I was so excited when I found out I was pregnant, and even more excited when I found out I was having a baby girl. I imagined the perfect baby and having her dressed perfectly in pink. When she was born, she was everything I had dreamt of.
When she was about two weeks old, her temperament changed. She started crying A LOT, for hours at a time every evening. Nothing neither my husband nor I did helped. I felt like a failure as a mom because I couldn’t comfort my own daughter. The doctors informed me she had colic.
There is a lot of information out there about what for to do for colic. There are formulas that claim to help with colic and special drops you can give your baby. A friend even suggested adding cereal to the bottle to help her sleep. I was desperate for help and didn’t really know what to do for her.
My doctor recommended trying the “5 S’s”: swaddling her, turning her on her side while holding her, making a shushing sound, swinging her from side to side as I held her, and giving her a pacifier to suck. Turning her to her side and swinging gently as I held her did help a little. Thankfully, my husband was right there to give me a break when I couldn’t take it anymore.
After a few months, the constant crying stopped. Colic wasn’t something I had envisioned for my baby girl, but we made it through that time, and I learned I wasn’t a failure as a mom.