Friday, August 28, 2009

Battle of wills

Date: 27 Aug 2009
Time: 6:48am

In this corner, weighing in at 200lbs and standing at 5ft 9in- Jude Yew. 37 years old. Armed with all the willpower and stamina a new father can muster, and the 5 S's from The Happiest Baby on the Block. He is determined to overcome what lays before him...

In the other corner, weighing 6lbs 10oz and measuring 20 inches while lying down- Sophie Yew. 3 weeks old. Equipped with lungs of steel and a wiggle that can squirm out of the toughest swaddle. She will not be defeated.

It was a non-bloody but long-drawn four-hour battle between father and daughter. Tears were shed, cries expended, nerves tested, Baby Tylenol contemplated. Sleep eluded all in the arena. Serene Koh, mother-wife-bystander, provided sustenance for both contenders- food for one and mental support for the other. She could not choose sides.

In the end, at the break of dawn, in the face of an interminable impasse, both contenders caved in to exhaustion. Sophie Yew passed out after the third feed of the night without much sleep, and Jude Yew retreated to the confines of the bed.

This battle may or may not resume tonight. Stay tuned.

3 comments:

Amy W Cook said...

Aaaannd.... how did it go?

serene said...

Last night was just perfect :) She woke up three times to feed and went right back to bed- thank god! We discovered that it was about the swaddling- she's OK with it while she's sleeping but when she wants to feed, she'd rather be unswaddled. When she's swaddled, she probably doesn't nurse well, starts crying, and then that's what starts everything off...

Amy W Cook said...

Man, you guys are really lucking out out in the "easy baby" department. I don't think I've ever heard of a baby that slept at night this early in life. Way to go Yews! Of course, that might change .... today or tomorrow.... they are ALWAYS changing and that's constant. :-)