By late Wednesday afternoon, I was starting to worry. Elizabeth was very sleepy and the longest she'd been awake all day was 1.5 hours and her sleeps were lasting between 50 minutes and 1.5 hours. She'd slept for 12.5 hours Tuesday night through to Wednesday morning, a whole hour longer than usual. After waking at 8am, she had her breakfast and was then asleep again by 9:10am. She seemd quite happy to eaither play or eat while she was awake but would become tired very quickly after waking. My head was telling me to keep a close eye on her.
There was also the small matter of the most horrendous nappy rash I have ever seen. Granted, I'm not that experienced when it comes to nappy rash - the blessing of reusables or are we just lucky? - but her bottom is covered in an angry red rash. It's bothering her a bit but nothing too serious.
So then I decided that E hadn't been in any distress or hadn't been unresponsive so I probably didn't need to bother a doctor. I was planning on seeing the health visitor to get E weighed the following day so I'd have a chat with her about E and she what she recommended.
Thursday came and E was pretty much the same as Wednesday. The rash was still there (although it was spreading onto her legs) and she was still sleeping quite a bit. I had a chat with Niki the health visitor and she said it sounded like teething symptoms and was nothing to worry about. That made sense as E has had the rosy cheeks, the dribbles, the constant chewing and has even needed a dummy to help get her to sleep sometimes. She only had a dummy for the first couple of weeks after she was born so it's not like it's something she's missed. I think the problem is that she wants something to suck or chew but the teether doesn't stay in her mouth as she drifts off to sleep. That's where the dummy comes in. I put it in her cot and E will find it if she wants it.
So there's no need to panic! Everything will right itself and we just keeping plodding along to the new beat. Phew!