Rough nights

Lisa - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )




So I'm not really sure what is causing this but recently in the evenings between 5pm and 11:30pm or so... Kalynn doesn't want to be put down... she wants more food and when she falls asleep it only lasts for 5 to 10 minutes. I should say that during the day Kalynn has no trouble being put down in her crib or alone in her chair, but in the evenings if she is asleep the minute you put her down she wakes up and cries. Or if you put her down while she is awake the scream is like that of total abandonment. So Bill (her dad) and I spend the evening juggling her back and forth between the two of us as our arms (and in his case shoulders) ache. But almost on the dot each night at 11:30pm she goes to sleep, we put her to bed in her crib, and then she is out until 3am or 4am when she wakes up for me to change her diaper, feed her and then she falls right back to sleep quickly and stays asleep until morning. However, I have had insomnia most of my adult life so after her 3am feeding I usually can't get back to sleep until morning when Bill gets up for work.

During the day, every 3 hours or so she eats... at times every half hour she needs her diaper changed. This has started to bring me to the point of exhaustion. Please understand I am not complaining. I am a mommy and I will do whatever it takes to make sure my baby is ok. I'm so grateful just to have her in my life! And if I hear one more person say welcome to motherhood I'm gonna scream!

When Bill leaves for work I seat belt Kalynn into her bouncer chair and put it on the bed next to me and I sleep. If I put her in her crib when she wakes she screams... if I put her in her bouncer chair, when she wakes, she sees me there and usually just sits there, unless she needs something. I have woken a few times and she is just giggling and cooing and just hanging out. So I usually sleep between 7am and noon and then Kalynn and I hang out together. Sometimes I get an afternoon/evening nap but not always.

I'm just curious about the personality change at night. Why is it she doesn't just hang out with us anymore? Why does she have to be held? Why does she want so much food at night? I understand the need for more diaper changes... she is eatting more... but what do I do? I can't hold her, it's killing my arms and back. But I can't bring myself to put a two month baby down and say suck it up kid you don't always get what you want.


Erica - posted on 06/24/2009




It sounds like Colic to me. You might want to check with the peditrician, does she have gas? every half hour sounds crazy for a diaper change, (now I'm a new mom as well) Caroline is 2 months yesterday and we only change her diaper every hour and half to two hours. You may want to go up a size in diapers just so they hold more.

They say colic is mostly in the evening hours try a swing or her bouncy seat in the evening something that keeps her from laying down completely. Caroline loved to sleep on her boppy pillow (Walmart sells a cheaper version called cuddle - u which is what we own and I recomend) Have you checked to see if maybe her sleeper is making her too hot? I'm deffinately not an expert on this but I'd call your pediatrition and see what he/she thinks.

No one is going to think your they crazy over reactant mom, you've waited this out a few days now and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Good luck and let me know what the doc says! (if you want)

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