As if the unpredictability of your infant isn’t already enough, let’s throw a few growth spurts in there to really shake things up.
You may feel like you’ve finally settled in on a routine. You’re learning your baby, your baby is learning you, life seems to *finally* start to feel like you can actually do this parenting thing. Then, one day, your smiley, happy-go-lucky baby turns into a complete bear. Literally the thought, “What happened to my baby?” ran through my mind more times than I’d like to admit. It seemed as though everything I had learned about her went completely out the window. Nothing soothed her and she wanted to eat nonstop. (Let’s just say – a few wailing sessions ended in this momma doing some wailing of her own.)
So, what did I do? I did what every new mom does best – GOOGLE EVERYTHING. Granted, I’ve learned that this isn’t always the best option and can often lead me down a path I never should have stepped foot on. But sometimes other mommas have had similar problems and just reading their stories can be helpful. After vigorous hours of contemplative research (insert laugh here), I realized that my baby girl was most likely going through a growth spurt. Do keep in mind, however, that none of this information is medically proven and only based on my own observations and research.
According to TodaysParent.com, there are three simple ways to determine if your baby is going through a growth spurt. These include (but aren’t limited to):
- Your baby will sleep more (or less) than normal
- Your baby will be hungry – hungrier than normal
- Your baby will be cranky (or in my own terms a “fuss bucket”)
Keep in mind, however, that these are often signs of other things as well such as sickness, so it’s best to call your pediatrician to discuss your observations.
How do I cope?
- Babies often take these growth spurts around the same times – although there’s no exact science. Knowing this timeline is helpful (ask your pediatrician).
- Know that this is temporary. The bear will disappear and your baby will come back. She’s not gone forever.
Hang in there, momma. You’re doing a fantastic job!