This will be brief. Thanksgiving preparation and all that.
As I mentioned earlier in the Baby Week series, I've so been enjoying reading the new baby chronicles at O My Family. Allison has been very open and honest about the rocky time they are going through right now with BabyO - particularly where sleep is concerned. It can be outrageously frustrating to go from having a baby who sleeps so soundly at night to having many wake-ups many times a night.
(I mean, not that I would know from from personal experience with my babies. Neither of my babies slept all the way through the night until they were well into toddlerhood, but AJ has been waking up quite a bit with teething pain recently, so I can completely empathize with Allison's sleep deprivation.)
So, AllisonO, you smart, pretty, lovely mama, you - this post is for you!
Here's the deal about four-month-olds - YIKES.
So, so many changes are happening at four months that even the most steady of mamas can go into meltdown mode. In the interest of brevity, I'm just going to point you towards what other mamas who are far, far wiser than I have said in other places:
AskMoxie (whom I totally admire and totally want to be when I grow up) has written several times on the four-month-old sleep regression. Here is an extensive post explaining what is happening with four-month-olds and how it affects sleep.
And one more link to an article at kellymom regarding whether or not wakeful four-month-olds need to eat at night. My pedi said no. Jan Barger, LC, disagrees.
Lots of mamas of four-month-olds get frustrated because this is the phase when once super-focused, efficient nursers will begin to unlatch and look around and fiddle around at the breast.This is totally normal.
(And it ties into the sleep thing, too. Alert, healthy babies who are hurdling through cognitive development are so busy taking in the world during the day, they simply haven't the time to focus on filling tummies. Many will wake up to tank up at night.)
Finally, breastfed babies may experience some weight changes at four months. Here is a fantastically helpful article at Light and Momentary on breastfed four-month-olds.
Allison, I hope that in some small way this is encouraging to you - if for no other reason than knowing this is all completely normal and it will pass. I promise. The time Dacey was four to five months old was the height of my Dark Days as a new mama. Six months forward? OSoBlissfull. (sorry, couldn't resist)
(You would never know from the picture above that my Dacey Girl was such a handful at four months, would you?)
Any other words of advice or encouragement for those weathering the four-month-old days?