Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2 month checkup

Well, my little girl got her 2 month checkup today. I was more than happy to be going to the doc, as she threw up 3 times last night. I wasn't surprised that she caught the bug we've all had - but I was hoping that she'd be spared. Aaron and I were vigilant with the hand washing - but Hulk is always coming over and touching Maggie's face and hands so I guess it was inevitable. Anyway, she, as always, did a good job freaking me out. She throws up almost silently, so I was up watching her to be sure she didn't choke on the vomit.

Damn, I'm in a good place.

When Hulk was sick at this age, I didn't worry - knowing that his reflex should be to turn to the side. Sigh. But, as my therapist said, I'm entitled to freak out as much as I want! This morning was awesome, let me tell you - Hulk is still having nasty stinky poops from his illness, and she was starting up with it - so I was changing nasty poop after nasty poop all morning. Only 2 more years of diapers, right?

In good news, she is at 10.2 pounds. I don't remember her length, but she was 35% for length and 25% for height, which is just as she has been all along so the doc was happy with it. I was admittedly obsessing on her weight gain for a bit, as Hulk easily gained 6 ounces a week when he was Maggie's age, if not more. The doc reassured me that she was doing fine for her curve, and not to stress about it. It's SO hard not to compare the two of them! We decided to wait a week for her shots to let her get over the bug she has.

We talked about her response to the Altimentum and the Prilosec. I'm 100% sure the formula has made a difference, but not so much on the medicine. So we agreed that in a few weeks, once she is stable (the bug is gone) we'll stop the meds and see if it makes a difference. But for sure her crying and stuff to me is normal newborn issues - not pain. Which makes us all happy.

We talked about her sleep, which has certainly improved in the last few weeks. We usually put her down between 8 - 10, and she'll sleep until 1 or 2, which to me is pretty good. Then she'll go another 3 or 4 hours until her next bottle. Sometimes she will wake up and hammer down a bottle, other times she'll eat 1 or 2 ounces and then play with it and s.l.o.w.l.y eat the next ounce or two over an hour. Which at 3 AM is brutal! Aaron is of the mindset that she NEEDS to eat at least 3 ounces to sleep for another 3 hours - and I kind of agreed - so we'll sit there and harass her and force her to eat, which often gets her pretty pissed off and 100% awake, and hard to get back to sleep, obviously. But there have been a few times when she just kept turning away from the bottle, so I gave up and let her go to bed after only eating 1 or 2 ounces, and she would actually sleep another 3 hours. The doc assured me that she is big enough to be giving cues for hunger and that she's been gaining weight fine, so whatever she eats in the first 15 - 20 minutes should be good, and then to put her to bed. That maybe she doesn't always need that feeding. The only issue with that is that she always cries a little when you put her down, and that drives Aaron crazy. He admits that when she cries, it raises his heart rate and he freaks out a bit. So, either he or I pop right up to soothe her. Last couple nights I've kind of drawn the line with him, saying two or three minutes of crying is ok. I'm starting to feel like with her, she needs that little bit of crying to let out a bit of tension before she falls asleep. He is working on it - but it's tough for him, and I understand that.

We also got a bit more confirmation on Nora. I think I'd already mentioned that the ME found nothing wrong in the autopsy... but my doc had been independently talking to other professionals and seeing if they had any answers. A infectious disease doc and a geneticists both agree that they can see nothing wrong, and a cardiologist wanted to get an EKG of Maggie and make sure that both Aaron and I had had a good EKG in our pasts. I have, Aaron hasn't - so we will be doing that. Maggie will get one next week when we go back for the shots - they tired today, but the machine wasn't working right and wasn't getting readings from all the leads. But, signs are still pointing to SIDS, which is a frustrating thing for Aaron - yet another piece of crap in our lives that is unexplained. Blech.

11 comments:

Jen said...

Two sickies at your house does not sound like fun. Hopefully it passes quickly.

Michele said...

We found that our babies sometimes only eat 2-3 ounces before bed and still sleep all night, then eat 2-3 ounces when they wake up, and then go for their normal feeds every 4 hours or so. They are 4.5 months old and were born 12 weeks early, but this has been going on since a little before their 3 month birthday. So, it will get better. I promise!

Stace said...

So sorry they're not feeling well. I hope they can get over their illness quickly!! Good luck with everything!

Jill said...

you're doing great. just remember, some kids are small, some kids are big. She'll eat what she wants and it sounds to me like she is the kind of girl who knows what she wants/needs and will let you know if she is hungry or whatever. Rowan has always been below the curve for weight...and so it never made any sense to me how she would wake up and eat a tiny amount and then go back down for a nice long sleep. DOn't try to reason with it too much...it'll drive you nuts!

HereWeGoAJen said...

It was right around two months that Elizabeth started not needing to eat quite as much during the night. I just went and looked and she regularly did six hours in a row and sometimes up to ten. It didn't last, but at two months she was capable of going quite a while at night without snacking.

sukeyknits said...

I love how this posts ends with belch and the previous post started with belch. I think belch is your new favorite word!

Carrie27 said...

The only med that worked for my three when dealing with their reflux was prevacid.

I feel your frustration on diapers, especially when they don't seem to end.

I hope that when our children become parents (god willing) they will have answers to SIDS and it won't cause any more pain for so many people.

Wishing 4 One said...

I am glad to read an update from you, its been awhile since I visited. xoxoxoxo

Katie said...

I am sorry that things have been a little rough lately. The newborn phase is such a challenge, when everything is such a guessing game. And of course, being sick doesn't help.

And I am also sorry that there are no more answers for Nora's death. I can imagine that would make things even harder.

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