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Wednesday, 27 January 2021
1. Cries; miserable all the time, chronically fussy Print
At the age of 11 months, the whines began.  His unhappiness could go for days, sometimes weeks.  People would say “It’s just teeth,” or “He’s just starting the terrible twos early.”  We’d have a happy few days, enough to convince me that we were past it, and the cycle would begin again.  Over a period of 6 months, his periods of unhappiness got more intense and closer together, until he was miserable the majority of the time.  (a. 5.5 mo, FC)

She fussed, much like she was teething or had an earache, most of the day.  She would fuss and fuss for me to pick her up, then as soon as I picked her up she would wiggle to get down.  The cycle repeated itself all day.  Then, suddenly we would have a few good days in a row and I would convince myself that it must have been her teeth!  Before long, we would be back to miserable.  Sometimes, she would lie on the floor in a little pile and just weep.  If I picked her up she would get even more upset and fight to get down. (a. 7mo, FC)
I call this Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde syndrome.  My son will whine and cry all day long with such intensity, but the second we leave the home or someone comes to our house, he instantly is a happy, smiling, easy-going angel.  People comment all the time how he is the happiest baby they have ever seen.  Little do they know what goes on when we're back home and no one else is there but Mommy. (a. 6 mo, FC)
For us, in addition to being chronically fussy (hours and hours of crying for no external reason) there was the over-reacting.  Any tiny little thing that he didn't like: turning my back to him while fixing his bottle, finishing a story, moving to another room, singing a new song, if he dropped something...all of this led to a horrible, crying and screaming fit.  Not a temper tantrum.  It wasn't angry; he was sincerely crushed.  I guess his stress levels were so high from everything else that any additional thing sent his whole world crashing down.  (a. 6mo, FC)
He was pretty miserably and fussy almost all of the time the first few weeks/months he came home.  This happened especially when I was standing in the kitchen. He would crawl over to me and hold onto my legs--cling on and wouldn't let go.  I would pick him up but when I put him down he would start all over.  I wish I knew he needed to be carried most of the day---I would have put him in the baby carrier.  Instead, I assumed it was teeth and gave him Tylenol.   I had two other kids and couldn't hold him all day but I should have brought in help to allow me to hold him all day.  I thought to myself, what is wrong w/him---I can't possibly hold him all day. (a. 6mo, FC)
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