Thursday, July 13, 2006

Things Looked Grim ...

When I arrived home (around 12:30 p.m.), the girls were both asleep, but Evelin said that Quinn had been fussy and irritable all day for no discernable reason. I quickly made a sandwich and dealt with a few work e-mails for about a half-hour until Quinn started crying.

It wasn't her normal plaintive cry, this was a full-throated scream with few breaths for air.

I got her up, changed her diaper, and shuttled her downstairs, trying to calm her with little luck. She ended up in the BabyBjörn, which eventually settled her down, but only while we were facing the shaving stand mirror and while I was making goofy faces — and there was no smiling from her, just a strained, "amuse me monkey or I shall wail" expression on Quinn's part.

About 45 minutes to an hour later, she dozed back off in the BabyBjörn, and I managed to transfer her to her crib without waking her. Of course, as I closed Quinn's door, Celeste called out for me, so it was from one room to the next.

Celeste was good and happy after her two-hour nap ... until she tried to lean over to pick up her blanket after I'd picked her up and she cracked her head against the side of the crib. I made sure we had an Ernie diaper and got her downstairs before her crying woke Quinn.

There was no interest on Celeste's part in a bag of frozen peas or even a cool teething ring against the rapidly bruising knot on her head, but she did calm down and start wanting to play with her tea set — a very good sign.

And the turning point ... the rest of the day went quite well. Quinn slept for another hour, giving Celeste and me some good play time together. Quinn took a bottle with no major drama. She did get a bit fussy and need to spend some more time in the BabyBjörn, but she wasn't inconsolable like she had been earlier in the afternoon. Quinn even started to take a second bottle at 5:00 p.m., but nodded off after a few sips ... and ended up sleeping long enough for Evelin to get home and have dinner.

(It's 8:07 p.m. right now, and Evelin is nursing Quinn; it looks like she'll be going to bed within her usual range, between 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., which hopefully will mean she does better about sleeping through the night than she has the past few nights when she's had an early morning wake-up around 3:00 a.m. and then up for the day between 5:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.)

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