6 month old ~ Not sure what to think!
My son is 6 months old and is what I call a 'high maintenance baby'. My background is in Speech-Language Therapy and so maybe I am more tuned in to issues, but I requested an OT eval with my son due to what I called "quirkiness'.
First off, he was a very fussy baby. I had a colicky daughter but my son was different. I was the ONLY one who was able to soothe him, whether it be through bouncing him a certain way, nursing him, singing, etc.
He refused to take a bottle. It wasn't that he really refused, it was like he couldn't figure out HOW. It was/is very frustrating, because his whole world revolves around me being able to comfort and soothe him.
He won't take a pacifier. Cries anytime we drive more than 2 miles in the car...so essentially I stay home and nurse and we go NO WHERE. It's very isolating and leaves me constantly feeling like I am doing something wrong.
The other thing that was 'quirky' about him was that he startled extremely easily- especially going up or down the stairs. Even very slowly and controlled- he would flail and hold his breath and cry.
He is now nearly 7 months and has been seeing the OT thru our school district. She says she things there are SPD related with his vestibular system. Motor wise he is doing great. Developmentally intellectually on target...and things are 'better' but not great. Some days I feel like things will never be 'normal'.
He is pretty good as long as he is home with ME, but the few times I've tried to take him to daycare a few hours, he screams the entire time and is so upset by the commotion/noise of that environment I have to go pick him up.
I am fortunate in that I work from home- but I am going to go nuts. Can I really continue to be a prisoner in my home and HOW am I/he going to function in the real world??
I'm SO tired of people telling me that he just needs to 'cry it out' or get used to entertaining himself...it just isn't happening.