Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More baby drama

So, after all my complaining about Naomi's crying- the Lord reminded me of all we have to be thankful for. As we were getting ready for church on Sunday night, Eric noticed Naomi wasn't feeling well. She had just awoken from a nap and was moaning some. We took her temperature and it was 102.5! I remembered the Dr. saying to not let a newborn have a temperature higher than 100.4- and I immediately freaked out. We went to the after hours Dr.'s office. When they checked her temp. it was 104.5!!!!!! They ran a bunch of tests and realized she had an urinary tract infection and admitted her to the hospital for antibiotics and further tests. We stayed Sunday and Monday night and came home late morning today. she is back to normal- but will have some x-rays and further tests to see if it is linked to her bladder or kidneys next week.
Being a parent is a lot harder than I ever realized.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

switching back

Naomi doing some exercise with Dad after he celebrates the dawgs big win on Saturday.

well the trial period is over... and no real change. So, we are back to normal life with nursing and no more continual pumping. Of course we wanted her to feel better with the pre- digested formula, but it was a real hassle. Not to mention that the formula smelled like canned dog food. She stunk all the time. Which isn't a lot different from her normal state other than the severity of the smell. So, I guess our next step is to be patient and wait for her GI tract to mature. The Dr. said it would take until she was 3-4 months. Pray for us as we continue to live without much sleep. I am ready for her to just seem normal. What is normal anyway? Pray I will trust the Lord as I try to unselfishly meet her needs for comfort and sleep.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sad day for me

Today was Naomi's 2 month check- up at the pediatrician's office. Her digestive problems have seemed to continue and not let up. He kept calling it colic and I told him I thought it was different than Nathan's colic so I didn't think it was colic. He said that is b/c it was severe colic! "Goodness" I thought. How have I survived 9 weeks of such sad crying? He continued to say that he really recommended that I try this pre- digested formula. My eyes welled up with tears. He said that he would do it with his own child to see if it will help her hurting and ours. He said to give it 3 days to see if it helps. If it helps then she just could not digest my milk, but if she does not do better in 3 days then it is just her tummy and it will time to develop. I am not sure if I want it to work or not. I have been so emotional today. I am not ready to stop nursing and I will be so sad- but of course I want what will make her feel better and make my family more rested. Even Nathan wakes up during the night with her hurting. Pray for us. I know it is a little struggle in the big scheme of struggles.
Oh, by the way she is growing great. The doctor said that babies with colic are usually fat b/c it hurts their stomach if it is empty. She is 75th percentile weighing 11lbs 13 oz. She is 95th percentile in length, being 24 1/4th inches long.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fall Fun

Could she be any cuter? She loves her Mary Jane socks from Audrey Woita.
" This is just my size"

Nathan and Naomi with Eric in the pumpkin patch. Naomi was a little bored.

We were able to have people over to carve pumpkins and have a praise and Worship time with the Grad and Career group from our church.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Playing around the House

I walked into the playroom yesterday with Nathan "reading" books and naming the things on the pages. Sometimes he is so cute. This is one of the few times he is ever self entertained. The other thing that entertains him is to play with his trucks. He lines them all up one after the other and talks to them all. I told Eric I think it is the way boys play barbies.
I am sure every mom thinks their child is Brilliant.

Naomi really doesn't mind being on her tummy- I think it feels good to her.

Nathan has started wanting to kiss Naomi- most of the time it is on the eye!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

our life these days

I don't want this blog to be a place to complain or to vent- b/c I have realized how much I truly have to be thankful for. Yet, I must be honest and say that these days life is challenging. The diagnosis these days on Naomi is that she has an immature digestive system and much like colic it will take until she is around 3 mos. for it to relax and develop. I don't think she has colic- most of her issues are all revolved around her digestion. It is a lot of grunting, straining, screaming and pulling her legs up in a ball. I have been so tempted to let her sleep on her tummy. It seems that it is the hardest for her in the middle of the night. Most of our nights look like this: she is hurting around 7 ish and fusses for 1/2 hours and eventually will take a nap. I Feed her at 10:30, wake up with her grunting her around 1am and I feed her and she eases back to sleep. She wakes around 3am upset and hurting and we try to console her for an hour or so then I feed her around 4am b/c it calms her down and will dose off usually. She wakes again around 6am hurting and I walk her around or snuggle on the coach with her and hold her close, pat, rock whatever seems to help at the time until she falls asleep again usually around 7:30- 8 and then Nathan wakes up. She fusses for another hour or so in the morning until she finally is exhausted and she is off and on during the day. I know the pediatricians office thinks I am crazy b/c i keep calling with symptoms and questions. The last time I talked to them they said that my only option is to try this special formula to see if it helps- but by the time she really adjusted to it it might take up to 3 mos. -which is as long as hopefully it will take for her digestive tract to mature. So, I am gonna stick it out with nursing. She is gaining well- probably b/c eating is the only thing that seems to comfort her. Babies are supposed to be fat, right?

Nathan has been so sweet and fun lately. He has reminded me of what I have to look forward to with Naomi. She soon enough will be able to run around the house and repeat everything I say and scream from her room after I shut the door for night time " Love you Mama."