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December 2013 baby - not sure how it works here, have some questions(5 Posts)
Hey all, DD is nearly 2 weeks old, 1st week was harder than expected due to hormones and baby blues mixed with poor sleep and new baby.
Feeling less bluesy this week although still suffering from the sleep deprivation.
What I want to know is,
How to cope better? My baby feeds quite a lot during day and night, she has like 2 naps during day of about 3 hours, and sleeps in bits for rest of time, doesn't settle very well. At night she feeds for what seems like eternity then sleeps for maybe 3 or 4 hours then is up again for hours feeding.
My DP helps loads by cooking, cleaning and washing up etc and he changes the odd nappy and plays with her but he can't really help with the feeding cos he obv hasn't got the boobs! Lol. And i haven't got round to seriously trying to express.
I'm so tired that it makes me emotional over silly things, and It makes me feel like I'm just getting by each day..... By the way, I don't feel depressed I don't think and I feel bonded etc with DD.
P.s. If I've done this wrong like written in wrong place or format then pls tell me, maybe my baby brain but it don't take much to get me confused!
Hey hotmad, you're better off posting in the breast/bottle feeding topic as December 13 hasn't got a post-natal club set up yet, there are still some babies from the antenatal club to be born! My DS2 was born on 21st November, what you're describing is entirely normal and does get better!
Re: coping, I set myself tiny targets so I feel like I've achieved something - for example, this morning I wanted mine and DS1's teeth brushed and clothes on by 8, then breakfast for the 2 of us made and sat down feeding DS2 by half past. DS1 (2yo) is going out with his uncle for a few hours later, so I want to get all beds changed and a load of washing done while he's out. I'll also have a shower and hopefully a nap if DS2 will let me!
Assuming this is your 1st baby then just take it easy.
My DD, now 10 weeks was very similar but wouldn't sleep unless on me or being cuddled so I never moved from the sofa in the 1st weeks.
The feeding settles down within a few weeks, she's just getting what she needs and getting your supply up to scratch. The nights are hard but I often napped in the day when possible.
I think you're doing well!
Take it easy and it will get better soon.
Congratulations too on your new baby!