I have a beautiful 16 week old boy who is a happy, cooing, drooling guy during his wakeful periods.....but cries like hell before all naps and bedtime. And cries usually when he wakes up. And I mean CRIES....not fussing...but crying like a crazy train. Like out of control.
And I don't mean that we put him down and walk away and he starts crying (we know that would cause crying, of course!!!)- I mean that he cries in my arms, while I am nursing him down-- or in my husbands arms.....we are holding him the whole time until he passes out!!! Sometimes he doesn't cry while nursing down- but often he does (and no, he doesn't cry at all while nursing when he is not approaching sleep). When he was little bouncing on a ball or other things could distract him to break the crying cycle on occasion- but now, not so much. Like I said- it doesn't matter if its a nap- or bedtime.....he usually has some sort of cry fest before hand sometimes short- sometimes like 15 minutes long!!!!!
I am pretty militant about putting him down before he gets over-tired---so I just don't get it. Perhaps this is just what he "needs" to do???
It feels awful! He is easily comforted btw by holding, rocking, nursing if he is not going to sleep-- and didn't have colic.
My first didn't do this...so its making me crazy. I feel like am damaging him...but I don't know what to do! He is happy and "normal" in every other way as far as I can see....the only other issue he has is screaming bloody murder when he is in the car. He hatessssss it. He appears totally pissed that I can't pick him up (read my other post from a few months ago)- and trust me,,,,I AM totally pissed that I can't pick him up. ;) That is also misery that has us staying home often!!!