Avery has been having some rough evenings this week. She cries and squirms for a few hours and the only position she’s calm in is being suspended over outstretched arms. Not exactly a physically sustainable position…
We thought it was gas (still haven’t ruled it out), so we tried gassy baby holds, I cut out chocolate and dairy, we bike pedalled her legs and tried belly massage… She is still pooping normally, although she has had Grunting Baby Syndrome since 2 weeks old. These anti-gas tactics don’t seem to make a difference when she gets upset.
I also considered that it might be overtiredness, because when she has a day full of good long naps, evenings are calm. But most days she is awake way more than asleep, and I wonder if by evening, when she has been awake for 5 hours, she is so tired that she can’t relax enough to get to sleep. When we finally do get her to sleep at night, she sleeps well.
We’ve also considered that she might be congested. I suction out any boogers right away, she doesn’t have a runny nose (or a fever), and the humidifier didn’t seem to help.
Then there’s the possibility that she is just fussy… I read somewhere that babies are often fussiest in the evenings (leaving a work-outside-the-home parent feeling like the baby doesn’t like them). But is it a normal thing for a baby to cry and cry for that long?
It is painful to not be able to soothe your baby and I really want to find a solution that works. Anyone have any other ideas or things we could try?