Silja's Sleep Diary: eighteen to nineteen weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
nineteen weeks old Silja takes regular naps and often sleeps through
the night. Efficient breastfeeding helps avoid growth spurt sleeping
Silja is nineteen weeks old today, I'm kind of losing track of her age
in weeks. Next stage will be five months ...
It's been more of a
for the past couple of weeks, and happy
playtimes with the older siblings. Strangely enough, I'm missing the
earlier, more flexible times a bit.
Now I know that she will definitely sleep if I need to go somewhere
with her in the pram between 9 and 10am in the morning, but
the Parent and Pram class - when she's actually expected to stay in the
pram - at 10.30 can be difficult and noisy, and not really worth the
She's really enjoyed swimming so I've bought a book on the subject and
take her to the pool once a week or so. It's probably hard work for
her, however, as she always sleeps very soundly afterwards.
Apart from the swim day, afternoon
have been quite brief, and unless she's sleeping in
the pram she doesn't always manage even a full hour.
I think that may explain why she's been sleeping through the night
from 9pm to 6.30am (!) twice this week already. I was expecting - or
actually wasn't expecting much anything (no brain, no headache!), but
was given some gentle guidance from someone special - that she might
start to wake up more at this point. Apparently babies may have a
growth spurt around 4 months and wake up more often to feed. Will be
interesting to see if this will happen.
Avoiding growth spurt sleeping problems
I think, however, that I felt the growth spurts more with my older
kids, especially my first, in terms of them being hungrier and waking
up more often.
This is weird but I honestly think my
breasts are getting more
by each baby. I used to leak a good half-bottle
of milk from
the other breast while I was feeding my oldest, especially in the
The upside was that if I managed to store it I had the freezer full of
milk in case I needed to leave my baby with my husband or a babysitter
for a few hours.
Now there's hardly any leakage - and I struggle to get anything out
even with a pump. I assume more milk actually goes into the baby,
rather than into nursing pads or all over my sheets, resulting in a
happier baby overall
Sometimes I worry that someone with their first baby may read this and
think that things should be going as smoothly for them. Of course,
things might go even better - and good for them if that's the case -
but it doesn't seem probable to me. It's not fair at all but it seems
to me that the odds really are stacked against you with your first baby.
Still, those times are always precious and special. And even with my
third, at nineteen weeks old, I'm typing this with my left hand as
she's feeding. Enough