It’s 02:00 in the morning, I’m already very tired and my baby daughter will not stop crying. Well, I guess that is not entirely fair, she will stop crying for a couple of minutes, but then start-up again in full force. What is a new dad to do? How long can this go on?
I go through the standard list of items to get a baby to stop crying:
- Check diaper
- Feed (already been fed)
But alas, my efforts are in vain as the crying continues.
I actually started writing this post about 4 weeks ago. The words above the “BREAK” line were my initial thoughts on many sleepless nights due to a crying baby. However in the last 4 weeks, the crying has lessened significantly. Now it seems that most nights I am able to feed, burp, change a diaper, hold my daughter, and she goes back to sleep with very little crying.
In fact, I just finished the 11:00PM feeding; the burping and changing are also done. Instead of crying, she spent 10-15 minutes “talking”, which consists of cute little baby babbling of simple vowel sounds. I spent these few minutes listening and smiling (instead of fretting and worrying) as we “communicated” with sounds and facial expressions.
Things are changing for the better. She has finished her little talk, and is now sleeping, a mere 40 minutes after starting this feeding session. Dare I say, at 10 weeks, that her colic is starting to abate? Can we look forward to, in the near future, sleeping stretches that last longer than one and a half to two hours? I certainly hope so. Most books that I am reading note that by three months old, most babies sleep 5 to 6 hours a night straight; this seems like a crazy pipe dream.
So what is a new dad to do? Enjoy this time with my daughter, carry on, and start hoping for some normal sleep patterns. Oops, I just sneezed and woke her up…oh well.
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