I think I may have mentioned in an earlier post that she was sleeping nine hours, eating well, and even doing a #2 on a regular basis. Clearly, I was asking for the jinx.
That came to a grinding halt in the last week as the train seemingly went off the rails. Now:
- she is not sleeping well
- she it not taking more than 3 oz at a time
- she's much fussy than she was
- she's spitting up more that she was
- when she wakes up in the middle of the night, she's almost in a painful "startle" reflex, crying and inconsolable
- she demands a bottle in the middle of the night since she wakes so much
Allergy? Formula? Ear infection? Teething? Lactose intolerant? All those hypotheses were in round one. Yesterday, I took her to our pediatrician (who we love, if I haven't mentioned that).
He pretty much ruled out everything mentioned above. (I personally was thinking ear infection, but they were clean.)
Based on all we told him, he had three theories:
- It's a sleep problem. She doesn't self-soothe yet. We know this is ultimately going to be an issue. But, he felt there was a bit too much going on with the eating to mean this was the crux of the issue.
- It's a virus. Possible, he said, but no fever, so it's a long shot.
- It's reflux. Meaning, the gastro-intestinal variety (actually I'm not sure what other types of reflux are). This is the age it starts, around 4 - 5 months, and since she seems more disturbed at night, he feels like it's making sense.
We'll see. There have been very minor improvements here and there today. Cross your fingers.
I wish you could talk, baby girl. Makes us so sad.