The first 3 weeks were amazing. After that colic and reflux set in. After tummy drops 4 times a day everyday, tummy massages and leg bicycles he isn't 100% miserable. We weren't given anything for the reflux, just told to elevate him at night. Maybe he needs actual medicine for this? I ebf and I noticed a huge change in amount of crying reduced when I eliminated dairy. But for the most part... if he isn't eating or sleeping he's miserable. His "awake" times are miserable. He seems over-stimulated and overly tierd. I feel terrible that I feel we aren't connecting. The vacuum and water running helps sooth him when the tears start rolling but I can't seem to keep him from getting to that point. During his awake times I try it all, reading to him, play mat, singing, tickling,(when he doesn't seem overly tierd- stimulated of course) but nothing seemed to fit his fancy.
I am home with him by myself 12 hours a day due to my husband's job and I feel that he's this way because I'm not doing something right. I watch videos and hear ideas on how to play and bond with a baby or 8 week old (from a same development standpoint) but I can't even get him to that calmed state to even do anything. He loves to be held and I literally try to hold him all day, but a girl needs to shower and pee and take the dog out, I just ordered a wrap so I can try and do these while holding him too. Please tell me this is a phase and that I'm not a terrible mom not doing something I should be? I want this poor baby to be happy
2min pity part over.... now for advice?!?!