“We’re still alive.”
That’s what Charlie said to me this morning when he woke up, which basically sums up how we’ve been feeling each day since Noah arrived.
Last night was particularly bad because he woke up about once every hour during the first fussy shift (which is usually from 9 PM to 1 or 2 AM) and then proceeded to stay up during his entire second fussy shift (3 AM to 6 or 7 AM). Last night’s long battle started around 10 PM. After feeding him two times from the breast and two times from the bottle and changing his diapers three times, Noah finally settled down at 6:30 AM. The next thing we know, it’s 10 AM – and we all got about 3 hours of sleep.
Still, we are thankful. Our friends, A & W, who had their baby girl at the same hospital the day after, are on a 1.5 to 2 hour feeding schedule. On a normal day, Noah has at least 1 – 2 three hour feed/sleep shifts during the day. And considering that he got circumcised yesterday, it’s amazing that he didn’t fuss more.
Since I was sleeping around 9 hours a night towards the end of the pregnancy, I was somewhat anxious about whether I’d be able to (and willing) make the sacrifice to take care of Noah especially since I usually need at least 30 minutes to fall into deep sleep and hate being woken up before I’ve had full rest. But incredibly, we are doing just that, adapting ourselves to meet Noah needs.
People told us that this would happen but I was skeptical at first. Unlike many of our friends, neither of us liked babies but we naturally adore Noah – we even find his angry face (while straining to poo) cute. Of course, it’s harder to appreciate him at 6 AM in the morning but we still do.
It’s only been two weeks so we have no idea where this road will take us but so far we seem to be doing alright as parents; at Noah’s two-week check-up the doctor said that he’s making good progress (weight went from 8 lb 1 oz to 8 lb 8 oz).
For now, we are just thankful to survive each night. So please, continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers – we really appreciate it. Thanks.