I don't think I ever formally introduced myself, but I'm a May mom, too. Maggie is 2 months old now and boy, is she a challenge.
I feel like I am the only person in the whole wide world who has a fussy, "colicky" baby. My MIL is an early childhood development expert and she says she has an "immature nervous system", others call it "high needs." Whatever you call it, it is SO hard to get anything done at all. There are days when I don't get to eat or go to the bathroom for very long stretches of time.
For instance, yesterday Maggie woke up for good at around 9:00. I had to hold her from her 6 o'clock wake up till her 9 o'clock wake up in order to keep her asleep a little longer. (She fights sleep and gets even more cranky because she is exhausted.) Then for the next 11 hours, she only took three 1/2 hour naps.
When she is awake, she mostly wants to be held. She won't go in the Maya-wrap-type sling I made for her, only the crummy Evenflo Snuggli sling/carrier. Since it converts to both, it is poorly designed as a sling and hurts to wear for long. (She is in it now and that is the only reason I can type this.) Yesterday nothing I did was right. She was not happy sitting, standing, walking, laying, playing, hot, cold, up, down...and on and on. She is tough.
Luckily, she is great at smiling
and has been doing it for about four weeks. It is her saving grace, I'll tell you. (Not that anything bad would EVER happen if she didn't smile, but she always seems to pull her Jekyll/Hyde switch at the most opportune moments and smiles just when she knows I am about to pull my hair out!)
She rolled herself over (back to belly) at 6 weeks, 6 days and I am worried that she will do it again before I want her to. But she is a strong little bugger and she does what she wants. I have a nephew who is 2 1/2 weeks old and she was never as floppy as he is. She is also showing early teething signs (by which I mean the signs are early, not that she is actually teething early.) Hopefully she will be chomping on those hands and drooling for at least another couple months before any little teeth start popping through.
As for bottles, I started giving Maggie EBM at three weeks, since my niece had such a hard time taking them when my sister waited 5 weeks. For the first week or so, she got one a day. Now she gets one or two a week. She started nursing on only one side at a time the other day and it is a bit of a challenge getting her back to both. She also has been really fussy at the breast the last two evenings, not eating well, but she is doing great at night and during the day, and still has the requisite wet/dirty diapers, so I'm not going to worry. Maybe it is just a phase.
I'm still trying to get away from co-sleeping, because it just isn't safe for us. Maggie is doing very well in her hammock at night, and I hold her for her daytime naps. Once the sun is up, she won't sleep on her own, really. Last night, I picked her up and don't even remember doing it. Then she fell out of my arms and I woke up scared to death that next time she was going to fall off the bed. I guess I am going to have to go back to the mattress on the floor when she wakes up and won't go back to sleep in her hammock.
Okay, sorry so long. Sometimes it is just nice to vent about how HARD (though wonderful) it is to be the mother of this child. My whole family says if I can survive her, any other child we have will be a piece of cake. I hope they are right, but right now I sure don't even want to think about having another baby!!!!! (Even though Maggie is great and I love love love