2 months old gorgeous boy turning into lil monster around 5 pm every weekday...

Kaska - posted on 09/10/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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screaming his head off until daddy comes home from work. Wondering if he is understimulated or overstimulated? Not colic as he does not show any signs of pain just screaming and crying, usually nothing over the weekend. He does not respond to me trying to calm him down, midwife said first time it happened it is probably due to me smelling of milk = food person not a comforter... Advice needed :( I am so tired it is 1 hr of cry and scream, he only quiets down for 5 minutes and he is on again.

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Oh my daughter used to do this every day from about 4pm until her bed time at 6/6:30. I really can't give you any advice as all babies are different, but all we used to do with DD was to hold her and rock her. I'd feed her and then hubby would take her and rock her while I did dinner and ate, then I'd feed and rock while hubby ate, then we'd bath her and get her ready for bed, feed her again and then straight to bed. I have been told it is because they are tired at the end of the day and the crying is a release of the stresses from the day. I don't know if this is actually the case, but the good news is they do grow out of it.

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Kaska - posted on 09/10/2012

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Thanks a lot to all of yous :) I do appreciate, especially I only joined and posted yesterday :) I had appointment with Plunket today and turn out he didn't put too much weight on as well, not drastically but a bit under. After I came home I fed him like crazy and at some point when I finally LOOKED (tears wiped etc :)))) ) I noticed he might be hungry (quite confusing as he is using same sign for hungry and dummy). I thought stuck it and finally gave him a formula top up. I had problem with lactation, bit of a mixture of everything and him being 3 month premee. Anyway I was taking this medicine to boost it up and it seemed he was happy only on the breast. To my surprise he ate the whole 80 ml on top of 2 feeds! After that he fell asleep easily. NOthing worked on him today even vacuum cleaner, now I know why. So then and again go by the gut feeling I guess.

Thank you ladies for showing to me I am not the only one with the screaming angel! Seems like I just have to suck it up and wait another month (sighing heavily....). Will try all suggestions, at least that will give me something to do apart from looking at my baby boy's tears.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/10/2012

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It's normal to have a fussy time in the early evening. One reason you might not be able to soothe the baby is because you're already exhausted and sort of tensing up with anticipation of how awful the next hour will be. I'm amazed how easily babies can pick up that sort of thing. I was shocked, my husband would come home and if he'd had a bad day when I'd give him our son the baby would SCREAM but if he'd had a fine day the baby would just drop off to sleep.

Sylvia - posted on 09/10/2012

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This is totally normal and often stops of its own accord at about 3 months. While it lasts it can be pretty awful. When my DD was a new baby, my oncologist told us about his oldest kid, whom he used to wear in a Snugli, and how he'd take him out for a walk around the neighbourhood to get him to go to sleep. He (baby) would be out like a light, he said, and then the millisecond his (my dr's) foot touched the bottom porch step, WAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! He said he would have guessed we had a new baby even if he'd just met us because we both kind of swayed all the time ;)



Do you have a soft carrier or a baby sling? Are there certain positions he likes to be held in? (My DD *hated* being horizontal when she was tiny. People would always try to hold her in their arms so they could look into her little monkey face, and she would freak out -- but she'd be fine if they held her upright. She was a weird baby LOL.) How about music? White noise like a fan or washing machine or dishwasher?



If it's the same time every day no matter what you do, chances are he will age out of it ... eventually.



RE: co-sleeping/bed-sharing, other people will no doubt have other opinions on this ;) but if you can find a solution where you don't feel nervous about squashing him (btw this is extremely unlikely unless one of you has sleep apnea, smokes, or is intoxicated) but he still feels close enough to you to be comfortable -- something like one of those Arm's Reach thingies that attaches to the side of your bed, maybe -- I would go for it. He's really tiny still; some people actulaly call the first 3 months "the fourth trimester", because babies under 3 months are not totally ready to be out in the world. (We are born much earlier than other mammals because otherwise our big heads would get stuck, so we are less developed when we're born.) And you'll all get more sleep. You do have to kind of think about your comfort level with continuing to bed-share or co-sleep; some people have no problem keeping it up for years, others want it done by the toddler stage (and to be fair, sleeping toddlers can be kind of ... kicky). But you're not sentencing yourself to 18 years of co-sleeping by letting him sleep with you for a few hours now :)

Kaska - posted on 09/10/2012

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if I try to nurse him he will go for a bit but the moment he is done and unlatches that's it, the siren goes again... maybe should tape him to the nipple :) I am a bit concerned as it is full blown scream with tears, consolation lasts only for 5 minutes, I tried rocking, swaddling, mobile, shutting off (bassinet with covered top)... My husband just picks him up and hugs him to the chest and the lil one shuts up...Doesn't go to sleep but gets quiet and sort of naps. But that is after one hr of lil hell for me. I hope it will end soon we have this entertainment for about 3 weeks already.

Also he started not falling asleep after feed at night after last grow spurt. Before he was knocked out almost straight away now even if he is asleep the moment I put him gently in the bassinet he wakes up straight away. If it happens every time through the whole night we gave up around 5 am and put him in bad with us for about 2 hrs. That =gets him to sleep straight away but we do not get enough sleep :) Afraid to squash him plus we were told not to get him used to it as it will be hard later on to get him to sleep on his own. Any suggestions on this one??

I can't even imagine how I will get back to work in November :(

Dove - posted on 09/10/2012

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It's normal. Crazy annoying, but normal.



What happens when you try and nurse him at this time? Typically at this age food and comfort go hand in hand, so that 'might' help. Otherwise.... time and patience. It won't last forever.

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