For the past 10 days my DS has been quite a different baby than he was for the preceeding 21. I have been telling myself over and over again that his behavior is normal, but now I think that there is actually something wrong. I hope I'm not just being an overly paranoid mother!
So, here is the deal; DS used to be like clockwork: in a great mood until exactly 2 hours since his last feeding, then very upset until he ate. Then in a great mood again. You could set a clock by his stomach! Then, 10 days ago he started becoming grumpier and grumpier and wanted to feed more like every 1 hour. Sounds like a growth spurt, right? That is what I told myself for the first week.
Now it is becoming clear that he isn't just grumpy- something hurts or is uncomfortable. He is now demanding to eat most of the day. Nothing else quiets him down- wrapping, walking, driving, cuddling, swinging, I've tried it all- keeping his head elevated, the colic hold (pressure on the belly does seem to help for a few seconds). When I mean he wants to eat all day- for example he will remain on the breast for several hours- the entire length of a movie- and still suck fingers/arm when I take him off as if he were still hungry. I keep him drinking as much as possible- compression and all. He certainly isnt eating for that whole time, though.
There are times during the day when he is happy- yesterday it was very early in the morning after not eating a whole lot overnight. Then again after lunchtime. But what I am noticing is that he will often be happy until he does one particular thing: he opens his mouth wide, like he is yawning, and does something with his tongue and/or throat- then starts yelling in pain. He does it after eating, sleeping, and other times when he is calm and happy.
He has also started spitting up a lot more- yesterday it was like 7 or 8 times. But it doesn't seem to bother him at all. And he often gets hiccups several times a day.
He is getting enough food- he put on 11oz last week! Plenty of wet and poopie diapers ( LOADS of poopie diapers- the man poops all the time) and the poops look mustardy/seedy and yellowish brown. He is 4.5 weeks now, but was a 36 weeker when he was born. He also always sounds congested, and in the beginning it sounded like he couldn't breathe when he was trying to eat- like something was blocking his windpipe while eating. That has improved significantly. Soft palate problem, perhaps?
Any ideas? I wonder about reflux, but it certainly is an odd case if it is at all. I am at my wits end and can't spend 9 hours straight on the couch- it is making me seriously depressed! Plus I hate to hear my LO in pain.
Any ideas? I am totally at a loss!