5 week old and new mom

V - posted on 12/16/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 week old baby. I'm feeling very overwhelmed, due to the lack of sleep and to be honest, fear of when my baby's next long period of wakefulness will be. When he is up during the day, I hold him and walk around, but I'm unsure what else to do. He is so small. When the wakefulness occurs in the middle of the night, I'm so tired and frustrated that he won't just go down! He generally sleeps 2.5 hr periods all night (with 10 min to 30 min breast feeds in between), and 1.5 hr periods all day, with a couple of 2-4 hr periods of wakefulness (with breast feeds similar to night). But lately, his night-time sleeps have been getting shorter and shorter! I swaddle him. I've tried pacifiers, but he rejects them all. I love my baby immensely, but I'm seriously not enjoying this newborn phase and I'm feeling guilty for this! Any advice for a new mom, who is generally feeling overwhelmed.

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V - posted on 12/16/2012

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Thanks for your response. I do have a very supportive husband and weekends are much better than weekdays, as he is here to help. I know it will get better. I think I've also realized that I do not handle stress very well. Amazing that I didn't really know that about myself until now. Even a full-time career before baby and other life obstacles encountered, these events pale in comparison to the stress and hard work of motherhood. All in all, I try to keep day time active and loud (with tummy time. But def. having a hard time thinking of what to do), and night time quiet and boring. I feed and change his diapers. That's about it for now, as he is so young. I know I don't have PPD, but I'm definitely feeling the effects of sleepless nights, gray winter days, and being alone all day until hubby comes home. I'm trying to stay positive. Even writing out my original post helped! And I'm also waiting to participate in some mommy groups that don't start until after the holidays. :(
Here is hoping tonight is a better night than last night! My new mantra :)
Congrats on your 3 children!

JD - posted on 12/16/2012

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Do you have anyone who can help you out for a bit? Maybe so you can at least take a nap or a hot bath and relax a little bit? Do you have a routine that you follow, like feeding, then bath, then feeding, then quiet time and try to relax to sleep? Maybe some music while he is sleeping or a mobile to look at? The new born time can be rough on anyone and the sleep deprivation can cause many other issues, such as PPD. I hope that you can find something that will help you, I have 3 kids of my own and I barely remember when they were that age.

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