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Thursday, March 24, 2011


Due to a combination of factors, such as inexplicable screaming for three weeks, upset sleeping schedule and the like, I found myself extremely pissed at parenthood on Tuesday night.

For some reason, Kev is unable to get Aspen to go to bed at night. Which sucks because I have been working late a lot of nights this week. So instead of coming home at 10pm to find Aspen peacefully sleeping while Kev is chilling, I've come home to find them both sitting in the living room, looking exhausted.

Then I have the fun task of trying to get an exhausted baby to sleep. You'd think that would be easy. But no, when my baby is exhausted, I find it makes bedtime harder. She screams and screams and screams. I try nursing her, I try changing her, I try rocking her, I try leaving her... and she screams. It makes me crazy. And when she finally does soothe herself to sleep, she wakes up at 2:30am screaming some more.

I got so upset Tuesday that I ended up slamming her door (it doesn't shut unless forced so we usually leave it open) and my own and wrapping a feather pillow around my face in bed. I AM SO SICK OF HEARING HER SCREAM.

I don't know why she's screaming. She shows no signs of teeth. No runny nose, no fever. No little white bumps or swollen gums. She's just screaming. My brain... it can't take much more of the screaming...

I've tried putting her to bed for the night before I leave for my late classes since it's around her usual bedtime. Kev said she wakes up an hour later, as if she was just taking a nap, and after half an hour of listening to her scream he goes into her room and gets her up.

This is just a phase, I know. But why is it such a LOUD phase? Why isn't there a phase when your baby farts butterflies or does the dishes for you?


  1. Bailee's screaming & or crying really wears quickly on me & I loose my patiences. Its hard not to. Hopefully she passes this stage quickly or you can figure out how to help her.

  2. Not that it's helpful, but baby screaming is SUPPOSED to make you crazy. I'm pretty sure it's a biological adaptation to ensure that tired parents keep babies alive.

  3. I'm telling you! "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child".

    Get it.

    Read it.

  4. That sounds absolutely draining! I agree with Abby. I bought "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" and also "Baby Wise" and they have both worked absolute miracles and have helped me understand my babies and what's going on with them. He has studied babies for like 20 years and can break it all down. You can borrow both of mine if you want! But in the meantime, good luck!

  5. I'm so sorry, Livia. I really hope it doesn't last much longer.

  6. I am sorry, I understand how utterly frustrating it can be. Possibly it could be growing pains? if there are no other visible signs of anything she could just be going through a growth spurt and she could be achy. I hope this passes soon, but if not I would take her into the Dr. just to be checked to make sure everything is all right. Good luck, and if you need a break call me, I know that sometimes you just can't handle it anymore and I would be more than willing to watch her for a while so you can get your sanity and patience back!


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