So A and I have been in sleep school for nearly 24 hours.
This is how it’s gone so far.
They have pretty much settled and resettled him to sleep for me since we arrived. It’s been a bit strange not having to settle and resettle him which has made me realise how much of my day I spend settling and resettling him.
When the nurses are not settling your baby and they are awake- the babies stay with you 🙂 the nurses come to speak to you about looking out for tired signs such as baby rubbing eyes, being clingy, whingey or maybe staring into space. They do this so you can get your baby to rest before they get to that overtired space where they are harder to settle.
Here they follow a feed, play, sleep routine. I will post a photo of the handout they give me. Depending on babies age they also have recommended wake time for the Bub. For A-man it is between 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Below is a copy of the resetting technique that we will be following on day 2
Now they do let the babies cry but they have pretty much responded to him or any of the other babies within 2-5 minutes. I shall try to remember to take a photo of the babies room (dark, small room with a cot and CD player). They also watch them on their monitors in their office. They have a folder in which they write down everything they’ve done with your baby and for how long and how he responded. It shall be interesting to read that on day 4!
Last night they woke me up twice at 930 pm and 4am to feed him. If I’m brutally honest I don’t think I really slept deeply- I kept waking up (not because of the other babies crying, as there were some of that) but mostly because it’s a new environment and it was strange not being next to my baby who I’ve been co-sleeping with for the past 2 months. I think tonight I might take the sleeping pill offered.
One of the nicest things so far has been the chats with other moms and also the nurses. Validation from the nurses that they get why you have done what you have done for the last couple of months in search of sleep and understanding from the other mums who are here with you learning and experiencing the same thing. Although one tells themselves that surely they must not be the only one to be struggling with something, it’s easier to believe when you actually meet those same others who are struggling with the same thing.
Dinner last night was this
I also forgot to take a photo of A’s puréed meal which they provided. He tried chicken for the first time last night, it went down fine, he made a little ‘what’s this taste’ face but the piglet that he is, he ate it anyway. We also had success with re-introducing carrots as A hated carrots first time I fed it to him but last night he ate that the most.
I think for now I shall just write things as they’ve happened and later I will reflect on the experience once I’ve had some time to step away from it and am not as immersed in it as I currently am.
Still sleepily yours