Silja's Sleep Diary: seven weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Seven weeks old and Silja might
be getting into an early baby schedule. But a baby cold and a tummy
bug spoil the fun ...
and Silja has been getting into a really nice
course there are huge daily variations to this and one big poo or lack
thereof might ruin everything at a sensitive moment.
An early baby sleep schedule at seven weeks old ...
But overall, we
seem to keep coming back to the same baby
. She wakes up around
feeds and then keeps us company while the big kids get up and ready for
Then she feeds again between 8 and 9am and then she will sleep for a
morning nap. This is my 'get stuff done time', although most days I
choose not to do much stuff and just go for a nice long walk instead or
meet a friend for coffee.
And very, very occasionally - I think I may
have done it twice - I'll just take a nap with her if I'm
She will then feed, socialise and take very brief naps
through the afternoon - this is the time when absolutely nothing gets
done - with maybe one slightly longer nap around 5 or 6pm.
afternoons haven't been too bad at all as she's really beginning to
enjoy playing with the bigger kids and doesn't seem to get quite so
overtired any more.
After the big kids are in bed she may still be
quite alert, but seems happy to fall asleep before 10pm and have a
good long sleep until between 2 and 4am.
She used to
repetitions of the eat - almost fall asleep - huge poo - routine but
now she might go to sleep with just one or two, and a couple of gentle
strokes on her head.
She's showing some signs of having figured out
that her cot is for sleeping in, and if she's tired and we put
there, the chances are she'll fall asleep (!).
Quiet night feedings at seven weeks old
Night feedings are pretty
straightforward, but she sleeps very noisily after them. It's quite
funny as she sleeps very quietly before, but afterwards I'm having
trouble believing she's actually asleep and have to keep checking on
A couple of strokes on the head usually calm her a bit, and I like
it that, thanks to the co-sleeper, I can reach her from my bed -
although this is probably a
matter of taste, it might equally work to have her a bit
so I wouldn't hear her growling and tossing about.
But I prefer having her really close so I can be
sure she's fine,
especially now when everyone in the family has a bit of a runny nose
and tummy aches ...
Not feeling well
Poor Silja is now paying the price for all the loving
care she gets from her big brother and sister, as she also
A simple baby
really; her nose is full of nasty snot but not
so she doesn't have too much trouble eating or sleeping, but makes a
lot of rather worrying sounds when breathing.
I just give
her one or
two drops of saline solution into each nostril when it gets
that seems to help her cough out the worst bits.
The tummy bug
passed her by quite uneventfully, although the rest of the
family had a
harder time. I was awfully sick most of the night on
Saturday - not a
terribly good idea when breastfeeding - but she didn't even
However, on Sunday she was spectacularly sick just once. She was lying
on her back when she suddenly went off like a fountain and
what looked like at least a litre of curdled milk, both through her
mouth and nose.
The good thing about this was that it
cleared her nose and she slept particularly soundly that night. The bad
part was that it also completely emptied her digestive track, and
used to digesting and pooing again seems very hard work.
had some tummy pains last night and although she went to sleep quite
calmly in her cot, she was up every couple of hours - I think, I was so
tired at one point that I wasn't sure if I was awake or dreaming -
crying and clearly in pain ...
She didn't even want to feed straight away,
which was a shock to me as I'm used to dealing with every upset by
putting a nipple in her mouth.
I'm just hoping this was a one-off -
although this morning she seemed a bit unsettled - and that she'll be
fine by tonight.
It's been lovely to see how her dad and the big kids
enjoy her more now that, seven weeks old, she's starting to respond to
them, and although
she's being very brave even when uncomfortable, it would be
have her back to her happy self very soon.