about 4pm- I wake him to feed at 10am and 1pm. He dozes until 6pm where I keep him awake until 7pm and bedtime. He dozes/screams until 11pm (this is his colicky 3 hours) and then sleeps until 7am- I wake him at 4am to feed.

I can bath him, change his nappy etc and he doesn't even stir!

Is this normal behaviour?

babyOcho Tue 06-Oct-09 14:15:52

DD was incredibly sleep as a new born as well.

Couldnt really stay away for more than 2 hours at most until i think around 3/4 months.

usernametaken Tue 06-Oct-09 14:25:15

I'm making the most of this sleepy stage. DD is getting used to having him around and isn't jealous at all- mainly because he does nothing except sleep, so she is being eased in gently with him! My c-section recovery is going well as I am not having to do much for DS yet.

SardineQueen Tue 06-Oct-09 14:42:47

Sounds lovely to me smile

I think it is very normal. As long as he's gaining etc then don't worry about it!

mamaolivia Tue 06-Oct-09 18:42:55

My DS pretty much slept for 3 weeks, only waking for a feed every 4 hours then going back to sleep again. After 3 weeks he slowly started being awake a bit more, but was definately getting more alert. He is now almost 3 months and still sleeps quite a lot - can only stay awake for up to 1.5 hours at a time and has one very long 3 hour nap around lunch time as well as smaller other naps. He sleeps at 6 or 7 and sleeps for 12 hours, waking for one feed in the night.
His older sis was nothing like this and I felt like a zomby for months as she used to be a lot more wawak and wake more in the night.
Just enjoy it! I certainly am.

SebbysMum Tue 06-Oct-09 20:53:35

I also had a very sleepy baby. For the first few weeks he could sleep through baths and we had to (try to) wake him sometimes to feed him. From 9 days old he slept midnight -6am. I can tell you it was bliss. The only down side was sitting with other mums watching them show off their babies while mine slept soundly throughout our meetings. Sometimes I wanted him to wake up just for a bit of interaction. He remained a good sleeper and still likes his bed now at 21 months.

BigusBumus Tue 06-Oct-09 20:57:29

Hi! Both my babies have been really sleepy. My mum came to stay for 3 weeks after DS2 was born and we pretty much sat around "saying what can we clean/ cook now?", he was asleep the whole time.

If its any consolation (or good news), mine have been fab sleepers ever since, bed at 7,sleeping till 7am.

gorge2003 Wed 07-Oct-09 08:27:06

hi, my ds (3.5years) was always a very sleepy baby until he was 6 months old...think it had to do with him being 4 weeks early and only tiny (5lb 11oz) my dd (4 weeks) has been very awake since pretty much the minute she was born...everyone comments on how alert she is but in the past week she has turned into a sleepy baby, im thinking it might just be a growth spurt or that she is now on formula due to me and her having problems bf-ing for the last week

blowninonabreeze Wed 07-Oct-09 08:30:36

DD2 didn't stay awake for more than 20 minute for the first 7 weeks of her life, she'd be in her bouncy chair, you'd turn around and she'd be asleep AGAIN! It was bliss and really helped with DD1's adjustment to her.

At 7 weeks she started to be more alert (and is very alert now at 18 months!grin)

Enjoy it!

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