Growth spurts, Hiccups, and Blowouts Oh My

It is a total understatement to say that I love being a mom.  It’s the best, most amazing thing ever.  Somehow, even when I barely get any sleep, am covered in spit-up, am constantly changing diapers, and am walking around for HOURS soothing hiccups and trying to get Quinn to sleep, the good still manages to outweigh the challenging.

An unhappy Quinn

And the last couple of weeks have definitely been challenging!  There have been a lot of “frequency days” full of nursing, as often as every two hours some days.  Diapers have mostly succeeded, but there have been a few really messy failures.  And her hiccups are the worst.  Internet research and the dozens of baby books we have all say that hiccups don’t really bother babies and will go away on their own.  Well, they bother our baby and I have a hard time believing that she is the first.  They often last 30-40 minutes and are usually uncomfortable enough to lead to crying and fussing. It also turns out that the fussy evenings (the legendary “witching hour”) are not just a rumor; they’re real.  We’ve only threatened to put her up for adoption a couple of times, which given the challenges, I think is pretty good.

A much happier Quinn

Fortunately for all of us, she has matched all of the challenges will some serious cuteness.  She is now flashing adorable smiles, complimented by heart-melting gurgles and coos.  I’m not historically a sentimental sort, so who knew that I could be such a sucker for the baby cuteness, but I’ve fallen hard for this little bean with monk hair.

Our continued happiness may hinge on being able to find a cure for the hiccups though, if a cure exists.  If you have any ideas- please let me know!

7 Thoughts on “Growth spurts, Hiccups, and Blowouts Oh My

  1. Kelsey on October 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm said:

    try giving her some water, if she won’t drink plain water for you at a little sugar or light corn syrup, it ALWAYS fixed the hiccups for my two kids! and for some reason getting a bath helped them too, not sure why though it just did!

  2. Bailey on October 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm said:

    Gripe Water. Frequently having hiccups that are upsetting (as well as intense frequent nursing ) can mean reflux for bab, and sometimes a well hidden tongue tie can be the cause. Thats just some stuff to look out for. But in the meantime Gripe Water will remedy the hiccups. Several brand are available, I really like to organic one at Whole Foods, but the Little Tummies brand is available in any phramacy, and lots of grocery stores. Good luck!

  3. Lindsay on October 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm said:

    Gripe water!! It was amazing, it worked instantly!

  4. When my little ones would get the hiccups, it was usually after eating. Generally when they went from starving to stuffed in a short period of time. So I changed the schedule of feedings so their bellies didn’t get too empty and then if they still got them. I’d burp them really good and then I’d nurse a little extra thinking that if they are anything like adult hiccups the swallowing action might help…it seemed to. Either that or it just calmed them down enough for them to pass without a fuss. Good luck!

  5. Heather on October 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm said:

    Try getting her on some infant Zantac if your doc will write her a prescription. My baby was extremely good-natured except for times when she seemed to have something hurting her which I felt was acid reflux. She also wanted to eat every 2 hours, which many babies will do because breast milk soothes their heartburn. She also had frequent hiccups that seemed to upset her. Since getting her on the infant Zantac, all those symptoms have gone away, but they come back whenever her weight increases a bit. Then they go away again when the doctor ups her dosage to match her weight.

  6. Amy, Brenna always got hiccups after nursing when she was little. Then I would just nurse her again for a couple of minutes, and they would go away. They really seemed to bother her too, but a little post-nursing nursing always did the trick. :)

  7. Jessica on November 8, 2010 at 6:19 pm said:

    I was told to give a spoon of sugar (just plain white sugar) when kids have hiccups. I’ve done this with my kids… not a whole spoon (as they are so small… but just enough that I think they can get it down without choking on it… It has worked every time for us. Since Quinn is so young, you may not want to try that, but maybe if you dip your finger in some sugar and let her suck it off, it may do the trick. Not sure why the sugar makes them go away, but it has every time that we’ve tried it. It’s worth a shot! Good luck!! :)

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