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#1 of 7 Old 01-17-2007, 10:48 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Another curious question...our little Lizzie was a severe crier from 2 weeks to about 10 weeks. I dislike using the term "colic"--it's tossed about so frequently in my part of the country, and really, what IS colic? Anyway, I mean literally that she cried almost all the time she was awake.

Ironically, she smiled early (4 weeks), but those moments were very short--she could be smiling at you for 1 minute and then--BAM--crying like crazy. Our first did this too, but only for the regular 3 hours in the evening. Lizzie was all day.

But around 8 weeks she started getting a little better...and now (she's 14 weeks) she hardly ever cries at all.

It seems like some babies are just so mad about being out of the womb that they just protest! And we tried everything--I know folks that haven't had babies like this don't believe that (I used to be one of them)--but nothing ever worked.

Anyone else have a theory on why some babies are like this? What makes them suddenly stop?

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I don't have an answer as to why, but Malia was like that to. From about 2-8 weeks, she cried and fussed ALOT! Now she is almost 13 weeks and barley cries unless she is tired or hungry.
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mamasthree- Anna sounds just like your Lizzie was...except she still cries all the time.
In her case though it may be related (somewhat) to her birth defect. She may actually be in pain. We don't know for sure until we've seen the specialist at Children's Hospital.
She does, however, sleep pretty well at night. As long as I'm in bed with her (topless for "easy access" LOL) she will sleep for up to 12 hours. As soon as I get out of bed she's awake though. (She doesn't sleep for 12 hours straight...mind you...but she's usually only awake long enough to nurse & be changed.)

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I don't have an answer as to why, but Malia was like that to. From about 2-8 weeks, she cried and fussed ALOT! Now she is almost 13 weeks and barley cries unless she is tired or hungry.
I just had to congratulate you on your AWESOME name choice!! You spelled it like I do! She will love her name... I do. Although I never could get away with writing my name on the bathroom wall....

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Mr. Jackson cried quite a bit in the early days and spit up a lot, too. I finally figured out it was related to caffeine and banned it from my diet before he turned a month old. Thankfully he became much happier after that and I've been able to re-introduce it with no problems (a godsend with three boys running me ragged! )

I'm glad to hear that most of the previous criers are doing better. BCmama, big hugs to you and your little Anna. How's she doing, anyway?
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BCmama, big hugs to you and your little Anna. How's she doing, anyway?
yes, I am wondering, too--did I read in another thread that Anna may be having surgery soon?

The thought of something hurting your little one must be so tough. Hang in there!

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Yes...Anna will be having surgery soon.
She was born with Macrodactyly. Her left foot is deformed. The big toe, 2nd toe & forefoot are grossly enlarged...thicker, wider, longer that they should be. The other toes are smaller than they should be due to the pressure of the enlarged part pressing into the rest of the foot...distorting the shape of the rest of her foot. The 3 smaller toes are forced to curl under the foot. That's where we think she may be feeling the most pain.
There are 2 types of macrodactyly...one is static (where the affected part grows at the same rate as the rest of the foot) & the other is progressive (where the affected part grows faster than the rest of the foot). It appears that Anna has the progressive type.
They have to do her first surgery soon because if they do it too close to when she starts to crawl or walk...she won't. They are hoping that the first surgery will be enough that she will still learn to walk. But it will take multiple surgeries over several years to achieve a totally functional foot.

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