Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Cranky

Okay, so remember when I said about 3 or 4 months ago that that the Prawn's teeth were coming in? Well, I was pretty wrong at that point. I was hoping to attribute her cranky behavior to teeth coming in because I didn't want to believe she was just behaving like that for the hell of it. However, now the teeth really ARE coming in and it's time for me once again face the fact that there are occasions that, while I love her, sometimes I don't like her very much.

There are moments when she is almost unbearably sweet. Peekaboo is her favorite game of late and it's amazing to listen to her laugh with delight. She's also recently gotten the hang of waving. And sticking out her tongue. All very cute and lovely and I adore her. But then we try to put her to bed.

Up until now, sleeping hasn't really been so much of a problem. She'd drift off quickly after being deposited in her cot. But now it's all about the screaming.

My theory is that it's all part of the new clinginess that also involves screaming when one of us walks out of the room for a minute, even if we're not out of eyeshot. She's not been a fretful or nervous baby by any means up until now, so these new screaming fits at bedtime are a bit of a new thing for us.

We are definitely of the Controlled Crying school. There is no way that we want this behavior to continue and DEFINITELY not to extend into the middle of the night, like it did last night. (I've got bags 2 miles long under my eyes) We leave her to it for 5 minutes before going back in to re-insert the dummy, kiss her and walk back out again. We leave it slightly longer the next time. Luckily, she's never really gone beyond crying for 2o minutes. Yes, I know that we are lucky.

The reason it is easier to use the Controlled Crying method is that she's developed a new cry which sounds exactly like a pouty child throwing a tantrum. This is the bedtime cry. No real tears, just forced crying. It's funny, but it's kind of been the first warning that cognisance is on it's way- she's already learning how to play the system. "I shout, Mummy and Daddy come back and then I can stare at them innocently while chucking my dummy down the inaccessible side of the cot and bashing the bars with my feet."

At any rate, times they are a-changin. In a week's time, we will be across the Atlantic, visiting my parents in Maryland. Before we get there, however, we have to get on a plane for 7 hours and while checking her into the hold seems an attractive option, it's not strictly legal, so we went ahead and bought her a seat. Am I going to be a holistic Mummy and try to keep my child entertained for the best part of a day in a confined space, or am I going to put Medised into her bottle, have a glass of red wine and fall asleep?

Take a guess.


Becky said...

You know what, I'm GLAD that I'm not the only parent who'd been blaming teething for everything since the baby was 3 months old. Still with nary a tooth in sight 4.5 months later. Makes me feel like an idiot, to be honest with you.

Good luck with the teething (I think Alex is finally doing the same, but maybe he's just a jerk. I haven't decided.)

Helen said...

We're also facing a long flight across the Atlantic in a month. With two infants. One of them with colic.

So lemme just ask where I can get me some of this Medised stuff....

rockmama said...

Ah, I have actually now been warned off of Medised by my doctor. Apparently, it's a decongestant with sudeffidrine in it which has a 50/50 chance of either putting the kid to sleep or making them SUPER hyper, so we won't be giving her THAT ever again! For this flight, we've been given a mild anti-histimine which should knock her out without the risk of hyperactivity.

Suzie said...

Ahh sleep...I long for it too. Hopefully one day when the kids are 15? I guess by college they can all put themselves to sleep or so I've been told.