Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hope for us?

I hope I didn't scare any of you with my last post-especially those of you who are pregnant with your firsts. Being a mother is lovely especially after the hormones calm down after the first two weeks. It is wonderful to gaze at your child and see you and your husband and a completely new life with its own preferences and looks and ideas, and it is especially amazing as they become slowly more and more aware of the world around them.

However after the first two weeks is also when colic,acid reflux, etc show up and for the about 20% of parents whose children have these problems the next weeks are hard. There is no blissed out laying with baby as the chances are high that baby is screaming while you pace the floors trying any and everything to calm baby down.

You don't feel much in the mood to do anything besides count down the days to 12 weeks when these problems are supposed to improve by themselves and you might finally get more then an hour or two of sleep in one go.

Don't feel bad if you are one of the "lucky" ones and sometimes feel resentful ... no one can possibly think listening to a baby scream for two hours is enjoyable or what they had always dreamed of when becoming a parent.

We were at the pediatrician today and he said that studies have shown that basically all the current medicines which people try with colic and acid reflux don't work and the only thing that does is seeing an Osteopath. Which we are doing on Friday. I will let you all know if it helps or if my days and nights are still spent mainly like this.


  1. Awww, even his crying is cute! (though I'm sure that's not how you feel about it :-))

    I wanted to say that I totally remember thinking we would have to wait until 12 weeks for things to get better, and it felt like FOREVER. Luckily, James got much better way before 12 weeks. He didn't have reflux, so I know it's different, but I think his colickiness cleared up around 4-6 weeks, so not nearly as bad as the 3-4 months I had been planning on. Hang in there, you're doing a great job!!

  2. Thanks Grace!!! Today was actually a pretty good day, he slept twice for two hours straight which was great. My doctor also told me not to feed him any more often then every two hours and I think that is helping as well.

  3. Aww, what a little sweetheart. Poor mama - all that crying is soooo hard. :( I think Grace is right and it will get better before 12 weeks. They just become so much more aware of their surroundings and are more easily soothed/occupied by things like toys and faces...

    You are doing a wonderful job - hang in there!!

  4. wow mama hes got some lungs!
    hes so loud compared to atticus lol
    im glad to hear you are doing well :)

  5. Aww poor baby and poor mama and daddy, I don't imagine this is easy for any of you.

  6. Poor sweeties! Hang in there! Ry had colic, reflux, and food allergies, so I know your pain all too well. I hope the poor little guy starts feeling better soon and all three of you start getting some sleep!