not a joy

April 2, 2009 at 11:19 pm (Baby Stuff) (, , )

she’s in hysterics, i’m in tears.  i’m out of ideas and running short on patience.

two hours of almost unbroken, gut-deep wailing from her.  i don’t even think i can hear in my left ear anymore.

all i can do is hold her and wait it out.  it can’t last forever.

but it makes me wonder if there is something medically amiss.


  1. Tatiana said,

    20m after I made this post, she had calmed a bit, nursed, and fallen asleep. I laid her in the cradle… then went into the bedroom and sobbed on Chris’ shoulder for a few minutes. When I returned to the nursery, she was lying in the cradle with her eyes wide open. I stood there with her a few minutes until she got fussy, then picked her up. For another hour or so we’ve been pacing the living room; she’s hardly nursed and gotten very pissed off anytime I’ve tried. I just laid her down again and came to type this reply — not because I want to be awake or I feel a pressing need to update this, but to give her a few minutes to decide whether or not she’s actually going to sleep. I don’t think this will be a long 4-5 hour long rest, though. With all that energy she used up crying, she’s going to need a good feeding session. Sigh.

    Goodnight, I hope.

  2. Tatiana said,

    annnnnd she’s up.

    this means that, other than 20 minutes, she’s been up for 7 hours. wtf?

  3. J.C said,

    Is there a health line you can call or something? Over here we have one. I remember when Lauren was like that one night it was nice just to hear someone elses point of view without having to pack up and head to the Drs. Maybe giving her a bath woll calm her down? I always find that works with Lauren.
    If all else fails, take her to see the Dr. you never know, something really might be up.

  4. J.C said,

    I hope by now that she has gone to sleep and you’re all tucked up in bed though. It’s no fun at all when babies are that unhappy. Big hugs for you! You’re a great Mummy, so don’t take this as a sign that you’re not 😉 I also know that sometimes it feels that way when baby is upset.

  5. Gala said,

    Is she pooping and peeing? Does she have a fever? If all is normal with these, then I think she is just being cranky. Do whatever makes you and Chris feel better-so call the dr. if you need. But believe in yourself. You are doing a great job.

  6. Jinxy said,

    I’m sorry.
    I know when Lily has been awake for too long (usually more then 3 hours) she is super fussy and has a much harder time falling asleep.
    If you are even a bit concerned taking her to the doctor is always advised.
    We took Lily to the ER at midnight when she was about 4 weeks old because she had been screaming for hours. They said she was fine but it made us feel better to have someone in a white coat tell us that.
    Good luck.

  7. ERicaB/CrazyMomma said,

    I think that if you think that it could be something medical you should call your ped. Moms know best!! Good luck with the fussy one!

  8. Maria said,

    I would super think about wearing her at times like this, or giving it a try. When MJ lost his shit like that (which he did every evening for an entire week) the only thing that would help was sticking him in the newborn hug hold in my Moby Wrap and then dancing gently all over the house. Eventually he’d sleep and I could sit with him sleeping in there.

  9. Tatiana said,

    I should have done that…. next time!

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