April 7, 2010
Baby woke up today. That's the only way I know how to put it. She hit the two month mark and she just suddenly seems like a baby now and no longer a newborn. She watches us as we do something, she smiles, she laughs. It's like she's now a little person. It is the coolest thing!
She does regress, though. Husband and I watched The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp to help us with her nightly crying. He is an expert on calming babies and has a strategy of five S's (Swaddle, Shush, Side, Swing, Suck- or something like that). We tried swaddling her and she absolutely hates it, but shushing near her ear helps a lot, as does swinging her and putting her on her side. She responds to white noise when getting fussy as well. This would be considered shushing. When driving I put the radio to static and it helps quiet her. When she is in her swing (it's in the kitchen), I turn on the overhead fan for the stove. That helps her settle down as well. And at night, we run a cool mist humidifier that produces a lot of white noise. She seems to be doing better with her crying at night, but it was not fun. I can't imagine how tough it is for parents of really colicky babies.