Baby Sam is 6 weeks old today...and let me tell you, it's been a long 6 weeks! All my confidence that I talked about in my previous post?? Well, it's left the building.
Sam cries ALL THE TIME. At 3 weeks old, he was diagnosed w/ colic...a condition I'd thought was completely made up until now. At first with Major we were told he had colic, but he was later diagnosed w/ reflux, we got meds and life became pleasant. I thought colic was a term doctors used when they didn't know what else to call it.
But, we've been seeing a chiropractor (which is much against what I normally would do) who claims to be able to cure colic. We see the doctor 4 times a week for treatment - a treatment where he massages and puts pressure on Sam's belly in an effort to strengthen the valve between his small and large intestine. We saw improvement almost immediately...but after a week or so, we were right back to square one. Well, maybe not quite back to square one. We aren't seeing as much colic (wailing scream of pain, hard tummy, and kicking feet and flailing hands), we think, but we are seeing a ton of crying. Basically, Sam cries unless you're holding him. And if he was my first, I'd be able to hold him almost all of the time, but I cna't do that w/ a 2 year old to take care of. Not to mention that I don't want to miss a year of Major's life while I hold Sam.
I'm beginning to wonder if something else is going on w/ Sam. Our chiro says babies cry for 2 reasons - they're hungry or they're uncomfortable. So, if Sam is fed, changed, and not kicking w/ colic, what could possibly be wrong??
Another part of the colic treatment is a special (read: STUPID) diet for nursing moms. It's a low protein, high carb, no seasoning, no caffeine, no carbonation, no chocolate no red meat no fruits or veggeis COMPLETELY UNHEALTHY diet. I've been on it for almost 3 weeks, and I'm pretty much dying. All I can think about is coffee or diet coke, with a big fat cheeseburger as a close second. The theory is that this diet helps the baby heal from colic more quickly by producing less gas. Dairy is allowed - so my diet has been made up of cheese, milk, vanilla ice cream, bread, butter, and chicken. BUT, since we still have the crying bouts, my mom thought Sam might have an allergy to milk. So, as of yesterday, I've also cut out dairy. Oi. What is there to eat????
I know I'm whining here, and yes, I'm skeptical about this path we're going down, but we were ready to try anything. I've about decided that I just dont produce easy babies. At least this all confirms that we're done with 2!!