Sunday, September 26, 2010

High Needs Baby

So I'm starting to think that I have a "high needs" baby. I wouldn't really call him "colicky" because he doesn't seem to be in pain, but he does get very mad at mommy and daddy for about 3 hours a day usually in the early afternoon. I think the real problem is that he has a hard time going to sleep in the daytime and wakes himself up easily because he is so active. But how do you "make" a baby go to sleep?

We've tried all the methods: nursing, swinging, holding, rocking, walking, dancing, singing. The only thing that works consistently is the stroller. And once we bring him back inside, his eyes pop right back open and he's awake and soon to be screaming. Most things will work for a minute or two and then he'll be screaing again. After 3 hours or so of fun, he decides not to be upset, and he'll usually sleep for several hours. He's been sleeping on me right now for almost two hours after his latest escapade.

He does sleep well at night. We have him in a bassinet and he never really gets to the crying stage unless mommy tries to change the diaper before the feeding (he wants his nummies when he wants his nummies). He does wake up every two hours at night, but usually just grunting enough to get mommies attention.

Anyway, Dr. Sear's says that "high-needs" babies are hyper-active (when Daniel is in a good mood he is constantly kicking his legs and waving his arms) and nurse frequently (like I said usually every two hours even at night, maybe one session of 3 hour sleep a day before wanting to feed again). So, I guess I'll have to get used to it until Daniel either grows out of this stage or finally gets some of his "needs" met better than they are right now. I just wish his crying time coincided more with when Daddy is home. Daddy is better at baby dancing than mommy is, plus mommy is going crazy trying to keep up with this child at home by herself. I was literally counting down the minutes until Daddy got home on Friday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Baby Love

So, I have an almost four week old infant sitting on my chest as we speak. I thought I was prepared, but having an infant is so much more exhausting than I thought it would be. First, there's the general recovery from 2.5 hours of pushing. I will say that labor and delivery was much less painful than I thought it would be (yay Bradley classes and naturally high pain tolerance). But 2.5 hours of pushing is essentially running a marathon. I actually found out later that a C-section is recommended after 3 hours of pushing. I'm so glad the doctors didn't tell me that.

Anyway, it takes two full weeks to recover enough to feel slightly human again, and then you hit that magical period where your baby starts to get gassy and colicky. We think it was from a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and oversupply syndrome. My milk took a little longer to come in and baby was starving. He seems much less gassy, but still cries more than he did the first two weeks. He doesn't cry at night, and I think part of it is that he has a really hard time putting himself to sleep during the day.

Now, he's hit a growth spurt and I fed him every hour this morning (at 7, 8, 9, and 11). He's adorable, but it's making it hard for me to eat or do anything around the house. Plus, since he can't put himself to sleep, I've let him sleep on me for the last hour and a half. It's hard to fit meals and showers in, but I'm working on it. He actually did really good this morning while I showered, he wasn't asleep, but he did lay quietly in his pack and play until I got half dressed, and then he wanted to eat again, of course.

He's waking up now, so here's hoping that he gives me a few minutes after he eats (and gets his diaper changed again) so that I can eat some lunch.

It's so funny, because he doesn't cry at night when he's hungry, or usually when he wakes up. He just starts grunting. Eh, eh, eh. That means feed me mommy!