Saturday, January 2, 2010

Colicky Ollie?

I've frequently wondered if Oliver is colicky. He has more good days now, and he has longer periods in the morning with no crying. Still, many days, like today, feel impossible.

Oliver has been crying and fussing since noon today (7 hours). Feeding him keeps him soothed while he's eating and for about 10 minutes after, but then it's back to crying.

I don't think it's "normal" fussiness because Andrew and I can't even entertain the idea of taking him out to eat or anything. We never, ever get to eat dinner together unless Oliver's over at his grandparents'.

I read online that a baby is considered to have colic if he cries more than three hours a day, at least three days a week, for a minimum of three weeks. I'd say Ollie cries about six hours a day (mostly after 11am), 4-5 times a week. The other few days a week, he probably cries/fusses about two or three hours. Those days, it seems much easier to handle and completely enjoyable.

Ollie is 9 weeks old, and today is the first day I've gotten to take a shower without Andrew home to keep him comforted.

I think Andrew and I deal with it well; we love our baby so much. We never complain to each other; we just pass him off to the other when we feel overwhelmed. There are moments, though, where I feel jealous of parents who talk about going out to dinner with their new family or eating together while the baby sleeps. The only time Andrew and I have together is after 8pm, when Oliver goes to sleep.

Thankfully, if it is colic, we only have three more weeks to deal with it! I look forward to days when we can put Oliver in his high chair, eat meals as a family, and go out in public!

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