Dianne - posted on 05/05/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
I have an 8 week old son who is my first child. I absolutely love every second of being a mom, but I feel clueless about a lot of things. I try hard to understand what he want's and needs and don't feel like I'm doing a horrible job, but I do find myself questioning a lot of things.
First, I feel like he's either sleeping way too much or not enough. Some days he will pretty much sleep all day except to wake up to eat..other days he will not sleep at all (which is a more common occurance). He will doze off sometimes but only sleep for maybe 30 minutes at a time. He does sleep pretty well at night, finally going down around 11 and waking up about 4 or 5 to eat and then going back down until 8 or 9. Is this normal? What are some other babies sleeping habits? I love to have his stay awake lots during the day..but when he's awake it seems like he's unhappy a majority of the time and I don't know what to do.
I also feel like he is always hungry. I try to keep him down to eating 4-6 oz every 3-4 hours, but he is usually acting like he's starving an hour or so after eating. Is there a trick at knowing how much or when they really need to eat? Most days he's eating 28-32 oz.
I'm also curious about how to engage him in play. I try to get him to lie on a blanket on the floor or in his little seat and play for a little while each day and this usually only lasts a very short period of time until he is screaming at the top of his lungs. I stay with him and talk to him and tell him stories and give him a few things to look at and "play" with, but he doesn't seem interested in anything but being held and bounced constantly..most of the time he will only calm down when I am standing up with him (which kills my back) and then if I sit down with him while he's calm he starts screaming again within a few minutes.
Maybe these things are normal and I'm just a nervous nelly, I don't know. Does anyone have any advice or reassurance? Maybe I'm just still learning...?