Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What is Colic Anyway?

I haven't posted any updates for a while because
A) We had a few terribly fussy days where I got no sleep and then finally called in for reinforcements. On regular days, Cole is SO well-behaved and is a wonderful observer when he isn't napping or eating. He's easily entertained and loves to look at everything. However on these fussy days he sleeps very little and wants to be attached to mom (literally) 100% of the time.

B) Grandpa Poling came to visit - and I felt bad that Cole was still not feeling up to par and he didn't get to see him happy, calm and wanting to play! I was kind of out of it while he was here too so I didn't get to visit with him much.He'll be back the first week in December with Yvonne this time so hopefully things improve by then.

C) We had another terribly fussy days - this time Rick was home for one of them and saw just how frustrating it can be.

We determined it isn't really "Colic", whatever that is. Rick hates that word since it really doesn't describe a diagnosis but rather is basically the same as saying the baby is fussy. It's probably just something I ate because he has terrible gas pains, burping and heartburn for a day or two and then it passes and I get my happy boy back. It's so hard to watch him so upset. I've definitely cut out a few things that we noticed trigger these fussy days - chocolate and all dairy. Just to be safe I'm cutting out certain vegetables that are known problem makers too. If anyone knows Rick, then you know he doesn't go a week without pizza - which is now a "no-no" for me. Oh well!

We managed to make it to church on Sunday but I totally forgot to get a picture of Cole in his suit. I'm SUPER absent-minded lately so this really comes as no surprise. It's all that lack of sleep. Of course, when I have time to nap with Cole, I never can fall asleep - hence this posting. We've not taken a lot of pictures the past few weeks but we have a few. He is starting to put on weight now (he finally fits in most newborn clothes, though not all) and his cheeks are getting SO cute and chubby, though you can't really see it in this picture. Too bad - it's so fun to see him grow!

Our little man hasn't been sleeping in his bassinet either since we realized he sleeps MUCH better sitting upright and cradled by his car seat. It's been a life-saver for Mommy. However, how can you call this sleeping comfortably?

Usually he is swaddled tight but I didn't want to disturb him before today's nap to do it and look - he is STILL sound asleep. I wonder if they get cricks in their necks? I would move him but I'm enjoying the quiet after two days of crying.


  1. Sometimes car seats are lifesavers that way! My kids, who only slept when held, sometimes would sleep in their carseats. Lots of hugs, it will get easier!! And you know where I am if you need ANYTHING!!Give your little man some kisses from me :) Love ya!

  2. He is getting so big! I remember when Jeremiah was first born he had gas pains really bad too and he much preferred the car seat, as well! It seems to relieve the pressure on the lower back. He is so cute, I hope I can come out before he's too big though!