So the night after I posted my swaddling comment... both swaddlers were in the dryer when it was bed time... most horrific night of (non) sleep since he was like 4 weeks old. YUCK.
Also, we've been having a little more luck with naps over the last few days. He's like a completely different baby. I could tell last night that he hadn't gotten enough sleep yesterday (several short naps, but no really long ones), and he was cranky. Slept for 9 hours last night, though. He's also been in disposables for the last 3 days, as I finally figured out that I most likely needed to strip my diapers. Also a complete game-changer. I'm not sure BB has ever been happier than he was Saturday and Sunday. It was like a dream. Not that he never, ever fussed, but it was so much less, and he was so much easier. I'm definitely committed to working harder to get him to take naps during the day, because it seems to have such a huge effect on him. Not having the diaper irritation seems to help, too. We're going back into cloth today. Hopefully it will go well.
As far as wrists - mine have never been the same since the swelling-induced carpal tunnel. Sometimes I'll move them in a certain way, and they pop painfully. It's a weird sensation that's hard to describe, but I am not a fan!
BB has also had his first serious cold the last week or so, and it seems to be getting worse, not better. dh got sick, got a little better, and is now sicker than ever, and BB is following the same path. I am (mostly) fighting it off so far. We have our "well" baby visit today, although he is not well, but I'm pretty sure the pediatrician is going to say the same thing she said last week (when dh insisted I take him in) - keep calm and carry on. I'm pretty sure it's viral, so I doubt she can do anything, but I hate how he struggles to breathe. The aspirator doesn't do much for him. Saline provides some very temporary assistance. Humidifier and steam shower seem to make no difference at all. At least he hasn't had trouble nursing, though. He's really holding up pretty well, I'd just like him to get better.
And, much to my own surprise, I start a new job tomorrow. I had no intention of working at all for the foreseeable future. I left my teaching job before even getting pregnant due to dh's travel schedule, so I haven't worked for over a year. But I was getting stir crazy and started trying to figure out if there was any job I could do and bring my baby with me. Only a few days after starting to wonder about this, I heard that the shop where I go to mommy group was hiring. I sort of brushed it off, but then the next week, the shop owner (an LC) mentioned again that they were taking applications, and she said I could bring my baby to work with me. So I applied, and I got the call yesterday that they want me to work for them! I never thought I would be so excited to get a minimum-wage job. It's only one shift (4 hours) a week at this point, so the financial impact will be basically zero, but I think it will be good for me to get out of the house. Plus it gives me something to put on my resume if/when I start looking for full-time work again. There is a chance I can pick up some more shifts, but I wouldn't have to. It's probably about the most mommy-friendly job there is, since pretty much all of the staff are moms (and that's who they want to hire), and half the focus is on breastfeeding. My only worry is if BB will be manageable in the Ergo, or if he will be a giant pain and cry all the time, in which case it is not going to work out very well. Luckily I will be doing some 2-hour training shifts before going to 4 hours, so hopefully he can ease into it.