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My baby is trying to kill me

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I feel like Lois from Family Guy. So far this morning, Spencer has kicked me in the eye, bit me on the arm hard enough to bruise, head-butted me in the throat hard enough to knock the wind out of me, pulled out my hair, scratched my face and bit me while nursing hard enough to draw blood. It is only noon and I am sure I missed something.

No pain, no gain?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I knew childbirth would be painful. I knew that some day my little boy may break my heart by running of with Suzi Someone who I could never think is good enough for him. Those newborn cries caused a stabbing pain in my stomach as I desperately bounced and rocked and soothed. What I wasn’t expecting was how much physical pain a cute little baby can cause.

At nearly 8 months, I have nail grooming pretty much under control, but endured months of scratching as I mustered up the courage to use the clippers; filing only helps so much. But now there is a whole new world of pain the Doodlebug can inflict: pinching, grabbing, head butting and hair pulling. Oh the hair pulling. At first he just tugged on the ends of my hair when nursing, wearing it back and then a trim solved that problem. Now, however, he is full on pulling: at the temples, the whole ponytail, yanking on loose hair. I am not sure when babies understand no. I untangle him and say no, but he giggle and pulls again. I was enduring it ok, but then he pulled someone else’s hair and I was a little embarrassed. I definitely got the “you can’t control your baby” vibe. I guess he will learn with time.

And yesterday we had our first nursing bite. It wasn’t the blinding pain I was expecting, so perhaps it was more of a nip than a bite, but it was worse than the hair pulling. And my husband just glibly stated, “Well, I guess that’s the end of nursing.” And, in a word, NO. The baby and I will work through this phase the same way we worked through him falling asleep every time he nursed – with love and patience. And not too much pain, I hope.

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