My baby is almost 6 weeks old and I am pretty sure she is suffering from reflux and/or dairy allergy. I am in the process of eliminating all dairy to see if that helps (she is EBF.) I try to wear her when possible, but she is very fussy and wearing her doesn't usually calm her like everyone says it should. I really think she is in pain and that is why, though. She arches her back a lot, she spits up a lot and always has the hiccups. A lot of times we hear her throwing up a little though nothing comes out. She pulls on and off my nipple sometimes and acts desperate to eat but then won't (that sets off crying spells.) There are some intense periods during the evening and sometimes morning where she needs to be held constantly and sometimes cries at the littlest thing. She sounds congested a lot, because she keeps throwing up.
We co-sleep, but she fidgets a lot at night, roots around for my nipple, and acts uncomfortable but never wakes all the way up. It can be maddening. So now... if she will go in her swing we put her in there to get her to sleep and be calm. I feel guilty doing that, but the alternative is a very high need fussy / crying baby and we can only take so much. This will be worse for me when my DH goes back to work next week. I have yet to be alone all day with her without any help.
Every single morning she likes to be walked up and down the hallways and go into rooms and look at everything. We tell her what everything is. Usually my husband does that part. Sometimes she'll let me just read to her instead. She gets really grumpy if you stand still or try to put her down at this time. She has some really nice calm times throughout the day where she smiles and interacts and is really fun to be with. (She is strangely really happy and calm usually on the changing table only and she is lying on her back which makes no sense to us. She HATES cradle hold and being on her back a lot of the time.) She also feeds calmly sometimes, but not often enough. She eats every 1.5-2 hours although sometimes I get a longer break. I don't mind feeding her, but it all gets a bit overwhelming and I never know what kind of feeding we are going to have. She also seems to hate her carseat, so I stress about taking her anywhere.
Other than the fussiness, she seems to be a very healthy baby and last time we saw the doctor she was gaining 2oz a day, which seems to be a lot. She is at least 11 lbs now and was 9lbs at birth.
Anyone have experience with a baby like this? I would love tips lol. I want to be loving and attentive to her needs, but when she cries for 3 hours straight you have to just turn off the "mommy alarm" in your mind so you don't go insane. I am feeling a bit guilty right now because I am trying to keep her happy in the swing for as long as I can. My husband went out for a few hours tonight and I am afraid to take her out of it and have her cry and cry and be alone with her until my husband comes home. That is not good... ;(