I haven't posted much since Memorial Day weekend. The truth is, it has been rough around here lately. Words/phrases like "colicky" "extremely fussy" and "pretty much hates life" has been thrown around a lot. Cade has had more days than not that, if he was awake and not eating, he was crying. And, really, it was like that before Memorial Day, but it's just been lately that I realized this could go on for a while! HA! You hear people talking about babies having different cries and each one meaning a different thing. I have never been one of those mothers that hears my child cry and say, "Oh, well that cry means he has a dirty diaper." It's hard not knowing what is wrong with your baby, but I have come to the conclusion that sometimes there are no answers. Sometimes they are just going to be fussy! I can imagine that coming into this big world is a HUGE adjustment from that cozy little uterus they grew up in for 9 months!
I tried to look back and remember if Connor cried this much. I do remember a few days of him doing it, but other than that I don't remember. I think it is just different now, though. With him, he was my only one. I could throw all of my attention towards him. It's not the case with your 2nd. You have two little ones to love on and take care of and you aren't always able to immediately soothe them. I will say he has cried himself to sleep a few times (obviously not me doing it to teach him anything. Just happened because I was cooking, getting dressed, etc), so maybe that's a sign that he'll be able to soothe himself once he gets a little older??? Holding onto strings, here?!?!
Connor has been great throughout this. In fact, he has been my saving grace on some days. He is a WONDERFUL reminder that this, too, shall pass. He isn't phased at all by the crying and will do something to make me laugh and ease the tension. He is also a great reminder that if you are relaxed about the situation, it will help. More often than not, he can make Cade stop crying and start cooing. I am a firm believer that babies can sense tension and it causes them to have it, too.
Of course, more than anything, I am just so thankful he is healthy and is here to cry. There are too many people out there losing their babies for me to not find the positive in this time! It definitely makes me appreciate that much more those days that are good, too. Plus, he is still sleeping. Praise the good Lord above for that. I am NO BUENO without my sleep. I can count on one hand the number of times he has just been wide awake in the middle of the night and I am well aware how lucky I am for that!
Anyway, I just wanted to explain why I haven't been around much. We've actually done a lot (a lot of re-doing things around our humble abode) and hopefully I'll be able to share it soon!