One of the hardest things to deal with H is when she is crying because something is wrong. Mainly because it’s almost impossible to tell what is actually making her cry. On a good day it can just be frustrating for me (and Sam if he’s at home) whilst on a bad day it can actually completely distressing.
Of course every parent experiences this so I am well aware this is part of the course. This is one of the advantages of modern technology in a way – it’s now so much easier to try and seek advice from people who’ve been through the same things as you*. Often the more ‘official’ channels of advice (Doctors, Health Visitors etc.) are a little less innovative and practical because they have an approved line to tow.
Most recently (for the last fortnight), H has been very fussy when feeding during the day. Initially I though she may have had stomach upset but as it carried on for a few days I realised this probably wasn’t the case. After doing some research, seeing the Doctor, speaking with the Health Visitor and discussing with mum friends, it could be any of the following:
- Three month growth / development spurt;
- Just more efficient at feeding;
- Early teething symptoms;
- Trying to ‘assert her independence’;
- A combination of the above.
This of course doesn’t help me get to the bottom of the issue! So I am trying anything and everything I can think of to get her to feed, but without of course trying too many things in one go so as to cause further problems. I can only hope that a solution presents itself soon because it’s quite testing having her scream her head off at every feed, especially when we are out and about!
*Although as with everything, the internet can also be a curse. During our sleep-deprived early days, or when in a real emotional state, some of the things I have read online have only made me more confused and stressed out. As always, approach with caution!