So, I announce that I am among the broods of mothers that has a colicky baby and then I don't elaborate. Well, I feel the need. So I will.
I wished that I could get in the mind of my seemingly suffering babe. "WHY are you crying?!?!" I often find myself asking him like he is going to spit out this response something like:
"Well, mom, for a number of reasons. My belly hurts, the inside of my ear itches and I can't seem to come up with enough motor skills to scratch it, so I just cry. Also, my leg has fallen asleep and it feels really weird and there is also nothing I can do about it. So I cry. And by the way, when you put my diaper on earlier you didn't completely pull out all the ruffles around the leg, and it is sort of digging in and it's uncomfortable. On top of that, I am really upset about all of this, and you just assume I am tired and lay me down to go to sleep. I can't possibly sleep with all of this going on. That's what is wrong. Thanks for asking."
So, as in all things with life, when we don't know what to do, we often look in Scripture for guidance. I have not found anything that deals with a crying baby specifically. I have however been reminded that children are a gift from God. He treasures them. I do treasure my little boy, but I am at a loss as to how to calm him. So, I pray with him before I lay him in bed at night that God would protect him as he sleeps and comfort him in his absence from me while I sleep in my bed. Does it help? I am convinced it does.