Now let me start this off by saying I am so aware of how lucky I am to have my little baby and I’m SOO grateful for him. However, this monthish has been ROUGH.
Little Man was starting to be on a good bedtime schedule until he got sick and we had to take him to the ER and ever since then, his schedule got SUPER messed up and we’re struggling hardcore. It’s starting to get better. Instead of going down at 2:30am, he’s going to bed around 12:30am, but he was going to bed around 10:30pm before. He does sleep a good stretch (about 8hrs), so that part is really nice, however, he started a witching hour[s] routine starting around 9pm. He just screams and cries for hours on end and nothing seems to soothe him. He doesn’t want a bottle, he doesn’t want to play, it doesn’t matter how we hold him, he’s just uncomfortable and angry. I know it’s partially because his stomach is upset (he’s also been spitting up a LOT), but we can’t seem to help him settle it. We try to give him bigger feeds to stretch out his feeding times so he’s not just eating all the time, but he seems to still want to eat smaller amounts more frequently (every 2 hours vs 3). Gripe water doesn’t seem to help. In fact, the last few times we gave it to him, he vomited. We have an appt for him in 2 weeks (can’t get an earlier one), so hopefully the Dr can help us out. If you have any advice on this, I would be eternally grateful.
He also has never had a good day time routine. We try SUPER hard to get him on one, but he refuses to nap when we want him to. He’s also having a hard time napping during the day without me holding him. Most of the time as soon as I set him down, he’s wakes right up and refuses to go down again. I’m constantly having to hold him, which makes doing anything ridiculously hard. I feel like I have no time to clean, do laundry, cook (or even eat), shower. It doesn’t help that 2+ hours of my day is spent pumping. I only get to read blogs/scroll Instagram with one hand while holding him in my other arm. It’s why I had such a long lapse in blog posts going up. When my parents are here, it’s easier, but then I’m still just constantly trying to make up for all the lack of cleaning and chores I missed while they were gone (I’m STILL trying to finish putting away Christmas stuff), and I feel like I just don’t have time to be calm and rest. I guess that’s just mom life until he’s basically a teenager. The worst part of them being here and being [incredibly] helpful, is that I feel SOOO guilty that I’m not spending enough time with him and interacting with him enough. I feel guilty all the time about not having the energy to interact with him and that we don’t really have space for more toys or things to stimulate him. We as it is barely do tummy time, because when he first wakes up he’s usually super gassy or his stomach is upset and putting him on his belly makes him lose his mind and then once his stomach has calmed down a bit we change him and feed him and he typically passes right out again and the whole process starts all over again. We try to do tummy time in between him getting his stomach settled and when he wants to eat again, but he typically wants to eat right away again and if we put it off, it’s more losing his mind. Sometimes, during his witching hour[s], we can get him on his belly to distract him, but it usually only lasts a 10 mins or so and then we flip him on his back to let him play with his activity gym until he remembers he’s angry about something. If you have any advice about this too, I would LOVE it.
Basically long story short – I’m exhausted and my formerly constantly happy baby is starting to be fussy more and more frequently. On the plus side, when he’s not fussing he’s constantly babbling and smiling more and it’s SOOO CUTE. He also said “mama” a few weeks ago. I missed it, but my in-laws all said he said it and it was a very clear distinct “mama”.