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02/04/2014 at 10:55
O has a feed at 9:30/10ish at night and then wakes again around 6am. He's had a few nights the past few weeks that he's woken himself in the night as his nose was blocked with a cold but he didn't want fed he Would fall back asleep.
Hes been crazy chewing his hands the past week but no sign of any teeth (well at least I don't think so!) the past 2 nights he's been really restless from about 3am for an hour and a half but then fallen asleep for the last hour before waking around 6.
I fed him this morning just after 6, during the day you could near enough set your watch by him and he feeds every 4 hours. He was struggling to stay awake when I fed him this morning but I was trying to have breakfast etc so by the time I got him changed it was about 8:15 and he fell asleep straight away. I put him back in his crib with the light down to sleep and I had a shower. Normally by the time I've showered he's waking up but I've left the fan running in the ensuite, got dressed, put clothes away and now have the big light on and he's still sleeping. I did touch his hand earlier and he opened his eyes but they were so heavy he drifted straight off again. He's now just short of 5 hours since he fed which is really not like him. Do I leave him to sleep, lift him? He was smiley and happy after his feed this morning, just tired. Is it normal for them to be tired if their teeth are moving about? Or could this be a growth spurt and he's just tired?
(insert novice paranoid mum icon!)
02/04/2014 at 11:09
Growth spurts definitely make them sleep more. And if he's got a blocked nose he may have had a restless sleep during the night and now he's finally managed to fall asleep properly.
But, and this is just me , if I'm worried with things like that, I pick them up to wake them . Even if it was just to see that they're ok and then maybe let them fall back asleep on me (good excuse to sit with your feet up and have lovely snuggles) I know most people say don't wake them but I am always over paranoid and still check that my two year old is breathing at night every time I go upstairs to the toilet.
Most people probably think it's best just to leave them, and if he's got a cold it's good for him to sleep, I'm sure he is fine, but for me I would rather have the peace of mind and let them fall asleep on me where I can keep an eye on them more
02/04/2014 at 14:19
Thanks JT. I didn't lift him but purposely made a bit of noise and he started stirring and waking. He was smiling when he woke so he seems fine. I expected him to be starving though but he just had a normal feed and was fairly slow feeding, so that was almost 5 and a half hours between his feeds. I had to go out when he had fed and he dosed a bit in the pram and has just had an awake and playing hour since we got back and has fallen asleep again. He'll be 4 hours at half 3 so I'll see if he's looking for an earlier feed when he wakes.
My poor we guy can't win, everything he does I overthink and worry!
02/04/2014 at 20:45
S definitely sleeps more with growth spurts and/colds and feeling unwell. As long as you can rouse them I think it's ok. I don't usually wake S as he gets sooooo mad but I would if I was worried.
I think when it comes to feeding, S definitely stretches his feeds sometimes. I think he is sometimes hungry but waits til he's starving before he cries rather than just a bit hungry. I like to think of it that he trusts that I will definitely feed him now he's older rather than panicking and making lots of fuss when he was younger - that sounds bonkers doesn't it?! (Insert nutty mother icon here)
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