First off, happy anniversary to my better half! Two years ago today we walked down the aisle and said 'I do' and it was one of the best days of my life. I am so lucky to have Steve in my life.
Now, on to baby things.
A baby with colic is hard. I mean really, really hard. And a baby with colic and reflux is even harder. I'm sure you are all tired of reading my crying baby posts, but this post might be helpful to any other new moms out there who find themselves with a colicky baby.
These are the things we have tried to keep Emily from crying- some work better than others and with colic, I've learned that one thing might work one day and not work the next- you just never know what might calm them down from day to day.
- Car rides: we tried this first, it was 12:00am and Emily had been screaming for 4 hours. We were actually scared of some of the noises she was making. I am not exaggerating, when she gets in one of her colic fits, she screams bloody murder- it is not just a cry. So naturally we called Steve's mom in PA. Even though there wasn't anything she could really do for us it helped to call her and make sure we weren't doing any damage to our daughter (thanks mom!).
- The vacuum: Emily loves the vacuum. Sometimes she can be in the middle of a 2 hour screaming fit and if we turn on the vacuum she immediately gets quiet and her eyes glaze over like she's in a trance. Last night after 5 hours of crying we downloaded a vacuum sound from itunes and we played it all.night.long. It's amazing. (Needless to say, my sleep wasn't that great listening to a vacuum running all night- but that was fine with me!)
- Gripe water: sometimes it works, sometimes it does nothing. But we love when it works.
- Swaddling: from birth to about 2 weeks Emily loved being swaddled and it would put her to sleep. Now she hates it and wants her arms free.
- Dishwasher: We found this cure on accident one night. Steve was walking around with Emily while she was crying and he walked into the kitchen where the dishwasher was running. She got quiet almost right away. That night, we took her bassinet into the kitchen and ran the dishwasher over and over, hallelujah she slept!
There have been nights that we are crying (well I am at least) cussing under our breath (or out loud) while other nights all we can do is laugh uncontrollably (due to lack of sleep). I am so thankful I have Steve as a partner in this parenting thing, it's hard work and I don't know how anyone does it alone.
If anyone has any other helpful hints- please share!!