There are many many many of you who have just had your babes in the last weeks or months...and I need your advice!
Baby Jett has this new thing that he does and it makes me want to die.
Generally he's a good sleeper, he naps plenty during the day and then he gets fussy for 2 hours before bedtime, but we nurse and burp and fuss and nurse and burp and fuss until he finally goes down sometime around 10-11pm.
Then he sleeps for 3-4 hours, change, feed, back to sleep.
He used to then go back to sleep for another 3-4 hours and lather rinse repeat.
BUT NOW, now he has this thing that he does.
At 4am, give or take an hour, after the change, feed and burp routine HE STARTS GRUNTING and straining and wiggling AND HE KEEPS IT UP FOR 3-4 HOURS or until I give up on sleeping and just get up for the day having really only slept the original 3-4 hours that he allowed.
It's as though he is constipated and he's straining straining straining to have a bowel movement.
But breastfed babies don't get constipated!
Conveniently he started this just before his 1 month appt with the pediatrician and I asked her about it. She said it's VERY COMMON and a complaint she hears from new parents a lot.
In a nutshell, he's learning how to actually control his bowel movements, learning how to push BUT HE ISN'T RELAXING HIS BUM so he's pushing and straining and grunting. AND HE WILL GROW OUT OF IT.
I accept this explanation.
BUT OMG I WANT TO DIE.
He's been doing this for almost a week now AND I AM SO TIRED.
So, new mamas, DOES YOUR BABY DO THIS AT 4AM? And if so, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT?
Or is this one of those cases of "this too shall pass".
The damn baby is absolutely fine the rest of the day, not gassy or fussy...generally a good baby, so I don't believe this is a diet issue or a reflux issue but I'm having trouble functioning on 4 hours of sleep.
CAN ANYONE HELP ME?!