Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm At a Loss

This has been one tough week and I just don't know what to do. Isabella has been in rare form. Not that she's always super happy and content, because she definitely has her moments, but since Wednesday, she's been super fussy.

She doesn't want to be put down. She doesn't want to be held. She doesn't want to play with you on the floor. She doesn't want to play by herself. It's not all day, but she's pissy eyed more of the day then she's happy. I know she's teething because of the red cheeks, chewing everything, and mushy diapers. I also know that she's a bit congested. But she wasn't this ornery when she cut her first two teeth.

She'll put herself to sleep at night fine, but then a half hour later she's screaming. It sounds like a pain cry, but the second I pick her up she's sleeping. I put her down and she's crying. I'm just at a loss for what to do.

Is she in pain? Is she not? Do I let her cry? Pick her up? Tylenol is helping moderately, but she still wakes up. Thankfully not during the night but 1-3 times between 7:30 and 11. I don't want to let her cry if she's in pain and I don't want to pick her up and rock her if she should be self soothing. I need some sage advice!


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8 comments:

For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

Just try to remind yourself that it is only a stage/phase - this too shall pass. Have you tried Motrin? Sometimes that helps better and it lasts longer through the night. Just an idea...I usually ended up taking mine in when it was more than a day or two like that..and sometimes their ears were looking red or whatever they say - not an ear infection but I always felt alittle more at ease knowing the doc looked.
Good luck!

Quixotic said...

GG was like that when she was teething - some teeth seemed to hurt more coming through too, so maybe that could be the different reaction?
You know your baby best, if she seemes really upset, do what feels right. Sometimes even if they are crying out in pain, the comfort of Mum's arms lets them drift off again (also, sometimes when you pick them up you relieve pain in their ears by changing the angle they are at).

Therese said...

I feel for ya :( That is no fun. My little Soleil is usually the picture of contentment and she has been exactly as you've described except I can't find any evidence of teething. It is so hard to know sometimes... I'm a little short on advice but I have some encouragement! She may feel icky right now, but it will pass and while she does feel yucky, nothing is better than mama's arms (even when she tries to squiggle out!).

If you are getting exhausted, I say plan a fun you-time few hours for yourself in the next few days to re-energize! My version of this is skipping out for a glass of red and a few laughs with some other mamas while Hubs takes the helm.

GOOD LUCK and let us know how it goes :)

PS: I've never seen your little growth chart before - HIGH FIVE to Isabella for rocking the chub like my girl does!!

Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Try teething tablets and baby orajel...don't know why but it seems to work! My Lexie is teething as we speak and the post you did about your daughter seems like you wrote it for her lately!

Good luck! It will come and go and she'll be all smiles again before you know it, hang in there!

Katrina said...

Oh, that's tough! Could it be an ear infection? My son acted the same way when he had infections. It wouldn't hurt to call her doctor and explain what's going on. At least it would put you at ease-- even if it turns out to be nothing.

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Lil'Misa said...

That is tough! Carter was like that when he was teething, nothing made him happy. After about a week it got better and he was, for the most part, back to his usual self.

I hope she gets better soon!

Babes Mami said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! We use Hylands Teething Tablets and they are like JESUSSSS in a bottle on Babes teeth. For congestion we hang out in the steamy bathroom if it gets really bad. What I do is if he seems to be inconsolably in pain I pick him up and cuddle him. If he seems to be doing fine I let him cry it out.

TheSingleGirl said...

I feel your pain.

Motrin was/is a Godsend during teething time here. Orajel and the tablets do not work for us. I'm not trying to undermine the advice of any of the moms above me, they both get a lot of raves but they didn't work for us and I felt the need to share that.

Teething definitely seems worse at nighttime with mine, but the pain at night COULD be an ear infection since laying down may be painful when she's so congested. Reading my own baby book (I was ear infection prone) I'm seeing that my mom described me as 'mean' whenever I had one and that's how she knew. Obviously every baby is different.

It sounds like you're doing everything right.

Hope that pretty little thing is feeling better soon!

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