I just got schooled by my one week old.
Charlotte has her days and nights a little confused. Seems appropriate considering the fact that she should still be tucked in my uterus for another few weeks. During the day, she falls right to sleep after a feeding ... even with the noise of a two year old filling the background. At night, when our world is so much more quiet, she's alert - love seeing her eyes open - and even a little restless. Of course, I am ready for bed, so this presents a bit of a dilemma.
I've been enjoying Charlotte's alertness but watching closely for signs of over-stimulation, a lesson I learned from NHV ... back in the day. Tonight, CJV offered me a refresher course in this concept.
After several big yawns, the most classic newborn "I'm tired" sign, I took Charlotte upstairs, changed her poo-filled diaper (a task usually preformed just before feeding), and proceeded to rock, sing, and pat her to sleep. I brought out my signature shushing. In response, she squirmed and grimaced and seemed miserable. Twenty minutes later, I couldn't figure out what was "wrong" with her; she just wouldn't go to sleep.
I got up from the glider, sat on the edge of the bed, and cuddled her close. I stopped moving. I stopped singing. I stopped shushing. I took a few deep breaths and allowed my mind to wonder.
Within two minutes, Charlotte was blissfully, completely ... asleep.
Clearly, when helping a newborn fall asleep, less is more.
Sidenote: In regards to this momma getting enough SLEEP, less is definitely NOT more!