Well, I don't know if I am a 'wise-one' Laura, (maybe a wise-cracker...[;)] but I find that when Kyle does the screeching thing, he responds well to my saying "sh, sh, sh" like from 'the wheels on the bus' song and he loves it when his stuffed friends tell him "sh, sh, sh"...so he will quiet down immed'ly when he sees my finger to my mouth to hear the soft "sh's." I can do that to keep him quiet and make him laugh through almost anything. And at the same time you are modeling a quiet and soft voice as you talk to her after she stops shrieking. (spoken as a mom and a speech therapist)
Give it a shot- maybe it will help to keep your head out from under the pillow!!!
Good luck... and remember, there's always earplugs!
A little sidenote to the above postings- I have had this debate with a friend of mine- mother of 2 who believes that kids CAN be manipulative even before 8 months... its nice to hear some back-up to my argument that it is unlikely. She always makes me feel guilty for picking him up when he is fussing. Thanks ladies!
Kyle born 8-13-03 @ 38 weeks (severe atypical Preeclampsia and Class I HELLP)