I'm new, so please bear with me.
I have a high need 3 month old daughter who is, we believe, emerging from major colic symptoms. However recently she's been doing a strange thing where she "wakes up" (usually after only sleeping a half-hour or so) crying and almost screaming. Her eyes stay closed, and if I can get my pinkie or nipple in her mouth, she'll calm down and settle back to sleep. I don't think she actually ever wakes up, and from what I've read about night terrors, the signs are the same, although of course she's much too young for that.
Usually, though, I can't catch her in time, and she eventually wakes up, meaning she's sleep-deprived and taking about 4-5 naps during the day. When she's napping in the sling, that's cool, but this happens when she's in bed, at night and during naps. (We've been trying to get her more settled for naps because I'll be going back to work and DH will be the primary caregiver. DD doesn't care for his fingers OR his nipples.
The doctor just says it's more of the lingering colic, but I think it's very strange.
I would appreciate any help you can offer. She seems so tired all the time and it's making me wonder if we should try to move her to a crib or something ...
I just realized I forgot some information. We are not trying to "force" her to sleep. It's just that she's clearly so tired - - yawns, rubs eyes, fusses, etc., and while we are committed to following her cues, she's cueing that she's tired and needs to sleep. I would have no problem if she seemed to thrive on half-hour naps, but she doesn't. And she often wakes up like this in the morning, too!
P.S. Now I'm getting worried. So many people have read this but no replies. I hope I haven't violated any guidelines or rules. I'm a dedicated AP first-time mother who's really having problems trying to help my child ...
If this is all very normal for a 3 month old, please somebody tell me!