Hello Ladies and Gents...
Y'all on this board have been so helpful to me through the parenting of my first born and I want to start my plea for help with a big appreciative thank you.
I am seriously at a complete loss with my nine month old.
He's always been a challenge for me in that he's incredibly hard to read. When he was a newborn he was so loud and fussy I believed he was in pain and took him to innumerable doctors. He had tests for pyloric stenosis, ultrasounds etc...and it was discovered he was lactose intolerant. I didn't follow the advice to stop breastfeeding and instead took the advice of BTDT Moms on this board and changed my diet. He thrived and is still thriving. ( thank god)
I'm at a point now where I'm ready to start running the gauntlet again. He used to sleep well and now he's up almost every twenty minutes. He doesn't want the breast and yells at me (not crying so much as hollering) He rolls about in our bed, trying to get comfortable...his poor little bum in the air, tossing and turning. I've tried water, advil, rocking him, singing to him and eventually he goes down. Sometimes for three hours sometimes for another twenty minute. Seriously...he's exhausted and so am I.
During the day he's a generally smiling boy, but like the night time, he goes through periods where absolutely nothing makes him happy. I wear him almost constantly. I've noticed some exzema on his elbow and a red ring around his little bum this morning.Food allergies? Teething? He's got two teeth but the rest of his gums are swollen. Is it developmental? Separation anxiety?? GOOD GOD I HAVE NO IDEA!!
I despair that he's just unhappy and I'm doing something wrong. I spend my time running between his beautiful hollering face and my fireball three year old and seriously, I don't know if I have anything left. My mom helps out and so does my husband but in the dead of night/afternoon it's just li'l ol' me...holding it together.
Long, frantic post aside. (sorry) Has anyone had this experience before?? Did your little ones survive and become at peace at some point?? I just want him to feel relaxed and comfortable and at this point, I'm willing to do anything.
Sorry again for the rant.