by: Emma Aguirre

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

At our new mom’s chat on Tuesday, it became pretty evident that the fifth/sixth month – as cute as it is – also brings with it a growth spurt. A cranky one. After a solid week of sleeping 10-12 hours during the night, my daughter began waking at 4 a.m. again. And she’s not the only one. Several moms talked about more night feedings and general awakeness in the wee hours. It makes me feel like I’m not alone at 4 a.m. I often wonder how many other Houston mommy’s are up and wondering what’s going on.

We stopped the dream feed, cold turkey and she didn’t seem to miss it. But she was also just getting over her bronchitis, so I think she may have been extra groggy from the antibiotics and generally feeling cruddy, which kept her asleep.

Early Tuesday morning was the worst it’s been in a long time. She woke up at 3 a.m., and I finally got out of bed at 3:45 a.m. when her gurgles and giggles turned into wails. She ate and just simply would not go back down. For the second time in my mommyhood, I actually turned on the calming sounds of Dr. Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block DVD, which put her to sleep…for an hour. Her naps have been a shorter too and I just have a feeling she’s out of whack. I thought it was the time change but it seems several other babies of the same age are going through something similar.

We put it down to possible teething. One mom suggested homeopathic chamomile drops to calm them. I like the idea of homeopathic soothers so a few moms bought it and we’ll discuss next week whether it did the trick. I’ve only had to use them once, and I didn’t see much of a difference. I took away all the fruits – I tried avocado earlier this week and was not successful. Had to make a midnight run to CVS for gripe water…so I figured we’ll wait a few days to get back on that. She’s still having the rice cereal and I’ve upped her formula intake, and I’ve reintroduced the dream feed. It ticked her over until 7:30am today so if we have to do it for a couple more weeks, then so be it. I need to get her back on track.

And of course, this is all going on while my husband is out of town…typical.