My dear son,
Please first know that I am happy to feed you whenever you are hungry. I really am. And I hesitate to bring this up because I know Daddy and I are pretty lucky to be getting as much sleep as we are. But lately, Little One, you’ve started doing something that’s just not cool. You’re getting up for your early-morning feeding (5-6 am) and, while you used to be hungry, now you eat for 2-4 minutes (yes, I time you) and then stop. You give me a big grin and proceed to entertain yourself by smiling, slapping my breast repeatedly, and turning your head whenever I try to continue feeding you. This isn’t cute, just really messy. While I’m flattered that you think Daddy and me are just so much fun that you want to play with us all the time, we actually really love our sleep and believe we’re more fun when we have it. If you could save playtime for a few more hours, that’d be great.
To my fellow Mommies in the blogosphere: Any advice? Is this just a stage babies go through or is there a way to get him to either go back to eating or sleep?
This afternoon, we all decided to take a post-church nap (well, Mark and the baby decided…I just kind of found myself half awake on the couch in a puddle of drool and decided it was better to close my eyes again). After I awoke for real (and from a weird dream where I was BFFs with Ellen deGeneres and Portia de Rossi and helped Ellen get done up for their wedding), I went into the bedroom and found:
– Mark asleep on the bed
– Menininho (my Hungry Caterpillar) swaddled and asleep in his car seat
– and Oliver, looking at my sleepily with one eye open, trying to be casual, asleep in the bassinet
Wish I’d had the camera on me!