Silja's Sleep Diary: one week old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
newborn Silja at one week old ... The cutest little baby girl loves
cuddling up for
feeding and discovers her co-sleeper.
Now one week old, our
baby daughter Silja was born on the 22nd of October at 4.14
am, two days before her due date. She weighed 3.2kg which is quite a
bit less than our two older children did at birth, and was
bit early because of concerns about placental function.
This turned out
to be a good choice as the placenta was indeed a bit past its "sell by
date" at delivery. I had to be on a syntocinon drip and linked to
monitors during labour, so again I didn't get to
try the birthing pool
that I've always wanted to try. Having struggled with pushing out big
babies in the past this birth was, if not exactly enjoyable, at least
overall a positive experience.
And we're delighted with the end
we got to our room at the hospital we all crashed out for a couple of
hours, and Silja slept most of the day, just feeding twice.
I was a bit
worried that she was sleeping too much and not feeding enough, but of
course this is normal with a newborn baby. Seems that although I've had
two kids before, I've forgotten most of the detail – must be a survival
The next day I worried that she was
feeding all the time and
not sleeping much. On the third day – this was Friday - we went home.
This was really exciting but agonising as well.
Even though I have
uncomplicated pregnancies and births I still feel like I've been hit by
a truck afterwards. And although this time it was a smallish truck I
felt pretty grim by the time we got home. The first night was not too
bad, lots of feeding but I was able to nod off immediately once Silja's
stopped feeding, and everyone got a good deal of sleep.
the hospital I think I used the crib once, and most of the time just
had Silja in our big bed next to me, enjoying having her skin to
Now Silja is sleeping in our bedroom
in a bedside cot - a co-sleeper. One side of the
cot folds down underneath the cot, and the base can be adjusted to the
same height as the mattress of our bed – so it's sort of a sidecar to
the big bed.
I can easily reach her without
getting out of bed myself,
and I've got everything I need for night feeds on my bedside table – a
big glass of water, Lansinoh cream for my poor sore nipples, lip salve
and a pile of magazines and books to read.
I do leave my watch on the
table as well but don't have an alarm clock and try not to look at the
watch too often – I feel it's probably best not to know how often and
at what time I've been up.
I do try to put her into her cot once
fed her, and although she wasn't too keen to go there on the first
night (I was worrying the cot might be too big and empty for a new baby
and she might not settle there), she's now quite happy to stay there.
She's always more that half asleep when she comes off the breast so she
doesn't seem to mind too much where I put her.
to help her
sleep deeper and longer when she can't quite smell my milk. During the
day she's napping a bit all over the place, depending where we are when
she falls asleep.
started out well but ended in tears. I started the day off with lots of
energy but then overdid it (cooked lunch - didn't realise that this was
just too much at this point) and was exhausted at the end of the
was also getting really sore because I couldn't figure out how to get
Silja latched on well. It probably didn't help that this was the day
when my milk really came in, together with all the baby blues-inducing
The midwife visited and helped me get
Silja on the breast
correctly, and by Monday things started to look quite a bit better.
Silja was taking a couple of small naps during the day and, and after
an orgy of feeding around 11pm slept for almost 4 hours, then waking
for another feed in about 3 hours, and another one in another 3 hours –
so it was a lovely late morning for everyone.
was lots of fun as we took her out in her new pram for the first time.
She didn't enjoy this too much at first but the shock must have knocked
her out and she ended up having a 3-hour nap in the pram, long after we
She was quite awake for the rest of the evening, and after a
bath and a big feed around 10pm she slept for a good 4 hours, then did
a poo, fed, did an absolutely massive poo, fed again, and slept until 7
in the morning.
today Silja is one week old, and while I write this she's having a
good long morning nap in the big bed where she fell asleep after a
cuddle with her big sister and brother before they left for their half
term sports camp.
Quite a week – I'm sort of relieved
it's over, but
on the other hand it's been a really special time and she'll never be a