... from screaming so much.
I'm sort of at a loss for what to do here.
I THINK shes teething... I took her to the doctor who pretty much said the same thing. But I just don't know.... I worry. She gets SO upset.
Last night, for example. We had to go pick up DP from work last night. She was awake for several hours before, and I nursed her off and on a lot, right up until before we left. She was somewhat uninterested in nursing but I still tried... then I changed her diaper, and we left.
Well, not 5 minutes down the road -- SCREAMING. It was around 9:45pm, and I had thought the timing was perfect for her to go to sleep. I really needed to get some gas, so I flew to the gas station. I got in the back with her while the gas was being pumped, and she calmed down. I gave her a few toys, which she seemed happy with. But as SOON as I got back in the front seat..... screaming again.
Here's the strangest thing too -- if I can't stop the car, I actually have to ignore her, or she gets more upset!!!
I've tried talking to her -- the second I do, she screams twice as loud!! I've tried giving her my hand, even letting her suck on my finger while my arm goes numb.... it just makes things worse!
I pulled the car over again, tried nursing her.... she was distractable, but okay. Maybe I didn't nurse her long enough, I don't know (but remember, I nursed her RIGHT before we left, and she wasn't even interested...
)... but I gave her some toys and got back in the front seat. As soon as I was gone... screaming again.
At this point, it leaves me wondering what I'm supposed to do! I have to get DP from work, I cannot actually stay in the backseat when I'm supposed to be driving... stopping only helps for as long as I'm back there, so it isn't even practical.
She finally fell asleep right as we got to DP's work, and stayed asleep once we were home.
In general, it would sound like I need to avoid being in the car. She usually IS okay in the car though -- but nights seem to be consistently worse, I really don't know why. Isn't being afraid of the dark something people learn?
Anyway, we've finally started to give infant tylenol a try, and I THINK it might be helping. She actually plays with her toys without constant whining / cranky-ness now. I don't know what else to do. We've had no luck with hylands products.
Well... I'm not really sure what I need here. I'm baffled and confused and frustrated over how upset my baby gets. I cannot believe the screaming last night.
I really don't know what she needed! -- unless... maybe she just needed me? But in that situation, I don't know what I could have done for her.
Talking to her and touching her wasn't enough, apparently. And I couldn't sit in the back with her until I picked up DP.
I feel like such a bad mama because my baby is so UPSET all the time.
Its funny.... I can say that I have such a happy baby and such a cranky baby, and BOTH ARE TRUE!
I just don't get it.
p.s. Oh, part of what I'm confused about is I don't know if this really is teething, or what. Maybe she just is unhappy.
I don't know! I have yet to see any teeth, although it does feel like they're coming. Its felt like that for a while, though. :\