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Monday, October 15, 2012

Long Days


I haven't had many moments of two-handed freedom to type here lately as I've had a little miss that is very in need of mama at all hours. This has also left mama awfully tired and exhausted so when there is time to type there isn't the energy to do so. She was doing well at night but the past couple she hasn't been going back to sleep so easily and has instead been up with bouts of what seem to be some pretty painful gas-induced discomforts. Poor gal just can't seem to catch a break with all of that, but we keep trying different things to bring her relief. Hopefully everything will work itself out soon because what kills me more than not having any rest is knowing she is uncomfortable and not being able to provide her with any relief. Advice and tips for helping our gassy girl are very much appreciated. We have homeopathic Chamomilla tablets, have been trying massages/positioning/etc, and I am this close to buying a back of The Windi, but I also think a lot of it will just be us continuing to do these things as her system works on figuring it all out. I only hope it happens quickly because our girl could use some relief and Mama could use a bit of sleep.

Sara

12 comments:

  1. Oh mama, I remember those days, not easy. It could be related to your diet...dairy is the biggest culprit, but gluten and soy are a close second and third. We did a a ton of tummy massage, a lot of holding, some diet changes and a few herbal teas by dropper. If you need more information shoot me an email.

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  2. i never used gas tablets, but we did do the 'bicycle' with owsley's legs whenever he was gassy, and it seemed to help. hope izzy starts feeling better soon!

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  3. Aww, poor you—both of you! Ivy went through a "gassy phase" a few weeks ago, and I think you hit the nail on the head when you said her system has to figure everything out. In the meantime, swaddling, holding her upright when you can (the Moby might help with this), and fennel tea for you (just steep some fennel seeds in boiling water, strain and drink). Also, deep breaths. Things will change soon.

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  4. Oh, so sad when the littlest of babies are feeling uncomfortable. We did massage as well, but the thing is it really does just seem to pass (almost always). At first you think is it this or is it that- I googled all day and tried a dairy, gluten, and soy free diet for a while... but in the end it was just a fussy phase and it just stopped one day. Hang in there!

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  5. Oh I do remember those days! I didn't know about the Windi but we did have the Nose Frida and wow... It worked, but I never expected to be that up close and personal with another person's nasal passages!


    One thing we tried that helped was one of those rice-filled packs that you can heat a little in the microwave - our little one seemed to like the warmth and the weight of it, laying on her tummy.We also had her sleeping at an angle in a rocker chair that had vibration. I thought she was going to be a fan of the swing, but she strongly preferred the bouncy seat/rocker option. We also tried the gripe water that you can get at drug stores - I don't know if it helped of if it just made me feel better to be trying something!


    Things really did settle out at about the 4-6 week mark- I think you're right that they just have to learn how their systems work!

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  6. We bought Gripe Water and it seems to be working well for Lo's gas discomforts.... also instead of turning a regular light on during nursing sessions at night we use a blue light (recommendation from another friend) and it keeps her from waking all the way up so that I can put her back to sleep more easily. It actually works really well, I definitely recommend it. Sorry you are so exhausted. I feel your pain mama... it will get better.

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  7. I'm glad Lo is getting some relief. :) Izzy seems to be handling the gas a bit better these days, but I'll keep that gripe water in mind just in case. We actually do something similar with the light as we just leave our monitor light or sound machine light on as a kind of night light at night and I just pick her up for her co-sleeper and feed her in bed on my side with those same lights on. She seems to go back to sleep pretty good after eating and with her being swaddled in her miracle blanket these days so hopefully it will only continue to get easier. :)

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  8. Ha, we ordered the nose frida and that's how I found out about the windi since they're from the same company. It seems her gas is getting easier for her to handle so I haven't given in to buying the windi yet, but we'll see!


    I think the rice pack sounds like something worth giving a try for us too if she ever gets too bad off and I really am starting to believe more and more that her system just has to get balanced out. I'm crossing my fingers that she's on the upswing and that her gas troubles won't give her trouble for much longer.

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  9. I think you are definitely right that in most cases it will just pass with time. She seems to be getting better each day and is doing better with it all at night which is a huge relief as it's so hard to see her being so uncomfortable and not being able to help. Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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  10. Thank you for the understanding and support. She does seem to be finding relief already just with time passing and I do think the swaddling with her miracle blanket helps to keep her calm and to sleep better.

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  11. Thank you! She "ridden" miles on her air bike, but I don't know that it helps her as much as I wish it would. Luckily I think she's learning to handle the gas better so I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that's the case.

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  12. Our midwives mentioned diet too and I've switched some things. We already don't eat any dairy so I can mark that off, but do eat a fair amount of soy. We've given her some chamomile tea, but not any others. Luckily it seems to be subsiding for the most part, or at least she seems to be handling her gas better and not getting so upset by it so I think she's doing a lot better in that respect, but if it returns I will be sure to email you for more tea advice. Thank you! :)

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