I've been reading everyone's posts on the message board and it seems like there are alot of you out there with problems but it seems like Ava has a mixture of all of them.
Firstly it's her sleeping. Generally she goes to bed for the evening at around 7.30pm and wakes every 3 hours for a feed but quite ofen wakes up crying every hour and a half and needs to be resetttled by either being rolled along the wooden floor in her basinette or being brought into bed with me. She wakes around 6am and then throughtout the day refuses to sleep. Like many of you if she does go down it's only for a cat nap for 10-15mins which means getting anything done is a nightmare. I've watched her sleeping and I think half her problem is she wakes herself up by fidgeting so much, she just won't keep still. I've tried wrapping her but she hates having her arms restricted. If i'm lucky putting her in the car or pram often puts her to sleep but the minute we walk back through the doors she's awake again, which doesn't help me get anything done or get any rest during the day.
From the day I brought her home she was always really good at being put down of the evening and falling to sleep on her own, however as of last Friday when 5pm comes she's starts screaming uncontrollably, nothing I do seems to settle her. Then eventually after a heartbreaking hour or so of crying she falls asleep. I have been really quite proud of myself for sticking with the breastfeeding but anyone I tell about my sleepless nights says I'm mad for breastfeeding and I should put her on the bottle as the formula is much more filling and babies tend to sleep for longer intervals. I really enjoy feeding her myself and hope that her sleeping pattern improves so I can continue to do so. I was fully aware that babies wake through the night but I thought as she gradually got older the length of her sleep times would get better not worse.
Secondly it's the vomiting. I've honestly never seen a baby of her age bring up such huge amounts of vomit. I often wake in the night to hear her make loud gulping sounds and find her covered in vomit by morning. I've visited her GP 3 times, she's been diagnosed with reflux but the doc won't prescribe her anything because she's not loosing weight (YET) I've tried some over the counter medication such as Gavisgon and Zantac but this hasn't helped her at all. Somedays I bath her and while dressing her she projectile vomits all over herself which sees me putting her back in the bath. It breaks my heart to hear her gagging and then finding her in pools of vomit. I've tried propping up her mattress and keeping her upright after feeding but 3 hours can go by after a feed and she still manages to vomit. I pray everyday for sunshine just so all the washing gets done.
If anyone out there has any advice for me regarding the sleeping or the reflux i would greatly appreciate your ideas. I have four friends who all had babies around the same time as I had Ava and I'm sick of hearing about their babies who sleep right through and wake only for one feed. It would be nice to hear from someone whose going through the same thing. I'm starting to feel 65 not 25!!!!