Does This Thing Come With A Manual??!

OK – call it what you want – a manual, an owner’s guide, an instruction book – whatever. Why the hell do babies not come with one? First, Sierra and I had to get over the breastfeeding issues (ok, so there was nothing wrong with my milk – it was all in my head), then she had “colic” (the kid had incredible gas from my diet), and then? Then she cried and cried – a fussy tired cry – not the pain cry that we saw 8 days ago. This past weekend she cried, Monday she cried, Tuesday she cried, and Wednesday she cried. She wasn’t hungry, she wasn’t dirty, and she had more than enough toys to “play” with. WTF could be wrong with her? Why isn’t there a manual for her? I need a manual!

But alas! There is! It’s called the internet! Wednesday night, while I was at my wits end, I searched the internet high and low to figure out how to get the kid to sleep. The answer? Put her in her crib as soon as she starts to get fussy and let her cry it out! Well duh! I can’t beleive I never thought of that. I was rocking her, putting her in her vibrating chair, her swing and even in the Snugli (she slept in there but woke up the minute I took her out). Yep – boy am I an idiot – I thought that she needed me to help her fall asleep – but she’s a big girl – she can do it all on her own! Yesterday and today I’ve managed to get her to take 3 naps and fall asleep for the night very easily just by putting her in her crib when she began to get fussy (1st I made sure that she wasn’t dirty or hungry). And my reward? I got to go on my treadmill for 30 minutes both days! Thank you Sierra – Thank you internet!

16 thoughts on “Does This Thing Come With A Manual??!

  1. Unfortunately, every child is different. What works for one, might not work for the other. Congratulations for being clear minded enough to look for help. Sometimes, I’m in such a fog that days go by before I’m like “DUH, why don’t I just google baby hates me?” 😛 Sierra sounds like she has a wonderful mommy who knows exactly where to look when she needs help!

  2. P.S. — Cosmo — it seems like something wacky is going on w/ your blog. I can’t see the links on the left and it cuts off down the bottom.

  3. I remember when my daughter was a baby and I was trying to get back in shape by following some exercise show on tv. It was the only time she hated being in her swing… when I was trying to exercise. I guess she figured I should remain fat in order to give her more attention cuz Lord knows she loved that swing all the rest of the times.

    And as per Paula’s comments, your blog is screwed up on the sidebar (has been for a long time), but only in IE-based browsers for me, it seems to look fine in Firefox.

  4. Wow! Good to know! It’s the simplest things, isn’t it? Just put her down and she will sleep on her own! Fab that you are back to working out though you must have a lot of energy assuming you have little sleep!

  5. Isn’t it amazing when you finally get what they have been trying to to tell you?

    All that crying and fussing, Sierra was probably lost as to why you did not “get it”…It so happens to all of us Mom’s at one time or another. I have had many moments of “OMG why didn’t I figure that out sooner?!?!” lol! Just wait it will not be long till she can talk :O

  6. Check out this book series, It really help me with my last. (Wish I had if for the first two!) “Baby Wise” “Toddler Wise” and “Child Wise” the authors are, Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam. They have three different seires and they are awesome! Good luck and let me know what you think of them!

  7. I can’t wait till my babe is a week or so older and I am going to start her on the cry it out method too! Have you read “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” By Marc Weissbluth? It is supposed to have saved many many folks (including my sister……) Good luck!

  8. Hooray for you! There is another Baby Owner’s Manual Book and a Toddler Owner’s Manual book out – both are written just like a driver’s manual and are hysterical, yet helpful reads. I remember when my little guy would nap on his own so easily and on schedule…now that he is older and wiser, he knows what’s up and would rather play than nap:!: (sigh) But he still gets two a day.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! I’ll definitely be by to visit yours again!

  9. Go you! It takes a while to figure out what cries mean what. But you’ll soon be able to tell the difference. :) Even now when my kid gets fussy it’s a sign he’s overloaded and needs a little alone time. Normally I’ll just ask, “Does someone need a nap?” He’ll say yes and off he goes. Nap time for me equals time on the elliptical machine!

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