My 13 day old baby slept for 5 and 1/2 hours last night. Let me repeat this so you know it is not a typo. 5 1/2 hours.
She was awake from about 10 pm – midnight, really alert and not at all having it when I tried to lay her down in the co-sleeper. She wasn’t even falling asleep in her bouncy chair! No amount of Beatles or Bob Marley lullabies would make her sleepy. It was really really hard to get her sleepy and when she finally started to drift around midnight, she was up 20 minutes later. Then, magically she fell sound asleep around 1 am.
I finally fell asleep too thinking I’d be up again in a few hours. Then I heard her fussing and noticed it was light outside. I figured it had to be around 5:30 and when I looked at the clock I had to do a double take. 6:30. 6:30!!!
According to everything I just read in my baby books and online I should wake her up every 4 hours at least to feed. Really? I mean, her usual sleep pattern does involve being up every 3-4 hours to eat, and during the day sometimes she’ll eat again in 2 hours. I hope I’m not ruining her appetite and or sleeping habits by letting her sleep once for 5 and 1/2 hours. Also, what those books and websites don’t know is that my 2 week old baby is the size of the average one month old.
I’m not going to loose sleep over this (literally!) but I guess I’ll mention it to her pediatrician. In the meantime I’m going to have a cup of tea and throw a party this morning to celebrate being well rested for the first time in 2 weeks.