Today was Berlin's due date, and she is 9 days old. Our first week together was great. We had a fantastic hospital experience and were able to escape from the world for two days to get to know our new little family member. I rocked and kissed my new girl endlessly, ordered room service from the hospital several times a day, and fed my obsession for 90s romantic comedies.
Olivia took to Berlin extremely well. She wanted to hold her right away and kept saying "mine!" because I told her that it was my baby, and dad's baby, and Livi's baby. She loves to hold and kiss her, and likes to put Baby Berlin's paci in her mouth when she cries.
I knew that I wanted to implement a sleeping/feeding schedule with Berlin, but mostly took the first week to just settle in with her. I did start with the feedings though and made sure she ate every 2 1/2- 3 hours. She was a very sleepy girl, but for some reason would be awake for 2 1/2 hours during the night! Usually between the hours of 2 and 6. I studied Babywise more fully and realized that, because she was so sleepy, she probably wasn't getting full meals every time; which, since I am breastfeeding, means 15-20 minutes on each side. She would usually fall asleep and I would just let her nap. So then I worked on keeping her awake for full feedings. Last night she was able to sleep for 5 hours, wake up to get a full feeding, and then went back to sleep for another three. I'm hoping she keeps this pattern.
The next problem, which started this week, (week two), is that Berlin doesn't like to go down for naps while she is still awake (she takes naps in her crib in her room and sleeps at night in a bassinet in my room). She likes to be fed to sleep. I'm trying to get a cycle going of feed/awake time/naptime so that she learns to self-soothe and be able to go down for naps and bed independently, without help of feeding. I don't believe in crying it out while she is so young, so I'll rock her, swaddle her, then lay her down (sometimes with a binky), but end up having to go in and comfort her multiple times and sometimes she never ends up taking her nap before the next feeding! Which is crazy for how sleepy she was previously. It just shows how badly she hates not being fed/rocked to sleep. Luckily we are starting early though and hopefully she can get into some good habits easily and sleep well. I have also been reading The Baby Whisperer and am getting good tips there too. If you have any advice that could help me in making her more comfortable taking naps and going down for bed by herself, send them my way!