Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Rough Day

Yesterday was probably the most challenging Joseph day that we've had so far. And we only had him at home all day, because Stephanie went to play at my mom's house. (I must have had a psychic feeling that he was going to have a tough day, because I had called her the night before to ask if Stephanie could spend the day there.)

To start with, Joseph has been having a lot of tummy troubles. He's gassy and fussy, much more so than is "normal" in my opinion. He refused to be put down all day, which meant I had to hold him. But not just hold him...stand up with him and bounce and dance around the house. He continually arched his back and cried and screamed. He's obviously in pain, which breaks my heart because there's only so much I can do for him. He ended up settling down around 4 in the afternoon, and was able to take about an hour nap. He's also eating really well finally, so at least that's helpful. The rest of the evening went smoothly, and he seemed more peaceful and in less pain.

But then we had a really difficult night. He and I went to bed at 10, and he woke up to eat at 11:30. Dan fed him, but I woke up when he did. Then Stephanie woke up at 12:30, and needed her Cloud B Sleep Sheep turned back on. Then Joseph woke up again at 2:20 to eat. I put him back in the bassinet at 3:30, and just as I started to doze off, Stephanie woke again. Then Joseph woke up at 4:50 in pain, so I rocked him back to sleep. And then he woke up to eat at 5:50. I begged Dan at that point to give him his bottle so that I could get a  little bit of sleep. I managed to sleep until 7:30, when Stephanie woke up for the day.

Even though i'm super exhausted, I am more frustrated about the fact that Joseph is having such issues with his tummy. We're working on switching formulas in order to find the one that works for his digestive system, but it's a trial and error system, and I want to make sure that he gets a good amount of time with one before I give up on it. I also want to talk to the pediatrician tomorrow at his 2 week appointment, to see if she has any other suggestions. I know we'll figure it out eventually, but in the meantime it is a truly awful experience to see my little one in pain.

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