Monday, March 8, 2010

Things are changing...

One thing that parents have in common is FATIGUE. Of course being a nursing student I know the general definition of fatigue. However, I decided to actually look it up. It says: extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. You may be thinking "of course she's exhausted...she has a 3 week old baby!" or "duh, you're crazy having a baby in the middle of the semester!" And honestly, I am thinking the exact same thing. Now, Brady and I have been working very hard to get Cooper on a schedule. Everything seemed to be going okay after the first week home. Cooper was going to be alright and only waking up twice! Amazing is what we were thinking but of course our goal is to get a full night sleep for the 3 of us. Then the real fun began! Not only was Cooper NOT sleeping...he was screaming ALL night long and pretty fussy ALL day long. After 2 days of trying everything we could think of we decided to put my nursing books into good use and search out what was going on with our child (and we did this at 2:30 am while Cooper is still crying bloody murder). After about 3 minutes of looking things up we immediately thought colic. The constant rumbling in his tummy, the gas that he has been passing, the gulping of his milk, and the projectile vomiting that he has lead us to the conclusion of colic. So the rest of the night we held Cooper until he calmed down and put him back in his bed. This continued into late morning and the first thing I did was head to Wal-Mart to purchase different bottles. I ended up getting the bottles with the bags to let out all the air! The bottles have seemed to make a HUGE difference. All day yesterday Cooper was a happy baby! He smiled all the time, was calm, only fussed a few times, and slept for a full 7 hours from 10:00 to 5:00!! YES! So overall, hopefully things will continue to get better and our baby boy will be a little bit more comfortable and enjoy life.

5 comments:

PECK said...

awww..I hope that will continue to help! Babies are just so funny though...One night Broden would be so good, and one night he would be absolutely crazy...BUT, the AWESOME thing now is that Cooper has slept for you for 7 hours straight, so you know he is capable of doing it....even if he doesn't want to some nights...

The Mele's said...

This is so sweet Kelsey! Cooper is SOO cute!

Kevin & Maryann ZELLER said...

oh good I am so glad there is some relief for all three of you, I bet his poor little tummy hurt so bad! And now it doesnt rip you heart out to know something is wrong and you cant fix it. Hope things continue to get better!

Jimmy, Diane and Bentley said...

That really sucks, i'm sorry you guys had a rough time! Poor Cooper! I know all about the colic thing (Bentley had it bad), I hope the bottles will fix the problem!! Good luck!

Casey and Rachel said...

Oh man. It is definately a lot of work going to school and having a baby! Especially a new one that doesn't sleep. Luckily the semester will be over soon! YAY! We have those same bottles and love them. The nipples never colapse, they don't seem to swallow as much air, and they are so much easier to wash. Hopefully things continue to go well. If not Casey's chiropractor claims he can cure 100% of babies with colic. Don't know if it is true or not, but if you are desperate you may want to give it a try. :)