Well, when Demetrio screams, (80% of his waking hours), Dante shrieks.
The day goes something like this:
17 month old Dante wakes up at about 7:15, I get up to go make him his morning bottle. He still has three a day, never to go to sleep and never during the night…
As I walk into the kitchen to make his bottle, I hear Demetrio begin to squawk in protest at being alone in the King Sized bed… squawks turn into screams. I get my teenage son to pick up Dante from his crib before he has to take off for the school bus and bring him out to the living room because I still have a few more post c-section weeks to go before I am allowed to pick up 30lb Dante.
Once Dante is established behind the long baby gate in the living room-put there to assist him in staying away from our laminate covered stairs that go down to ceramic tile below, and out of the kitchen, away from the dog etc. etc., I go get Demetrio.
Demetrio is growing well, and it’s no wonder, as all he does is eat.
If Demetrio is not being fed, he screams. He hates the soother, hates my finger, just screams and roots for the breast.
I spend all day trying to find time to spend with Dante. I can usually get five minutes here or there to play some blocks with Dante before Demetrio starts screaming. Its like 24/7 colic.
When Demetrio starts crying, Dante starts shrieking at him, and omg its enough to get me pulling my hair out when combined with lack of sleep.
I try to make Dante’s meals while Demetrio screams away in the wrap, or sling, or stroller that I keep upstairs to put him in while Im trying to do things.
While Demetrio screams, I coo and sing to him, sometimes pushing the stroller back and forth with one foot while trying to wash a few dishes or get a meal prepared.
In the meantime, Dante is shrieking because he just can’t figure out what Demetrio is… he only knows that he makes alot of noise and is similar in size to our cats, but smaller.
So far, twice I have got Dante down for a nap, Demetrio decided to take a snooze round lunch time, so I seized opportunity to whisk Dante off to his room for a nap. And no sooner did Dante nod off in my arms than I heard Demetrio awaken. Quickly deposited Dante into his crib, (bad me, im not supposed to lift him up – oh well) scooped up Demetrio, then retreated to me bedroom to resume position of nursing Demetrio. I can not allow him to cry and fuss much at all, or Dante will awaken, whether it be day or night. The laminate floors carry Demetrios screams perfectly.. so rather than get housework done while Dante sleeps, or have comp time etc, I hide out in the bedroom and chill out with the little guy.o start an episode out in the kitchen or the rest of the house, nap time would be over for Dante, so I use it as a time to rest and sit or lie in bed nursing Demetrio, (most effective way of keeping him happy it seemds)
Bed time is the same. Pablo puts Dante to bed for me at night because he is home from work at dinner time. But once Dante goes to bed I have to banish myself to the bedroom to keep colicky Demetrio from waking Dante.
By the end of the day my ears ring from all the noise and I almost welcome the cluster feedings because at least all I am required to do is lie in bed with a good show and feed the little guy.
I know it will get better, but if one more person reminds me ” Well, YOU were the one who wanted another one” I’m going to snap.
I love all my kids, and Ive been thru this trying newborn period 4 times before, just never with another child so young also. Maybe I’m just old and lack the ability to adjust as well as I used to?
Either way, I still get moments during the day where my heart is touched by something adorable that the boys do. A coo or funny cross eyed look from Demetrio… or the clasping of his tiny hand around my finger while he nurses… or Dantes love of saying his new word “cra-kor” (tractor.. lol). Theres much to appreciate.
Just wanted to share a rundown of my day as it is before dinnertime when my teens come home from school and husband comes home from work… LOL
I have yet to get a nice family picture. Will have to work on that!