What I Haven’t Told You: C’s Sleep Study Results

Three weeks have passed since C had his sleep study done at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It doesn’t feel like it could have been that long ago, yet this time has been filled with shock, stress and uncertainty. I haven’t told you about C’s sleep study results because I’ve been having a difficult time processing it.

Continue Reading...

HMOs are great unless you’re sick.

Hubster works for the state and we have some pretty awesome insurance benefits…or so I thought. All of our preventative care is covered, we have a pretty low deductible, and a great coinsurance rate. I’ve discovered that not everything is rainbows and butterflies – we just got a heaping dose of that stuff that hits the fan.

Continue Reading...

More Complications

Another day, another problem. Yesterday I made an appointment to have the pediatrician switch out the G-tube attachment that I received in the mail. C started developing a rash around his G-tube site after I made the appointment. It continued to spread over the next 24 hours.

Continue Reading...

The post in which I rant about C’s GI care.

A friend of mine posted these words for me today as I prepared for C’s follow-up appointment with the GI doctor:

Just remember there is no more powerful force in the world than a mother fighting for their kid. You might feel defeated or like there are no other options, but you’ve gotten this far. Keep pushing!

Continue Reading...

C’s Feeding Disturbances

C at 10 months, giving the stink face while eating

C at 10 months, giving the stink face while eating

Many of you know that C has never had much interest in eating. He’s almost always been in the 5th percentile for weight, and I’ve often stressed over getting him to eat enough food during the day. Even as a baby, he wasn’t all that interested in his bottles and would often eat just an ounce or two at a time. I didn’t start to get real concerned about things until the past year or so, and the stress just intensified for me with each passing month.

Continue Reading...

C is Underweight

A mother always knows…

I’ve been worried about C’s weight for a while, but after his latest growth spurt I was doubly concerned.  The one roll of baby fat on his body – that little one on his inner thighs – disappeared last month after he grew even longer.  His belly has always been completely flat and rock hard.  (Maybe someday he’ll wish he had abs like he did when he was a baby…?)

Continue Reading...

C’s 6-Month Checkup

After napping for an hour and 45 minutes, C was full of smiles and laughter despite his four immunizations!  He is now 15 lbs, 6 oz (15th percentile) and 26.25 inches long (55th percentile).  The doctor said that he’s growing well and eased my fears about his development (not rolling over back to tummy yet) by reminding us that every baby meets those milestones at a different rate.  We can introduce a second feeding of solids each day whenever we think C is ready.

Continue Reading...

C’s 4-Month Checkup

C had his 4-month checkup with his pediatrician today.  He showered his nurse and doctor with smiles until that first immunization needle poked his thigh.  He’s 13 pounds, 12 ounces and 25 inches long.  His weight percentile actually decreased from his last well-child appointment, but we pretty much saw that one coming!

Continue Reading...

Being Grateful for a Shower

It is after 10:30pm and I just got done taking my shower for the day.  Today was kind of crazy.

Between 8:10am and 8:25am, I woke up, made a pediatrician appointment for C, got myself ready and left for the doctor’s office for an 8:40 check-in time.  (Thank you to my wonderful Hubster for getting C dressed, or I never would have made it out the door on time!)  Naturally, after all that rushing we had to wait until 9:02 to get called in for the appointment.  The good news is that C does not have an ear infection!  His symptoms are just from his cold and other than that, he’s perfectly healthy.  He’s also a svelt 12 pounds, 2 ounces now!  ;)

Continue Reading...

C’s 2-Month Checkup

We had C’s 2-month appointment with his pediatrician this week.  He’s doing great!  He’s 23 inches and weighing in at 11 pounds, 1 ounce.  I think he’s going to be a lanky kid, like Hubster was.

C was such a trooper during his shots (one oral, two in his left thigh, one in his right thigh)!  We were so proud of him.  I think I had a harder time than he did.  ;)

Continue Reading...

C Has Colic…

…but at least he’s healthy.  The pediatrician did a head-to-toe check of C today and told us that we have a normal, healthy, fussy baby.  It will only get worse before it improves.  Apparently, research shows that babies peak in fussiness at about 2 months of age.

Continue Reading...

Off to the Pediatrician Tomorrow…

My poor little C has been crying A LOT in the past two days.  I don’t know if it’s a reaction to his Zantac, an ear infection, or something else.  It’s strange to us that he’s having a difficult time calming down when we hold him.  That’s usually what he wanted when he cried.  He loves being held.

Continue Reading...

Crying It Out

At C’s 2-week appointment, the pediatrician drew us a chart.  It was a bell curve, warning that a baby will peak in fussiness at 2 months of age before improving.  I can already see that we’re making our way up that curve.

The past two mornings, C woke up relatively early (around 6am) and wouldn’t go back to sleep.  Instead, he cried.  And cried.  And cried.

Continue Reading...

C’s 2-Week Checkup

C had his first checkup with his pediatrician this afternoon and he did great.  At 8 pounds, 13 ounces, he successfully surpassed his birth weight!  His doctor prescribed Zantac for his acid reflux.  We will be able to start and stop that for him as we wish to experiment and see if it helps him.  I’m relieved that we can have that to fall back on, since my own experimenting with avoiding certain foods for breastfeeding (spicy, citrus, chocolate, etc.) has yielded zero results.

Continue Reading...