I have a confession. I’ve been keeping it a secret for a few weeks now and it’s time to come clean.
The truth is little Waylon has a case of the colic.
I didn’t want to tell you because I didn’t want you to think my precious boy was any less cute or perfect or wonderful. I also didn’t want you to feel sorry for me or my baby or worry that I’d throw him out the window.
It all started shortly after the move to our new small town and has slowly gotten worse with time. Here’s how it goes down: He eats. He burps. He smiles. He is happy as a clam. Then, out of nowhere, he completely freaks out like a little lunatic baby.
I feel just awful about it too, because I know his stomach hurts and there’s nothing I can to do to help. I’ve tried it all; cutting out spicy foods, moving his legs up and down, carting him around in the moby wrap. The problem is that when he’s in this funk, he’s in this funk. There is no soothing him. All we can do is hold and rock him while he kicks his legs and hollers like there is no tomorrow. If you’ve never seen or heard a colicky baby, just imagine hearing nails on a chalkboard while simultaneously staring at a sick kitten for a few hours straight. It’s upsetting and sad and always causes brief bouts of panic because this just cannot go on forever, right?
I don’t know what to do. Maybe you have a special trick I’m unaware of? Suggestions more than welcome. I did just recently purchase this gripe water out of desperation. I had been putting off using medicine, not wanting to put anything in my baby’s mouth besides boob, but the reviews are fabulous and he’s just so unhappy. I’m also scared my ears are going to start bleeding soon. If this stuff works, you’ll be the first to know. I ordered it Tuesday night during a particularly long cry fest and almost paid twelve extra dollars to have it shipped the next day. Fortunately reason took hold and I am now waiting until Saturday for this alleged magic potion.
In the meantime, here are some pictures to remind you (and me) how happy and peaceful he can be:
PS: Anytime you hear a baby screaming and get that PLEASE STOP IT feeling–give the poor mama a sympathy nod and be grateful for your long nights of deep sleep.