Is this a thing? Or, am I the only one struggling through week 9 of my baby’s life? Because let me tell you, these last few days have been a real doozy!
My little Norah went from a happy, quiet, content little angel (I even called her my “angel baby”) to a fussy, hard to settle little bundle of tears (we may or may not have started calling her “devil baby” it’s gotten so bad!).
Her schedule has been thrown off completely, and she spends more time crying when she’s awake than anything else. She has been waking up much more frequently at night (up from once a night to three times a night) and her naps have been short and sporadic.
I have a theory about what’s causing this little regression. Hear me out and please, if any other parents out there have any experience with this, please let me know I’m not alone!
So, it’s not that.
While the fussiness got crazy Friday, it started Tuesday and slowly escalated. Thinking back, I ask myself, “What happened around that time that would make my little girl so miserable?”
She got her shots on Monday. Now, I absolutely do not want to have the vaccinations vs anti-vaccinations debate. So, I’m just going to start with that.
I heard that shots can make babies fussy but I thought it was only supposed to last for a couple days. Can it last longer?
Another factor that I think might be contributing is that we went on a little trip this weekend. We went to visit my parents. I remember reading somewhere that around two months old, babies begin to be more aware of their surroundings. Could it be that she was aware that she wasn’t home? Combine that with the shots, did it somehow create the perfect storm of baby crankiness?
Now, mind you, as I sit here typing this, I’m basking in the peace and quiet of a calm morning. It’s been the first day in almost a week that she’s somewhat back to normal (knock on every single piece of wood around me that it stays that way!). She even gave me the most beautiful smile ever this morning.
Cue the adoring parent photo exhibit:
So, dear virtual world of family and friends, tell me. Did your baby go though the same thing around nine weeks? Is it possible that it’s from the shots (meaning I should prepare for this again in two months when we go back for her four month shots)? Did the trip add to her fussiness? What do you think?