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08 September 2006 @ 10:10 am
6 weeks  
Ian is 6 weeks old today and this was a week of "firsts."

Ian's first boat ride was Sunday. He loved it. He cried whenever the boat slowed down and liked the motion better of when the boat was up on plane. I wish I had taken a picture of him in his life jacket.

He did the same thing in the car on Monday. Monday was his first road trip and ride in my husband's Grand National when we rode out to Wine Country. He liked cruising at highway speeds and would cry if the car stopped at a light.

Wednesday night I left him for the first time and went to dinner with my Mom since she won a contest from the radio station. He stayed with Daddy. That night he slept 5.5 hours.

Last night we both left him with Grandma and Grandpa for a few hours and went out to dinner with my family for my sister's birthday. I had a glass of wine and it was devine! I pumped ahead and he took that in a bottle. He slept through the night! A full 7 hours! I was thrilled but did not get to fully enjoy uninterrupted sleep. I got up at 2 am and had to pump since I was so engorged I was in pain! Ian slept until 4 am and then I felt like I had to entertain him since he was wide awake. He was happy just nursing for the next several hours so we laid on the couch together so that the alarm going off for Brian to get up would not wake Ian also.

I'll need to talk to the LLL people next week at my meeting about how other people handle feedings and relieving that engorged feeling once their baby starts sleeping through the night. I'm hoping this sleep pattern sticks around and is not just a fluke!

Ian had his check up this week. He weighs 11 pounds and 12 ounces. No wonder my back hurts! He is 23.25 inches long and his head is 40 cm. That's 95th percentile. He's the same size now that my friend's little girl was at 3 months. My little meatball! Mommy's little overachiever.

Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Jack Johnson- Upside Down
Letters Worth the Postagechargirlgenius on September 8th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
In the middle of the night, just pump enough to relieve the engorgement a little, like an ounce. It won't take long for your breasts to realize that they're not doing a feeding then. But if he does wake up, you will still produce milk, so don't worry about that.

When my first son was very little (pre-3 months), we were still using nipple shields. That slowed down the milk so much, that cluster feeding at night was a constant 2 hour session, and he still couldn't get enough. Eventually, I started pumping and we gave him a bottle instead of boob for his last feeding of the night. That really helped him settle. I was pumping more than he was taking, so it wasn't a production issue, just a speed issue.
helena_mae on September 11th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
He does usually get a bottle for the last feeding of the night to help him settle. Makes a big difference. Sometimes the 8 am or 9 am feeding is also a bottle if I am just too sore to do it after feeding all night on the breast.

Last night he slept 4.5 hours and then three hours at a clip after that. Friday he only did 3 hours at a time. The 7 hours must have been a gift that one night! My boobs have felt better since then and it was not all that bad to pump in the middle of the night. Took less time than a feeding would have had I chosen to wake him up and I went right back to sleep after.