Monday, February 28, 2011

Two Months Old!!!

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Weight: 12 pounds 7 ounces
Height: 23.5 inches
Head circumference: 16 inches

Huggies size 1-2 diapers
0-3 onesies and sleepers
Newborn pants

Truitt's checkup went really well. He had fallen asleep in E's arms after his exam while I was asking all of my questions so he started to cry when it was time to lay down for his shots.  He calmed down during the oral vaccine (I guess it tasted good) and then screamed horribly during his shots.  He was so mad that he choked up and his poor little face was bright red.  I immediatly started crying but E quickly put a fresh diaper on him, got him dressed and had him in his arms and calming down in no time.  Truitt quickly fell back asleep and has been sleeping since.  It broke my heart for his little legs to get poked and I pray that we stay fever free!  Good news is he seemed to love the taste of the grape infant's Tylenol so at least he won't fight me if I have to give it to him later.

Dr. L's Answers for Momma's questions in bullet form

* Frequency of eating-  He is obviously getting enough food because of his growth so he isn't worried about that one bit.  He said that we will probably see him stretching out feedings in the next few weeks but eating every 2 hours is still very normal for breastfed babies.  I told him about my worries on supply and how I get so little when I pump but he assured me that 1.5-2oz from a pump only 2 hours after he ate is perfectly fine.

*Waking every 2 hours-  He urged us to get Truitt out of the habit of sleeping on our chest upright in the recliner within the next month.  While he said there is nothing bad with it for the baby, it is going to get even harder on us and if we don't change it by 6 months it will be extremely to break him of it once we do try.  Also, Truitt is probably waking from every movement from whoever is holding him and that's in turn waking us both up. He sugguested that we wait until we have a weekend with nothing planned and that we start him out by putting him down to sleep alone (either in the crib, bassinet, or pack and play in our room) and let him sleep there until he wakes.  Once he wakes he said it's fine to move him in bed with us or go to the recliner but as long as we start him in the crib/bassinet/pack and play for the night then he will get used to it.  We will probably try this in the next two weeks or so.

*Fussyness-  Truitt is completely healthy (thank God) and there is no MEDICAL reason for his fussy nature or crying habits- it is strictly tempermant and personality.  While he may continue to be a clingy/crying baby after 3 months he did assure us that in another month or so, he will be much more able to soothe himself and this will improve.  Just because he is a fussy baby and that is his current personality, it does NOT mean he will be a miserable child, teen, or adult!  For the nighttime colic gas drops and gripe water are perfectly fine.

*Poop-  When we first came home, every diaper used to be wet and dirty.  About a month ago there were some diapers that were just wet and he would only poop every other change or so.  Two weeks ago T started holding his poo overnight and would have a big one in the morning.  Last week he started going a few days with nothing more than a small smear in his diaper.  Dr L told us that they are growing so fast right now that most of the breastmilk is used in the body and very little is left for waste (poop) so it's perfectly fine for them to go a week with no poop.  As long as his belly is still soft and he isn't appearing to be straining to go there is no problem.  For formula fed babies or any baby after solids have been introduced it's a different story.  He said that when he finally poops it'll probably be a CAR SEAT POOP- yah know, when you have to clean the baby, clothes and the carseat.  Made me laugh :)

Truitt is still wiped out from the shots so his 2 month pictues will have to wait until tomorrow but I will post them as soon as I can take them!

Second Month Must Haves!!!

This month we're still relying on most of what I talked about last month but we have a few new to add!

Infantio EuroRider
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Truitt is still wanting to be held all.the.time and this allows me to have my arms back. E walked around with him in it for TWO HOURS at a trade days last week and T looooved it! I'm going to also look for a woven wrap to try and I'm looking for a Baby Bjorn at a good price. For now, this is fantastic!


Graco Silhouette Laguna Bay Swing

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T doesn't like this as much as I would like him to but if he's already really sleepy I can put him in it on the 2nd to fastest swing setting and turn the nature sounds up loud and he will sometimes fall asleep for a 15-45 minutes.  Also, if I can get him out of his carseat without waking, he stays asleep in the swing for a little bit.

Motherhood Maternity Sports Clip Down Bra
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This is the one wirefree bra that I have EVER had that is supportive.  I have two and wear them almost exclusively.  I have an underwire nursing bra but it doesn't work nearly as well as this.  This one is so comfortable and easily folds down when I need to nurse and most importantly supports the size F girls :)

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
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I am thankfully not a very leaky person BUT when I start to nurse I do leak on the other side.  I also leak during the night but these are SO absorbant.  I can normally use the same pad all day and once they get wet the inside congeals so you can easily tell when it's time to put in a new one.  They have adhesive spots in you want to attach them to your bra but I find they stay put pretty well.  Also, I'm normally always wearing a tank top and a shirt and I've never had a problem with them showing.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our Week in Photos

*** I have SEVERAL blog awards I need to get to and promise to do so this week!***

My bestfriend's baby's birthday party... It was a bit windy so Truitt was all snuggly warm under a blanket!
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First Walmart Trip
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iPhone smiles! (and greasy hair faux-hawk)
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and he found his tounge :D
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Enjoying time with his Nana-nana (great grandma)
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And his Nana
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Loving the hooded towel
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She was petting him with her tail--- he's not trying to nurse E, he was sleeping!
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First time in overalls- that's our country boy!!!
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Birth Announcement (finally)

At least I got them out before he can crawl!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Our Week in Photos

Daddy reading Truitt his Valentine's Book
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Valentines Shirt #3 and NOT happy about it!
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Tummy time
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BIG BOY! (I weighed him on our home scale tonight and he was 12.2lbs!)
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I always miss the best part of the smile by a few seconds!
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Meeting our friends' new dog!
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Too bad he got poop on the onesie before we went out!
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Supply and Demand

That's how breastfeeding works.  I think our problem right now with sleep (other than the fact that he has to be held) is that he isn't staying full long enough.  I'm obviously producing enough overall because he's gaining more than the minimum they want to see and he goes far above the minimum number of wet and dirty diapers a day. 

My theory is that he's only eating a little bit each time and that's why he eats so often.  BUT the question is- Is my body only making a little bit because he doesn't eat much or is he not eating much because my body isn't making enough?  I have NEVER (knock on wood) been engourged... just uncomfortable during the day if he goes longer than 3 hours eating so I am wondering if maybe my body isn't making enough.  I quit pumping regularly when we realized how much he was fighting the bottle.  I have about 30oz in the freezer right now but I've started pumping again after he nurse each time (during the day) so that my body thinks he's still eating so I will make more.  HOPEFULLY he'll eat more and then last longer between feedings.  Did that make any sense?  I just know that my friends that are bottle feeding their babies that are the same age as him are eating 4-6oz every 3-4 hours during the day and we rarely even make it 2 hours!  I know that breastmilk digest more quickly but still.  I'm going to write down how often and how long he is nursing this coming week and take it to his 2 month well visit to see if we can get any pointers.  Any advise from yall is appreciated!  I've thought about taking fenugreek or Mother's Milk tea but I know I'm making enough, I just want to make more at a time I think?

*Shhhh, but my child was fussing and I put him in the swing while he was really sleepy and he fell asleep!!!  I managed to do this WHOLE entry at once without having to pick him up. A M A Z I N G

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Getting to know you (bag edition!)

Tara at Our Journey decided to give a glimpse into her daily life through her diaper bag.  She got the idea from Oprah when she told the ladies on The View that the easiest way to know about a lady is from her purse.  Stop by and see Tara!!!

Since these days I don't carry a purse- here's our diaper bag!
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Top left to right: Stinky Diaper Bags (inside the dispener), Diapers, Lotion for Momma, Flanders Diaper Cream, Wipes, Burp Cloth, Gas Drops, Hand Sanitizer, Walet and Keys, Nursing wrap, Brush and Comb, Onesie, Sanitizer wipes, and Cell Phone

That's it!

Make sure you stop by Tara's blog and link up!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our Week in Photos

Mr Man with Dr P at Momma's 6 week postpartum visit
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Valentines Shirt #1
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Finally got a REAL smile captured on camera... sadly it was on a phone not a real camera but HOW CUTE IS THIS?! (Valentines Shirt #2)
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Haahhahahaha. HEY YOU!!!
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Exhausted.

Truitt has been home for 6 weeks and 2 days.  I have been "sleeping" in a recliner for 6 weeks and 2 days.  I cannot tell you how sore my neck, back and legs are but if I want ANY sleep then I better just stay in the chair.  He will not sleep longer than 30 minutes anywhere other than in someone's arms.  I have wanted to try putting him in the bed with me but am terrified that I am so exhausted I will roll onto him.  I have thought about getting a co-sleeper to put in the bed but I don't think that will help if he's not touching someone. On top of not sleeping anywhere other than on someone- he only sleeps for about 2 hours at a time.  If I'm lucky and feel him rooting around I can put him on the boob before he fully wakes up and that buys me about 4 hours of quiet even though I'm awake while he's eating.  He still won't take a bottle well (more to come) so I can't even get any relief on the weekend and let E get up with him.  I have a constant headache because of the lack of sleep and his screaming, and am so short fused it's ridiculous.  I FEEL SO GUILTY FOR SAYING THIS, BUT THAT IS HOW IT IS.  I swear I wouldn't trade him for anything but this is hard... very hard.

The colic is constant SCREAMING pretty much from sun up to sun down but it doesn't end there. The majority of the rest of the time he is still very fussy if he isn't nursing or sleeping.  Speaking of nursing- my nipples are raw.  I haven't had any problems with them until this week and all he has done is nursed and they hurt so badly.  I pulled the lanolin out because my Nuk stuff wasn't working well enough and have even been using the Medela soothing gel pads.  Just as he refuses the bottle, he refuses a pacifier.  We have tried Soothies, Playtex, Tommee Tippee and Mam.  Nothing works.  Honestly it's just easier to let him pacify himself with my boob than listen to him cry.  Today I went to a baby shower and E wanted to keep him at the house and Truitt fought the bottle for an hour and finally fell asleep after only taking an ounce.  Who knows how much of that even was swallowed.  The pedi swears he will eventually take it if he's hungry enough and to keep trying but it is so hard on him and whoever is trying to feed him.

Today I told E that I was contemplating going back to work so I can get a break and then immediately burst into tears.  Do you know how many people would kill to be able to stay at home with their child?  Do you know how many would kill to have a screaming child?!?! I have never felt so guilty for saying something in my life.  I love my son more than anything but I never knew I could be this tired and feel this helpless.  E keeps asking if I am depressed and I really don't think so.  I think it is just exhaustion but I'm sure baby blues are playing into it.  I also know that being stuck in the house isn't making it any better.  There are SO many people with colds and the flu that we don't take him out much other than to see family.  He has been to Babies R Us twice, to mine and his doctor's appointments, to my work and to a few restaurants but that's it.  I'm ready for it to be spring so we can get out more. 

I'm off to eat supper and take a nap before he wakes to eat again.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Our Week in Photos

Only the second day of being stuck in the house and Daddy is already bored and messing with the baby!
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The first night we got about an inch of ICE and then about 2 or 3 inches of snow on top of that.  Early Friday morning we were supposed to get a light dusting of snow and it turned into about 5 more inches! I thought we lived in Texas?!
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Cuddle time
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I didn't get any pictures of Truitt in the powdery stuff because I had nothing warm enough to put him in.  Saturday once everything started melting I went out shopping with my mom and found a snow suit on sale for $4 so we had to get it and snap a few pictures!
What is this stuff?!?
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The brown spots on the pad are Flanders diaper cream- not poo or anything :) Old Navy 0-3 month is already almost too short!
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Are you ready for some football?!?!?!  Those aren't polka dots-they're tiny footballs! He was wearing it for 4 hours before I realized that! 
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It looks like he's throwing a football!
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Answers!

So when I called the doctor's office Wednesday they called in an antifungal cream because that's the most common stubborn rash.  The redness was going away but the blistering was still there so we went ahead and took Truitt to the doctor this morning.  First- he's up to 11lbs 7.5oz which is the 88th percentile!  Dr L looked at his heiny and said that it's a bacterial infection.  When babies go through growth spurts their poop turns more acidic and that's what caused the rash.  This makes a lot of sense because his last one was around the 3wk growth spurt and now again close to 6 weeks.  Anyway- he said it's very common in 1-2 month olds and that even if we changed him as soon as he went to the bathroom (which we do- even if we don't hear him going he starts crying immediately so we know!) that the rash would still have popped up.  Some babies just have much more sensitive skin and that's why not all of them get it.  So the plan- at each change wipe with a sensitive brand diaper wipe, then with a dripping wet warm washcloth, air dry, then three times a day use the new prescription cream and the other changes use Flanders.  He said my diet/milk has nothing to do with it and that while cloth diapers obviously wouldn't hurt it, they won't help or prevent it either.

While we were there I asked him about the screaming.  He ruled out reflux and said that it is "just colic."  This is good and bad.  Good because there's nothing wrong with him; bad because there's nothing we can do about it other than wait it out.  He told us to continue to 5 S's (swaddling, shushing, swinging, side/stomach laying, and sucking) and to give gas drops as needed.

I also asked him if we needed to give him iron or vitamin d supplement drops and he said he was actually part of a medical study that showed as long as mom has a balanced diet and the baby is exposed to natural sunlight (even as little as 15 minutes a day through a window) they are not needed.  Formula has four times the amount of iron than breastmilk but breastmilk is made for babies and all they need-in most cases. I am also still taking my prenatal vitamin.

I asked him about the bottle refusal and he said to just keep at it.  He told me to not even try to give him one but let E and the grandparents try and he would take it sooner or later.  I don't mind him relying on me for every feeding but I would like to be able to go on a date with E for our anniversay on the 21st!

Lastly, I haven't been able to feel Truitt's soft spot.  I seriously thought he didn't have one and that really worried me... anyway Dr L showed me where it is and it's much smaller than I was expecting.  He said that it's still within normal range and that it was so hard to find because all of Mr Man's hair!  I figured he'd laugh at me for asking such a silly question but he didn't :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stupid Rash

Well the meds appear to have made the rash worse.  I called the doctor's office back and they want him to come in tomorrow.  Instead of just twice a day though, they want us to use the prescription cream at every change and use neosporin once tonight and once in the morning.  The nurse told us that sometime the prescription makes the bottom look worse even though it's making it better.  Also, this afternoon I had him just bare butt and wrapped up and will probably do that again after the next diaper change.

I am TERRIFIED that he is going to tell me that Truitt has an allergy to my breastmilk and we need to switch to formula.  Granted, if it will help him I will do it in a heartbeat BUT I do not want to!  First, he fights the bottle SO much it will be a very hard few days getting him used to it.  We have gotten him to take 1oz from a Tommee Tippee (when my mom was holding him) and 1oz from a Soothie (from E) but he fusses the whole time and pushes the nipple out with his tounge so it takes forever! Secondly, formula is expensive.  If we have to start spending money on it that we do not have budgeted for at the current time I will not be able to stay at home with him nearly as long.  Also there are the health benefits for the two of us and the convience.  I know it isn't the easiest having to plan things in two hour blocks but with the weather we haven't been out of the house much and the few times we have been, I haven't had any problems nursing him in the car or in public with a cover.  We don't have to worry about having to clean bottles, keep formula water, have it measured correctly, worry about when it'll spoil.  With us being iced snowed in right now, I can't imagine the stress of people worrying if they'll have enough formula to hold them until they can get back out.

I know MANY people use formula and I don't think it is wrong so please don't think I am being judgemental (even though this is my blog) but breastfeeding is just better for us!

His doctor is very much for breastfeeding so I don't think we will jump to that option but we will see.  I have heard of testing to see if he has the allergy so I am going to ask about that.  I also plan to ask him about the colic and make sure it is just "normal" crying and that he isn't having any other issues.  You can tell the rash is getting to him though.  He has slept practically all day :(  I am so ready for my baby to feel better!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hopefully some relief!

I called the doctor today (we're all snowed in) and they called in a prescription cream for T-Ray's heiny.  It's a twice a day treatment and the nurse said we should see improvement with two uses so hopefully by tomorrow night it will look better.  If not I'm calling back on Friday!

There are sick babies everywhere.  E's cousin M has her little girl (she's now 3 months old) in the hospital with a kidney infection... she wasn't eating and her temp ws 103 and went up to 105 at the hospital!  Then my friend that was due a week before me had her little girl in the ER this morning with RSV.  Yikes.  I just pray that breastfeeding and keeping Truitt home is enough to keep him well.   Come on springtime!