Cranky Baby!

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Cranky Baby!

So I've noticed a lot of you saying your babies have become happier... well mine has become grumpier! Of course at first I question my milk supply but a lot of times if he is distracted/held/given attention he is fine. And then eventually he gets tired and usually goes down fine with minimum fussing.
I'm wondering about teeth, maybe? Noel got her first at 5 1/2 months.
For example, today after I fed him, I put him in the Bumbo on our bed and he was happy with the kids talking to him. Then I decided to put him on his belly with some toys and he got grumpy so I put him on his back; still grumpy. So I put him back in the Bumbo. He was then okay as long as he had toys in front of him but if I talked to him or walked past him he would look towards me and smile but then get fussy if I took my attention away. Then I put him in the Johnny Jumper thingie and right now he's pretty happy but I'm ignoring him. If I give him attention he tends to get grumpy because I think he thinks I'm going to pick him up.
Tips? Is he just wanting attention from me and want to be held or entertained or is he hungry? When I hold him he doesn't seem to root or anything and I would predict that if I tried to feed him he would just suck a bit and then pop off (he will always take the boob at least for a little while).

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Maybe mercury is in retrograde today because Henry was a crankbutt today. I'm wondering if it is teething too. I think if he were really hungry he'd be rooting. But then again sometimes I think Henry gets distracted while nursing and doesn't fill up and then gets cranky later when he is hungry and I forget that he might be hungry because he already nursed. I was also reading that they get fussy at this age when they are trying to accomplish new things and in discovery mode. I put some stacking cups out on Henry's playmat (I wasn't expecting him to stack them, but rather chew on them) well they kept rolling away and he was getting ticked off. We called him the mad cupper. Haha.

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Emma's a pretty happy baby, but her tolerance for not having attention is decreases as her attachment to us increases.

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Re: hunger. Reid will ALWAYS nurse for a minute or two if you offer, but if he's not hungry he'll stop again quickly, so it doesn't sound like hunger to me.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

Re: hunger. Reid will ALWAYS nurse for a minute or two if you offer, but if he's not hungry he'll stop again quickly, so it doesn't sound like hunger to me.

Yep, that's exactly what Judah will do. And come to find out if he's more tired than hungry, he will fuss and act like he wants to suck, come off and fuss, etc. I've NEVER been one to know my baby's cues/cries from each other, never!

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"tori729" wrote:

Yep, that's exactly what Judah will do. And come to find out if he's more tired than hungry, he will fuss and act like he wants to suck, come off and fuss, etc. I've NEVER been one to know my baby's cues/cries from each other, never!

Haha, me either. When people say that "you'll know by listening to them" I'm always like "Really? No. Really?" LOL I usually know what's going on just by where we are in the day, but I've never had much luck knowing what my babies need just from the sound of their cry.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

Haha, me either. When people say that "you'll know by listening to them" I'm always like "Really? No. Really?" LOL I usually know what's going on just by where we are in the day, but I've never had much luck knowing what my babies need just from the sound of their cry.

I too am always looking at the clock. If he's fussy and he's been awake awhile then I check his dipe and put him down for a nap. None of my friends do this. They all offer the breast before trying a nap. But I really like the whole EASY routine thing though. Gives structure to the day and I know better how to tend to Henry's needs. Although our schedule has been kind of off lately since we've had some busy days around here.

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Yeah, there's no difference, lol!! If Emma is fussing, I look at the clock to see if she's likely to be hungry or tired.

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"eliann" wrote:

I too am always looking at the clock. If he's fussy and he's been awake awhile then I check his dipe and put him down for a nap. None of my friends do this. They all offer the breast before trying a nap. But I really like the whole EASY routine thing though. Gives structure to the day and I know better how to tend to Henry's needs. Although our schedule has been kind of off lately since we've had some busy days around here.

Yep, this is why I like the EASY method. If I didn't know about it, I'd probably assume he was hungry.