This is what I'm choosing to do while DH holds DD for a few minutes for me to decompress.
DD and I co-sleep, I work full-time and take a few college courses, DH got laid off in October and has been doing the stay-at-home dad thing. DH sleeps on the couch because DD takes up a lot of room with her kicking and needs plenty of space or she can't get comfy.
Eight months in, she'll sleep 10 hours at night with anyone else, but here she wakes up often at night screaming and nursing won't calm her down. Most days all we do any second we are at home is pace the house endlessly. She doesn't like being held in a wrap, set down, held while we're sitting down, in a lap or any other scenario besides being walked around the house, in her stroller or in her carseat on a drive.
She's teething. I get this and we've been giving her homeopathic teething drops (chamomile and belladonna), cold things to chew on, rubbing her gums, etc. but she's been exhibiting what people have called "teething symptoms" since she was four months and nary a tooth in sight. I'm wondering if she isn't just a very fussy baby.
When I try to nurse her, she mostly gets very frustrated and cries as of late and my pumping output seems to be rapidly dropping. I constantly offer the breast, but she doesn't want to have to stay still to nurse. She will stand up and kick me in the face while I lay and nurse her on my side. If I try to nurse her sitting down or in a cradle hold, I get the same results. She starts kicking furiously, trying to crawl around with boob in her mouth until it falls out and she gets even angrier.
If she sees me, she shrieks until I hold her, but I can't ever figure out what she wants. I bounce her, nurse her, hold her, kiss her, but she's just so fussy. She doesn't have any signs of colic and I can't even get her to sleep anymore.I used to nurse her to sleep every night, but now my husband is the only one who can seem to get her to sleep and even then...
Tips, advice, anything? I don't have any AP friends and my relatives keep offering walkers, jumpers, etc. I used to think those things were the devil, but now I would trade several fingers for a few minutes at a time to do ANYTHING besides pace around the house with her. The thing is, if it doesn't involve me or her dad, she doesn't want to do it. I can barely even get her to play with me on the floor because, despite her adeptness with crawling, standing up and taking steps, she's only happy when being held.
I know I'm being a bad AP mom but I will be an even worse AP mom if I lose the last of my marbles.