Pushing for Six

2 06 2008

Baby Masher checked out A-OK at his four-month checkup Friday before last (19 lbs, 2 oz, and 27 inches tall!), and the doctor assured us that waiting for the six-month mark before starting Masher on “solids” was indeed a good idea, especially in light of our family history of allergies.  So, that’s great.  And at the same time, not.  Because I’m under the impression that the reason (or a large part of the reason) why Masher’s not sleeping through the night any longer is due to an empty belly.  Breastmilk just gets digested too quickly, so — after going to sleep between 7 and 8 p.m. — he wakes up hungry at least three times — usually around 2, 4, and 6 a.m. — before he gets up for the day between 7 and 9 a.m.  Ugh.

“Oh, that’s normal,” you’re probably telling me, “My baby still doesn’t sleep through the night at 8 months!”  But here’s the difference:  Masher DID.  From about six or seven weeks to about a month ago, Baby Masher was a better sleeper than my lazy old golden retriever, sometimes going as long as 13 hours without waking once.  And then, suddenly, he just changed.  So, I figure it’s gotta be an empty belly that’s waking him up.  And that will continue waking him up for the next eight weeks or so, if we do indeed manage to wait that long before opening the box of rice cereal I purchased at Whole Foods last week on a bleary-eyed, early-morning grocery trip.

I’m doing a bit of whining here, but I know I don’t have too much to whine about.  Knock on wood, Masher’s never not been interested in sleeping at the appropriate sleeping times, and I’ve definitely heard horror stories about babies crying all night or just wanting to play.  Masher’s paternal grandmother babysat last Friday night and said she was a bit disappointed when he woke around 10:30 for a bottle and wasn’t interested in any songs and games …  Thank God for that, I say!  Usually when I’m feeding him during the night, at least half of my brain is still deeply engaged in sleep.

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