Thursday, April 25, 2013

Everett: Two Months


Two months!  Well he is sure a fussy one, this one.  I can't believe how much I still love him because he is such a crier!  The book says to say he HAS colic, not that he IS colicky because it is something that he HAS and not IS and it will pass.  Poor little man is constantly in pain it feels like, he can't quite figure out his little body and his tummy hurts all the time.  He does have his happy moments and I eat those up like an ice cream sundae (remember I am off dairy and of course craving it now more than ever).  Ben and I take turns rocking him, walking around, standing in front of fans and vents (he likes the noise) and basically trying anything and everything to help him feel a little better, or at least distract him.  We have tried everything, our current "as seen on tv-ish" solution we are trying is probiotic drops, we are on day 4 and they are supposed to start helping on day 5. we shall see. I feel bad for wishing time to move more quickly but I am hoping that this colic phase gets the heck outta here!

He is still a great eater but he likes his milk straight from the source and is not very good at taking a bottle of pumped milk.  He likes the breast, and who can blame him really!?  The only problem is he likes to eat at least every three hours, even during the night.  We had one night where he slept five hours in a row, and I thought we were all saved but alas, just a fluke.  He still sleeps quite a bit during the day, but I am thinking once this colic phase moves out, he will have longer awake periods because he will be happier and then hopefully sleep longer during the night.

I am also hoping he starts to smile more.  Seriously, it keeps me up at night.  He has been slower to smile but we have got a few out of him!  I have been really worried about this but my mom keeps reminding me that he doesn't have time to smile because he is too busy crying and grunting.  Although last night at 3 am, I changed his diaper, he looked right at me and smiled (i think).  I really needed that. Someone make me stop googling.  I worry much too much.

Everett loves his baths with me, he will calm right down when we get in the water and it is one of my favorite times of the day, me and Ev in the bath and Ben kneeling beside washing and pouring warm water on him all while acting completely ridiculous doing anything we can to get him to smile. He also LOVES being bounced on a big purple exercise ball.  It is the only thing we have found that consistently will calm him down.  We spend hours and hours bouncing on that ball.  The good news is, our core strength is vastly improving.  He also likes to be outside and he likes to be naked, both at the same time if possible (it was only warm enough once so far for this) and he was as happy as a naked clam for about an hour.

We had his two month check up; he weighs 10 pounds 6 ounces (25th percentile) 22 inches long (50th percentile) and his head is 39 cm (75th percentile).  He also had his shots, that sure is an emotional day for everyone involved.  I can tell the difference between his angry cry, annoyed cry, fake cry, whiny cry and his pain cry, and that day we got his pain cry which made me a big ball of mush all day.

Overall we are doing pretty good, I am not going to lie, the constant crying can be really discouraging.  Some nights I just sit on that ball and bounce and cry right along with him.  It is hard to feel like we are doing a good job when he seems to be sad all the time and I feel so helpless to him.  It is hard to be so scared to go out in public in case he has a meltdown and it is hard to see what feels like everyone else with perfectly content babies who never cry and sleep all night.  I don't regret it though, I love him beyond anything and I know he loves me and feels loved by us, even though he cant show it.  I know that even though sometimes it feels like it will last forever and we will be bouncing a 4 year old on a big purple exercise ball all day, it will pass and soon he will be smiling and laughing all day long :)  I love my little Everett baby.


Some other notes:
His eyes are so blue, If I am not mistaken they are the exact same color as mine
His lashes are finally starting to grow, we are still working on those eye brows
He does NOT like his carseat and scary screams when he has had enough.
He likes to be sung too.  He likes skidamarinkeedoo and primary songs
He loves to look at the TV and also our picture gallery wall
He has old lady nails, they grow so so fast and are so long.
He had his first smile for his grandma (my mom)
Not a fan of tummy time
He coo's and talks a lot during his happy time, he makes noises that remind me of a baby dinosaur.

6 comments:

Brynn Snyder said...

Cassie, Crying is no-Bueno but like they say it will stop. Morgan cried alot and Danny doesn't even remember that being said, have you tried reflex medicine? Also Morgan cried unless we were outside, so I pretty much lived outside. I am so sorry and remember in a few months you won't have a crier anymore.

Nicole Maclean said...

Scarlette was super fussy all the time as well. We gave her gripe water and then pumped her legs to get the gas moving and that seemed to really help. We did baths too and she always calmed down for those. Around 5 months she started being better...it doesn't last forever! Trust me, I always felt like somehow it was my fault that she was so fussy but it's just them adjusting their new little bodies to food!!

Teagan.Doug said...

ok, you probably had no idea that i read your blog, but i do! all the time. haha i love it. also, my baby had gas and i found the BEST BEST BEST thing every for him was catnip&Fennel. it's from a health food store and it smells like black licorice. find it and you will be in love forever!!! haha

Amira said...

Girl, you are doing a great job! Don't get discouraged! If it's not one thing, it's another. Avery has been a pretty happy baby and good sleeper but breastfeeding was excruciating for 8 weeks. I cried every time I nursed her (8-10 times a day!) and was so envious of mommies who had no problems nursing. This colicky time will pass, I promise!

Bethany G said...

It is hard work!

I have a 11 month old ... he is the sweetest babe but for like the past month, he's been absolutely miserable (because of teething and being sick.. and probably gas) . It is exhausting.. but just know that you're not alone!

Emily Holzhauer said...

Hi Cassie! I am Emily I am married to Gab's Childhood friend Landon. We have good friend's that had a baby that has Colic but after further testing they found out that the baby was actually allergic to dairy. I'm not sure if with would apply to Everett. Just a thought. (:

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