We've been having a hard month healthwise in our household.
Missy has pneumonia, which totally sucks. She's feeling awful and she can't hold or be around the baby, so it also means no breaks for me (and she misses her.) This isn't a total shocker since she tends to get it once a year, but it's more often in the fall, so i thought we got away with it this year.
Lilian has a head cold which is only mildly annoying (and makes her snore!) But on Sunday, she woke up with a UTI which is totally no fun, so we were at Urgent Care with both her and Missy to get them each some antibiotics. Luckily, they worked fast and she was feeling better in 24 hours, but she still has this residual cold.
As for me...
My blood results came back with everything at the very very bottom of the "normal" range. (So if the range was 200-1000, my results would be around 250, etc.) I am deficient in Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and iron. My iron levels were the only ones below range. At 6-7 weeks after birth, you'd think my levels would be back to normal. My Free T-4 thyroid levels were also *just* at the bottom of the range and they didn't test my free T-3. For some reason, my body just isn't bouncing back from the pregnancy and the blood-loss of the birth. I'm now taking a prescription iron supplement, and high doses of Vitamin D and B12 in addition to my multi-vitamin (which i already take double of since i'm breastfeeding.). I've been on the regimen for about 2 weeks and whereas I don't feel "good" i do feel a little of my energy returning. In a couple months we're going to repeat all my bloodwork and see where we're at. It's funny because I had 3 doctors review my bloodwork (long story why) and one had a flip out about how low the iron was, one said "keep taking your vitamins like you are", and one had a flip out over how low the B-12 was. It's interesting how subjective even something concrete like a bloodtest can be. I asked for a copy myself so i could research on my own too.
Problem number two... is i still haven't found a solution for my breast pain. (Read about it here: http://lilfamily13.blogspot.
On a positive note, i'm nearly at 1/3 of my 6 month breastmilk goal. I had the same goal for Lily, and i'd feel bad not having the same goal for Coraline, pain or not. I made it to 8 months for Lily, but i didn't have this kind of pain and i had an easier time of building up a better milk supply.
I'm also dealing with back pain... i think the separating/weakening of abdominal muscles, makes the residual back pain from my spinal accident a lot worse, and until i get back in "fighting shape", i'm going to be in pain. Also doesn't help that babies get heavier each and every day.
And Coraline... she isn't sick, but she's having two issues.
First, she has a rash on her face, which I think is baby eczema. It developed just after her week of baby acne (which is normal) and so at first i thought she just had more acne, but it got worse and worse, and so i asked the pediatrician last week if it was acne or rash, and she said definitely a rash. But she tried to convince me it was from drool, which i am positive it's not. She is too young to drool (since she's not teething) and i'm with her 24 hours a day- i know she doesn't drool, and definitely not UP her face onto her cheekbones. But another doctor looked at a photo and suggested eczema, and i think that's it. I'll have her pediatrician confirm that when we go for her 2 month visit next week. But a single dose of cortisone cream has helped, so i'm hoping i can clear it up. Looking for a good (vegan) heavy duty moisturizer for her face that is good for sensitive skin - accepting suggestions!
|Coraline's rash, morning of 2/5/13 (8 weeks old)|
So about 2 weeks ago when Coraline started having these same fussy/painful crying fits after eating, i had horrible flashbacks to the months of watching Lily in pain. I said "not again" and was at the doctor as soon as i could. She spent 5 hours crying one day unable to be soothed (except taking showers soothes her, but we obviously can't stay in there for hours at a time.). It's the same back-arching, stiff body cry that Lily did. Her pediatrician said it could be one of many things... including a milk allergy, different food sensitivities, reflux, UTI, colic, etc. She said we have to try one thing at a time to search for a solution but that most babies outgrow this "phase" by 3 months. She told me i could try switching to hypoallergenic formula, but its expensive. And she gave me a prescription for Zant@c for reflux and told me to try one at a time to see what works. I thought about it for 2 days, because i didnt really want to switch the formula (since the hypoallergenic one smells horrible and is disgusting) and i didnt want to give unnecessary meds. On the second day, i was sitting on the couch with her, and i HEARD her reflux. I could hear a splashing sound in her chest/neck, then she started screaming. A few minutes later i heard her gag and re-swallow some reflux vomit. She rarely spits up (which is why Lilian wasn't diagnosed with reflux) but everything i'm reading says that in "silent reflux" (which is NOT silent due to all the screaming the babies do) the acid/bile/vomit doesn't make it all the way up and out, so it's hard to diagnose. But since then, i've heard her reflux or choke a few times a day since i'm paying attention. Because of this, we decided to go ahead with the medicine. If you've had acid reflux, you know how painful it can be. Well, after 2 days (we're giving it 3x a day), she had 0 crying fits! The first day she had 1 episode around 8PM (she only seems to suffer from the reflux between noon and 11PM or so, with the worst between 4pm and 9pm), after we gave the medicine at 4PM, so i wonder if it had worn off. Yesterday though she had no episodes - a pain free day! So as far as i can tell, the medicine is working (and reflux was her problem, not a food allergy). If only the doctor let us try this 4.5 years ago for Lily, maybe her infancy would have been different.
Coraline is 8 weeks now...
And the great news is that Coraline is an awesome and predictable baby. She sleeps and eats like a champ and is growing like a weed. At her one month appointment she was 8 lb, 3 oz. Last week when we went in for her belly, she was 7 weeks old and 9 lb, 10 oz. She eats probably 60/40 breastmilk/formula (because that's all I can pump, wish it was even less formula. A blog post about pumping and trying to increase supply will happen another time.) For the past 3 days i've been keeping track of when and what she eats... because i like lists/numbers/facts and sometimes i can't help it. As you can see, she's kind of a snacker. She won't eat more than 3 ounces at a time, mostly 1-2 at a time, but she eats frequently. I feed on demand, and she definitely knows how to tell me when she's hungry (either by crying, or gnawing on her fist) and when she's had enough (pushes bottle out with her tongue.). I don't really believe in schedules or strict regimens for babies, and she's gaining weight appropriately, so this works for us.
2/4/13 - coraline's food intake
6:35am - 2 oz BM
10am - 2 oz F
11am - 2.5 oz BM
12:35pm - 1.75 oz BM
1pm - .5 oz F
1:50pm - 1.25 oz F
5:25pm - under 2 oz BM
6PM - 1 oz F
7PM - 1 oz F
8:10PM - 1oz F + 1.5 oz BM
8:50pm - 1 oz BM
11PM - 2 oz F
11:47pm - 1.75oz BM
Just under 12.5 oz of breastmilk + 8.75 oz of formula
2/5/13 coraline's food intake
5:45am - under 1 oz F
9am - just over 1 oz F
10:05am - under 2oz BM
12:55pm - 2 oz BM
2:10pm - 1.5 oz F
3:10pm - 1 oz F
5pm - 2.5oz BM
9pm - 2 oz F
11:59pm - 2oz F
6.5 ounces of breastmilk + 8 oz of formula
2/6/13 coraline's food intake
5:10am - 2+ oz BM
8:30am - 1.5 oz BM
10:10am - 1.5 oz BM
10:20am - 1 oz BM
11:40am - .75 oz F
3:40pm - 1.5 oz F
3:50pm - 1 oz BM
6:20 - 1.25 oz BM + 1 oz F
7:20pm - 1 oz F
8:45pm - 2oz BM
9:40pm - less than 1oz BM + less than 1oz F
(It's now 10:30PM, so she may eat a little more today...)
11.25 ounces of breastmilk + 5.25 ounces of formula
As far as sleep goes, she's my dream baby. She's an overall sleepy baby, which is awesome since i'm an overall sleepy mommy. She naps for a couple hours at a time, many times a day. And she sleeps 3-6 hour clips at night, wakes to eat but goes right back to sleep, for a total of about 10 hours. So if i put her down at midnight, she'll wake between 3-6am to eat, goes right back to sleep, then wakes between 7-9. Sometimes on weekends i can get her to go back to sleep one more time then, until 10-11am. She sleeps in her crib, still in her velcro swaddles. Naps happen wherever she happens to be (laps, Rock N Play, carseat, whatever) or sometimes co-napping in bed with me. The six-hour night stretches are new this week (used to only be 3-4 hours) and have only happened 3x so far.
Compared to my first baby who only slept IN motion (swing, car, being walked, etc) and rarely, this baby is a dream come true. And for those mommies who think i'm bragging, trust me, i earned it.
Diapering: she's been in cloth full time for a month now. I found diapers that fit perfectly, are cute, and NO LEAKS! Definitely feeling like a winner. But i'll elaborate on this another time.
And the best milestone of the week....
Last week she gave me a few closed-mouthed smiles. But today, she gave me her first BIG open-mouthed, toothless, gummy social GRIN! It was so sweet my eyes teared up a little. Then i got her to repeat it at least 8x throughout the day. Catching it on video or camera will be my next goal. But before 3 days ago, most of her awake moments were fussy/crying, and i finally have a happy baby!!!
And now for the best part... some cute recent photos.
(Lily doesn't love posing for photos, but we did do a photo shoot for a Valentine's Day card with the 2 girls, so i'll share those next week on V Day!)
|Coraline, 1/31/13, 7 weeks old|
|My excellent sleeper in her crib (late night photo) - 7 weeks old.|
|Lily helping out in the morning, feeding Coraline her bottle so I can get dressed. 1/31/13|
|Coraline, 1/31/13, 7 weeks old|
|Fruit on your feet makes everything cuter! 2/1/13|
|Coraline hanging out in her bouncer.|
|2/1/13 - 7.5 weeks old|
|(click any of the photos to see them larger.)|
(I typed this whole entry on my mobile phone while waiting for Missy in the doctor's office, so please excuse grammar/spelling errors.)
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