These last few days have been hard.

I don’t know what is going on with Scarlett. The last four days have been terrible. 

She’s just not happy with absolutely anything. She’s not happy playing on her play mat (sitting or on her back or tummy), she’s not happy being with me or my mum, she’s not happy going to sleep, she’s not happy about eating or drinking her bottles, and she won’t even calm down if I give her a dummy (or pacifier to my worldwide friends).

She’s not going through a wonder week, she’s not teething (all her gums are completely normal and no lumps or anything in them- apart from those two that she was born with but nothing has changed with them! But no red cheeks or fever either). She’s not sick (as far as I know) because she doesn’t have a fever, runny nose or a cough. I haven’t changed anything in her diet.

I’m at my wits end.

All day long, all I hear is whining. I’ve hardly slept for 4 days and I’m seriously so wound up with frustration that I want to put my head through a wall.

Last night, I finally got her to sleep at 1:30am, which is much earlier than I have been able to get her to sleep previous nights! I was, of course, wide awake now that I had gone well past my bed time. I finally drifted off around 2:30am (at least, the last time I checked the clock was 2:20am and I don’t think I was awake for much longer than that), only to be woken at 4:30am by my cat. He walked in and started meowing non stop. I was shushing him and scooting him out of my room, but of course, he woke Scarlett up.

She didn’t want to go back to sleep after that so she stayed awake whining until about 6:45am. Finally she went back to sleep. I thought I was finally going to be able to go to sleep, but no. She was awake again at 7:00am.

I thought ‘that’s okay, maybe I’ll get a nap when she goes down for her morning nap’, but I was a bit doubtful of that, since she’s refused to nap in the morning for 4 days now.

Sure enough, after trying for an hour with no luck, it was decided that no morning nap was going to occur.

She then spent from 9:00am to 12:45 whining. She had a 25 minute sleep, then whined again. She’s still going. 

I don’t know what’s wrong with her and what I’m doing wrong. I’m seriously at my wits end! My mum has no idea but has had endless appointments over the last week so she hasn’t been able to help me.

So it’s pretty much just been me trying to deal with her. And mostly me crying along with her when my frustrations finally spill over.

I need advice and I need help. At least with wonder weeks, I knew when to suspect an end date and why she was being the devil spawn. This is even kicked up a notch from there. 

I don’t think there are any growth spurts at this age. She doesn’t eat or drink any more than usual (I have tried). So I just don’t know?

Does anyone have any suggestions to stop this behaviour? Or anything to make her happy again?

Please!!

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5 thoughts on “These last few days have been hard.

  1. Try to hold onto the reality that babies change so fast that it will not be long before this stage is over and you’re on to the next. I always tell myself I can do anything for a week (even if I don’t feel like I can some times). We’ve had weeks like that too. The culprit for Darwin has often been constipation – just in case you hadn’t considered that.

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  2. The only thing I can suggest is that sleep begets sleep. What I do in situations like that is pull out the heavy artillery. Anything you know that will put her to sleep, do it. A full day if possible,to encourage as frequent and as long of naps possible (ie stroller, car, carrier, whatever..). If the naps go well, then the nights often go better too.

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