We were frustrated and sleep deprived. As new parents that unrelenting cry of a helpless baby is very demanding. When you have exhausted your list of possible reasons for crying or solutions to cause it to stop - bathing, gripe water, patting, walking, rubbing, cuddling, swinging, driving, feeding, burping, praying, and singing – you may just have to let them cry.
The solution that Jim and I came to was shift work. He would take a night shift so I could get some sleep and the following night we reversed. That worked for us. We got into a routine and managed until it came to an end after three months.
The thing about being sleep deprived is you can loose your cool so much quicker than normal. As a mother with small children I trained them to have a daily nap or quiet time in the afternoon. Having them safely ensconced in their cot (crib), they would either sleep or quietly look at books. I used that half hour for me. Allow yourself the indulgence of a soak in a warm bath or anything to relax. Don’t hurry about doing laundry, paying bills, surfing the web. Relax! Take a break. Stopping the rat race for a small period of time is good for the body and soul. It may also keep your family in a safer, happier place!
Having twins first and two more kept the house full and active. I mastered the short break and it got my family and me through the hectic day. Try it; you’ll like it.