Wednesday, May 30, 2012

[Wednesday's Weekly Check-In] Week 6



Weight: Since she was 7lb 10oz on Monday, May 21st, I'm guessing she's most likely in the 8lb ballpark now.

Medical Issues:  After watching her more closely and doing some symptom research, it seems our little Pip has Silent Reflux.  The back arching and grunting has been going on for as long as we can remember.  We originally just thought it was baby stuff and growing pains.  Then two weeks ago, she starting getting really fussy after waking up and again right before she was going to eat.  I thought it was a let-down issue (which it could still be), but now after a weekend of more spitting up, shrill cries and needing to be burped, frequent hiccups (also from day 1), it seems she fits the bill.   

On Friday, I thought she was starting a growth spurt - again she may be - but after the weekend of the symptoms getting progressively worse and a baby that needed to snuggle 24/7, I've called the pediatrician.  She agreed it sounds like reflux and suggested I make a few changes.  I've cut out caffeine ::tear:: and dairy ::full out sobs::.  

I'm hoping to see some changes by the end of the week. 

Sleep:  Mostly good.  On average, she'll get a four and half hour stretch.  However, on Friday night she slept from 10:30pm to 6am!  It's just too bad that I wake up every hour or two.



Clothes: Newborn. Mainly onesies and summer pieces.  It's been too hot for long sleeve sleeper pjs.



Visitors:  Auntie Abby (my BF) came over on Friday.  It was so nice to have some adult interaction while the Husband was at work.  Sometimes I think I might go crazy from singing, and subsequently making up my own words to, nursery rhymes.


Diet: All milk, all the time.  

Girlfriend has been nursing every hour or two outside of naps since Friday.  Again, could be a growth spurt or it could be her trying to suppress the acid of the reflux with the breast milk (a natural antacid)


Baby Gear Love:

Books! - In addition to my horrendous singing and narrating everything I do, I've finally broke out the books to engage A now that she's alert more often during the day.  The one she seemed the most drawn to (meaning actually looking at the pages a bit as I read) was Little Miss Sunshine.  

Moby Wrap - Still loving the Moby Wrap.  Not only is it great for carrying A around in to keep her vertical for her reflux, but it was great to have while visiting with our neighbors outside.

Crying: Our little happy sleepy baby has become a bit of a crier.  However, she doesn't really have a colicky cry as she does just a loud one when needing to be burped or uncomfortable from the reflux bothering her.  It doesn't last long, but it sure breaks my heart to see her pain.  Overall, I'd just classify her as fussy.
 

Postpartum - 
I had my own doctor appointment this week, some how I've managed to drop nearly all the pregnancy weight.  I'm 4lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. After hopefully being cleared to exercise at my postpartum appointment next week and the new changes in my diet, I should get back to my goal weight - fingers crossed!

As I mentioned above, to help A from experiencing heartburn I need to adjust my diet.  The usual culprits and biggest offenders are caffeine and dairy.

After almost a year of not drinking coffee, you'd think it'd be easy to ditch after only having for 6 weeks.  It's too bad because I actually LOVE coffee and now that I had it, I'm pretty sad to give it up.  Especially after getting a broken 4 hours a sleep at night. 

Giving up dairy is even harder.  Since I don't eat meat, the majority of my protein is dairy based.  Also, ever since coming home from the hospital, my go to quick meal is cereal.  I've been eating almost 2 bowls a day, sometimes a Carnation Instant Breakfast, ice cream or chocolate milk at night, greek yogurt for lunch, cheese sticks for snacks, and that doesn't include half & half in my coffee, butter, or things like ricotta and sour cream  I'm going to cut the obvious culprits cold turkey for a least week since it can take that long (or longer) for the effects to be seen.  I'm not going label crazy, as milk is in bunch of other products - think butter or milk in baked goods or even granola bars.  Hopefully we see some improvement quickly.



Milestones:  

We finally started Tummy Time for real this week.  Up until now, we've been doing it while she lays on our chest and she works on lifting her head.  I finally broke out the playmat and starting giving her a little time each day on her belly for her to hold her head up and even scoot along a bit by pushing with her legs.  Some days she lasts longer than others, averaging about five minutes before she's had enough.  




9 comments:

  1. Love these weekly check-ins! Good luck with the silent reflux and the giving up of dairy/caffeine! I'm sobbing for you ;)

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  2. She is so precious! I can only imagine how hard it would be to give up dairy and caffeine. Sometimes, when you're sleep deprived, you need your fixes!

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  3. I'm a new reader - I think I found your blog through Schue Love.
    I'm so glad you posted about the Moby wrap, I have been debating putting it on my registry but I think I will!

    She is just adorable, I hope her reflux goes away soon...no dairy, caffeine or meat? I don't know what I'd eat! :-)

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  4. Gosh, cutting dairy would be tough, but I've heard that it really does help! And congrats on being back to pre-pregnancy weight! That is AWESOME! Go girl! Love that you love the Moby Wrap...we have one too! :)

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  5. She's adorable! I thought of you and your bunting when I saw this on Etsy.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/79781045/felt-flower-headband-bunting-garland

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  6. She's beautiful! Congrats!
    I don't know much about babies, but I know a lot about not eating dairy. I love it, but have had adverse reactions to it for years now. I find that butter isn't so bad. The worst are ice cream, milk, cheese. Try almond milk in your cereal. There's no dairy or soy and tastes really yummy in some honey bunches of oats lol! Good luck!

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  7. Chelsea - Thanks Girl!

    Leslie - I think that's why I miss coffee the most, it's def the best pick me up

    Francis - Thanks!

    Ashley - Welcome to my nook of the internet! I eat lots of veggies and lots of carbs (pasta/rice)... I'm just used to my veggies and carbs being smoothered in cheese!

    Natasha - the Moby wrap has been great, partially because she's still so light, but it doesn't strain my back and I feel like she's secure in it.

    Kberry - cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Frances - Good tips! I'm hoping to slowly add it back in here and there and it not have too bad an impact (if it is indeed the culprit), good to know which the worst offenders are :)

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  8. She is beautiful! Sorry about the reflux, we went through that as well. Try the refrigerated Almond milk instead of the shelf stabilized, I will drink either but think the refrigerated tastes better. I am sure you have a swing but it definitely helps reflux babies for some reason. Good luck!

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