I am a single Stay at home mom, I am very fortunate to have this opportunity! My daughter stays with my mom for 3 hours one day a week and after that she is with me ALL the time! Im not sure where I should post this and I going to apologize in advance for its length but, if anyone has any suggestions Id really appreciate it!! My daughter is EBF she will be 8 months on the 22nd and weights 19lbs 5oz. She is growing and advancing perfectly. She has 8 teeth which broke through at 3 months. She crawls, pulls herself up, has started drinking out of a sippy cup and starting to eat solids. I guess this is really more of just a vent but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Problem 1: Ever since she was born she NEVER sleeps and I really mean never sleeps I am lucky if she takes 2 twenty minutes naps and she wakes every 45min to 2 hours at night to nurse.
Problems 2: I have started having to fight with her to get her to BF almost all the time even at night when she wakes up. (We do co-sleep and have even tried her sleeping in her own bed but since she just cried and cried no matter what I did.) She will eat some solids (really like the yo baby organic yogurt) and I give them whenever she wants them, but I can tell she wants to nurse but she wont at first.
Problem 3: She cries ALL the timeokay well maybe 85% of the time! She is never seems fully content. If I am holding she never just sits or cuddle its always like a battle, she will push like she wants down but when I put her down she wants me to pick her up. She wont sit in her carseat, a bouncy, walker, johnny-jumper, activity saucer or even on the floor. And never mind just playing with her toys she is always she would rather be in your face fussy/crying. I baby wear all the time even though she still is fussy and crying.
Solutions Ive tried. I have tried lavender, trying nursing her to sleep, music, white noise. Forget getting her to sleep in your arms and laying her back down she is a very very light sleeper. I have also tried a routine, bath, lotion rub downs. I can tell when she is hungry she signs for milk and head butts my chest (lol) but when I try to latch she will scream and cry and squirm I would say 95% of the time even if she awakes at night time. These two things I can handle but she cries all the time, maybe cry is a harsh word more like a whiny cry and sometimes a full cry that’s sounds like she is pissed off. I have had her checked for reflux but Dr said no but still tried zantac, grip water, elevation. I tried eliminating food groups including milk out of my diet to see if that would help but to no avail and she doesn’t show any other signs of a food allergy. And cut out caffeine and sugar, I mostly try to just use honey. I know there is so much more I have tried but Im not going to type everything.
I am happy and love my daughter very much, Im not mad at her, I just feel bad, it makes me feel like something is wrong and I dont know what or how to fix it. I have discussed this topic many times with my mother who is a nurse and breastfed all three of her children and has had many foster kids and she agrees its me, that she is a very discontented baby.
My last resort is that I have an appointment with a pediatric chiropractor to see if that may help. I have always been very skeptical but if it will make her feel better than I will try it!
I just want her to feel better and not always be on edge!
Thanks to all and again sorry for the length