Thank you all for your reassuring and supportive comments on my last post. I'm still exhausted but I feel much better after reading about your experiences. Last night was pretty bad. She slept until 2am but then up every hour or so after that. She's not unsettled. She just wants a quick cuddle and a feed and then she goes back to sleep without any fuss. But then she's at it again only an hour later. She's been feeding A LOT. And I'm wondering if she's gearing up for solids..? When she watches me eat she's very intrigued and makes chewing motions and sucks on her bottom lip. Are these signs? I wanted to wait until 6 months (at least) but I'm feeling like I can't satisfy her at the moment. A part of me is a bit scared about introducing solids (especially on the early side) because I'm afraid she'll want to wean. And I would just be devastated if that happened. I'd happily get up 895 times a night and feed her to keep her on the boob. Paddy says I'm being silly because she's as obsessed with breastfeeding as I am, and he can't imagine her ever weaning! But still, I worry.
If I was to introduce solids, I'm thinking 5 months is the earliest I would do it. Do you think that's too early? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Anyway... I know that caffeinating (is that even a word?) myself into another dimension probably isn't the best way to handle this sleep situation, especially when I'm breastfeeding. But at the moment this beautiful smooth creamy coffee from Coffee Alchemy is my saviour. A distant lover. My old favourite from my old stomping ground - Marrickville, Sydney. My Sister in Law was good enough to bring some up for me on her visit. And I'm only having one a day (okay, sometimes two) Max. Even so, the after effects are quite concerning. There's no wonder the poor baby can't sleep - she's having nightmares about her lunatic goggly-eyed mother.