Things are getting better.
I feel like this week especially, I have learned so much about Jay. I think he also has learned a lot about life and me.
For example, I am starting to recognize his tiredness cues before he is irate.
I know now that he needs darkness or a swing to take a LONG nap. (I'm looking in to buying blinds for our front window and sliding glass door- any recommendations?)
I know that he needs a little bit a formula in the afternoon for him to have a good day.
I know that swaddling is essential for baby Jay.
I know that he is capable of a schedule but isn't there yet.
He learned that the pacifier isn't such a bad thing (even though he will spit it out either right away or after a few min).
He learned that crying/screaming in his car seat the whole way to our destination doesn't get him anything. (The last few times we went out he only cried for 5-7 min. and then either found his fist to suck on or just stared.
He learned that 2-3 hour naps once or twice a day make him much happier.
Here is Jay "singing" happy birthday to daddy:)
He is still colicky, but understanding him makes my job as a mom much less frustrating.
I figure if we get a babysitter who hasn't had kids, we will send the "Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD with Jay so they can try the strategies if he cries a lot:)
I went to school yesterday to get some work done and my co-workers held him and took care of him while I met with people. Jay did great, and I actually forgot about him for like 30 min. I think about him so much...it was weird to forget about him:)
On another note, I have had stomach pains/attacks a few times that are very painful (like bad contractions but they don't go away every few minutes). My sister had a huge ordeal with her gallbladder which left her in the hospital for a few days after she had her first kid, so I decided to see the doctor. All my symptoms point to gall bladder issues, so I have an ultrasound scheduled for next week to see what is going on. In the meantime I get to eat a bland diet and hope for no more gall bladder "attacks". I'm so lucky I think I know what it is, because many people with gall bladder pains don't figure it out right away.