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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sigh.

It's official: we've tried it all.

Gripe water. Colic Ease. Colic Calm. Simethicone (gas drops). Footzoning. Chiropractor. Allergy testing. Four different kinds of formula - ending on a predigested, fancy shmancy formula that costs a freaking arm and a leg. Essential oils. NEVER putting her flat on her back (she has a special wedge with sling attachment so she's always at an angle, even when we're not holding her [which is hardly ever]). Sleeping her on her belly. Antacids. Frequent burping. Frequent, smaller feedings. Massage. I mean...goodness gracious. The point of ridiculousness has been passed.

Baby girl still fidgets and fusses all night and day long. Sometimes erupting into full-blown hysteria that lasts for who knows how long. It feels like forever. It seems like the only time she's really able to get comfortable is when she's vertical in someone's arms. So...that means sleep is basically out of the question - since HER being comfortable inevitably means you're NOT comfortable. Thank the heavens above we're in Utah now and have relief most mornings after long, sleepless nights holding a crying, squirmy, miserable infant. Family, people. Family = God's greatest gift to our little peanut right now. I was crying every single day before we got here. I've cut back to about every other day now. Improvement.

We've had a couple days where it feels like there might be hope...but she always lapses back into having a hurt tummy/unable to pass gas/hating her life within a couple hours. She really is sweet when she doesn't hurt; unfortunately, that isn't very often :/ Bleh.

We're still going to a foot zoner. We go every few days. We're also planning on continuing with the chiropractor. I mean, her pediatrician(s) have told us they've done all they can do and she'll just have to outgrow it (hopefully).

...umm...outgrow it?!

...are we supposed to all make it alive and/or sane to that point...? because I'm ready to be sent to the loony bin. like, today.

So, we'll continue to see whoever tells us there's still something to be done for her. Poor thing. I hate that she spends so much time so uncomfortable and sad.

I've appreciated ALL your comments, messages, texts, etc...with advice from your experience(s). I can't think of ONE thing that someone has recommended that we haven't tried (and/or are continuing to try). Did I miss something in the first paragraph??? Hit me with it. We'll try it.

Shout out to Melissa for the essential oils! I love them. Leanna - thank you for recommending Dr Hershey. He's awesome. Alisa, Rachel, Amie (and I'm sure at least one other person) - I appreciate your foot zoning suggestions! Erin - thank you for the link to the colic article (it lead me to the wedge we purchased for her to sleep/play on!) Janay & Ainsley - for bringing up your experiences with reflux and suggesting an antacid! At least her reflux isn't bothering her as much anymore! Hallelujah :) I'm positive I'm missing people - it's just because I'm so exhausted, not because it hasn't mattered or been appreciated.

I've gone back and read through all your encouraging messages and comments so many times over these past sleepless weeks. Even just the "you can do it!" ones help. THANK YOU for caring. And for reaching out. And for being kind and compassionate.

I'm still listening. Much, much love from our little family to all of you.

xo -


4 comments :

Chris Dolce said...

I'm obviously not a mother and have no advice to give. :) My nephew was colicky and my poor sister barely survived those early months. He ended up growing out of it, or whatever it is, and turned out to be the happiest baby ever.

I do know he ended up having an allergy to milk (and still cows milk), and around 3 mos old they discovered he wasn't quite eating enough even though they thought he was. You've tried formulas, so not saying these are the answers, but more to say you really aren't alone, and you will figure it out, and she will get better. :). Congratulations she's beautiful, Calee!

Aleigh Joy Mellinger said...

Hey there! Funny story, I actually had colic as a baby. My mom constantly tells me that she feels she has a special bond with me because of the long sleepless nights, and days on end that my tummy was upset and I didn't stop crying, she was the one there holding me through it all. It lasted a while for me, my mom said it felt like an eternity. One day they got to the lowest of the low because these tired parents had no clue what to do. So, they set me on top of the washing machine/ sometimes dryer, as it was running and for whatever reason that got me to quiet down... They still aren't sure why, maybe it was the feeling or the sound but it helped and it worked for some time.

They both have told me those months that I felt terrible every waking minute were some of the hardest ever, but one morning I just woke up and it was gone. No one could really tell them why other than I just outgrew it. Craziness. I can only imagine how hard this is for you, but stay strong momma! One day you and this little girl will have such a strong bond :)

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They both have informed me those several weeks that I sensed dreadful every getting moment were some of the toughest ever, but one morning I just aroused from sleep and it was gone. No one could really tell them why other than I just outgrew it. Mayhem. I can only think about how difficult this is for you, but remain powerful momma! One day you and this little lady will have such a powerful connection :)

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