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!
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.
Miss Victoria had her second doctor’s visit today! She is now 7 lbs. 4 oz..a bit of a jump from 6 lbs. 10 oz. of her birth weight. She is moving right along. Unfortunately she has been dealing with constipation and reflux, (as I have heard a lot of newborns do) she has been prescribed medicine for the reflux and eventually, the constipation will stop. The doctor also said to add a bit of infant cereal which surprised me. I would think she would be too young.
But for right now, she is hanging out with her hip grandmother listening to Bach and Beethoven. Gotta start them early with the music!
Here I am. The grandmother of a 10 day old infant. Although I have been getting enough sleep, the ‘every two-hour’ feeding time has not yet bothered me. Looking at her face mesmerizes me every time I hold that little bundle of joy. She is such a good baby; always sleeps, never cries and has a great little disposition as of late. Both families are truly blessed with her. I am in charge of cleaning and preparation of the bottles. My daughter has decided to breastfeed but also use formula. We have already gotten the ‘green light’ from the pediatrician to do this. She seems to be satisfied with two ounces every feeding: one ounce of formula and one ounce of her mother’s milk. But we have noticed something missing: it has been ½ a day since she has had a regular healthy bowel movement.
I know this is not something one should blog about. If anything, I would love to hear some advice. I am in route to the store to get her some Karo syrup for her tummy. We tried gas drops last night but still little pellets are found in her diaper. She is having so much trouble staying comfortable that she seems to always lay on her side. Imagine what my little grand baby is going through….still…she doesn’t cry about it.
Ok my friends out there in WordPress World……when does morning sickness FINALLY end? I mean, it seems like my daughter has had morning sickness from day one. She constantly sleeps, and if she isn’t sleeping, she is eating like a bird. When she is not eating like a bird, she is dealing with the morning sickness. As a mother, I wish it would stop! She’s sick at home, out shopping, over at a friend’s house and even at school.
It needs to end. I wish with all my heart that she could actually enjoy her pregnancy like I experienced with her while I was carrying her. I’m not dumb, I know it will come to an end. I have heard a few ‘old wives tales’ about morning sickness. I understand that it does happen; I had my morning sickness for a mere two weeks and I thought that was a long time… We have tried saltless crackers by the bedside, ginger tea, or just ‘sleeping’ through it, (if you knew my family, sleep can get you through the worst ailment!) and they do work to a certain extent. There are a few remedies that I found that would be great in this capacity I’m sure. My daughter has found that one remedy seems to help her.
Does anyone have any recommendations??