6 Week Growth Spurt!
It was on about the 3rd visit from my midwife, when I was complaining about how all Lil Miss P wanted to do was feed, that she told me about the (reasonably) predictable growth spurt marks – 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks etc.
Obviously it makes sense that babies go through a period of increased and rapid growth, I just didn’t know when or that they were so discernible and challenging.
We had already hit the 3 week growth spurt at that stage it seemed, and the lack of sleep and the cluster feeding was the giveaway to what was going on according to my midwife.
So she warned me, ‘they keep coming too!’.
And then I started seeing people mention on one of the online groups I belong to how the 6 week growth spurt is even more brutal.
I took this information in, somewhat casually, feeling like 6 weeks was so far away.
See, at 3 weeks I was just praying for that 6 week milestone that they say turns everything around for newborns.
I wasn’t really considering the growth spurt that might have to happen first.
But now that we’re here, it’s all consuming.
Lil Miss P has done nothing but feed, fuss and want to be held for 2 days now.
There’s no sleep in the day and there’s no carefree, relaxed baby to be seen. Just a fussy, hungry, overtired and frantic baby.
It’s a lot to deal with.
Because I am exclusively breastfeeding I am the only source of food. So I’m on duty every half hour or so at least, if not constantly for a few hours at a time. And I have to be honest and say OW!!! I’m kind of raw.
But it’s not just all the feeding.
It’s Lil Miss P’s intensified need to be held and cuddled and rocked and soothed in between the feeds that adds to the feelings of overwhelm.
If I’m not parked on the couch feeding, I am carrying Lil Miss P around, trying to keep her happy and get a drink or something to eat at the same time.
We’re co-joined right now, and she’ll have it no other way.
In a moment of needing some kind of reassurance this afternoon I jumped on line to a group of other Mums in business that I hang out with and asked those experienced in child rearing how long the 6 week growth spurt lasts.
One of the answers were particularly disheartening – “FOREVVVVVVVVER!”
And I can easily see how it feels like that, especially right in the thick of it.
But there was another answer that gave me the reassurance I needed – “This will pass”.
Which is true (I hope).
This will pass. This stage, this spurt, this phase, it will pass.
I don’t know when, or how we will all be at the end of it, but it will pass.
We’ll come out the other side and then we’ll be on to another stage, spurt or phase.
I’m kind of keen to get on with it, and to have my happy, relaxed little girl back, but I also know that this is just a part of her development and what her little body and brain needs to do right now.
I know in months and years to come I’ll have forgotten these days, or at least they will have blurred into a memory much less overwhelming.
And no doubt, there’ll be a time I’ll be wishing to be back here, with my tiny little 6 week old. Probably when she’s a pre-pubescent tantruming through the house telling me she I don’t understand her ; )
So for now, I’ll do what I need to do and just keep on nurturing, cooing, cuddling and practicing patience until we’re through the storm.
I’ll keep loving and treasuring my little girl, because she won’t need me like this forever.
But let it be known that I’m not a fan of this 6 week growth spurt.
Not at all.