Get Out of the House!
The first two weeks of my first son’s life were relatively easy – he slept so much and when he opened his mouth to cry sounded like a tiny little kitten. This will be easy, I thought to myself and planned to have several others.
But as the days went by the kitten squawk got louder, turning into howls and the sleeping slowly disappeared. That’s when the spit-ups started. Very shortly after that we were told he had infant acid reflux. He spit up so profusely and frequently and cried constantly so that I felt I could not leave the house. Surely people will think I’m a terrible mom if I bring out a baby with vomit on his clothes and worse yet, on mine.
Not many people understand the full force of infant acid reflux and the way it consumes your life. That it makes it hard to answer the phone because you can’t hear the person on the other end of the line, that your baby’s screams sometimes never cease and they tear apart your very soul, that you feel like such a failure for not being able to console this tiny little bundle of anguish, that you can’t even put the baby down long enough to use the restroom because the cries tear you apart, or sometimes that darker thoughts cloud your vision and you secretly wish that maybe this bundle had never arrived…
One thing you need to understand about infant acid reflux is that isolation only makes things worse. Your depression will deepen and the days will drag on into the nights which drag on into the days that drag on. You need to get out of the house to break things up, to feel a progression of time and to see hope for the light at the end of the tunnel.
Your baby will cry at home or out and about but I guarantee you his cries will be less piercing outside than inside a house. If you are afraid people will judge you because your baby cries, go places where you won’t see anyone you know. More likely the change of scenery will calm or distract your baby and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The more you are able to leave the house the faster you will resume your old life which will bolster your spirits immensely. You really do need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.
Now, take care of yourself and get out of the house!
Wishing you sleep and hugs,
Stop surfing the internet and go to bed.
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