Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Torn Between Two Good Things

Done sleeping or done eating?

Yesterday I was beat... a long night with Liam. Today I am beat... another long night with Liam. And you know what? I discovered about a week ago that my child will not sleep well if he has gas. And what gives him gas? Well, basically any solid food I give him. What am I going to do about it? I am going to only nurse him and sleep more. Yup, call me a bad mother, but as long as I give him the baby vitamins and my milk, I think he will survive. And better yet, he won't be in pain.

It's a sad site to see your baby moaning in pain in the middle of the night when all he wants to do is sleep. I can tell he isn't liking my company when he mushes his head into any surface because he is exhausted and DOES NOT want to be awake crying. What a chore for him and what a chore for me to console him and be awake too. I want to cry too, I am so exhausted.

8 comments:

Tori :) said...

Will you end up having to nurse him more because he isn't eating solids? I've never nursed, so I don't know how that works.
Gas sucks- as a baby or an adult. :)

Gina said...

No, no more than I nurse him with solids... I will try it all again in a few weeks to see what he can tolerate.

D said...

Bummer! Can you stop feeding him solids earlier in the day so his system has more time to work the gas through before nighttime? How frustrating that he's having a hard time processing food. I'm guessing that it's pretty normal though. hmmm.. something to look forward to...

Gwen said...

You might want to take him in to your pediatrician, just in case has a digestive problem. They can listen to his bowel sounds and make sure it's nothing more than gas. In the meantime, I'm sorry, it sounds miserable.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

You are not a bad mother for doing that- what a good mommy, good mommy!! Breastmilk is the best thing for him anyway! Gray is almost 9 months and is primarily breastfed, with the occasional table food to experiment, etc. but his sole nutrition is from me. I sure do hope you got some sleep and his little tummy is better!

Nettie said...

I'm so sorry you two haven't been able to sleep much! I think asking your pediatrician to check him is a good idea, too. And I think there is an OTC medicine to help babies with gas issues. I don't remember what it is called at the moment.

Stephanie said...

Gassy, non-sleeping babies are no fun. My dd did this and I couldn't handle it. Here I go, giving unsolicited advice...I went to the health food store and found a miracle elixer by Dr. Christopher called Kid-e-Col. It is wonderful! We now use a lot of his concoctions. Manna from Heaven I tell you!

Angel Baby said...

Oh, I am totally there with you.

I nursed Annabelle exclusively until nearly 11 months. The ped told me I could go to 12 months without any concern at all... and then try again.

Annabelle is super limited on her food, and it has taken some time to figure out what works and what doesn't. It really helped us to write down what she (and I) were eating.... and even after doing this for more than a year we only just figured out that she's allergic to oats. It's a process. A tiring one.

Hang in there!