Baby's First Year: Week 4 (Sleeping Less, Not More)

Cynthia Dermody
1 month old baby girl

Photo by starburst1680 

Meet starburst1680, new mom to Kathryn Grace. She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all of the emotion and exhaustion — right up until Kathryn's first birthday.

Week 4:

Waking Up Every Two Hours

I need to get some sleep. Kathryn had been sleeping in a pack ‘n play in our room at night since we brought her home. She'd been sleeping pretty well, many a night four to five hours between feedings.

That's all changed.

Now she's going two to three hours between nighttime feedings. I know it's normal, but I'd gotten spoiled with the longer stretches, which she'd also do during the day. But the bigger problem is getting her back to sleep -- it can take an hour or hour and a half if she is being stubborn.

So I was getting just an hour of sleep at a time. Then I discovered she will sleep longer if she is in her swing, which we keep in the living room. So I'm on the sofa, not where I'd like to be, but if it means a few hours of sleep in a row I'll gladly take it.

Now I'm worried that she'll become dependant on her swing for sleep. She will still sleep in her pack ‘n play just not as well.

The Shot

We had our 1 month check up at the doctor. Every thing looks just perfect! She is in the 75th percentile for weight, height and head size. She has gained an inch and a half and almost two pounds since birth as of last Tuesdays, so I'm sure it is more than two pounds by now.

She also got a shot. She did better than I thought she might. She didn't start crying until after the medicine was already in her and then it was easier to calm her down than I expected. All it took was for me to pick her up and hold her against my chest and she calmed down pretty quickly.


We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, not criticizing her parenting choices, so thanks for keeping your judgments to yourself. Any bashing will be deleted.

How long does your baby sleep at night between feedings? Is he or she sleeping longer the older he gets, or does he yo-yo like Kathryn?


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