Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Trace is a mystery to me. I have no idea how to pacify him. He cries. All. the. time. At first it was just in the evening, when Dave was home. The last few days though, it's become 75% of his wake time is crying. Not just whimpering or whining, full on bawling. I feed him on schedule and he's hungry on schedule. (I've tried extra formula, just to be sure.) He won't nap because he's too busy screaming. I figured he'd eventually wind himself down so I sit in the recliner and rock and sing to him and all the while he screams.

It was so bad on Monday night, I had to call and beg my mom to come down and try to settle him down. She did and it took her about 45 minutes to get him calm. After she left, he whimpered for about another hour before he finally fell asleep. At least it wasn't screaming.

I asked the pediatrician about it on Monday and we have Trace on gentle formula now plus 2 ounces of diluted apple juice once in the evening to ease his constipation-like symptoms. It seemed to help yesterday evening, he umm...went to the bathroom? 10 minutes after the apple juice and was much more pleasant the rest of the evening. But then this morning the vicious cycle began again. All morning, it was screaming. At the moment, he is (finally) sleeping in his swing. I don't usually let him sleep in his swing, but he's not screaming and that's a blessing. (With Rory, once I let her sleep in her swing or chair, that's the only place she wanted to sleep. It was crib or nothing for that kid!)

Please pray for us. For me. For Trace. I can't take many more days of the constant screaming. I'm at a loss for what to do and my head hurts so bad. I have to work, I have to clean, I have to cook dinner, I have to take care of Rory and all I have been able to do is hold a screaming infant all day long until I have to go to work.

Heaven help me.


Libby said...

Sending prayers! When Chris and I just don't know how we'll get through whatever the kids are struggling with, we like to remind each other that it WILL end. You WILL get to the point where you'll think, "Remember the time Trace would NOT STOP CRYING!?" In the mean time, you're doing everything right. Ask for help when you need a break. Pray. Sending lots of good thoughts to you from Pittsburgh!

Lacey said...

Two months ago I WAS you! I will never forget sitting in the doctors office with Bodey screaming and the doctor coming in to check on us because he was wailing. I was crying right along with him at that point. Hopefully everything the doctor has recommended will really help and a month from now he'll be all smiles and those days of broken spirit will be a thing of the past. I'll be praying for you!

Melissa said...

ohmygosh, Kate. i am so sorry! i will DEFINITELY be praying. I know i'm no mother, but i did once nanny a baby with colic. it was awful. we finally discovered that the vaccuum on in his room calmed him down & made him go to sleep! I kid not! (Found that out on accident, btw, he was screaming in his crib, his mama was vaccuuming & when she entered his room w/ the vaccuum cleaner, he stopped crying! But that was colic, idk if it would help Trace!)

Another baby i nannied screamed all the time (don't know if that was colic though). I remember one time walking & singing to him & he screamed for hours. FINALLY he fell sleep. And then i knocked a casserole dish into the sink. And so it began again!

ANYWAY - i hope it gets better! HUGS!!