Coping with a poorly baby
Just recently little Georgie has not been well. Nothing major, just a yo-yoing temperature, snotty nose and generally feeling under the weather. Consequently, we’ve had a few nights of broken sleep. We were up and down like yo-yo’s soothing her and finding her dummy which she’d always manage to lose in the hardest to reach place under the cot.
Cuddling to sleep
One night she was so over-tired from it all she was properly sobbing and upset for a number of hours just after bedtime. She would only settle when being cuddled by my wife. She eventually nodded off at midnight and slept relatively well until the morning. Now I don’t want to claim any martyrs prize for this as I know a lot of you out there will have dealt with much worse and had many more sleepless nights.
But when you’re used to relatively peaceful nights it’s a bit of a rude wakeup in both senses of the word.
The change to crying for attention
It’s also the first time I’ve seen Georgie properly upset, not just from feeling unwell but being angry and upset about it. There comes a point, usually around this age (Georgie is almost 9 months old), that a baby realises that if it cries loud enough then mummy or daddy will come and sooth them. They move from crying for a genuine need to crying for attention.
We had the same with Galla. We managed to get through it by not coming straight away when she cried. Obviously we made sure the crying wasn’t due to any actual malady and was just attention seeking. Either way there were a number of painful evenings which I’m not looking forward to going through again.
I blame myself, I’m the worlds worst patient. When I have a cold it is “man-flu” and EVERYONE knows about. It appears my girls have inherited this from me.
It’s only a phase
As with everything baby/toddler/child related, these things do seem to pass, although when you’re in the middle of it, it feels like it will never end. Time moves on, only last night we downloaded all the photos from a couple of our camera SD cards and were amazed at how much Galla has grown just in the last year. We’ve been so taken up with the wedding and having Georgie that we’ve completely not noticed how she’s changed.
What’s been your experience of dealing with poorly children?