So we have a new cousin in the extended SP family, a little boy Isiah who is sweet as sweet can be. Remember me sharing my cousin Jill’s watermelon salsa recipe this summer and mentioning how her pregnancy craving was watermelon? Well, Jill’s own little sweet pea Isiah has arrived…actually he arrived in October, but I was on H1N1 quarantine and I refused to subject Isiah to my germs, so despite being ridiculously excited to meet (and hold) him, I waited until the germ coast was clear.
But this weekend I got to meet Isiah and see how new parenthood was treating Jill and her husband Eli. Looking ecstatic, yet exhausted, Jill and I shared stories and frustrations of new motherhood. It amazed me how much I had forgotten from that stage (isn’t that nature’s way of ensuring our willingness to bring new life into this world again?), but also how much I had to share. But now I need you to share too…
I figure since this a blog about feeding and eating, a post on the early infant stage of nursing or bottle feeding is apropos. Sweet Isiah is a great eater, already weighing in at over 11 pounds at 4 weeks old. But he has just recently taken to doing something I remember R often doing, falling asleep before finishing eating. Actually, not just “falling asleep” as much as being out…unable to rouse…sleeping hard and trying to resist being fed even harder.
I shared with Jill what we did with R, stripping him down to his diaper, tickling him and sometimes using a wet washcloth to tickle his toes, cheek or tummy to awaken him enough to finish a feeding. But I am sure there are a cadre of ideas out there to help Jill. What did you do keep your newborn awake enough to get a full feeding, which in turn, more importantly, ensures more consecutive sleep for baby and his parents.