Sofia woke up three times after 8 pm when I put down her and before I went back upstairs to take the second shift at 4 am (10, 12:20 and 2:50). I didn’t know when was the last time she ate so when I heard her fussing at 4:10, I offered her food. later when my mom woke up I asked her when was she last ate and I realized maybe at 4:10 she wasn’t really hungry but was just in between sleep cycles. Since she didn’t eat much at 12 and 2, I wonder one of those was also just in between cycle fuss. Maybe mom and I both run into her too soon and offer food instead helping her to fall back into sleep.
She slept two hours after 4:30, although with a break in between when she sucked my nipple for just 2 min, definitely it was comfort sucking.
So, new thought came to my mind. We shouldn’t always offer her food when she wakes up and fuzz. We should first try to comfort her and help her catch the next sleep cycle. But if we pick her up for that, we might wake her up completely. Since every time that this happen if I let her suck my breast, she would fall into sleep again, then maybe we should try giving her the pacifier when we know for sure that she doesn’t need food.
New experiment: feed her every three hours, make sure she gets a full meal, and offer pacifier if she fuss again when trying to sleep.
The first nap of the day she didn’t need pacifier and slept for an hour,
At mean time I had breakfast. I made a quick microwave pumpkin bread pudding.
Mix 3/4 cup of almond milk with one egg and 1/2 cup of pumpkin, add cut WW bread, seasoned with cinnamon and stevia, microwave for 3-4 min.
it doesn’t look so pretty but it’s actually very good
After the next feeding, she started to fuss again just 10 min after I put her down for nap. Obviously she didn’t need food, she just wanted comfort. I gave her a pacifier. She throw it out right away, I put it back, she throw it out again, I put it back again and she started sucking. she sucked for few seconds and it dropped, I put it back and she sucked for longer and closed her eyes. It definitely comfort her and helps her fall into sleep!!! Few more times of putting it back when it dropped out and she fuss, and finally she was sleeping! Although this first try she only slept for 40 min, I call it a success.
morning snack: 1/2 of a gigantic pomelo
I made a great meal for lunch to celebrate the morning success. High protein mushroom Stroganoff.
1. sauté onion and garlic with oil
2. add the other vegetables and simmer for 20 min covered
3. blend tofu with tomato paste and tamari
4. add tofu to the vegetables and cook uncovered for 10 min
5. S+P and stevia
I had it on a bed of spaghetti squash.
Amazing flavor, I loved it so much that I think I will make it again very soon. I think it would work for any other veggies too.
After Sofia had her lunch at 1 pm, again we both slept in my bed for an hour before I woke up. She fussed a bit during that time but I was too sleepy to play with the pacifier, instead I gave her human pacifier. She slept in total 2.5 hrs. Such a long nap! wooo!!!! I feel so accomplished!!!!
Later on, she had some few catnaps (on our arms most of the time) while I walked on the treadmill.
Night routine followed and she went to bed around 8pm. According to my mom she didn’t sleep deeply until the next feeding at 10:10. I think it was because she didn’t eat enough at the 7:30 pm feeding. The catnaps didn’t give her enough rest and she was pretty sleepy by then and fall into sleep easily when nursing. So, more effort on keeping her awake during nursing!
I had the same dinner as the day before, pumped some milk, went to sleep at 9pm and woke up at 4:15 am. Gloriously 7 hrs! I feel sooooo rested today to continue with the “sleep experiment” with Sofia.