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11:58 am: Safe!
At least on the second floor. My wonderful Dad installed the safety gate at the top of our stairs last night. It was a huge pain in the butt, so we're extremely grateful. Wuttarelief!

Ironically, we invited Mum and Dad over for dinner (the linguine with shrimp and brie didn't come out at all the way I thought it would, dammit) to thank them for all their help getting us to and from the airport last weekend... and Dad spent the whole time doing us more favors.

No wonder it took me so long to get married: Dad's a mighty difficult example to live up to.

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It was an odd night, but a good one. We didn't get to sleep until quite late (and that with skipping the bath). Teddy fell asleep quite promptly and thoroughly shortly after 9, stirred around midnight to nurse, fell asleep again until 3, stirred again, nursed again. He did the stir-and-nurse thing at 4ish, 5:30ish, and 7ish, but only woke up once: at 5:30, when I absolutely could not hold it any more and had to go to the loo. And he slept until almost 9!

So he had almost 12 hours of good sleep, with only one complete waking. I was awake for the stirrings, but not very.

Now I just need to find a way to keep him from waking without using the boob (if I ignore his stirrings, he wakes completely and stressfully). He does nurse, and quite thoroughly, yet he eats a lot during the day, too, so I'm not convinced he needs the food.

Still, I think it's progress. Especially for the second night back in the nursery in quite a while.

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Date:November 17th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)

Hard to Determine

I always find it hard to determine if Nicolas is really hungry when he wakes up in the middle of the night. He eats/nurses a lot during the day, so I feel like he shouldn't be hungry at night. I'm always afraid of not feeding him at night if he truly is hungry though. There are definitely nights when I expect him to wake since I don't think he has "tanked up" enough before falling asleep, but all those other times...

If you figure out the secret - let me know. Nicolas actually slept Tuesday night until 4:00 but I was in so much pain from the mastitis that I was up almost all night uncomfortable. Figures :-(
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Date:November 17th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Hard to Determine

Geez, and here I was waiting for you to figure out the secret and let ME know. ;)

I figure he's really hungry when gobbles (instead of light sucking) and when it goes on for a while (longer than 5-10 minutes). Teddy's been doing the long gobbles recently, but I don't know how he can possibly be hungry. :sigh:

Major bummer about the mastitis. I've heard cabbage leaves work great, but if your body temperature's running high, you can actually cook them on your boob.

Can you pump more, instead of feeding him?

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Date:November 17th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Hard to Determine

I try to use the same "test" to figure if he is really hungry or not. Sometimes he gobbles and sometimes he doesn't. So....I wish I knew BEFORE I actually started feeding him! :-)

Been using the cabbage leaves. It is amusing to stick cabbage in your bra if you think about it. It always comes out quite soggy and limp. Maybe it is partially cooked.

I pumped yesterday while he was a daycare. For some reason, it doesn't hurt as much, but I feel like I really need to fully drain the boob - and he does that much better than the pump.

Hopefully said booby will feel better by the end of today.
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