‘Booboo’ is now eight months old and loving life. My beautiful little ginger girl wasn’t always like this. The first five weeks were tougher than tough. I had heard about colic and heard mothers talk about their baby crying but I had no idea until I experienced it for myself. Poor ‘Booboo’ had colic and caring for her was a very different experience to caring for ‘Spike’, who had been my dream baby. ‘Spike’ slept when she was meant to, fed well, self-soothed and was just content all the time. So when ‘Booboo’ starting crying in hospital, so many friends were pleased to hear I was finally paying the price for having had a dream first baby. I discovered very quickly with ‘Spike’ that no other mother wants to hear about an easy dream baby. They do love to hear that things a tough, as they should be! Well, I disagree completely so if this blog helps you find the happy easy-going baby that is your baby, then I hope my tips help.
The first thing you must do right now, even before you finishing reading this blog, is take your mobile phone and make a note of this. Type in your notes or contacts Des Lardner Colic Solution. Phone number 1800 066 998. Go on, type it! Now! If you will experience or are experiencing anything remotely similar to what I did with ‘Booboo’, there’s no way you will remember the name let alone the number or where you read it because your baby will be screaming for hours and hours, you will be sleep deprived and won’t remember if you’ve eaten, showered or brushed your teeth and you will feel sheer despair
How did it all start and what were the symptoms? ‘Booboo’ was born with the most severe gas. In the blogs I posted at the time, I recall describing the smell of her wind like she had eaten a hot Indian curry. The stench was so severe I don’t think I had and still haven’t ever smelt anything like it. I remembered asking in hospital whether this was normal. ‘Spike’ had never had this experience and the mid wives as helpful as they try to be, said ‘Booboo’ just had a bit of wind. ‘A bit’ was an understatement. My poor wee ‘Booboo’ screamed and reeled with pain contorting her body to try relieve the pain. I religiously and methodically burped her after every feed but the wind was horrific. I tried hot packs on her tummy, I raised her little legs to try release the wind to some avail but nothing really took the pain away. I tried infantil, ‘Infants friend’, you name it, I tried it.
Most nights involved her crying for hours. Some nights were better than others. By week 5, I was a mess. I calculated that in five weeks I had slept no more than 3 hours a night. My state of mind was fragile to say the least! ‘Spike’ on top of everything else wasn’t coping with ‘Booboos’ arrival (she was only 16 months old, a baby herself really). I remember going to my local General Practitioner because I thought I had developed post natal depression hoping and praying she would have a ‘happy’ pill for me. There was no happy pill and I didn’t have post natal depression, I was just sleep deprived.
Here are extracts from my previous blogs:
The magic juice has arrived. I am so hopeful. I read all the information that comes with it. Apparently caffeine, chocolate and green vegetables can cause colic in babies. I did know about the green stuff but had no idea about caffeine and chocolate. I vow never to eat chocolate again. Okay, a little extreme… I vow to stop eating chocolate until I finish breastfeeding. This I actually can manage. The tonic, which will remain nameless until it proves its worthiness, is preservative free and made up of a number of herbs. I give Booboo her first dose and it seems to taste quite nice. She seems contented after her mid-morning feed and drifts off to sleep without a peep.
The afternoon feed and nap comes and goes without a hitch. Tonight will be the true test of the Magic juice because 6pm and 1am are normally the times that Booboo goes mental. I load her with the remedy and life becomes beautiful and easy and perfect, just like that! Booboo feeds and sleeps in 4 hour lots throughout the night with no tears.
I can’t believe it. Is it a fluke or does this stuff really work? She fluffs all night in a deep sleep. I check her once, twice and three times to check she is breathing. Oh my goodness, my baby is happy and blissfully asleep. Please let it be this easy.
Thursday 25 August 2011
It’s mother’s group day again. I love these days because Spike gets to play with her little friends and I get to chat with the girls. We visit the Walkabout Creek Café. It’s the first time Spike has seen any of our native animals and I realise all the time I have spent showing her animal books at home has paid off.
I administer the magic juice to Booboo 15 minutes before every feed, as instructed. I don’t want to jinx myself but something has changed in Booboo. Is it the juice? I cross my fingers. The verdict is still out. My husband does the 10pm feed and I am blissfully unaware as I sleep. 2am and it’s my turn. I can feel the anxiety rising wondering if Booboo will become unsettled after this feed. I keep telling myself - calm mother, calm baby. I turn on the Food channel and feed Booboo. She feeds for almost an hour and it takes almost 40 minutes to burp her… a lonnnngggg time compared to my experience with Spike, but least there are no tears. I put her down and she is still restless. What is it? I am tired and getting weary. We sit in front of the TV for another half hour and just like that, Booboo poops another record breaker. I feel so guilty that I have been trying to rush her back to sleep. I take her into the guest room and change her there to not wake up my husband or Spike. I manage to get poop all over the sheets. Tomorrow I will deal with it. Booboo sleeps until 7am. My beautiful little girl.
Friday 26 August 2011
Today feels like a long day. I keep Spike entertained with finger painting, play doh, reading, hide and go seek but the hours seem to go by so slowly. I text message my husband for his ETA. I secretly hope he can come home early to provide some adult conversation but no such luck.
Booboo feeds, fluffs and sleeps easily throughout the day. The magic juice must be working...I remain hopeful.
Five weeks since Booboo’s arrival and maybe life is getting back to normal again. I hope to get to bed later than 9pm. My husband arrives and takes over with Booboo and Spike while I get dinner on the table. I can hear him with Spike in the bath singing at the top of his voice “Old McDonald had a farm…” He is a great Papa! The girls both go down to sleep and we enjoy a lovely meal together followed by some fantastic red wine and cheese. Life seems so civilised…except that I am asleep by 8.30pm.
Booboo stirs at 3.30am. I am completely unaware that my husband has done the 10pm feed. Wow! I’ve just slept 7 hours! Yeah! I am ecstatic. I feed Booboo until 4.30am and we both fall asleep easily. The verdict is in. This magic juice ROCKS!
Saturday 27 August 2011
Life is wonderful again thanks to the amazing Des Lardner’s Colic. Email me and I’ll be happy to send you the details. For all mothers out there suffering with a colicky baby, do your baby and yourself and probably your partner a favour and try the magic juice. It’s been 5 days and nights and I can’t stress how much my baby has changed. I think this solution works by making the baby fluff all day. That’s what Booboo is doing, even when she sleeps. Booboo no longer squeezes her little hands while she shrieks in pain. I feed, burp and then put her down to sleep without any fuss. I’m no longer stressing about Booboo waking my poor husband who works so hard or my Spike or the neighbours! You might say I’m a bit of a control freak, very organised and like things to work properly. Having a baby that wasn’t quite following the book’s instructions, was doing my head in. Not to mention the sleep deprivation… gosh it hurt!
In hindsight, the results were immediate. ‘Booboo’ remained on the Des Lardner Colic Solution until she was 4 months old. You can speak with the pharmacist. They are based in Victoria but deliver anywhere in Australia. I eventually weened her until I felt confident that the worst was over.
‘Booboo’ is now a beautiful, happy little baby who sleeps through night and is eating solids like a maniac. Remember this blog because you may just need it. If you know someone with a colicky baby, then write down the details and sms it to them immediately. You will be changing the baby’s and their mother’s life for the better!