Thursday, December 11, 2008

We've Created a Monster

We followed the suggestion from Grammy (who did this for her four kids) and from other blog commentators about including an 11 pm feeding to help stretch the kids until morning.  [I promise this is about eating, not sleeping.]  Penny eats about an ounce and she's been sleeping through until morning (two nights in a row!!) and we could probably drop it for her entirely. 

But Ned now wakes up demanding (= screaming) his 11 pm feeding.  And then another at 2:30-3 am and another at 4:30-5 am and then up for the day without eating much at 7 am.  Sigh - it's like he's taken over Penny's middle of the night feeding.  I've not been doing CIO at night because I want to check with their pediatrician but if he isn't eating at 7 am I'm tempted to let him cry at the 4:30/5 am hour.  He goes four hours between feedings during the day but is now down to 2-3 hours at night.  Not sure if this is just to torture me.  Ned is always willing to eat if offered food so I can't tell what these wake ups are for. 

"Who me - cause trouble?"



My mom apparently bought this outfit for Ned but I think it looks girly so I've designated it for Penny.  We saw tons of cute dresses on sale at the mall but I realized that Penny will be crawling soon enough and won't really be able to wear dresses until she can walk. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you considered putting him to bed with a camelback? A few minor modifications and he should be set for the night.

Anonymous said...

For God's sake, give the kid some rice cereal, preferably with some banana powder. . .I never had a kid that wasn't sleeping thru the night at three months! He's HUNGRY!! and forget what the pediatrician says--read Dr. Spock! I love you. .Mimi

Donna said...

I have the exact same outfit for my LO (the one Ned is wearing) for 6-9 mos! Oh, and contrary to your other commentor, my first DS started STTN at 6 mos and my DS2 still isn't STTN at 7 mos. He eats like a horse during the day (solids, breastmilk and some formula) so what works for one kid doesn't always work for another. JMHO

Nancy said...

Yikes. That totally sucks. :( Any way to go back to what you were doing before that whole 11:00 feeding thing started? (Prolly not, but it was a thought...)

My mantra: It's just a phase, it's just a phase.

Logan's been waking up at 11:30 pretty much every night acting like he's dying of thirst. Joy :P

Stacey said...

I'm guessing Aaron posted the first comment :-) Definitely his type of humor.

Chris said...

Oh no! Well, at least that's good news about Penny. I hope she continues to sleep through the night for you!

Neve said...

LOL Comment #1, you might be on to something...

Rebecca said...

Cutie pies!

Weissbluth really doesn't like the dream feed, although I know lots of people who swear by it. I think he believes it creates bad sleeping habits. Sorry you're discovering it doesn't work for Ned. There is supposed to be a 3 month sleep regression at night---perhaps that is what is happening? The good thing about sleep regressions is they sometimes fix themselves.