I can’t tell you how much your advice / tips have helped me. In fact I am sure I can, they have helped, A LOT!
It just helps to know that we are normal, that these things happen and that different options work for different families.
The point about her being a preemie is a good one. I have decided to treat her differently until she is full term. She is really tiny and needs some special handling.
People always seem to think I will resent it if they give me advice – quite the contrary! I crave any advice / tips that have worked for you. I might not use the advice, it might not be right for my little family, but goodness me! Why struggle when you can learn from other people’s experiences??? Never understood not wanting to hear advice.
So last night was a baptism by fire for the new family.
After sleeping the whole day, darling Kate was awake the WHOLE night. She woke up at 12:30 and only went back to sleep at 7:30 this morning. Just moaning and crying when she was put down, in my arms she was fine, would doze and the minute you put her down she would cry. I changed nappies, I fed her bottles, I had the blanket on, the blanket off, this position that position, nothing worked.
At 2 am I was on my computer reading your advice and chatting to Julie with my babe in my arms. I had my webcam on to show her (she says Kate is gorgeous (obviously), apparently Charlie is asking for a date). She had to quickly go see to Charlie while we were chatting as he was crying. It was a special moment, really really special. After so long, Julie and I had to interrupt our chat to go see to our children. I am sure you can understand how awesome that felt.
I did the 12:30 to 4:30 shift, Marko did the 4:30 to 6:30 shift, and I took over again from 6:30. Eventually she fell asleep at 7:30 and is still sleeping at 9. (I will NOT be waking her for her 9 am feed ;-) )
Parents exhausted. Daughter fine.
(in all seriousness, I loved it!!! I know I wont later, but at the moment, bring it on, I AM A PARENT! What a privilege.)
Happy 1 week old Adam and Kate.
Ok, so new question:
Tell me about burping:
1. How do you do it? It is really difficult with a tiny, floppy preemie.
2. How long does it take you?
3. Do you have to burp after EVERY feed?
I must say, burping is my least favourite thing, I am not that good at it and neither is she.