Sunday, October 18, 2009

Not So Fun

Every mother collectively sings: "A-ha!!!! Welcome to the club!"

Karsie has been a little pill this afternoon. She had a fairly good night and a good morning. We took her to church for the first time, we came home for a bit, and went out to Chipotle for lunch followed by a trip to target. Michelle used her Moby wrap, which she found a great position for her, and Karsie went right out.

Then we got home..... and oh the horror!

She started her screaming that we have come to think means hunger. So we tried to feed her. Didn't work. So we tried to wrap her up...didn't work. We changed her luck. We had to feed her anyway, so we hooked her up to the pump. She screamed harder. So much so that it sounded like noises from The Exorcist. We were waiting for the green spewing. We tried to put her down...nope. We put her in the swing...that actually worked...for about 5 min. Then she realized she wasn't screaming and screamed some more. We finally found something that worked. Walking with her while carrying her and her feeding tube. We thought "oooh...she's out...let's try and put her down." She sniffed out that trick right away and began screaming once more. We are finally, after hours of screaming, not trying to console her. Michelle wrapped her up real tight and held her on the bed. They both, after a lot of work, fell asleep. This could be a good restful night for us, or it could just be a preview for tonight.

Either way...not so fun!


  1. So much fun!!! I'm reliving all our stories as I read this. We had many nights like this. In fact I was laughing at the Exorcist comment because we always used to tell people that her head was going to start spinning at some point! She would even go hoarse. People probably thought we were abusing her. In face she wasn't born with the outie that she now is due to her screaming. It would actually pop out and well, finally stayed that way. Hang in there, it gets easier. Nope! Just kidding! Haha! Love ya.

  2. So sorry! We've all been there! The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD tips have made all the huge difference for many of us in this situation. Hope it helps you all! Sometimes the odd-seeming shushing really loudly in their ear to simulate the noisy womb (or noisy NICU?) is the final help, with the other wrapping, side position, jiggling, and sucking. Hope it was better last night!

  3. Call me crazy (same lady above), but as I climbed into bed last night, an idea hit me for her terrible crying. Since she liked the swing, put her in it, wrapped, on high speed (Dr. Karp of Happiest Baby), but also put on a vacuum cleaner or other loud white noise nearby. At Karsie's roughly adjusted age, Jonathan went through a stage when the noise was all that would work, not even shushing was enough--we used a vacuum cleaner, hair trimmer, and electric razor at times in our efforts. It was a short stage--may it be for you, too! Bethany L.

  4. Hi....I have to admit we once put Owen in his crib screaming his head off and then put the vacuum roaring right in the doorway....he was quiet while it was on and we just left it on, crawled into bed, and waited for him to pass out. You just do what you have to! Love you guys and hope that this season for Karsie passes soon and that the calm moments outweigh the 'exorcist' moments! :) Hugs to you all!

  5. Sorry that she is having a rough time! But, she is looking great!

    Hugs - Tiff