10 Weeks – Another Growth Spurt?

Faces of Finn

We had our daily routine down to an art form, it seemed. Wake, eat, play, sleep. Every day at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, and then the final feeding at 10pm. Griffin would wake up once during the night to eat – generally around 3 or 4am – and then snooze again until the next cycle began at 7am.

Like I said, an art form.

But on Sunday, the afternoon rolled around and he wanted to eat at 3:30. Half and hour wasn’t too big of a deal to me, even though I couldn’t really persuade him to wait. But then he wanted to eat again at 5:30. Now we were WAY off schedule.

The next 24 hours progressed in much the same way. I had one fussy baby on my hands, who had to eat every two hours and wasn’t really interested in napping much at all. It was exactly what happened the last time he had a growth spurt.

I decided to settle in for the duration – however long it might last this time. Unfortunately this meant having to tell my professor I wouldn’t be in class last night.

In that regard, I’m not really sure how school is going to work this semester. I want my baby to be my number one priority, and if he has any more periods where he simply has to eat this much and this often, I doubt I’ll be able to keep the class! The problem is that I can’t seem to pump enough for two full feedings – the amount he would need if I left and went to class for the evening. He seems to be draining me each time he eats. Since it takes him a good 30-40 minutes to finish his meal each time, that doesn’t give my body enough time to produce anything in between feedings.

And there lies the nature of my dilemma. The only solution I can think of would be to pump a tiny bit a day and freeze everything. But is it worth all the effort?

Aside from that, Griffin must be having a mental growth spurt! He gets very frustrated when he can’t figure something out, but is very inquisitive and wants to look around at all times. He hasn’t been very cuddly during this time, but constantly wants to hold his head up, look around, and discover new things. He’s obsessed with his black and white Montessori rattle, as well as any high contrast pictures we show him.

Baby

He’s laughed a few times, grinned a few more. Even with this though, he’s generally a very serious little guy. He concentrates on objects for very long periods of time – no wonder he’s so hungry. It must be exhausting!

And so the growth spurt continues. In fact, he has just woken up from a nap – 45 minutes this time!

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3 thoughts on “10 Weeks – Another Growth Spurt?

  1. Hi Mandi! I love your blog! It is so fun to read about all of the life changes that are happening for you, Jeremy and precious Griffin.

    I just wanted to pass on something that a woman once told me when it comes to infant growth spurts. She told me just to recognize it (which you have), and settle in until it is over. Just focus on feeding baby and eating and getting as much rest as you can; put everything else off if it is possible. Your body just needs to rest and refuel; that is the best you can do for you and for Griffin.

    On the pumping, it is tiring to go through so much to just get very little milk. I did it with Thomas after every feeding for about three months, but I felt like I was just nursing or pumping (or cleaning the pumping bottles) ALL the time. Someone told me to pump as much as I could in case something happened and I couldn’t nurse him on demand (like a hospitalization for one of us). If there are specific feedings where you feel he didn’t nurse as much, maybe just pump at those times and start making a small milk bank for those unexpected times where he is exceptionally hungry and you need to be in class. This next time around, I won’t torture myself with 8-10 pumping sessions a day. Any mom will wear out too fast from exhaustion.

    You are a wonderful mama! Griffin has just the parents God intended for him. Thank you for posting your stories! May God greatly bless you and your beautiful family!

    1. Hey Jessica!
      Thanks so much! I’m glad that others can relate – I really want to breastfeed exclusively, but even my doctor told me I didn’t have to be a “purist” about it and that I could always supplement with formula if I needed to go somewhere.
      I will just have to be mindful of those times when he doesn’t eat so much!

      By the way, I cannot wait to see pictures of your little one! Keep posting to Facebook!

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