Ehhh, I am at my wits' end and I need help...
My little girl is 3.5 weeks old. For the first two she was a very sweet and calm baby. For the past week, however, it changed and I think every consecutive day is worse...
At first I thought it must be a growth spurt, but it's something like 8 days already. I am desperate for help.
She is nursing (I breastfeed exclusively) much more often. She used to feed every 2-3hours, nowadays it can be anything from 30minutes to 3 hours.
What worries me the most though is her sleeping pattern. She used to nap 4-5 times a day or so, now she is down to 2 naps, 3 if I am reaaaally lucky. She wakes at night every 2 hours tops (down from 3, sometimes 3.5)
Putting her to sleep is what is the worst about all this though - it sometimes takes me 3 hours. It just seems she goes from happy awake to overtired straight... When she is calm and awake no lullabies or rocking will make her sleep. And suddenly she becomes fussy, cries and wont settle (unless I nurse her)... She seems to doze off at the breast, but is instantly awake the moment I put her in her crib (before all this happened she was content just lying awake in it and falling asleep on her own).
She is rather gassy. In fact, our pediatrician noticed that and said (judging her weight gain) I might be on the verge of overfeeding her (I didn't know it's actually possible when you BF?), which worsens the gas problem. As for her weight gain - she gained 1.2 kg in 2 weeks (left the hospital at 3.1, and now she's at 4.3kg).
I feel incompetent as a mother, that I cannot meet the needs of my child. I thought it was supposed to get easier, not harder, as weeks go by... I am a wreck :-(
What should I do? What can be causing this? I will appreciate any support or advice, I am literally crying for help :-(