|uh... this is how i feel right now.|
i'm having issues with annie, and it's bugging me so bad. when we lived in georgia this past summer, she was totally sleeping through the night. she would MAYBE wake up at 6 am, eat, and go right back asleep until 9:30 or so. i was feeling so happy and content with that.
i know moving can upset kids... confuse them, irritate them. new surroundings, new places, new adjustments. when we moved to california, i thought for sure that goldie would be the one to have a hard adjustment and not annie, considering annie is still so little. but sure enough, annie is the one who is having a difficult time and i don't really know what to do about it. i never experienced this with goldie, so it's kind of a new ballgame for me.
annie is a very similar baby to when goldie was a baby. both wake up with big smiles on their faces. both love to play. both nap pretty well. annie is more needy though, i'm learning, which i feel like is pretty typical for the second child. it makes sense. she wants to be held more, she's more cuddly than goldie was, she doesn't play on the floor for as long by herself as goldie used to. so, while very similar, i'm noticing a lot of differences as of late.
i don't know what to do with annie. she is now waking up like 3-4 times a night (and it's killing me). i let her cry for awhile but it's not one of those "cry it out" things. she is hungry. i nurse her 4-5 times a day, plus baby food 3 times a day. she shouldn't be hungry, right? i tested my milk production this morning and seriously, barely pumped anything out. like, maybe 2 ounces total. who am i kidding, i only pumped a little more than 1 ounce. so there is my answer... i think i'm drying up and it's making me sad. i haven't changed anything... diet still the same, i'm actually working out less than i was this summer because my awesome mom isn't here to watch my kids for me every day. so you would think the production would increase, right? i used the pumped milk from this morning and mixed it with formula in a bottle. i did this with goldie when i dried up with her (come to think of it, it happened around the same age... 7 months), mixed formula and nursed milk, and after awhile she finally took the bottle. jake had to give it to her though with me out of the room... and he's not here all the time anymore sooo this is going to be interesting. anyway, then i would slowly just do all formula because i had nothing left to give. soon enough, goldie was on the bottle and life got much easier.
i guess that's what i'm going to have to start doing with annie because she obviously is not getting enough. she is also teething: she has a new tooth all the way through on the bottom and the second one is starting to come through right next to it. combine all of that with being hungry makes an unhappy baby.
do you have any advice? any tricks i should try that i already haven't? i have to get her sleeping through the night again because i am not a good mom when i don't have good sleep. i'll be the first to admit it.
here is what i've tried:
tylenol (which helps because it knocks her out but i can't give her that every night. only when her teeth hurt)
nursing right before bed to "top her off"
baby wise, all of it (which worked for awhile.. then the chaos started)
more baby food
less baby food
formula only (ha, yeah nice try)
formula mixed with breast milk (not giving up on that one yet. tried it for the first time today)
extra cuddling and kissing
how is it only 9:40? it's going to be a long day.