Posted by Shana on October 15, 2003 at 21:30:55:
In Reply to: having a hard time coping posted by Tara on October 15, 2003 at 20:57:49:
: I'm a stay-at-home mom of an almost 4 month old daughter. For a while she was either sleeping through the night or waking up once to nurse, and now she is waking up about 3-4 times a night, and often doesn't go back to sleep. She also doesn't nap much, and lately has been having 12 hour stretches without napping. I can tell she is tired, but when she falls asleep, I lay her down, and she is up again in minutes. Her breastfeeding habits are getting really tough; she'll nurse for a couple minutes on one side, and then refuse the other. Of course she wants to eat again soon. She even does this when she wakes up in the morning. I'm having a very hard time dealing with all this, and her growing fussiness. Instead of getting easier with age, she is becoming more difficult. I'm miserable, and I hate what my life has become. I want to enjoy her growing up times, but instead I'm full of frustration, and guilt for my feelings. I could really use some help!
I can relate! It can be a horrible time. From my own experiences it sounds like teething to me. I never wanted to believe that's what it was, but soon learned! You may want to try to soothe the gums by rubbing them, give a cool wash cloth to chew on, etc. Also try Motrin (worked better than Tylenol for us). My son finally had a 3 month break from teething, and recently started again. It can turn the little angels in devils LOL! Good luck...