My 6 month old just got his vaccine yesterday. He weighed in at a whopping 18 lbs 6.5 oz. Two months ago he was just under 14 lbs. Talk about weight gain!!
Ah, the marvels of formula.
Pediatrician noted the huge jump in weight and asked what changed. I explained the transition to formula and then the next question was about his sleep. He has been still consistently getting up around 2-3am and then again at 5-6am. This is after going to sleep around 6pm, sleeping for 5-6 hours, then waking for a feed before husband and I turn in for the night. He is also now consistently taking solids (mainly just a mixed cereal now). She suggested that the 2-3am wake up probably isn’t related to hunger and we should try to let him cry it out. Alternatively, we could try the dream feed.
I’d heard about this dream feed from a friend of mine several years ago, but never needed it for the first two kids. Both had started sleeping through the night well before I returned to work (the first at 4 months of age, the second at 5 months of age). With less than two weeks to go, I really need this little man to start sleeping longer.
So, last night, I woke him up at 10:30pm and he drank 4-5 oz of formula. He fell back asleep pretty quickly after that, (and so did I), and didn’t wake again until 5am.
Fingers crossed this keeps up for the next 13 sleeps.
So, baby J is now 4 months old. Sleep training has begun and is going reasonably well. Daytime naps are still pretty short but once 5pm hits he is pretty dusted and will sleep 3-4 hour stretches until 6am. He still screams bloody murder at naps but it’s getting shorter and shorter and he’s starting to soothe himself asleep. Great progress all around.
The next hurdle is the formula introduction. I tried to give him a few ounces the other day and he looked up at me with the most disgusted of expressions as if he was thinking, “Woman, WTF is this?!”
Yesterday, I delegated the task to husband and he worked his Jedi magic and the baby drank the formula.
Daddy milk is starting.
I plan to continue nursing for at least another month if I can. I just would like to get some more sleep, so I hope with more formula there will be less nighttime awakenings. Of course this likely means that my supply will start to take a nosedive. Damned if I do and damned if I don’t.