Wednesday, December 18, 2013

7 Weeks Old

I don’t know who all you women are who assured me things would get easier after 6 weeks, but y’all are all a bunch of liars. Week 6 was one of our toughest yet. His colic episodes are more scarce (Thank Jesus!) but he’s become even more stubborn when it comes to taking naps. It doesn’t matter how tired he is, how droopy his eyes get or how many times he yawns, the child refuses to fall asleep for longer than 10-20 minute increments. 

And you name it, I’ve tried it. Swaddling, dark room, holding my hands over his eyes, white noise, consistent naptime routine, gently stroking his forehead, patting, shushing. I have tried it all. He will be on the brink of sleep and just cannot get there. It’s infuriating. There are some days when I feel like all I do is feed him and then try fruitlessly to get him to nap for the next 2 ½ hours until it’s time to feed him again. 

And right now we are on a every other day pattern where one day he will nap like a textbook baby, clocking in 16 hours of sleep over the course of 24 hours. The next day, we’re barely squeezing 10 hours total out of him and every single moment of that is hard earned. But then, the very next day, he makes naptime look easy. I basically feed him, swaddle him, put him down and voila- 2 hour nap. 

I swear, he might possibly have a split personality disorder. I’m a former mental health professional so I can technically diagnose these things. Multiple personality disorder is rare, but it does exist. On any given day, Forest is either an angel or a terrorist, using sleep deprivation as a tactic to bring his mother to the brink of a psychotic break. 

Me? Nap? Not a chance.
The only saving grace is that when he lacks daytime sleep, he usually will sleep upwards of 6 hours that night. 

But y’all, his good days are sooooo good. On those occasions, I actually understand why people go on to have subsequent children. He is super snuggly and smiley and we are both well fed and rested. And I don’t have to tell you how adorable he is. Ohmygoodnesssocute! 

This week he has made giant leaps in his ability to hold his head up. And guess what he did just this morning? He rolled over!! Here he is in process: 


Now it wasn’t a true ‘rolling over’ in the classic sense of the word. I put him on his tummy and I put his hands under his chest to help him with his baby pushups. Two seconds later he’d flipped to his back. I re-placed him back on his tummy in the same position and he did it again. Rolling from front to back usually happens at 3 months, y’all. This kid isn’t even 2 months yet. 

He isn’t even close to rolling from back to front, but I have a feeling that his alertness and hyperactivity will lead to some early motor development milestones. He’s already doing most of the 2 month milestones despite being 2 weeks away, including putting weight on his legs and holding his head up for large chunks of time. We will see, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to have my hands full with this one once he’s mobile! Check him out doing his tummy time: 
Today he did really well with going on an outing with mom. I took him to my friend Susan’s to play mahjong and he snoozed  for 2 hours while I got a few games in and got to eat some lunch. I even passed a major hurdle by breast feeding in front of my friends. I used the occasion to practice using my cover up, though I’m sure I still flashed them a time or two. 

On to the 7 week photos (he was quite sleepy during the photo shoot so I didn't get as many good shots this week):

And bonus ones from his 7th week of life: 


  1. Have you tried calling Monica Geller to put him to sleep? Remember, she is the pro :-) And he is looking so much more like Jonathan these days!

    1. I have thought about that episode every time I've had to wake Forest up from a nap and then can't get him back to sleep:) Maybe you have the magic touch and can be my Monica. We'll see over Christmas!

  2. I don't think you're doing anything wrong. I always thought the first 3 months were rough! After that, their bodies seem to be able to adjust to a schedule. You sound normal to me, recognizing how amazing he is, but how miserable it can be. I'm 3+ years away from that stage with my youngest and I vividly remember how hard it was! that's how much it scars you! Ha! Hang in there. I promise it gets better.