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Wow, thank you all so much for the helpful responses! I really appreciate all the support and validation. It has been hard. Wonderful and joyous, but very tiring!
He was a high crier right from the start, and we have seen lots of doctors and specialists. He cries a lot during the day too, but it is definitely decreasing as he gets older and I learn more and more ways to soothe him (what worked yesterday often won't work today.) I should have mentioned that my son does have reflux. We also suspect a dairy intolerance (although an allergy has been ruled out), so I have eliminated dairy and soy. I am breastfeeding, and he sleeps in the room right next to ours. Initially he was in our room, but my husband works long days and we thought it best to move him. He actually had no problems transitioning to his own room. He is not breastfed to sleep. We have a night routine... bath, feed, books, massage, bed.
As far as other health issues go, we just went for another visit to the pediatrician today because of a cough accompanied by stridor, and he was diagnosed with croup and an ear infection. Poor thing, but hopefully addressing this will help.
There is hope, and it doesn't lie in leaving him to cry. He is slowly becoming more and more able to adapt to things, and I will be there to support him every step of the way!
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