I'm not a doctor nor do I pretend to be one on TV. That being said, I did diagnose Maela with colic. If she didn't have "true colic", which is 3 hours of crying 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more, well she was darn close. 99% there. Starting at 4 weeks old and continuing until at least week 10, she screamed and cried on cue (6 pm or so) each night so hard she turned red, and sounded like she would stop breathing for HOURS. One night it was four hours. It was to the point where I would start dreading evening by 10 AM. We would avoid taking her places. I had strategies to combat the crying such as a bath for her, a shower for me, riding the exercise bike, going outside, but nothing truly worked.
I read all I could read and I truly believe that colic is just developmental; an immature nervous system. She is (by day) a very happy baby; doesn't ever spit up, normal eating and weight gain. I don't think she was allergic to anything I was eating. I don't think the crying was related to tiredness. I just think it was a phase we had to get through. It seems to be over for the most part (phew) and we have even quit being shut-ins during the evenings.
Now if we could only get her to like her carseat! ;)
SHE IS BLAINE ALL OVER AGAIN. I really do feel we just birthed a female version of Blaine! She looks like him too. I think he stopped screaming in the carseat by 2.5 yrs old. It will be a long 2.5 more years.