I thought babies slept alot.,,

Christina - posted on 09/16/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I was a career Mom for my first three kids. I am now a stay at home mom with my baby. She is 5 weeks old and I am loosing my mind. I know I have a lot on my plate. Three school agers with dance and football and I am a Girl Scout Leader. I am also a full time student. I am having difficulty with breastfeeding and formula makes my baby gassy, so she is either miserably hungry or miserably gassy and does not sleep during the day. I am lucky she sleeps some at night. My question is how am I supposed to get ANYTHING done when my baby doesn't sleep. I can get quick chores done while she is crying, but phone calls and homework are out of the question. I have tried holding her and multi-tasking but if I am not only focused on her she fusses. I thought staying at home with my daughter would be rewarding, but now I just feel like a worthless mom. I just can't make her happy.

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Mandy - posted on 09/17/2009

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try wearing her in a sling. that way she will sleep while you walk around getting things done.

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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Have you tried to change her formula since she's very gassy on it? What about swaddling?

Stephanie - posted on 09/16/2009

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:) You're doing fine. It sounds like you've got a lot on your plate right now between a new baby, your older children, their activities and your own school work. :) Give yourself a break, take a deep breath, and start again. :)

Two things with the baby. Nurse often and pump in between(not to get milk, but to stimulate more production.) The other thing I'd recommend is a carrier or sling or mei tae or.... :) Maybe this little girl just wants to be really really close to her mommy. :) Plus, if she's attached to your person, you can do your housework at the same time. sometimes, that was the only way I got anything done. my twins(now almost 7) wanted to play and my newborn didn't let me put her down for the first year straight.



also, think about finding a mommy's group or MOPS or LaLeche League group, that you and baby can do when the kids are at school for downtime. I know with college, that may not be possible. I had my twins my sophomore year of college. and life gets really full there for a while. but an hour a week away, spending time for you, may be the refresher you need. I love to crochet. so I attend a knitting group on Sat. mornings, while the kidlets goof off with daddy. :)

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