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    Perfectly normal. Actually your bub sounds better than my dd2 who fed 2-3hrly till 4-5mths old.

    Your baby is normal and you are doing a fabulous job.

    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Default What are you doing wrong? Absolutely nothing

    It is perfectly normal. You are doing NOTHING wrong, and you should give yourself a pat on the back for how you are doing.

    I'm up to my 4th baby (4 months old) and yup, you just gotta hang in there. It is so tough but it is so worth it. Go a little easier on yourself if you can. Those naps that she does actually have are your cue to get some extra sleep, take it where you can, the housework can wait, trust me. It took me a long time to finally see (and truly feel) that even though it can seem like all sleep deprivation and a fantastic housework prevention device - housework will always be there each and every day, but your little life that you created is growing bigger by the minute, don't miss it! We are nurturing and raising new humans!

    Also remember things change so quickly in them especially at this age, so don't forget to factor in growth spurts and that reflux and colic generally rear their ugly heads around 6 weeks old. And yes being premmie will definitely affect things for her, my 2 week prem baby girl was exactly 2 weeks "behind" all milestones and occurrences. Likewise for my overdue babies, everything came early and in spades!

    A midwife said to me when it was hell with my firstborn (colic, reflux, immature bowel, constipation, other bowel related medical issues from birth): "Everything Changes."

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    Perfectly normal! Particularly with a prem/ smaller baby, as they will usually need more frequent feeda. My advice is forget abiut 'getting stuff done'. Enjoy being able to sleep during the day,because you generally cant with a 2nd or 3rd baby! Housework can wait. Rest is more important. Your body usually learns to adjust to the lack of sleep over time &it becomes 'normal'. And it will seriously be so quick & she will be older &sleeping more, good luck hun.

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    Sounds all perfectly normal to me, apparently the amount of unsettledness peaks around 8 weeks and then should settle. I think the sleeping longer stretches thing might be more about weight than age. Please don't listen to stories about other babies sleeping, it does just stress you out.
    Things should get easier soon, sleep deprivation is such a difficult thing to adjust to, but you will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    Yes I think I need to tune out the stories about babies sleeping well longer than her as that is actually starting to stress me out which I never thought it would get to me (baby comparisons that is)
    My husband tells everyone that our baby girls sleep through the night etc
    but she doesn't!!

    I don't think he even hear when I'm up feeding her...

    I guess my point is that some people like to sing the praises of their good sleepers but it's not always what it seems.

    From my experience and my closest friends around me your baby sounds pretty normal in terms of sleep.
    It's really hard in these first weeks. My only advise would be to try and get as much help as possible, even if it's only a friend coming by for half an hour and going for a walk with the baby while you have an extra long shower.
    Also let as much of the house chores go. With my first I couldn't let it go and relax, but with my second I know that this period of no sleep won't be forever so I can safely let the house chores go and I'll get back to it in two months!
    Priority is your mental health, so try and kick back. I know it's easier said than done though.

    Typing this with my 12wo baby attached to my boob at 11pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    My husband tells everyone that our baby girls sleep through the night etc
    but she doesn't!!

    I don't think he even hear when I'm up feeding her...

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    Haha my DH did this with our DD as well when she was about 3 months old. Once she got a bit older and louder he started to notice.

    OP, all sounds perfectly normal. Can you feed laying down? When DD was really little Id go to sleep same time as her her, I'd feed her laying down while I dozed and then DH would come in and get her when she was finished and do any burping/settling required until he went to bed.

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    Sounds perfectly normal to me. It will pass, eventually.

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    My babies were the same at that age and I didn't consider it an issue. You don't need to burb a breastfed baby beyond a few pats once upright, I usually found they bring up any burbs immediately or on their own, so you can save time there. They sleep longer as they get older and don't need to feed so frequently, both my kids were great sleepers and a 7 week old baby waking every 3-4hrs has nothing to do with sleep . Sounds like you're tired (understandably) but doing great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallpotatoes View Post
    Haha my DH did this with our DD as well when she was about 3 months old. Once she got a bit older and louder he started to notice.

    OP, all sounds perfectly normal. Can you feed laying down? When DD was really little Id go to sleep same time as her her, I'd feed her laying down while I dozed and then DH would come in and get her when she was finished and do any burping/settling required until he went to bed.
    I have tried feeding laying down - only during the morning after I wake for the day otherwise I'm too tired and scared I'll fall asleep on her!

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    Hey @gingermillie my 3 month old stil feeds mostly every 3 hours with occasional bursts of 4. One or two nights recently he's gone back to some 2 hr intervals which was a bit painful but he's a hungry little guy.

    Don't let the mothers group competitiveness get to you. In my group we've got a couple of all night sleepers but mostly everyone is getting similar patterns some a little more, some a little less.

    You're doing a great job.


 

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