Although blessed with a baby who generally sleeps well at night, the last few nights have been a little challenging (we think this may be due to a growth spurt?). Last night was probably the worst.
He cried twice after going to bed in the evening, really sad sobs – both times without waking up. We cuddled him, soothed him and then had to be very very gentle in putting him back into his cot as he seemed to be hyper-aware of lying on the mattress.
During the night he had two feeds and then I had to go in twice more, not to pick him up or soothe him, but to move a scratch mitt that was annoying him, then adjust his position to a more comfortable one.
He was still somewhat unsettled and his sounds kept me awake – nobody warns you how noisily newborns sleep! Eventually I was so tired I kept waking myself up because I’d forgotten that I’d finished feeding and was back in bed and was panicking that I’d smothered him with the duvet.
As a result of all this, today has been a bit of a slog. Reindeer has been a little clingier and quieter than usual. He only had two naps in the day, each less than 35 minutes, and was rubbing his eyes like crazy all through our bath and bed routine. Luckily he has a happy and contented personality so didn’t really become fussy, just a little less interested in things.
My day has therefore also been quite long. Compounded by the fact that I’d agreed to go running this afternoon. Since the weather was cats and dogs all morning I became quite optimistic that it would be postponed. Alas, the weather cleared and we had our run during a lovely sunset at the local nature park.
Now I, too, am exhausted. An early dinner, shower and bed are in the offing. Here’s hoping for a more restful night all round!