April 29, 2010

Square One

Can anyone say 2 steps forward and 10 back?? Our battle with colic and reflux can only be described as that. I have my fingers crossed that our new doctor will be able to help us more. So far, so good and my only regret is that we didn't switch doctors sooner.

He has put the girls on tagamet with their formula and nothing else. No mylicon, no gripe water, no colic tabs, no solid food. It hasn't even been 24 hours, so I am saying in an extreme whisper, "so far it is a night and day difference." Last night for the first time in I don't know how long, the girls didn't cry for an hour or two... or three.

I am stupidly optimistic, but I SO hope it works. I have read that if colic continues after 6 months that the cause is probably a reflux disorder. GERD. We already knew that they had this, but we weren't aggressive at treating it until now. I would say the tagamet is pretty aggressive given that it is not approved by the FDA for children under the age of 16... I had to argue with the pharmacist and ended up switching pharmacies all together because they didn't want to give it to me and because they didn't have it in stock because they don't give it to babies and it would have been extremely difficult for the f***ing people to do their job and order it. I digress. Anyway, we finally got a hold of some and we shall see...

April 23, 2010

Flying Solo

So the day that my Nanny was supposed to start, she had to go into emergency surgery to have her gallbladder removed! Poor thing. She is doing great now and will be here to help me maybe next week. I am not counting on it because she may be called back to work as things are picking up. (which is a good thing-but I am kinda bummed because I was looking forward to the help)

Really, the reason I wanted to line her up before this is because this week DH was on a business trip and I have been flying solo. It went fine. The girls are angels. We had one night (out of four) that Mickie had a really bad tummy ache and I had to rock her for about an hour and a half. Which brings me to my next point:

Solid food sucks. That's right. The girls have been back on straight formula for two weeks now because solid food gave them as bad of gas as soy formula did. We had 3 hour screaming fests again, sleepless nights, cranky babies. It sucked. Solid food sucked. My theory: Their little tummy's just aren't mature enough to handle it yet. It's sad because they really like the solid food. (who wouldn't with my recipes! haha.) SO, I don't know if they are intolerant to grains like I stated previously because it was ALL food. I am going to wait another couple of weeks and introduce it again super SLOW. Perhaps being preemies had more of an impact than I thought? All other aspects are fine... Digestion is the real kicker.

April 19, 2010

I can't get enough







Mommy is SO funny

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Alas, all I have to do is say "hi." I am SO damn funny!

April 15, 2010

Two posts in one day? Ohmagawd.

So, my nanny got sick and didn't make it. Talk about a bummer. I was SO looking forward to it. Oh well, next week.
I just had to post some pictures. The girls are sitting up by themselves now. AND-you should always listen to the warnings on all of their play stuff. For example: on the Bum.bo, it says to never leave a child unattended and never put it on an elevated surface. Well, I do both of those sometimes (GASP!), but only for mere moments. This morning, I was putting stuff out for the ARC and thought to myself, "I had better put them in their play pin. Don't want them falling off the counter." So I did. I put them both in their bumb.os in their play pin and went outside for a few. When I got back (DUN DUN DUN!) Mickie was on her stomach next to the bum.bo!!! If I had left them on the counter, she might have fallen off! OMG. SO, needless to say (I am saying it anyway), they will not be on the counter in their bumb.o anymore. I was going to take a picture but I was too worried that she had hurt herself! I picked her up in a panic and she was all smiley. I put her back in her bum.bo and she did it again and just laughed! Next time, I will take a picture... who cares if she is hurt! JK.


Also, Mickie is just about ready to take off crawling. She's trying so hard! Maddie doesn't much like being on her tummy. I am SURE once she sees Mickie moving around she will change her mind.

Imma gettin' a nanny!

Awoooohoooo! Some one part time-a couple days a week. Then, I can blog more! haha. But really, I will be here with her (lets call her Nanny. I went with the obvious here.) all day, so it's not like I am going to just let her take care of the girls by herself... The only one I trust to take care of them alone is... well me. and their daddy, of course.
I needed someone who is on time, organized, patient, etc, etc. I really need someone who can keep an eye on them so that I can do some laundry or fix dinner or whatever. I do all of that on my own right now, but I would like a LITTLE down time when I am not holding a baby or two!
And there she was, right under my nose, I found our Nanny. I actually used to work with her. She was our secretary... she still is, but she is on unemployment right now until things pick up again. So until then, she is mine!! hehe. And it works out well for her too. Make a little cash. I don't even have to do a background check on her... We already did that! :) Very exciting.
Here's a few pics:

Madison




Mackenzie

April 7, 2010

It's My Birthday!


I am 31 years old. I don't feel 31, so that's good. BUT mathematically, I am indeed 31.

April 5, 2010

Answer

Well, I have to make the baby food! Which, I don't really mind and it is simple enough. I didn't go out and buy the $150 baby food maker (although, I almost did). I am using my great $30 blender which does a better job than the food processor.

So, here is our tabockle: Mickie can't eat lactose, soy, or (as we recently found out) oats... OR GRAINS for that matter. No rice, no oats, no barley, etc. AND, she decided that she didn't like her bottle. Now, she is not malnourished, I can assure you of that. She has rolls all over the place, BUT that is only because I struggle at every single feeding to get her the proper nutrition.

I have been making my own baby food for about a week and it seems to be working pretty good. I bought a good book, so that's helpful.

The doctor said to offer them their bottle like a beverage during feedings and let the solid foods be their meal and main source of nutrition. DIDN'T WORK. :( But I will tell you what we have found is working pretty good:

6:30 am - (A nice change from the 4 am feeding. We get to sleep a little longer) Morning bottle. IF they don't eat 7-8 oz, I offer them fruit like applesauce or peaches or something.

10:00 am - Breakfast. I offer the bottle first and they drink about 4 oz or so. Then I give them my special food! Sometimes it is a roast blended with celery, onions (just a little), and carrots. They love this. Then I give them either potatoes mixed with formula or sweet potatoes. Mickie loves sweet potatoes.

1:30 pm - Lunch. Same as Breakfast. I may mix it up and offer chicken blended with mango's and bell pepper (just a little). They love this too. Then I give them some more veggies of some sort.

5:00 pm -Dinner. Same as Breakfast and Lunch. I will offer more fruit for dessert!

8:00 pm- Bottle only before bed. Sometimes they take it and sometimes they don't.

Rinse and repeat!

It is working out pretty well so far although we got off to a rocky start with the whole "solid foods" thing. Well, it's about time for them to have breakfast, so I gotta run. I will catch up with you ladies tomorrow hopefully....

PS-tomorrow, they go to their 6 month appointment. OMG. 6 months.

April 2, 2010

Who can guess?

What do you feed a baby that won't eat her bottle and that has an "intolerance" to soy, lactose, and oats?

Answer to follow.

FYI-
  • Rice cereal contains soy as a filler
  • There is soy in most baby food
  • Oats give her the same problem as soy and lactose.... in other words: she gets terrible stomach aches and screams for hours on end.