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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Baby Whispering

So, my littler guy is a fussy baby. He's not colicky or anything like that. He's just, um, fussy. It's getting better, that's for sure, but don't put the kid in his car seat, or in the swing, or put him down! MY GOD! DON'T PUT HIM DOWN.

Did I mention that about two months ago, he cried so hard that he burst a blood vessel in his eye? That was on a very short trip in the car. I had to drive... I had to get home... Babies have to be in car seats!

I've tried wearing him in the Baby Bjorn and in the Moby Wrap. He vehemently objected to both. Vehemently. I've recently ordered another wrap to try (I had a coupon, making it ridiculously cheap). So, we'll get on that in the next few days.

Nathan was a much easier baby to soothe. Part of it, I'm sure, was his affinity for the pacifier. Daniel prefers nursing and being held. This would be great if I didn't have another child.

Also of note (probably only to me) is that this child was sleeping through the night at 4/5 weeks, consistently. I should say, he slept from about 10/11 pm to about 6 am. So, not the 12 hours that you'd like to see, but I thought it was awesome. Nathan, the angel baby, still doesn't sleep 12 hours... or even 10. On a good night, it's 8. Anyway, around 2 and a half months, just after he was released from the hospital, he started working on a tooth (which he's still working on). Since then, he's been waking up a couple times a night. It's gotten particularly bad since it gets daylight so early. Now, he'll go down between 9 and 10 pm, and then wake up around 3 and 5 and 6. I believe the latter two are daylight-related, but we still haven't done anything about that. Because we're dumb.

I just don't have the temperament to try CIO, especially with a high-needs baby, because it probably won't even work. Really though, it's not my thing. But, I am going to try to move him from the pack-n-play right by our bed, to the crib one the other end of our room - away from the window! We'll see if this has any impact.

Since I've got a zero success rate, I'm totally open to suggestions.

1 comment:

Swimming-duck said...

((HUGS)) No advice - sounds like you're trying so many things. Ayden was pretty high needs - I couldn't put him down hardly at all, but he loved the Moby so that made life easier. Have you tried lots of different kinds of holds? I love the Ergo - some babies like it because they're more upright (although you can do upright positioning in the Moby). Baby Bjorn isn't a great carrier in my opinion because there's no seat for baby - baby is suspended by the crotch. So even though the Ergo is the same position as far as upright goes, it might be more comfy because baby sits in it a bit differently. Also, does Baby Bjorn still face baby out instead of towards mom? That can be overstimulating for some babies. The Ergo's not cheap though, so it would suck to get one and have it not work. If you do end up getting to town anytime soon you'd be welcome to try mine out and see if that works.

Ayden also did the same thing with sleeping through the night. He actually slept 11 hours at a stretch from a very young age. Looking back I wouldn't allow this again because we ended up having breastfeeding/ weight gain issues, but it did feel nice to get that much sleep!

I'm wondering if your little guy gets overstimulated super easily? Ayden was a lot like that and still is. Poor guy = but you're right - what's a mom to do? You gotta go about your business, put him in a car seat, and all that good stuff. Hang in there! In the meantime chocolate helps!