the peanut

So my mother-in-law did come down, just in time for me to begin to feel better. I was able to get a little extra sleep, but I’m still in the process of recovering. Mr. Hope started feeling ill yesterday.

We had her 2 month well check on Friday, so she was actually 2 months and 1 week. She was an absolute angel at the appointment – lots of smiles for me while we waited. Her head control is “excellent”, and her tracking skills and eye contact got kudos from the doctor as well. She weighed in at a still petite 8 pounds 13 ounces. That gets her up to the 10th percentile from the 5th at 2 weeks, and probably the 1st at birth. Her height and head circumference stayed at approximately the 25th percentiles. Mr. Hope and I were both thin, longish babies, so I suspect we may have a little peanut on our hands. The doctor was very pleased with her weight gain, and seemed surprised (as she asked more than once) that we hadn’t had to supplement with formula to achieve that gain.

The funny part? My MIL tagged along (fortunately, we get along, and I like her). I wasn’t expecting that. I really wasn’t expecting her to attempt to answer the questions the doctor and nurse asked. Especially after she’d only been there one night. Her answer to “Is the baby ever inconsolable?”: “No!”. Mine: “Yes, sometimes.”

Thankfully, the doctor gave me an understanding look, and continued to address her questions to me. My MIL did get to see what inconsolable looks like Friday night. I think that was a good thing for her to see, as she has seemed to brush off some of what Mr. Hope and I have told her.

The pediatrician also wrote a prescription for BabyHope for reflux. We discussed it, and, while I don’t think BabyHope has severe reflux, I think she has some. We agreed to just trial the medication. If it helps, we continue. If it doesn’t, we stop. I filled the prescription on Friday.

It took me three days to decide to actually give it to her this morning. I don’t want to put stuff into her body that isn’t necessary. But I think there’s more going on than just “colic”. We have screaming bloody murder at the breast episodes at any hour of the day, more than once a week. And screaming bloody murder episodes followed by large quantities of spit up more than an hour after she eats at least 3 times a week.

So we’re going to try it. I don’t know if it’s right. I guess we’ll see.

~ by Larisa on March 17, 2008.

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  1. I’m a lurker, coming out to say that we also dealt with some relux issues. Just make sure to give it a couple of weeks on the medicine to see if she responds. I was like you, where I didn’t want to medicate him if I didn’t have to, but at about the two week mark, he got so much better. I hope that the medicine helps. 🙂

  2. I’m glad you’re feeling better and BabyHope is gaining weight! Sorry about the reflux–hopefully it will be clear as to whether the med is helpful. Take care 🙂

  3. I’m so glad that your MIL was able to come down and help (and answer questions for you). 🙂 Really though, good to hear that the sickness fog is lifting and that you can get back to a normal routine.

    I will keep my fingers crossed that the medicine does help BabyHope and also gives you peace of mind.

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