So I mentioned it briefly in my "50 Things" post, but here's the 411 on yesterday's meltdown.
Penny went down for her morning lap without too much trouble, but woke up early very upset. I changed her and attempted to feed her, she would take the bottle and then spit it out and scream. I burped her (to no avail), changed positions, changed her again, attempted more food, took her temperature in her ear & rectally (no fever), sang, walked, bounced, tried the pacifier, tried feeding again, and called my mom, the doctor's office, my midwives, Alisha, and texted Bryan, Sarah, & Teresa.
I also tried ice, teething rings, & massaging her gums just in case it was teething.
Nothing. She continued to scream. And I'm talking about serious screaming. I had never hear her sound like that before and I really hope I never hear it again - it scared me. By the time Bryan got home I was in tears.
I finally got a hold of someone at the Pediatrician's office and they told us to come in at 2 (it was noon).
Bryan had gotten her to calm down a little. I don't know if that's because of the homeopathic medicine we had given her for teething babies, because she was exhausted from crying, because she wasn't in pain anymore, or because she was with daddy. But at least she slept a little. She also took a bottle from him (thank goodness) so by the time we got to the Ped's office she was right as rain and flirty.
Our pediatrician was both unhelpful and condescending. He told me to try all of the things I had already tried (you mean you feed her when she's fussy? What a novel concept!) and I don't think he understood the type of screaming I had been dealing with. Ordinary crying I can handle because (through the process of elimination) I can figure out what she wants/needs. But this was different - and I don't think anyone (other than moms of infants) can understand because you really have to hear it to 'get' it. It's the kind of crying that tears up your heart into itty bitty pieces and strews them all over the floor. It sucks.
The good news is that she doesn't have an ear infection, isn't really teething (as far as we can tell), and is otherwise a perfectly healthy 3 month old.
She was fine the rest of the night and just peachy today.
I really hope yesterday was a fluke.
1 month ago