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I haven't had more than a couple hours sleep for days now.
Kaden has decided he has to fight sleep solid now, this might mean 6 hours or more of 5-10 minute cat naps and that's it, in between screaming. He will sleep through 2 feedings at night (he eats every 2-3 hours), but it takes over an hour during feedings to wake him up enough to eat, and change him and get him back to sleep.
Then he screams from 7-11, then from 11-2, sleeps about an hour and screams some more, he wants to do all his sleeping between 4-8. I can't very well sleep then, I have other things that need to be done.
This includes going on car rides, walking, singing, his swing, his bouncer, and constant passing back and forth from person to person. This may or may not be while screaming solid. I'm about at my wits end, my head is splitting because I skip all but one meal a day so I can catch up on sleep, and I stay ill and weak feeling.
Is Kaden gassy? Is he properly burped between feedings? Are you breastfeeding? If so, could something you are eating be disturbing his digestive system? Do you give him a pacifier to sleep with? Do you swaddle him in a blanket for nap times / sleep times? Do you pick him up and hold him when he cries?
With Julia, it was 4 months before she slept through the entire night, and I was waking up every 2-3 hours a night not only to feed and diaper her, but also to pump (she was on a special formula for 4 months, during which time I was not breastfeeding her ... hence, the pumping and freezing). During the daytime when she cried, you best believe that if she wasn't hungry, didn't need diapering, or didn't want her pacifier, I would pick her up and hold her ... 9 times out of 10, that's all she wanted. And I was thrilled to oblige.
Yes, I needed to do things too --- the dishes had to wait, the carpets needed vacuuming, the furniture dusting, the meals were crock pot / sandwiches / cereal. But in all honesty (and really, I'm not trying to be funny here), this is life with a newborn
I don't know if he's old enough to be colicky just yet ...? That could be a separate issue all together.
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If he sleeps from 4-8, then honey, SLEEP. I had such a hard time with this, but dishes and laundry can wait. Do you have someone who can help with dishes and such?
Erin did this same thing to me, and I think it was a temperature issue. We didn't have a/c in our aparment. Every time we went someplace cooler though, she calmed down.
The biggest breakthrough I had though, was when my youngest sister took a screaming Erin away from me and sent me to bed. She cried the whole 45 minute nap I had, but it was SO good for me not to have to worry for a bit. Let people help you.
Hold him so he's laying on his stomach on your arm or so that he's laying on his stomach on our legs and rub his lower back, and see if that helps.