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My formerly happy baby is going NUTS!!! For the last few WEEKS now he's been SO hard to be around. Initially I thought, "oh, it's teething". Well, NO TEETH yet. Then, well, its a phase. THIS LONG? He was sleeping great, NOW he's waking almost hourly, nursing constantly. He is only content when I am holding him and carrying him. I wear him in the Ergo ALL THE TIME. I'm WAH so this is getting hard as I need to sit and do analysis with a freakin' microscope and he's SCREAMING because I'm not moving. He's getting ready to crawl so maybe that's why he's so discontent. Maybe? I don't believe he has an ear ache or anything, my DH has checked his ears (he's a doctor). He's eating fine, nurses regularly. We were all sick with stomach flu last week, but since then have recovered so I know he's not still sick. What the heck is going on? He doesn't want to play on his own anymore, nothing, no breaks, constant whining unless I'm walking around with him. Oh, I should mention. IF he naps, its for like twenty minutes then he figures out he's alone and FREAKS OUT. I can't take him to the gym daycare for even 1/2 an hour anymore as they come get me because he's freaking out. I feel like I'm on the edge of cracking here and I hate that I'm so frustrated with him and I'm, of course, just bottling it in. DH is useless with him as DS only wants to be with me. Is AP backfiring on me?!! Is he suddenly High needs? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHH!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I love my son with all my heart but this is so so so so hard right now. Will it end and my happy boy come back to me?
 

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Yes it will. I remember that age with my first and I came online to find some help with why he was waking up 12 times a night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Thats how I found MDC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
It's a tough age, seriously, if it's not teething, then it's because they're learning new skills (sitting, crawling) or frustrated because they want to be mobile. IME the best thing we can do is be there for them and give them what they need in this short but important time in their lives.<br><br>
Can you nap with him? Can you hire a student or someone in the neighbourhood to be a mother's helper so you can get a couple hours of work done?<br><br>
FWIW my first born baby is 3 now and he's a great sleeper and eater and a wonderful kid all 'round <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
And now I"m going through it with my second...
 

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I'll agree with that. And I always think too that just because you can't see the teeth doesn't mean they aren't causing the problem. Teething pain seems to go on forever.
 

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My son - who was sleeping through the night for a month back when he was 5 months - went off that lovely routine around 7 months. At 9 months, still going strong - newborns are easier than this.<br><br>
I say it is the age - and completely (but perhaps unfortunately) normal.
 
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