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