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.