Saturday, May 03, 2008

The Big Sleep

I was thinking of blogging yesterday, but Julia had other plans. She is a newborn, right? 2 weeks old. Newborns are supposed to sleep a lot, right? Apparently Julia didn't get the memo. At least not yesterday. She seriously took one nap that lasted 1.5 hours, and two naps at .5 hours apiece. That totals 3 hours of sleep. From 7am to 11pm. And, of course, when she was awake, she wanted to be held. Which isn't such a big deal, I realize, but it was so uncharacteristic of her to be awake all day. And not just awake, but alert! I am very very very grateful that she wasn't fussy all day, just in small spurts, and it was kind of fun to watch her check out the world around her. And I am incredibly grateful that I'm not a single parent, words cannot describe the joy I felt when Clark walked in the door and held the baby for a while. Not to mention the fact that he made dinner. What a great husband!

So I was feeling all sorry for myself that she didn't sleep during the day, but then it became nighttime. I put her down at 11. At 5am I woke up and realized that she was still asleep. Actually, I woke up in a slight panic and ran into her room, chanting, "Please be alive, please be alive," in my head. Don't worry, she's alive. I would have just let her sleep, but all I could think of was the pediatrician's advice that if she hasn't eaten in 5 hours, wake her up to feed her. And here we'd gone 6! Anyway, I fed her, and then put her down again, where she slept until 7:45. I just couldn't believe that she slept for so long! It really made up for yesterday. In fact, more than made up for it. I got 6 hours of sleep in a row! I got to dream that I was doing science-y research in a lab with Jason Castro! Amazing. And no, I have no idea what that dream was all about.

On an unrelated note, Julia has a favorite song. Every time I sing it to her, she calms down and listens. Other songs just don't work as well, I've done a lot of experimenting. What is her favorite song? Stars Fell on Alabama. I thought that was kind of funny.


Cheryl said...

do you have a chest carrier? if not you can borrow mine. i wish i'd used it more.

oh, and congrats on 6 hours of sleep!

and i want to come see her again!

Sabrina said...

Amazing! If this pattern continues you are one lucky, lucky family. I've heard miracles like that do happen. I bet you feel like a million bucks!

Lisa said...

If you want to know the gosh awful truth, you slept for six straight hours your first night home from the hospital. One of the perks a mommy gets for delivering an 8 lb. 9 oz. baby I suppose. Keep those videos streaming! Way cute!
Love, Grammie