One month old and her instructions are clearer!!!

Published April 8, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

 

2 weeks old

2 weeks old

Ok. Ok. By now you know how excited I am about this little bundle of joy. What you don’t know is all the things she has had to deal with through this whole month. If you can remember, she had to deal with constipation in (what is my opinion) the worst way. She was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Knoxville only to get her first x-ray showing that she was engorged. After an enema and five diapers later, she was good to go home. Her mother then made an appointment with her doctor and had been instructed to use oatmeal cereal (1 tsp per 1 ounce) and that should help with the constipation. It did help…until the following week when we had the next problem…gas!

Newborns come home to parents that wish these babies came with instructions. Sometimes even the grandparents are at a loss to what the newborn is actually crying about. Just like everyone else in the free world, we have all the information we will ever need at our fingertips. Google, Bing, Yahoo….the list does go on. Poor baby had been dealing with acid reflux! I did notice when she refusing her pacifier after a certain amount of time. It probably had acid from her tummy on it. Again, her mother made an appointment to her pediatrician to rectify this problem. She was given liquid Zantac. Zantac! For a baby? I’ve never heard of anything like that but I do hear that it does work and has been prescribed to a lot of babies dealing with this problem. I didn’t have this problem when my daughter was an infant so again, this was all new to me.

Now that we are at the ‘month’ mark of her little life so far, she seems so much healthier and happier. She does sleep a lot (especially throughout the night) with one feeding at 5 A.M. Maybe her ‘instructions’ are a bit easier for us to read. After all, every baby is different and a new individual. But then again, I heard newborns can get cranky if they need more sleep. I suppose she isn’t ready to stay awake most of the day. This is the main reason we acquired a swing. I’ve heard that swings can help with tired babies to rock them. And a little fact that I, myself have learned about Victoria. She likes music. Yes..she is put in her swing and

Rocking a Beatles onsie!

Rocking a Beatles onsie!

rocks back and forth. She should be good, right? No. She calms down once the music is playing. After eating, I sit her in her lounger (I call it her throne) to help keep extra acid down and help her digest the last bottle she has been given. I do this for about 20-30 minutes. Then I put her in her swing and she listens to her music and eventually falls asleep. It sounds crazy but Victoria actually enjoys her music playing. (It must be from listening to the Beatles and Baroque music while she was in her mommy’s stomach.) I agree that it is.

 

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12 comments on “One month old and her instructions are clearer!!!

    • Hugs to you back! Thank you so much Fawn! We have been getting more ‘scheduled’ as the month has gone on…we were so lax before with only 2 adults living in this apartment….now its an infant we both have to worry about. lol

    • Ya know, while my daughter was wheeled in the room to get her C-section, they knew she loved the Beatles so they played a few songs on the intercom for her. While my grand daughter was emerging out of her exposed belly, the song “Here Comes the Sun” was playing. My mother was the one that was elected to join her in the room told me all about it. It’s nice to know that when I hear that song, I think of her..we were also told that when she did emerge, her bottom lip was pouty but barely cried. She also had her eyes open and to this day, she is very alert…always trying to look at things around her.

  • Oh the poor little one going through so much so early one, when Blain (eldest grandson) was only a few weeks old he had problems with gas as well and had to have wind drops in his bottle to help him pass his wind

  • Hope you don’t mind making a suggestion? I have a friend who’s 2 year old daughter had been suffering with chronic constipation, she tried all sorts of remedies, and pretty much none of the natural remedies had any effect. But she found in the end that eating sweet potato was the answer. Sweet potato is a very fibrous plant, but contains lots of moisture, so provides all the fibre the body needs without the compact heaviness that some grains have – in some cases causing worse problems. Best to check if feeding sweet potato is OK for a small baby though, but if it is OK, it may help to alleviate the problem.
    Suzy 🙂

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