Why all the sleep? Well, we've gone back to swing shift, it seems. The waking up in the middle of the night (letting her cry or not) was just destroying me; I had used up all my reserves and could not do it anymore. So Kev valiantly stayed up until 4 so I could sleep. I feel almost like a human being again.
We've been trying to figure out why Kavi has such trouble sleeping long stretches. We think a lot of it is just that she doesn't eat enough at one go. At her age, her stomach should be big enough that she could drink 6-8 ounces at a time, but she's been doing 3-4 ounces instead. So yesterday, we finally got around to getting her some medium flow nipples -- she's been using the slow flow infant ones. We apparently should have switched her at three months to medium flow, but somehow, it didn't occur to us. After that, she drank two 6 oz. bottles (one at 7:30 p.m., one around midnight) no problem. So it's probably our fault that she was eating so little at a time -- it was too much work with the slow nipple, and she got tired and stopped. We feel like idiots.
It won't be the first time parenting makes us feel like idiots, I'm sure.
I was so tired that I got weepy at Kevin both nights; poor guy. I think I'm over the worst of it, though. And we did have some nice parts of the holiday -- Ann made her traditional Christmas brunch casserole (because we'll be at my parents for Christmas this year), which was delicious as always, and we went out for a restaurant dinner with Kevin's sister's husband's family, so it was a big 22-person Thanksgiving (if you count the babies), which I like. I've done small Thanksgivings before, once or twice, and I always prefer the big ones, even though they're chaotic and sometimes stressful. Just feels more like a family holiday that way.
We also at some point got Uncle Rick to take a family photo in the Whytes' yard.
Pictured left to right: Susan, Brooke, Shawn, Ron, Ann, Kavi, Kevin, me!