Odd Eating Habits

Since birth Parker has been an odd eater.. especially compared to fat-baby-Holden who was always so good with a feeding schedule.
He doesn’t eat much (compared to other babies his age) and eats CONSTANTLY. It seems like he’s always hungry, but when it comes time to actually suck on a bottle he isn’t interested. Could that have something to do with the reflux.. and now the thrush? Yeah, it’s very possible- doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

Constantly I practically preach about how “all babies are different” and not to worry about your kid just because they aren’t doing something exactly at the same time or in the same way as another kid their age- but as a parent I am fully aware how much easier that is said than done.

Sometimes I think knowing other moms with kids the same age can be just as much of a curse as it is a blessing- because while they are the best ones to go to for advice, they can also (unintentionally and intentionally) make you worry, or feel like crap about your kid.
Over time i’ve managed not to let most of the things moms tend to brag about get to me, it’s when it comes to more ‘serious’ things such as sleep schedules and eating habits that I can’t seem to help the worry from creeping in.

Most babies at Parker’s age are eating more, less often, and sleeping more at night. Again, fully aware that all babies are different but when you hear about how some are already almost sleeping through the night and only eating every 4 hours during the day.. it can definitely frustrate you. As a parent of a newborn, you long for a full night of sleep.. hell, you long for more than 3 hours of sleep at a time so you can at least attempt to get in an REM cycle, and not getting one when it seems like everyone else is? Sucks.

Maybe he’ll be the first to sleep ALL the way through the night, who knows. Babies can throw curve balls like that. Holden started sleeping through the night right after 2 months old after screaming 7 hours a night right before that.. so anything is possible. I sure as shit hope so, i’m exhausted and my patience is really wearing thin. Most days I feel like i’m rocking MYSELF to sleep instead of Parker and can’t seem to keep my eyes open past 11pm, so i’m really looking forward to this newborn phase ending…but will be sad to see it go as well because that means my baby is growing up and that’s always a little sad.

Posted on November 16, 2009 by Holdin' Holden 1 Comment
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  • I’m so right there with you on the whole wishing J would sleep thing. We did the opposite. J was sleeping through the night until about 3 months and now he wakes up 3 or 4 times. We FINALLY got marcus to sleep through the night again after tying is door shut [we’ve got scissors in a strategic place in case of emergency]. kids are frustrating and I’m exhausted too. Before we know it, our babies will be the 2 yo’s and we’ll be wondering where the time went