Yesterday, we had a nice visit from Heather (from work) and her fiance Pat. Of course, Sophie didn't real nap all day (unless she was in our arms being rocked) so she was totally over-stimulated. After they left, Sophie started to get VERY fussy and was pretty fussy through the rest of the afternoon and evening. Around 8pm, in desperation, Jim and I decided to try and take her for a drive to see if that might calm her (since occassionally she has really liked her car seat lately) so we put her in the car seat and took her out. She hated it and got even more worked up than before. When we got home from our brief drive we just took her up to bed and I nursed her and she did go to sleep eventually. This morning, Sophie woke up a happy girl and we had an early morning appointment to the pediatrician so here she is again but in a much happier state of mind... (Yes, she's in the same outfit, too!)
Sophie Sad (aka Monkey Mind attack)
Sophie Happy (aka early in the am before she gets overstimulated)
Good news from the pediatrician's visit - Sophie weighs 10 lbs, 2 ounces and is now 22 inches long!!! Wowie! What a big girl! And yes, she is indeed growing out of her newborn clothes (and newborn-sized diapers) already. The cute outfit in these photos (given to her by her Uncles Chris and Jim) is actually 3-6 months and it fits her perfectly!
We did talk to the pediatrician about her crying and fussiness and Dr. Soppas agrees that since she's gaining weight and checking out physically fine that it's just Sophie's way of dealing with being outside the womb. Our current theory (after trying two doses of the zantac and a day of Gripe Water) is that she just gets over-stimulated and is seeing and learning so much every day that she can't wind-down on her own because of all the new neural connections being made and all the new things to see and learn. So, essentially it's Sophie's monkey mind causing her grief. We are trying to make sure she gets her naps and knowing it's likely not anything phyical makes us feel much better even if/when she is crying.
Harvest Moon by Neil Young - Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon' https://youtu.be/xMjDc8MJotU
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