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    Old 07-11-2005, 01:09 PM   #16
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    jessy28 - There are times he cries because he is tired. I don't really feel comfortable with the stomach thing. So if he is really tired I let him sleep on my stomach and we sleep stomach to stomach. I dont sleep good but he sleeps. Although it doesn't seem that he sleep slonger, I know he does sleep sounder in that position. Yesterday he wanted to sleep all day so we let him, well, at 2am he was looking for attention until about 9am. One thing I do know, is he is very nosy and if he gets overtired he will not close his eyes to go to sleep. We have to put our hands over his eyes before he will close them and relax to go to sleep. Sounds crazy but he will NOT close his eyes. Sometimes he falls asleep with them open, then they roll back in his head, so we gently close his eyelids. My mom thinks it is so freaky to watch him. What can I say, he is unique.

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    this is a great thread.
    there is a guy, a doctor rather, i can't remember his name, but he has a series of books. (he is a little out there if ya know whay i mean, but smart)his best seller is 'the happiest baby on the block' it talks about how babies arn't really babies until they are 3 months old. that is when thier nerve endings and cognitive skills are up to par. he talks about different ways to deal with exactly what you have going on. which really sounds like colic. colic is when a baby cries for longer than three hours every day for more than three days a week. there is really no known cause, and it does NOT have to be related to tummy problems, just an immature system that can't communicate. the good news is that they will not remember being so miserable, they wont remember your face turning bright red, they won't remember you feeling so out of sorts. you can't take it personally, they have no idea it is even going on and they certainly are not doing it on purpose. one thing that we as parents also have to remember is that our babies train us very well very quickly, don't forget who the parent is, don't forget who calls the shots. starting a routine, even if it is very difficult will help tremendously in the end. best of luck and hang in there.
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    Old 07-15-2005, 09:25 PM   #18
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    You say he only wakes like that? My girlfriend took her baby to a sleep specialist who said many times babies wake up crying/screaming because they had not been in that place when they went to sleep...he said thats why its good to put them to bed before they actually fall asleep...

    Try to think of him this way...he loves you so much, and he feels so safe with you that he is comfortable crying and complaining a lot...he knows you are the mommy and you will try to fix it!

    Try wrapping him tightly, try shushing him in his ear, I bounce mine with my lips on her ears and make the same boring sound and it seems to calm her. Let him enjoy the changing table...this is a place where he gets to see you and look around, try to get him outside for a walk the fresh air and scenery will do you both good!!!

    And remember...this shall to will pass! He wont cry forever! I promise. Just try to be as positive as possible!! You wont regret it and he can feel your stress and it will make things worse!

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    Just to let everyone know, yesterday DS was a whole different baby. But DH and I think it was because we started changing his formula from ready mix to powder. Same formula but when you use the powder mix it is thinner. I think it is easier to digest. We had switched to another formula in the beginning but that didn't work. I am guessing this is what made him happier, who knows.

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    i do understand not being comfortable with him sleeping on his tummy. And hopefully the formula will be what makes the difference. But, maybe try laying him on his tummy during the day with you watching him and right by his side. Do you all use a basenette in the living room? We do and that is where i let him take his naps so i can see him. Also, I don't remember if I mentioned this or not... but make sure his room is dark and where you are at during the day when he should be taking a nap too. Obviously your living room is not going to be dark but if it is really bright it might be giving the baby a hard time going to sleep. My son can't fall asleep at my parent's house in their living room. It is really bright and they don't have any shades over the million windows. Also at night when he wakes up make sure to not talk to him , turn on lights, or the tv. That will help the baby distiguish the difference between night and day. Good luck. It will get better. I really think the few weeks ahead that you are entering will get a ton better. Their little digestive systems get stronger and better and they start to be able to focus on stuff better (which entertains them more) and in the next few weeks you should see your first smile or two. Or at least a few trys at it. It just gets better.

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