Silja's Sleep Diary: five weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At five weeks old Silja is no
longer a newborn. Being a bigger baby brings the first smiles and some
interesting experiments with afternoon naps, the dummy and a swaddle
Plus a wise lesson about prioritising ...
Silja is five weeks old now. As I
write this, she is completely knocked
and still sleeping in her pram, having slept through a hairdresser
appointment and lunch - it's been 3 hours now and I'll wake her in a
bit if she doesn't wake soon.
After the very fussy night after her immunisation last week things have
got both better and worse ...
Like last week, I'm still dealing with the fact that things actually
can get worse, but then on the other hand I should have remembered this
was coming - both my two older kids gave me a pretty rude shock when
they stopped sleeping like newborns and actually woke up.
The pain on the night after immunisation hasn't recurred, so overall
Silja's been very calm and happy. We've seen the first smiles - and a
huge grin whenever I try to sing to her. Yes I know I'm really, really
bad at that ...
Nap to the rescue
I realised something blindingly obvious one afternoon - she was simply
being cranky because she was tired and couldn't settle herself down
with everything going on around her.
She's simply getting bigger and acting more like a big baby - and I'm
days and weeks behind, as usual. I put her down in her pram for just a
second, and when I came back, she was fast asleep.
After a good nap of
an hour or so, she woke up, and was quite happy for the rest of the
afternoon and evening ...
She even went to sleep at night with only a couple of repetitions of
her usual feed - almost fall asleep - make a huge poo - routine.
So afternoons have
improved markedly if and when I can get her settled for a little nap
around 4 or 5 pm
Evenings, on the other hand, are generally shot to hell as it seems
Silja thinks she's living somewhere in the East Coast of the USA, and
her body clock seems to be slipping further back each day.
She sleeps very soundly
from around midnight to 5 am now
, and then a few hours
more, and can nap until noon if I take her out in her pram and don't
wake her up.
to sleep any time before midnight is getting increasingly difficult
For now, I'm not too worried as I trust this will sort itself out one
way or another - but I'm getting quite tired as I really find it
difficult to sleep in the mornings after I've got all wound up getting
my big kids ready for school.
Dummy and swaddle blanket fights at five weeks old
One thing that definitely doesn't work for her is the dummy
- the term
'pacifier' couldn't be further off. Silja will take one if offered, but
she seems to think it's something to be fought with rather than enjoyed
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She just grabs it in her mouth, growls viciously and shakes her head
from side to side. She can go on doing this for a good half an hour,
but it certainly doesn't calm her down.
And putting a nipple in her
mouth after she's had a good session of 'killing' the dummy is a very
bad, painful idea.
I also had a go at swaddling
her, if for no other reason than to have something to do while waiting
for sleep. She was quite bewildered with the swaddle blanket and calmed
down for about a minute.
I think if she'd been a newborn this would have been enough of a shock
to put her to sleep.
However, I'd clearly left it too late and after another minute or so
she just went all red in the face, gave a furious growl, and really let
me know how she felt about being bundled up so rudely.
So for now, with Silja five weeks old, I'm quite tired and I've had to
cut myself some slack and
prioritise taking naps, eating chocolate and watching Desperate
Housewives (not very proud of this but seems helpful) over joining baby
swimming classes and postnatal pilates as I was originally planning to
do around this time.
I do get out of the house every day for brisk walks which help, and
should help balance out my other, less than healthy but very