Last week marked the conclusion of Liam’s second month of life, and for the most part, I say good riddance!
The fight against colic has continued, and while the battle has been long and hard, I think we are finally starting to win. There have been a few key moments. The baby sling-tying class was a godsend, as the scarf has proved successful during both colicky moments as well as just general baby fussiness. Of course, the colicky moments require a bit more perseverance, but fifteen or twenty minutes of walking around tend to put the little guy to sleep. And while the scarf doesn’t allow one to do everything they could possibly imagine (the pile of ironing is starting to look a lot like the Tower of Pisa), it has allowed me to get off the couch more often. The doctor also prescribed some medicine to give him to settle his stomach during his colicky outbursts, which does seem to help. However, the real solution was one of those grandmotherly pieces of advice — fennel tea. Mine was mixed up for me by the pharmacist, and consists of fennel, anise seed, and cumin. In the beginning, I didn’t really think it was having any sort of affect, so after a few days I stopped drinking it. The two following days, Liam had two colicky incidents. It could be a coincidence, but it was enough to get me to take up drinking the tea again. The incident repeated itself about a week later when I forgot and went a day without the tea, so I think it’s safe to assume I’ll be keeping up my three glasses a day for at least another month.
Liam still continues to fight against sleep during nearly every waking moment. That said, heading out with the stroller or the sling has worked very well thus far. There have been a few lunches with friends and coworkers in Liam’s company, most of which Liam has slept through entirely, or at least been quiet and calm throughout. However, while vacation brought impressive sleep improvements, our return home was another story. Suddenly, Liam decided that he would not be going to bed, not tonight, not ever. While we would eventually win the battle, it became a four-hour-long struggle — sometimes even longer — with David and I tag teaming the little guy, the first two hours with Mom, until she cried mercy and passed him off to Dad, far more of a night-owl. After a week of these struggles, I was ready to try anything — and so, the Miracle Blanket was purchased. If I am ever at a loss for a future baby shower present, I know where to turn now. While Liam hasn’t miraculously started sleeping 9pm to 9am like some of the comments, it has allowed him to understand that when he’s wrapped up, that means its bedtime. We can say goodnight, put him in his bassinet, turn on the ocean sounds, and in ten minutes, he is out. We only use it at night, however, as I don’t want it to lose its bedtime mojo. Nap time isn’t happening yet, but I’m hoping in the next month we can start to install some sort of daytime routine as well.
Liam charmed the American family on their visit as well (and we’re hoping this means they won’t wait another five years to come back!). He was on some of his best behavior, sleeping through most of our restaurant adventures and outings, and — thankfully — sleeping soundly enough not to wake everyone else up in the wee hours of the morning.
Liam likes to talk, both to others and himself, with “areu” being his favorite ‘word’ by far. He has started to find his fist on his own to suck on to his heart’s content (although he still has difficulties if he doesn’t have someone/something to stick his arm up against), and hopefully we can get rid of those pacifiers which always seem to fall out of his mouth at the most inopportune moment. He can break into a smile at the drop of a hat — however, he can also do the same when it comes to the waterworks. He needs to be held nearly all the time, and forget stepping out of the room for a minute. Seriously. He comes along with Mom everywhere in his bouncer seat (including the toilet, much to his mother’s dismay). A little independence would be lovely — hopefully the third month will bring that!