Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Daysleeper

Frustratingly, Genevieve likes to take her long stretches of sleep (and, thus, her long stretches without nursing) during daytime hours instead of at night. Right now (2 p.m.) she's asleep in her carseat where she's been snoozing since 10 a.m. when she fell asleep on the way to Julia's toddler class (after screaming herself into a huge fit of hiccups upon being put into the carseat--she's still hiccuping in her sleep right now, 4 hours later. This behavior is WEIRD.). Oh, and she last nursed at 9 a.m., and even that was on one side only. The last time she nursed on the right side was at 6 a.m. Needless to say, I just went and pumped the right side. Egad. This is the same baby who seems to think she needs to eat every three hours all night long, age (3-1/2 months) and size (huge?) be damned. Hello?! You can go five hours without sustenance in the middle of the day--8 hours since your last FULL meal!--but you are compelled to snack multiple times in the dead of night when reasonable babies are sound asleep in their cribs dreaming of milk, but not demanding it?

Now people, don't go and tell me to try waking her up when she does this, to avoid the cluster feedings that ensue the rest of the night when she takes a long break like this. I have a mantra, and it is NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY, and one of the reasons I have this mantra is because, in my experience, it never works anyway, and babies are not controllable, and waking up the baby in situations like this does nothing but ensure that not only will be the baby be up all night nursing as usual, but she will also be up nursing right now, when you could be blogging and drinking caffeine-free Diet Coke and eating homemade pumpkin muffins instead. Amen.

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