16 November 2006

You know you have a colicky baby when…

…you can eat a steak dinner with one hand while standing up, singing lullabies and swaying back and forth.

… the sound of a howling infant doesn’t even make you flinch. In fact, you don’t even notice it until somebody else points it out.

… the definition of colic, “unexplained crying for three hours a day, three or more days a week”, actually sounds like a vast improvement.

… you have never, EVER sat down with your baby awake.

… you don’t believe people who say they have.

… you have trouble dressing your baby because she/he won’t bend.

… you can balance your baby on one hand when it is angry. Kind of like a board.

… your baby is sitting and quietly staring into space and you call the pediatrician in a panic thinking something is terribly wrong.

3 comments:

Leslie said...

Well...
Apparently I was a colicky baby, and my mom reports 2 things that calmed me down and gave her some relative peace. One was riding in the car. (Thay worked for son #2 of mine as well - in fact, it was the only way to get him to sleep for several of the early months. Ditto #1 when he was being weaned...)
The other was this: place 2 or 3 tennis ballsin the dryer. Place baby in seat on top of dryer. Run dryer for as long as it keeps baby happy. Granted, you have to stay right there so she won't fall off, but I see no reason you can't set up a laptop right next to the dryer and write (provided the trick works, of course).

3 glasses of wine tonight - I'm goin' to bed...
-L

Queen K said...

:( Ugh - that baby needs to CHILL OUT!!!!!! Have you tried catnip or dillseed yet? Wish I could get better so I could send you a baby calming care package! She will grow out of it though - you won't have to bounce her continuously during graduation. Really. Promise.

Bethanie said...

Aww, you guys are sweet...

I actually meant this to be sort of funny, since Ms. Baby seems to -FINALLY- be pretty much over it. She's actually been quite relaxed during the day this week. It's really been kinda weird...

And I really did almost call the pediatrician one evening when she was just ... just ... well, sitting there. It was practically alarming.

L - I so wish the carseat on the dryer trick would have worked. Our pediatrician actually recommended it and said he had a family that kept one duct-taped to their dryer... Unfortunately, Herself despises her carseat. I think they must have been arch enemies in a former life or something.

Anyways, she's calmed down considerably - she even rode in the car today and yesterday without howling - so things are lookin' up!