Why is it that when you especially need a good night sleep, the kids are up all night?! I was up too late all weekend and felt exhausted last night. My kids went down pretty easily, so I was happily settling into my pillows and blankets, and curling up with a good book. I just wanted to read a chapter then get some much needed shut eye. My husband was in the shower and then was going to straight to bed as well. He gets up extremely early, so I try not to let the kids bother him at night. Anyway, my son got up again and again, every few minutes asking for this and that and anything he could think of! I kept sending him back to bed and finally, about an hour later, he decided to stay in bed. Then my daughter woke up!
I changed her and she screamed, she hates being changed anyway, but right now she has a bad diaper rash. Yesterday I let her crawl around naked, I keep putting cream on it, and then before bed I gave her a baking soda bath. But she keeps pooping every diaper, so it can’t get a chance to heal! She has really sensitive skin. She’s in cloth diapers because she’s allergic to regular ones (as well as for all the good environmental reasons). I then nursed her, but she kept crying and crying like she was in pain! I took her downstairs so my husband could sleep, though he did ask if he could help, and searched for her tummy drops.
I give her what is basically gripe water (chamomile, fennel, ginger, & a few other ingredients, depending on the brand), I stopped buying it because we go through it so quickly and it’s expensive, but I found I can make my own with children’s digestive aid dietary supplement drops. It lasts much longer and seems to work even better. Though now, I skip putting it in water and just give her some drops straight. She likes the taste! I had always put in water for my son. when he was a toddler he drank his “tea” every night before bed.
As well as sensitive skin, my kids both have sensitive stomachs! My son was cholicy and cried for the first 5 months (it seemed)! It wasn’t until 6 months I discovered gripe water and it worked miracles! Changing my whole diet, as I was nursing, helped a lot, but gripe water works immediately for the tummy pain.
Anyway, last night I gave her the drops, she finally let out some gas and went to sleep. I did finish my chapter and finally get to sleep, but she was up again four more times! So please excuse my rambling! I am still very tired! I hope I made some sort of point in this post!