BAD Night

Filed under: family,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on December 26th, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

We have a new rule for our house:

No one may go to sleep until Sierra has pooped.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Sierra started holding it in after lunch and then 2 feedings later needed her clothes changed after the inevitable deluge could not be contained by her diaper. Gross, but no big deal. Babies produce a lot of laundry anyway.

Last night, Sierra closed up shop after 5 pm. At 11 pm, there still wasn’t any output, but she seemed perfectly content. Breastfed babies vary when it comes to how often they go, so though I set up our room with extra pjs just in case, we went to sleep without concern

Sometime after 4 am, Sierra woke up screaming. SCREAMING. Changing her diaper and attempting to feed her made her even madder. I was pretty sure I knew what was bothering her, but if I tried bicycling her legs or massaging her belly she would cry even harder. It was such an awful cry, too, so obviously one of pain. When we couldn’t do anything to soothe her, Lex and I resorted to the Q-Tip & Vaseline method to get Sierra going. Three diapers and 1 changing pad cover later, Sierra was able to nurse long enough to fall into a fretful sleep on my shoulder, requiring that I pat her back every few minutes when she started to fuss. There she stayed until Anya came into our room crying at 6 am.

Anya did not feel that she required any more sleep and alternated between whining for various things (I’m “tirsty”!) and playing loudly while running back and forth between our room and hers. Sierra, not to be outdone, promptly started screaming again. After several more Q-Tips, this time wisely administered over one of Charlie’s puppy pads, her tummy issues seemed to be resolved, but by that point she was so worked up that she continued to scream anyway.

Anya came in and sweetly yelled, “I want to help Baby Sister feel all better!” Sierra, clad only in a diaper, replied, “Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!” I swaddled her tightly, turned her on her side, got her paci in her mouth, and started jiggling her on my lap. Lex got both of our laptops and blared the pink noise. Within 10 minutes she was finally calm enough to eat a good amount, and then she slept soundly for a blissful 90 minutes. Note to Dr. Harvey Karp and his 5 S’s method – WE LOVE YOU! Note to Sierra – BETTER OUT THAN IN!

I bet Papa Ducky and Grammy, who arrived for a visit from Tucson last night, are at least regretting not having brought ear plugs on their trip. Sierra has been feeling better so far today and going regularly, although it’s been a few hours now… I hope we have enough Q-Tips.

2 Responses to “BAD Night”

  1. Erica Says:

    Always at the most inopportune times do toddlers choose to be loud! I’ve pulled my hair out over that several times!

  2. Lauren Says:

    They do have impeccable timing. More often than not Sierra wakes up Anya, not the other way around, though.