I hired a night nurse just to help me get Dana to sleep before midnight and to help get her back to sleep in the middle of the night. Sometimes Dana was awake for hours and I found that I was rocking myself to sleep and not Dana. Our night nurse is a lovely woman who is gentle and certainly patient. I have been able to leave bottles of milk for the nurse to feed Dana so that I can catch up on some sleep. The nurse leaves at 6:30 in the morning, which is works out well for me.
I find it very difficult to get Dana to sleep. I have to rock her to sleep in my arms and then put her gently in her crib to sleep and pray that she does not wake up when I put her down. She is actually in a play crib, not a proper crib. Her real crib is at my parents and I have to go and get it. I just have not had the time. It really seems like Dana hates the play crib though. She can sleep for hours in her bouncy seat. She vibrates away in that seat, and can sleep for four to five hours during the day. One night I could not get her to sleep so I put her in her bouncy seat and she slept for six hours. It was her best night ever!
Marlee and Bradley are enjoying her tremendously. Marlee is like a little mama and carries her around the apartment. She is very gentle and careful but I am still nervous when she picks up Dana and walks with her. Through all the sleepless nights and exhaustion and running around, Dana is the best addition to our family.