first time mom- screaming baby

Suzanne - posted on 02/25/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi there!
I am a first time mom and my son, Cory, is two weeks old. We will have a day or two in a row where he sleeps wonderfully throughout the night and only wakes up to nurse and then quietly goes back to sleep. Then during the day he will sleep peacefully and when he does awake he is happy and pleasant. These are the days when i get my courage back- I can do this!

:::Then::: all the sudden Cory's mood will change and nothing I do will satisfy him. I will nurse him and he will fall asleep only to wake up screaming when I try to lay him down. I will make sure he is not too hot or too cold and that his diaper is changed and nothing-nothing ladies- will help. He starts crying again. So then I think he must still be hungry and I will try to nurse him again and he will settle down only to cry again when I try to move him while he sleeps. So then I tried holding him for another half an hour after he finishes nursing to see if that helps and it only helps sometimes. When he finally does nap it is only for a very short period of time.
Am I doing something wrong? I feel overwhelmed that I am not doing something right. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/25/2014

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One other thing: They can feel your stress. And they react to that. If you need to, have your partner take over for a few, so that you can lose that edge that may be unconsciously setting baby off easier.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/25/2014

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You're doing fine. You have a newborn. They grow almost constantly, they need to be fed on demand, and you will get very little "all night" sleep for awhile.

I promise that it will get better, as they get older, and are able to be more self sufficient, but for this first 6 months to year, you're going to feel like you're completely insane at times. This is normal! It's ok to have a mini breakdown if you need to (away from baby).

Make sure that you get adequate time for 'me' time. Whether that's 20 minutes of reading in the bathroom with the door locked, or a good soak in a spa tub, or simply some quiet time by yourself. That helps a tremendous amount!

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