We all know that the price of gas has fluctuated this year in terms of dollars. But I hope that we've also learned that the cost of gas goes well beyond the dollar measurement by gallon. Global warming is a cost of gas... National security is a cost of gas... and I've learned over the last couple of days that sleep and sanity are also a cost of gas... baby gas that is!
Poor Radar had a pretty miserable day yesterday. He was up most of the day and when he was awake, he was crying most of the time, and when he was crying, he was screaming most of the time. It was heart breaking to not be able to console my sweet little boy as he turned red and purple and squirmed and farted and burped. After a twenty minute fit, he would just collapse into sleep in my arms or in my mom's arms. If we tried to put him down, he would start screaming again, so he spent 99% of the day in our arms. I'm not complaining – I love my baby and will forgo all sleep and sanity if I can console my baby, but it's a pretty helpless feeling when you just don't seem to be able to help!
So far, I've started changing my diet to try to see if something I'm eating is making his gas worse. I've given up all citrus fruits, grapes, apples, kiwis, etc. I've given up chocolate (not easy!) I've given up coffee (I just recently restarted my love affair with coffee, but that's on hold again now.) If that doesn't seem to make any difference, then the next big one is dairy products (no ice cream, no cereal... yikes!!) I'm not sure what else to do. So for all you experienced moms out there that have lived through the heartbreak of watching their babies squirm and struggle and scream through inconsolable painful gassiness... is there anything else I can do?
On the up side, yesterday's hard day led to a pretty good night and so far, a morning full of sleep. Let's hope that today is a better day overall since we've got big plans! We're going to the mall and we're supposed to go to a barbeque at Uncle Stefan's.
Titi and Radar
Today's P.S. is a shout out to my cousin and his family in Seoul, S. Korea! Vivi left a comment yesterday and it was so great to hear from that far away wing of the family (that's my cousin Rafael's family who has spent the last two years in S. Korea under his current Army assignment). Vivi indicated that Vivianita thinks that Radar is the cutest baby in the world!! Now considering that they have lived in so many places (Panama, Various US cities, Peru and now Korea), I don't think there's anyone who can speak with greater authority! Thank you Vivianita... I think you're the smartest little girl in the world!!!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Posted by Radar's Mom at 10:46 AM