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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Let's get back on schedule!

I, like most humans, am a creature of habit.  I thrive when I have a schedule.  I like to know what's happening.

Having a newborn was, to say the least, hard for me.

Newborns don't have schedules.  They don't follow a prescribed timeline of when to eat, sleep, cry, poop...they just do whatever they want.  They're unpredictable.  And I didn't like it.

The first two or three weeks of Gibson's life are a blur.  They were, without a doubt, the hardest weeks of my life so far.  Gibson didn't sleep at night; he liked screaming instead.  I felt completely out of control and unorganized...I would forget to eat, sleep until 11:00 in the morning, and I had no idea what I was doing.

But what new mom does?

Once Gibson's sleep got sorted out a little, the colic started.  He did sleep more at night, but he also screamed all day long.  All freaking day.  I cried a lot, too.  I tried feeding him more, using different formula, bouncing on the exercise ball.  He just screamed.  He screamed himself to sleep, only to wake up 45 minutes later screaming again.  It was exhausting.  There was no semblance of order in our days...they consisted solely of me rocking, bouncing, feeding, and shushing.  And crying.  Lots of crying.

I learned about the EASY routine when Gibson was around three months old.  EASY stands for "Eat, Activity, Sleep, You time."  Gibson did better sleeping right after a bottle, so we changed it to AESY.  He would wake up, play, eat, and sleep.  And then repeat.  This helped so much, because I knew what was coming next.  I may not have known what time things were happening, but I at least had an idea of what he wanted.  Because I could meet his needs better, Gibson cried less.  And that's all I wanted.

At some point, Gibson's routine became EAESY, because he could stay awake longer.  We have always let Gibson determine his routine; if he wanted to sleep before a second bottle, he went to sleep.  If he wanted to eat earlier, he ate.  Gibson is the boss around here, people.

Now, we have a pretty solid schedule.  I still let Gibson take the lead, but if it were up to him, he would never sleep...so I have to step in sometimes.  I keep track of what he does during the day because I'm a control freak.

Gibson now eats every three hours or so, and is usually not awake for more than two hours at a time.  If I catch him yawning or rubbing his eyes, he goes in his crib.  If he isn't asleep within twenty minutes or so, I'll get him back up until he acts tired again.  Gibson is so much easier to deal with when he isn't overtired, so I make sure he doesn't get that way!

On the weekends, it's much harder to keep our schedule.  Gibson refuses to nap when he's away from home unless he's ridiculously tired, so he gets really cranky.  And then I get cranky, and Danny gets cranky.  And then we're a family of cranks.  And no one likes that.  Not at all.

I am so glad that Gibson is out of the colicky newborn stage.  And I'm glad to have a schedule now...it makes for a much happier mommy.  But sometimes I miss the snuggles from my brand new baby.

I mean really.  So snuggly.

And now the boss is awake from a very short nap.  Duty calls!

...duty.  tee hee.

1 comment :

  1. I'm a type A. I like to know what comes next. I thrive on schedules, and routines. So I understand this! :)



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