Today Gabi is 5 weeks old. Not last night, but the night before she mostly slept through the night. She went to sleep at about 12:00 midnight, and I woke her up at 6:30 to feed her. Last night was pretty good too. She went to sleep a bit after 10:00, and woke up (on her own) at around 4:30 for a feeding. I have mixed feelings about her sleeping so long. On the one hand I love it. 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep is nice, but on the other hand she has not been gaining weight like she should have, so I wonder if it would be more responsible of me to wake her up after 4 hours to feed her.
There are three things that I think factor in to her sleeping so well. First she is eating more because of my supplementing her feedings. I really hope that as her corrected gestational age gets to 40 to 42 weeks her strength will be such that she can transfer adequate milk on her own, and I won’t have to do it forever. Second (and third) has to do with swaddling her. When I use normal receiving blankets to swaddle her they are both thin and small. I have been using a larger blanket so I can swaddle her more securely, and it also happens to be thicker, so I think that her more secure swaddling, and the fact she is warmer, are the 2nd and 3rd reasons why she sleeps better at night.
I have a request to make of all of you who are more creative in the kitchen than I am. I really want to do a better job of feeding my family. My goals are 1. more variety, 2. more healthy (at least a little bit). My problems are that I have no kitchen creativity, and no skill in the kitchen, other than the ability to read instructions (that aren’t too complicated), and I’m trying to juggle a toddler and an infant. So please give me some ideas of EASY (and I mean really easy), quick menu ideas. I need breakfast, lunch and supper ideas.