Saturday, August 18, 2012

oh, parenthood

This is a baby-related post. Please feel free to skip if you are not comfortable reading.

We had our first baby-related crisis last weekend. While in the hospital, K was on Similac Sensitive and did fine with it. Then, they switched her to half Sim Sensitive, half Similac Special Care - the 24 calorie formula - to try and increase her weight faster. They went back to just the Sim Sensitive after a week of the high cal, then put her BACK on the high cal before she went home.

When we went to the pediatrician's office for the first time last Tuesday, we all agreed that mixing two different formulas probably wasn't the best idea. So the doctor gave us a recipe to mix the Similac Sensitive to be a higher cal/concentration.

Wednesday we noticed that she was getting fussy during feeds. It got progressively worse on Thursday, and by Friday night, she was out of control - screaming her head off for almost an hour every time we gave her a bottle. We opted to try going back to the regular concentration of the Sim Sensitive that night to see if maybe the different mix played a role.

Only on Saturday, she started refusing bottles completely. So that evening, we made our first visit to the pediatric urgent care down the street. I'm glad our parental instincts kicked in because it turned out she had a bowel blockage, likely caused by the high calorie formula.

But that wasn't the end of it. She continued to fuss through bottles on Sunday, so we returned to the doctor Monday. Long story short, she might have silent reflux. We not only had to switch formulas, but Miss Diva is ONLY taking ready-to-feed. (Do you hear that? That's a knife going through our checking account.) But in all honesty, I don't care. I am just glad we are working out the issue, and that K will no longer be in so much pain - and neither are our ears from all of the screaming. :)

Beyond the tummy issues, she's doing wonderful. She's up to 8 pounds, and she is now close to 21 inches long. She sleeps in 4 to 6 hour chunks at night (in her swing, since that's the only place she'll tolerate), and we've managed to take her out and about a few times this week. She even smiles now at times when we talk to her. Finally... smiles that aren't gas related!

We have our first post-placement visit on Monday with our social worker, and then Joey goes back to work on Tuesday. It's hard to believe that we've been parents for nearly seven weeks and home for two. Time truly does fly.

13 comments:

AnotherDreamer said...

I'm glad you have the formula situation figured out. Poor kid :( That had to be rough. Yes, definitely more expensive but hopefully it will do the trick and she'll be alright now.

Anonymous said...

Our daughter only eats the ready-to-feed as well. That's what we used in the hospital to supplement when breast feeding wasn't working out so great, so we stuck with it for the convenience and reduced chance of contamination. It's pricey, though. Do you have a Costco membership? We get it there in a box of eight bottles for $46. She's 16 weeks and we are averaging one box per week.

Jen said...

We went through such a similar battle with formula and "maybe reflux". We ended up on the super expensive stinky stuff and loads of reflux meds for L. Hopefully it will not come to that and your docs are able to figure things out before then! Good luck!

Just the Tip said...

ah. formula issues. Frankly, THEY SUCK. Our little one, who is still little at <5th % at 18 months JUST came off formula last month. Our checking account was so happy lol she would only EVER take the ready to feed/liquid concentrate.

I don't know how they manage to get so picky so quickly!

Kelly said...

I'm glad that you're getting to the bottom of things. A did better on the ready-to-feed stuff when she had bad reflux/gas so I'm hoping that this is just temporary. You're right though, it doesn't matter, as long as your daughter is happy and thriving (and she is!)

Seeing posts from your about mommyhood gets me all choked up every time. So happy for you, my friend.

Jin said...

Ugh. Formula has a whole bunch of issues with it - especially constipation. Can't wait until we're done with the formula feeding for good. But - also look for the generic brands from Target and Babies R Us...maybe Walmart if they have one...which are similar to the sensitive one. I know Claire is on the BRU Lactose free one, which is similar to the Simlac sensitive.

But why are they trying to increase her weight faster? She's right around her due date now right? So the 8lbs is most likely right where she should be for her adjusted age.

Geochick said...

I'm glad you got it figured out and that everyone is feeling better! "Miss Diva" made me giggle a little bit.

Dawn said...

That must have been so scary! It's so hard when they can't tell you what is wrong.

someday-soon said...

So sorry you had such a scare! My DD didn't tolerate any dairy or soy when she was a wee one and I remember the hours and hours of crying until we figured it out. It is awful to hear that kind of pain and not know what to do. Hope you're on the right track. It does seem weird that they are working so hard to increase her weight right now. Don't be shy about asking all your questions to the ped...you're the one with the final call =)

Sushigirl said...

I hope she settles down soon! I remember supplementing the Boy's breast milk with a bottle of formula and he threw it up everywhere and then kept puking for his next few feeds. Not as serious as your problem, but it is scary when you can't work out what's wrong with their feeding!

Rach said...

Oh wow, how scary. Hope things work out with the ready to feed.

Ashley said...

Awwwh, she's getting so big! G is up to 7 lbs 2 oz and 23 inches! He's so tall and skinny :)

Logical Libby said...

Oh wow. I am so glad she is doing well. And I guess it you'll be ready for it when she only wants to sleep in satin sheets and eat caviar off a gold spoon.