Friday, March 30, 2007

Survival Mode


Take one fussy baby, add a blow dryer and a baby swing and what do you get? A sleeping baby. Yay! The blow dryer has been on for an hour and a half. Is it worth it? Some would argue no, I say YES YES YES. We're still in survival mode here . . . tell me, wise cyber moms, when did your survival mode end?

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  1. Oh my gosh...Sofia STILL falls asleep to the blow dryer. How funny! I thought I was the only one who did this. Everytime I want her to go down for a nap, I go in and blow dry my hair and boom...she is out...finally. Sweetie, she is 6 months and I am still in survival mode. I had a major breakdown this weekend, but we wont go into that. I am wondering if post-pardum can come at 6 months? Why does she have to fuss and have a breakdown everytime I want to a)read blogs or b)post blogs! Gotta go!

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  2. Maybe a dumb question - but do you have a noise machine? I have a Homedics that I got from Amazon and won't go anywhere that my baby has to sleep without it. It sounds a lot like a blow dryer. Glad you found something that works. 6 weeks was definitely the turning point in my life and in my little boy's. I managed to take a shower before 4 in the afternoon (most days) and everything seemed a little more manageable. But things were still touch and go for my sanity until about 5 months. Hang in there. :)

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  3. 6-8 weeks I'd say.

    Yes it's worth it. The vibrating baby chair was my lifesaver.

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  4. good tip... I'm right there with you Amy. thx for your honesty about it all, I definitely need to hear it!

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  5. Christina! Hey I have something for you by the way. . . and congrats. Feel free to give me a call if you need to chat, or when you're ready to get out and about we'll hang. . . I go for walks everyday with the little one and it definitely helps.

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  6. I was blowdrying my hair yesterday and I noticed that it is really only running at like 1/2 it's capacity. I used the blowdryer for 5 months. And Noah slept with white noise for naps and bedtime for 9 months (until our CD player died.) For me, survival mode really went into the 7th month because we had picked up so many "tricks" in the beginning that we ended up having to wean him off of later. (but the tricks were definitely worth it...) Just remember that it is a TOTAL adjustment and everyday is just another step closer to getting more adjusted. But I look back at when he was 1 month and I think that I would never want to back to those days because we've come so far in our "adjusting"!

    Hang in there, lady -- and keep using that blowdryer.

    (I would come home from being out-aka: taking a break - and I would find Jon holding Noah with the hairdryer on and trying to study... good times.)

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  7. My survival mode was until about 2 months old. I agree that every day is one day closer to sanity. There will suddenly be times when you are excited that your little one woke up and needs you AGAIN! And you will be happy you have the boob when she is freaked out and no one else can help her. Boob in mouth = happy baby. The vacuum cleaner is also helpful. I carry her around sometimes before naptime while I vacuum and then she lays down well. She is almost 5 months and finally had her first night to go to sleep for the night without either fussing or being nursed to sleep. This is an adventure that I did not fully understand until I had the baby and it's a good thing :) But of course I wouldn't take it back if I could! Every day is closer to funner and easier times. PS I know "funner" is not a word, but it works better. You are doing the most worthwhile work there is. love you, Juli

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  8. I don't remember how long it took for me, but I do remember each day seemed a little easier and a little better. I used a blow dryer for a little while and too thought I was the only mother who had resorted to such tactics. He eventually didn't need it and now goes to sleep like a dream. Hang in there, and don't hate me for saying this, but try to remember the good things about this stage.

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  9. Tawni--oh man. . . sorry to hear that. But you better write me again and tell me "it got better" because I'm still holding out for the 2 month mark!

    Anna--I should look into a noise machine before my blowdryer goes out. The homedics brand got a bad review, but I guess it works OK for you?

    And I'm glad to hear that MOST of you have used the blowdryer/vacuum. I've been using it about 4 days now and I'm not sure if it's going to be a worse crutch for ME or for baby. . . as I'm discovering NOTHING works EVERY TIME, but so far it's been a pretty safe bet.

    Thanks again for the comments in general--it's just good to have some empathy and well wishes sent my way.

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  10. Also, J has a fan that he's jimmy-rigged as a comp fan in the den with the desktop. New guy loves being in there listening to the white noise. So maybe a noisy fan would help too--ours was like 15 at Target.

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