Little Bit had her 1 month check up yesterday and we learned that the fussiness we've been dealing with in the afternoons is most likely colic. The good news is it's harmless, the bad news is there's nothing really to be done about it. She should grow out of it by 3 months of age at the latest though. So we'll raise a glass of red wine and toast to not losing our minds over the next couple of months!
When she gets really fussy the only thing that soothes her is to walk around. She can be dead asleep and she will still know the second I've sat down and start screaming again. So, not only do I have to hold her for hours but I also have to walk around. Well, it didn't take me long to decide that walking around my living room is for the birds. I told her that if she was going to make we walk around, we were at least going to go to the mall. (Thankfully, as long as she's either in her car seat or in a wrap of some kind she doesn't cry so I'm free to take her out without fear that she'll start screaming! I thank my lucky stars every day for this!)
Also at her appointment she got the second shot in her series of Hep B vaccinations. It was horrible! Mom went with me and they let her hold Lily while they gave it to her. She tensed up and screamed and I could tell it really hurt her. It broke my heart and I so wish they could have given it to me instead! I held off on feedings her a little so that she would be hungry by the end of her appointment. I made up a bottle while we were waiting for the nurse to come in with the shot so that as soon as they gave it to her I could feed her to comfort her. It worked like a charm.
So, over the past week I've taught my daughter two important things.
1) Food is comforting after a stressful event, just like her food addict mother.
2) If she fusses long enough, I'll take her shopping.
Awesome! I guess I won't be getting the mother of the week award this week!