Yvette - posted on 01/29/2010 ( 311 moms have responded )
I'm a stay at home mom with a 5 week old and a 22 month old. My oldest is very active and demands nearly constant one on one attention, when told no she goes into fits. My newest has just started what I can only say must be colic. He starts early afternoon and it lasts until nearly7:30pm or 8pm. After that it's a great night.
A normal episode is like this: eats 30 minutes and seems content. Begins to fuss soon after. I attempt to calm him and he gets worse. Soon after a crying, burping, rocking spell he sleeps for about 30 minutes but must be held. He then wakes and screams for up to an hour.
I am extremely frustrated and overtaxed by my children. I am at home from 2:30pm to about 10pm or later with them. The toddler is on a good schedule and goes down at 7pm for the night, but has been teething and wakes sporadically. The newest seems to feed every 2 1/2 -4 hours depending on the time of day. I just need to know what I can do to not lose my mind. I had colic as a baby and my mother told me it was so bad she was tempted to smother me with a pillow. She, thankfully, lived with my grandparents because she was right out of high school when she had me. I don't have any help when the husband leaves and I find myself in a state of panic when the two kids gang up on me and scream. I do not feel that I like I have depression, and I would never harm my children, but I cannot for the life of me deal with this much longer as is. Crying in the shower while the two are in "time out" in a safe place doesn't seem like a good fix for how I feel. There has got to be a better way. Any advice?