Thursday, January 08, 2009

Very Funny, God

Two of the constants I mentioned in my post yesterday, two of the things that were keeping me sane, went flying out the window last night. The first: Sam sleeping. Instead of sleeping, he's decided to embark on a nightly melodic recital of pterodactyl grunts and bellows, heralding the soupy-waterfall sound of him filling his diaper or ripping farts like a trucker. The baby is gassy, and not terribly happy about it. I can sleep through some baby sounds, but constant intermittent (every ten minutes) upper-decible grunting is not one of them.

The second: Around 3:30 a.m. this morning, when I finally seemed to have gotten Sam settled and slightly more quiet, Charlotte woke up. Screaming. Wailing. Inconsolable. I went in, hugged her, sang her a song, and then told her to close her eyes and go to sleep. "I will," she promised. Twenty minutes later she was up again, screaming. This time Jeff went in. "NOOOO!" she wailed. "I don't want you!" Then followed hysterical hyperventalating and further protestation. Eventually I took over again, climbing into her bed with her until she settled down. I again wrangled a promise from her to fall asleep, and this time it took. By then it was nearly 6 a.m. and Sam was waking up for another feeding.

The only sleep I got was two hours this morning when Jeff mercifully took both kids downstairs.

Any advice about dealing with a gassy baby is much appreciated. And makeup recommendations to cover undereye circles would also be welcome.

9 comments:

Brouwer Family said...

Our second, also a boy, struggled with the same gas-type issue. What worked for us was if I avoided all dairy in my diet. My doctor explained that breast milk does not contain lactose while cow's milk does and it can be tough on their little systems.

Jana said...

Yeah, I was worried I was going to get this suggestion. I LOVE dairy products. It'll make me sad if I do, indeed, have to give them up. But a non-gassy kid would be worth it!

fromsjw said...

:(

Maya had the same problem as a baby. She'd get gas and/or an upset tummy no matter what I ate. It was horrible for everyone! I hated to do it, but I finally broke down and gave her Gerber gas drops because she and I both needed to rest. It helped tremendously. Don't know if Sam's still too young for them, but I'd recommend looking into it.

Alyssa Gaskill said...

this too shall pass..... you can do it! wish I was closer to help!

Tena said...

Declan also became very gassy...and we found out it was dairy! I formula fed with him so we switched to soy and lacto-free and he improved dramatically. That would totally blow if you need to do that. Cut dairy for several days if you can to see if it makes a difference. And I will PRAY for more sleep tonight for you.

Miz Jean said...

Our first baby, Reagan, had colic. I tried eliminating dairy to see if it was the gas thing, but it was SO very hard on me for the short week we tried. I found out later that it can take many weeks for the dairy to work its way out of a person's body. At any rate, we resorted to other techniques - swaddling in a swaddle blanket with the velcro was our lifesaver. We actually ended up swaddling her for over 6 months. All that said, I hope you find some restful nights again soon!

Anonymous said...

Our 6 month old was very painfully gassy too. I did try the no dairy thing and it really isn't that hard! Every food label sums up the main ingredients at the bottom so you're not scanning every package with a microscope. Even fast-food chains have all their ingredients listed online. In the end, it wasn't the lactose but just that her digestive system wasn't fully mature yet. I'll pray that you can all get some rest tonight!!

~Angie Groenenboom (Doug's wife)

Dale Deur said...

Alyssa - funny - this too shall pass. As in gas. I found that humorous.
Seriously, Jana, all your trucker relatives are uncertain how to take the farting comment. Perhaps that's the reason for the analogy...

Anonymous said...

Hi Jana, Emili had it bad too, and then Joah started with it right away when he was born, I thought, no way, not again. The gas drops did nothing for him, but our doctor gave us "colic" drops. These seemed to help quite a bit. Not the natural way to do it, but it saved my sanity!!