Georgia is 6 weeks today and that also means I have been a mother of three for that long too. I think overall it is going well and getting better each day. I can also say that I am enjoying it and most days when asked if I want another I don't laugh in their faces.
I am struggling with my parenting style. Because Ally and I had milk supply issues; breastfeeding and supply became my obsession. I nursed her for every little cry and she comfort nursed all the time. I also believed that keeping the baby at the breast was important. I did this for Zoe and it was okay. I am doing it for Georgia but it is getting hard.
Sleep is the root of the problem. It is not the length or how often she is up but it is extremely difficult to get her to go to sleep. It is a lot of nursing and that takes away from Ally and Zoe and they are showing signs that they need more attention. Georgia will nurse, fall asleep and then I wait for a bit and put her down and she wakes up like 10 minutes later if not sooner. This pattern continues until she is so overtired that nursing barely soothes her. She wants to suck but then gets mad that there is milk. The problem is that this takes all day or late into the night. Like today, she had a wonderful morning nap and got up at 12pm and she has not slept more than 20 minutes all day.
I know that she is young and this too shall pass but because nursing was the cure all for Ally and Zoe, I have no other tricks up my sleeve. I ask Mike for help but he has no clue either. I have tried the swing, I rock, walk, bounce and sing. These all work once or twice but never consistently and Georgia smells the milk so she gets even more mad. And then I am so tired that I give up to save my sanity.
I feel guilty for neglecting my other daughters, getting frustrated at Mike and Georgia.
I wish that I had a better memory to remember when a schedule and naps became easier. With Ally, I got her into a schedule pretty quickly because I slept with her for every nap. With Zoe, I was able to put her down by herself for the morning nap and I slept with her for the afternoon nap. From there I was able to easily transition them to sleeping by themselves and having a nice consistent schedule. Now with Georgia, the morning nap has just started to happen but the afternoon nap or naps do not happen.
I am writing this post to vent as that is the case with most of my posts and maybe if there is a 4th child to give me a better timeline as to when things will get better. I am also hoping that some of you followers and my wonderful commentors will help me with some tricks or just remind me that it will be better soon.