Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reflux update!

So if I didn't think that Sadie had reflux before, I definitely think she has it now.

Last week sometime we ran out of her Prilosec because I had spilled the bottle a few days after she started it. (I would have gotten a refill, but my shitty insurance wouldn't cover it 3 days early and that shit is $100+ out of pocket and it was a Sunday when we ran out and I didn't feel like going through the whole rigamarole with the on call pedi) We only missed her dose for 3 days, but man could you tell the difference. After day 2 of missing it she was fussy constantly, arching her back, puking more and just generally inconsolable. About 4 days after restarting, she was back to napping, less puking, no arching. My parents were here for the weekend and day 4 when the Prilosec fully kicked back in even my mom noticed a difference. I don't think its a fluke either, because it was day 4 or 5 that the Prilosec kicked in when we started it for the very first time.

I've also noticed a difference if she doesn't have the medicine first thing in the morning. A few times I haven't remembered to give it to her until the afternoon, and I've noticed that she is definitely more fussy. The hard part is trying to time her dosing on an empty stomach. Usually she isn't completely "empty", but I do try to not feed her immediately before or after.

She still gets hiccups multiple times per day, almost 20-30 minutes after eating without fail. There has to be some biologic reason for it, but I have no idea what. I've never known someone to get hiccups like 5 times per day. It just seems weird. We give her gripe water when they start which stops them, because if we don't she gulps in a lot of air and then gets gassy and uncomfortable. Sometimes if she's having a particularly bad day, she'll get a shot of gripe water with a chaser of Mylicon. It's a cocktail I like to call "The Sadie" ;)

She still pukes a lot, but when she has her medicine its a lot less forceful - meaning it doesn't shoot out her nose as well. When my sister Kellie was little she was a puker too, and my parents called her "The Spew Monster" for a while. Well, Sadie is taking after her Auntie and is a Spew Monster as well :)

So, all in all, things are pretty much under control when it comes to the reflux, I just hope it stays this way and she grows out of needing the meds at some point :)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back to work...

Maternity leave is over.

Today I'm back at work.

I had a shift at my per diem job 2 weeks ago, which was good because I got my feet wet and realized I didn't forget how to do my job. I was legit worried about that, because technically I've been out of work for 4 months. Remember I was pulled from work in early June because of my blood pressure? Well its been almost 4 months to the day that I have worked.

I definitely feel different about going back now than I did with Jack. I'm ready for some adult interaction and to be able to get out of the house. It was a hard 3 months - Sadie was/is not an easy baby. She is definitely high maintenance and she hates her carseat so going places wasn't really on the top of my list. With Jack, we went out to dinner, went on day trips, went to CT for a week - it felt like a 3 month vacation. Sure there were difficult moments but it was pretty awesome all around. These past 3 months have been some of the most difficult times of my life. The month of August was the hardest. Jack is a very high-energy kid and trying to keep him occupied with a fussy baby 24-7 was beyond what I could handle some days. So going back to work actually seems like it might be a bit of a cake walk. (for now at least)

But I'm also sad to be going back because this is likely my last maternity leave. My NP doesn't think that my body can handle another pregnancy, and my wallet doesn't think I can afford another child (college, wedding, etc). It just feels so final, like this part of my life is over. Having kids made me feel young, like I was just starting out. And I know this is completely irrational, but suddenly I feel old. Like left out to pasture. (crazy, I know) I liked the excitement of trying for a baby, I liked the end of pregnancy (the beginning I could do without), I just liked this whole time in my life. And it's sad that it won't happen again.

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3 Months

A day late but still, um, WHAT?

Weight: 13 lbs (home scale)
Length: 24 inches (I double checked it twice!)

Eats:
Still on Gerber Soothe! She eats 4-5 oz bottles every 2-3 hours, sometimes 4 hours during the day if she doesn't feel like eating. Also, we are nursing/bottle of breastmilk 1-2x/day. Her belly seems much happier when we do this, I think because it keeps things moving. If she goes a few days without it, OMG her poop smells like death and is super dark green in color and more pasty. Plus, she's wicked fussy and then when she finally has a giant poop she acts better. So hopefully my prediction of my supply plummeting when I go back to work (tomorrow!) will not hold true.

Sleeps:
Girlfriend made her own bedtime - usually by 8:30. I've always been a proponent of letting kids make their own schedules, and the same holds true with Sadie. She definitely has her witching hours of about 4-8 pm, she is fussy, wants to be held constantly, doesn't really want to eat all that much. Then around 8, she starts to scream like the house is falling down and OMGWHERETHEHELLISMYBOTTLE and then she eats, passes out and we put her in her bassinet. Usually she will wake up about 5 minutes later, you have to rock her again before she's truly out, but I'm ok with that. And as for sleeping through the night, I've learned not to jinx myself and say 'OMG she sleeps for like 8 hours every night straight through its so awesome and my kid is so perfect!'. Yeah, screw that. We have our good nights & our bad nights. But eventually, everyone gets a few hours of sleep.

Likes:
Lately she has been loving reclining in the Boppy next to us on the couch. She always has to be up in the middle of everything, she definitely gets lonely and lets you know she doesn't like it. She still loves black & white patterns, and loves the sound of crinkly toys. Her playmat has parts of the mat that are crinkly and its funny to watch her squiggle over them and hear the sound and look like 'where the hell did that come from?' She also is a huge fan of her bath. She kicks her legs like crazy and splashes water everywhere. We usually just let her play in there until she gets goosebumps and wants to come out. If the water was constantly warmed, I swear she'd stay in there all day. Also, Jack is completely perplexed as to why she doesn't play with any toys in her tub ;)

Dislikes:
Still hates her carseat and being in a non-moving car. I've mastered the unfortunate art of driving one handed while I hold a pacifier in her mouth, or sometimes I feed her a bottle. Not great, but this stops the screaming and prevents me from having a full blown panic attack (truth - more on that in another post). She doesn't really dislike tummy time per-se, but she will only tolerate it for about 5 minutes. Jack was the same way, I think his reason was a sensory issue (common in kids with SPD), but for her I wonder if its her reflux or something. I think she will be a late roller because she doesn't tolerate long periods on her belly or long periods flat on the playmat. Shit, who am I kidding, she doesn't tolerate long periods of anything except being held!

My Little Bunny,

Well Girl, it's been 3 whole months since you made your debut. You are at such a fun age right now - so many smiles and the beginnings of giggles. When you smile you do it with your whole body - your face scrunches up, you pull your arms up to your face and kick your legs. I must admit, I get the biggest smiles, but that makes sense because you and I are usually attached at the hip. You are so social and alert, and love to be right up in the middle of everything.

It's so nice to see that your Prilosec is making you feel so much better, you just seem happier. I'm sad that it took us so long to figure out this was what you needed, because now I have to go back to work and we were just getting into a groove. I'm already looking forward to my next day off so we can snuggle all day :)

You've taught me a lot in these past 3 months, but most of all its patience. I've never been a very patient person, my grandfather always used to joke with me about it when I was little. But now that I've had you, I've learned that patience and staying calm in situations where you want to rip your hair out are truly virtues. I'm not perfect by any means and I've definitely lost my temper way too many times when you have been crying for a long time, but I'm trying. I'm getting better. You've taught me more about multitasking then I'd care to like. With you in the carrier/wrap, I can hold your pacifier with one hand, bounce & sway while vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, putting away laundry, tidying up the house.

In just 3 short months you have made my world complete. Your fierce personality and bright smile are more than we ever could have wished for. I always tell your brother that he is my favorite boy. Well, you are my favorite girl. You've always been my favorite girl, even before I met you. It was meant to be Sadie Lady, it was meant to be...

I love you,
Mommy

She's not drunk, I swear...



This one is my fave! Look at that face!!!



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