Parenting: The First Year

Sleepless nights and colic

October 7, 2011
Baby under a homemade crochet blanket

Little man - baby Oscar with Amanda

Little Man is now 2 weeks and 4 days old. It’s hard to believe that we’ve had him for less than 3 weeks because it feels like a lifetime ago that I gave birth to him. It’s also hard to believe that had I not been induced early I could still be pregnant!

I can’t imagine life without him. In fact we’ve felt really strange the past few nights as Little Man has slept in the spare room with my mum and going to bed without him is really hard, despite the fact we are eternally grateful for the chance to catch up on some sleep.

One Day asked recently how life was going, particularly in terms of feeding and sleeping. Well I can safely say feeding is going well. On Monday he was up to 9lbs 11oz and he is now latching on well to the breast as well as accepting expressed milk through a bottle (meaning I get to sleep at least some of the night!) My milk supply is strong and I often spring leaks as the most inopportune times. I have to wear two breastpads on each side at a time and change them regularly. And Little Man and I have often both been soaked by one side leaking as I feed him from the other side. And when I express I can get between 2 and 4oz and still go on to feed him. So feeding wise we have no worries…

Sleeping is another matter though. Since coming home Little Man has rarely slept for more than 2 hours at a time and more often than not wakes up every half hour or so. He is as exhausted as we are, but unfortunately he is suffering from both terrible colic and a really congested nose. He has been mucousy since birth and rarely burps and has never spit up, not even the tiniest bit, but he gets so gassy and so ends up in terrible pain. It is horrible to see his knees pull up and his face go red and to hear him scream and know there isn’t anything more we can do. We are trying everything but it just doesn’t help him clear the gas.

We actually took him to the doctor yesterday as we were concerned that it wasn’t clearing and that he was struggling to breathe when laid on his back, which is of course how you’re supposed to lay them to sleep. He is a really strong boy already though and we often ended up taking him into our bed to try and comfort him through the night and although we’d lay him on his back, he would quickly roll onto his side to snuggle closer to us. The doctor listened to his chest and reassured us his chest is clear, but prescribed some saline nasal drops to try and clear the congestion in his nose. She explained that his colic is most likely caused by him taking in air when feeding because he just cannot breathe properly and so comes off the breast several times each feed and gasps and then gulps the milk down when he can. So we’re hoping these drops might help. We’re also hoping he’ll stop gagging on the mucus too if he can finally clear it!

So the first few weeks of parenthood have been full of sleepless nights and trying to soothe a baby in pain. But it has also been filled with many sweet moments as Little Man becomes more alert and observant by the day. He loves being sung to, he adores kisses and cuddles, and when he is awake he spends ages just gazing around at all the new things he can see. It is so adorable and I fall a little bit more in love with him every single day.

I’ll be back next week with some more updates, but for now I’m looking forward to TJ finishing his first week back at work and relishing in the fact that we planned his annual leave so well that he now has 9 days off with us to spend chilling and enjoying being our small family of 3. So I’ll leave you with just a couple more photos of my sweet, sweet boy, because who could resist his gorgeous face?

Little baby Grandson sleeping on his Grandad

Sleeping with Grandad

Alert baby

Having a good old look around the room

Baby under a handmade crochet blanket

Snuggled up under the blanket mama made him 🙂

  • Reply
    One Day
    October 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Amanda- you’re the best. Thanks for the comment!! I was actually wondering a bit about your cholestasis. I was doing a bit of research on my severe itchiness and that came up and I thought of you. It said, however, that the itching is mostly on hands and feet…but mine is literally EVERYWHERE. So I’m not sure. I’ll absolutely ask the doctor about it, but sometimes my doctors shrug me off (aka Endometriosis) with symptoms so I want to be armed and prepared 🙂 just in case. Was your itching everywhere or just select spots? Mine gets a bit worse at night, but is really an all day thing. It sort of came out of nowhere too. Thanks girly!! Hope Oscar is doing a little better.

  • Reply
    One Day
    October 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Oh- and I swear I had posted a comment when I first saw this blog post…I don’t know where it went. But basically it was all about how INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL your son is. I mean, wow. He’s gorgeous. Baby model style!!! And I’m sorry that things have been rough with the sleeping side of things- poor little man with his gas. You are doing everything you can for him, you’re such a good mum! I’m thinking of you. xo

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