I guess it's reader participation day here at mother of all scientists...
Today, the Bean did not drink very much milk at school (only 5 oz, as opposed to her usual 10-15 oz), though she ate her solid foods just fine. She was in a great mood again when we picked her up.
When we got home, I tried to nurse her, but she bit me. Not once, not twice, but thrice. Then she rolled away and started to crawl. I figured she just wanted to play instead of nurse and didn't press the issue.
We gave her dinner, gave her a bath and played with her. She was still in a great mood. Then it was time for bed.
I took her to bed with me and tried to nurse her. She bite me, then rolled away and started to cry very hard. So hard, in fact, that I couldn't calm her down. I called Husband in. He suggested that maybe she just was protesting about going to bed. So we read her some books and played quietly for about 20 minutes.
Then I again took her to bed and tried to nurse her. No dice. She bit me again and started to cry.
I took her to the nursery and tried to rock her. No dice. Crying harder than before with big tears rolling down her face. She finally calmed down when I stood and jiggled her. Occasional whimpers, but no crying. She fell asleep. I lay her in the crib and walked out.
Two minutes later, she's crying again. Husband goes in with a bottle, and she quickly guzzles 4 oz and falls asleep.
She has never refused to nurse at bedtime (or really ever, for that matter), and NEVER refused the breast in favor of a bottle.
Is it teething? Has she decided to self-wean? Is it an ear infection?
I'm at a loss and very worried that we'll have a repeat performance in the morning.
Any suggestions, fellow mamas?
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