I thought I would post an update on Violet and what has developed over the last few weeks. I have been reading "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" while rocking her every night. As she was squirming around and screaming on my shoulder the other day I read a section about colic. I came to a startling discovery, my baby has colic! Ha! This may sound weird but it was such a relief to finally realize that this was and is the problem. It's not necessarily the foods I eat or her medication not working (even though I am not sure she has acid reflux now I am soooooo not ready to take her off the Prevacid. Does that make me a bad mom?) it's just colic. Starting somewhere between 7 and 8 every night she starts to get overly fussy and gassy. She has a really hard time burping bubbles up and we even have to squeeze toots out of her by bringing her knees to her chest. These episodes last, on good nights, until 10 and bad nights all the way to 1:00 am. It's hit or miss and although I have ruled out the possibility of food allergies I do still believe she has food sensitivities. So to answer your question Melissa, yes, Violet hates peanut M&M's and that is why I was up last night until 1:00 am. Yeesh. However, I did have 3 (yep I said 3) slices of pizza on Monday afternoon and she was asleep by 11:00 pm with no unusual spitting up or anything. Yay! I am still too scared to try actual milk or soda or pineapple. I have been able to add flavorful and seasoned foods back in, thank goodness and I am chowing down on spinach salads and fruit all the time.
I know that some moms would have given up nursing by now and believe me I was thiiiiiis close but I am glad I stuck with it. Apparently colicky symptoms happen in breast fed babies and formula fed babies so switching wouldn't have made a difference. Even if this isn't true, I am going to believe it and stick with breast feeding because she is fat and cute and I love nursing her. It's just such a sweet bond for me. I am hoping that she continues to improve over the next few weeks. I guess the majority of babies start to outgrow colic between two to three months. I may end up being the minority and have a 6 month old colicky girl but by that time her serotonin levels should be high enough for her to be able to self sooth and cry herself to sleep. (Read the book if you want to know what I am really talking about.) I am just happy that most of the time I am patient enough with her episodes that I can still overwhelmingly love her while she is screaming in my ear for hours. Let's face it. Having kids is hard. Really freaking hard but when it comes right down to it, it's very worth it.