Viv is everything I could ever want, but taking care of a preemie is more work than I could have been prepared for. The last few days, Vivian has decided that the 3-4 hour stretches of sleep were entirely too long, and has instead preferred to wake up every 1 1/2 hours between 12 a.m. & 8 a.m. to be fed and changed. Awesome!
So here is our average 4 a.m. wake up schedule: wake up, pick Viv up. Take her into the nursery to change her diaper. Ask Richard to go warm a bottle. Take Viv back to bed, try to find the nipple shield, put it on, try to breastfeed Viv (lasts 5-10 minutes). Take Viv off boob (and try not to get covered in milk at the same time), and hand her to Richard to be bottle fed. Set up the breast pump and get milked like a cow for 15-20 minutes. Richard tries to burp Vivian. After I pump, I hand Richard the bottles/bags full of milk and he hands me the baby. I lay Viv down and try to swaddle her as best as my sleep deprived mind will allow while Richard puts the milk containers in the fridge/freezer. Repeat as often as necessary.
It's a good thing she's so cute, because she's a lot of work.