For those of you who know me well you know that I love to eat and even more, I love to sleep. I don't really have any favorite foods. I mean of course I love anything Asian, I could eat jars full of pickles, and spaghetti makes me smile, but I really just like anything that pertains to food. And sleeping. Wow! I could sleep for days. There is nothing better than curling up in bed or on the couch and sleeping for hours.
I was hoping that since my daughter looks nothing like me she would at least take on some of my interests/hobbies/etc. I guess I was hoping she too would like to sleep and eat. However, as each day passes I realize that she doesn't like to eat and she could really care less about sleep. I was always under the impression that babies loved sleeping and eating, but I am quickly learning that this baby isn't like most babies.
On most days Morgan Kate naps occasionally, but only for about thirty minutes at a time. And at night? Huh! She doesn't sleep at all. I am convinced that she is nocturnal. Now I have tried numerous "strategies" and "tricks" to get her to sleep at night, but so far it hasn't helped. And my favorite is the "just let her cry until she falls asleep". Well you see, when your child is on oxygen and hooked up to various monitors you can't just let them cry. She starts crying, she gets worked up, breathing becomes more difficult, alarms start going off. Not pretty.
Food doesn't interest her at all. I vividly remember being about ten years old and my youngest brother, Kyle, was just a baby. He would wake up in the morning crying and the only thing he wanted was a bottle. I would sit in this green rocking chair by the window with lullabies playing in the background and he would tear a bottle up. If I took the bottle away just to burp him he became angry. Morgan Kate. She gets angry if I try to put the bottle in her mouth. She loves for me to burp her because she then gets a break from the bottle. She doesn't wake up crying for a bottle, she doesn't suck it down really quickly. Each time we feed her it's like we are force feeding her.
However, today has been quite different. I would even use the term angelic. Morgan Kate has done much better with her bottles. Of course she still doesn't cry for them, but she is at least taking them and I am only having to fight half of the time. And sleeping? She has taken two really good naps today. According to Babywise she should eat, be awake and then sleep. (Too bad Babywise doesn't have a book about infants with monitors, or infants who don't care about "clock feeding" or "demand feeding, or infants with oxygen.) Today she has seemed to follow that pattern and it has been so very nice. She has taken her bottles, been awake and active and then napped for about an hour and half each time. I have been able to wash dishes, do the laundry, make some much needed phone calls and even shut my eyes for a minute or two.
Today has been awesome! I pray that we have more of these days. Days where things run smoothly and feel normal. Days where everyone is happy and semi-rested. Angelic it is!
We are heading to the pediatrician first thing tomorrow morning for our weekly visit and we are seeing the GI doctor Thursday. Hopefully, the GI doctor can give us some good info.