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Spit Up or Reflux?

Payback is a witch.

Of course after I typed that last post, my little angel started spitting up constantly. I don’t mind changing my clothes once… twice… five times, but over that, every day, is getting old. And yeah, I’m running out of shirts… Walmart, here I come!

So, for the past weeks, I’ve been dealing with A LOT of spit up. I’ve done lots of different things to try and help my poor little girl, but nothing works.

  • She spits up when sitting up, laying down, or up on my shoulder.
  • She spits up within seconds of letting go of my nipple and keeps spitting up until I think there can’t possibly be any more in her and then she spits up again.
  • She also spits up an hour or more after I finish feeding her.
  • She spits up while she’s still nursing – YES, that is possible.
  • She spits up real liquid looking stuff, thick looking stuff, and sometimes yellow stuff.
  • She usually burps, so that’s not a problem.
  • She only cries occassionally when spitting up.
  • She has to have her clothes changed 5 or more times a day.

What have I tried?

  • I’ve tried nursing in different positions.
  • I’ve tried nursing for shorter amounts of time, but more frequently.
  • I’ve tried different positions after nursing.
  • I’ve tried adjusting my diet.

What makes me think it’s NOT reflux?

  • It’s not projectile.
  • She’s gaining weight.

I’ve talked with the doctor and she doesn’t want to start medication if it’s not necessary. I don’t want to put her on medication if it’s just spit up, but I don’t know how to tell. I can only hope the doctor will know. She will go for her 2 month check up soon, so I plan on bringing it back up then. And I’m sure I’ll be wearing a new shirt – from Walmart 🙂

Complaints or Blessings?

It’s funny how other people complain about things I think are blessings. I’m sure there are things I complain about that other people think are blessings.

What? You ask.

Sleep. How many times have I heard a new parent complain about the lack of sleep they get? Billions. They all whine about not being able to sleep through the night. I, however, enjoy those one on one middle of the night feedings. I do love my sleep and come morning I am always tired. But, looking into the big, round eyes of my baby girl at night – when all is quiet – is so worth it.

Diapers. Many parents complain about changing diapers, especially stinky ones. I don’t mind. I love the tiny little diapers that go on the tiny little babies. And I don’t even mind the smell of breastmilk poop!

Spit up. It happens. Not a big deal. Throw the shirt in the wash and put a new one on. Out of shirts? Run to Wal-mart and get a few more.

These complaints are silly. Especially to those who had a hard time conceiving or have lost a baby. We don’t mind not getting 8 hours of sleep. We have no problems changing stinky diapers. We are capable of changing our shirts when they get dirty. And we do it without complaining about it.

Now… taking a bunch of pills every day… I can certainly complain with the best of them about doing that!!! 😀

8 Weeks

I apologize, dear readers, for not updating more often this past month. This pregnancy is kicking my butt, but this is a good thing. I keep telling myself the more symptoms, the better. Right? Doesn’t feel that way when my head is stuck in the toilet.

I went to the doctor Wednesday and she said everything looked good. She even sent me down for an ultrasound without me having to beg. The ultrasound went well! Snowflake looks more like a baby. Big head, little body. She showed me the “nubs” that will turn into legs and arms and I even saw the umbillical cord. The placenta isn’t there yet, the baby is still getting nutrients from the yolk sac (which I did see).

And the heartbeat… the sweet little heartbeat. I got to hear it good this time. 180 beats per minute!!!!!!! Wow! I said “Oh, that’s another girl!” and the tech said “Oh, you can’t go by that.” I know this. But, it’s a good old wives tale. And pretty accurate in my case. But, ya never know.

I have to take one day at a time. Or more accurately, one hour at a time. Every time I go to the bathroom and wipe, I check the toilet paper. Every time I feel wetter down there than normal, I run to the bathroom. Every time my symptoms disappear for more than an hour, I start to wonder.

Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, please continue to do so!

Heartbeat

I got to see our little Snowflake yesterday. It measured 6 weeks and had a heartbeat!!!!!!!!!! The ultrasound tech said it was 111 and that was good for 6 weeks. Although, I know I’m not out of the woods yet. There are still a million things that can go wrong. I’m trying to get excited and think positively.

Ignorant

I would like to go back to being ignorant about pregnancy related issues like hcg levels, progesterone levels, lovenox, miscarriages, mthfr, folic acid and so on. I would like to go back to being clueless and not knowing or caring. I would love to go back to seeing a pregnancy test line appear and just being happy. People who have never experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth don’t know how lucky they are.

I’m waiting for my 2nd hcg levels to come back. I had them drawn Monday and they were at 4,776! I worry that number is too high – my mind wanders to things like molar pregnancies. I also had an ultrasound which only showed a gestational sac measuring 5 weeks, no yolk sac, no fetal pole, but I was told it was too early for that. Now, I am waiting to see if that number above has doubled.

I hate waiting. I’m so stressed. Please pray for us.

Still Trying

Another cycle has come and gone. It has now officially been one YEAR that we have been trying to conceive. I guess this is payback for being such a fertile myrtle.

I used Clomid last cycle. The low dose: 50mg a day for 5 days. I added in OTC progesterone cream from GNC. This didn’t work. I didn’t get pregnant. I was completely bummed. I got pregnant the first time I used Clomid back in October, so Clomid had become a wonder drug to me. I was sure I would get pregnant on it this time. But, it didn’t happen. I did everything right. I took my temps, I baby danced from CD10 on, I used OPKs and faithfully took my folic acid and baby aspirin. And it didn’t work 😦

The day my temp dropped, I cried. I don’t understand why I had no problems getting pregnant for years and now I can’t seem to get pregnant or stay a pregnant. What changed? I’m not that much older. And every month that passes that I don’t get pregnant, I get more desperate. I’m even considering taking injections!! Not yet though…

I went to the OB today and she upped my Clomid to 100mg per day. She finally listened to me when I told her how short my luteal phase was and that it was only 10 days this last cycle even using the OTC progesterone, she gave me prescription strength progesterone!!!

My next problem was that I don’t seem to make fertile mucous anymore. I used to. I haven’t seen any in MONTHS. I’ve tried evening primrose oil, that didn’t seem to help. So, she told me to try Robitussin. YUCK!!! That tastes disgusting, but I’ll try it.

She also told me to try baby dancing with a pillow under my hips. I usually put the pillow there after we baby dance. But, she said to put it there before we baby dance. Ooook, sure why not?

Finally, I asked what’s next? What happens if the Clomid doesn’t work? She tried to be reassuring and told me that she thinks I ovulate, she just thinks I need time. So, I said something about only being able to take Clomid for 3-6 months, which is what I’ve read online. She said that isn’t the case anymore, that they now know Clomid is safe and as long as I go in every month to have my ovaries checked (and that they’re not overstimulated), I can take Clomid as  long as I want. This was the first time I had heard this.

If I try Clomid for a w hile and decide to go to the next step… it’s a referral out to a RE and probably injections. We don’t want to do IVF. We have already been blessed with four beautiful children.

Oh, and I threw that stupid shiny thermometer out – well, I put it away – it caused too much stress in the past few cycles. My temps were always up and down and never dipped when it was supposed to dip. So, I’m DONE with it. I will still take the OPKs so I know when I’m ovulating, but no more temps!!

Still In Cloth

NKJ got new diapers! One of my favorites is a Blueberry AIO pocket. She is starting to outgrow her medium size diapers, so I had to get some new ones. I know she will potty train soon, but Mommy couldn’t help but buy a few more large size cloth diapers.

Where do I get them? http://www.nurturedfamily.com

I’m sure there are some of you asking “WHY in the world would someone use cloth diapers nowadays?” I asked that question last year and probably even added “Are you crazy?” Then I learned more about it. There are no pins nowadays, you don’t have to fold the diaper and try to pin it around a wiggly baby. Sure, you CAN do it that way if you want. But, you don’t have to. It is SO easy. I wish I knew years ago how easy it was.

My two favorites are regular AIOs (all in ones) or pocket AIOs. Regular AIOs are just like a regular diaper except made out of cloth and velcro type fasteners. Nothing comes apart, nothing to pin, nothing to fold. Very easy.

A pocket AIO is almost as easy except it usually has an insert that comes out. So, instead having one piece, you have the diaper and the insert to stick in the “pocket” – an opening usually in the back of the diaper. The plus with this? It dries faster. But, you do have to “stuff” the insert in and depending on the diaper, possibly fold the insert (just in half or thirds, nothing special) and then stuff it in. A little more time consuming, but some people think it’s worth it.

You can usually choose between a velcro fastener and snaps. We have both. Velcro is definitely easier for other people, so when we go to church, I fill the diaper bag with those. But, NKJ can get the velcro diapers off – just like she can with disposable diapers. However, she hasn’t figured the snap diapers out yet.

This is where you say “But, you have to WASH them!!” Yup. You do. No getting around that. However, I do so many loads of laundry a week, what’s a couple more? Simple… rinse, wash, rinse, rinse, rinse and dry. No biggie.

There are other types of diapers and other ways of doing things. Each person finds their own little niche in the cloth diapering world. This is mine.

Not only will you be helping the environment if you use cloth diapers, but there are health concerns with disposable diapers including infertility, asthma and having them contain poisons. Read on for more information: http://www.nickisdiapers.com/pages/HealthConcerns.php

Did you know?

Did you know that you can actually start relactating after months of not breastfeeding? Or even build up a milk supply without ever even being pregnant? It is possible!! I don’t think many people know this, so that is why I’m writing this post.

Why would someone want to do this? Let’s say you couldn’t breastfeed when you delivered your baby or you breastfed for a couple months and then went back to work, but you ended up not liking formula feeding. Now, it’s weeks or months later and you want to know if you can start breastfeeding again. Or maybe you’re adopting a baby and you want to breastfeed her. You can and here’s how:

1)    Hold your baby at your breasts, skin to skin. Do it often. Get her used to being there, let her put your nipple in her mouth. Offer her the breast when she needs comforting or is sleepy. Even though you’re not making milk yet, the nursing sends a signal for your body to start making milk. If the baby won’t latch, keep working on it. If you absolutely can’t get her to latch, you have other options. Get the breast milk out and then bottle feed her or use a feeding syringe or a cup. There are many choices!!

2)    Now, go get some Fenugreek. You can get it from GNC. Take 2 capsules with each meal!!!!!!! Yes, that much!!!!!!!! And then when you start making milk, go up to 3 per meal. I know – huge, smelly pills – gag!!! But, sooooo worth it!!! (If you are diabetic, check with your doctor). There are also prescriptions you can get to help your milk supply.

3)    Then get a hospital grade pump, a double will make it a lot easier!!! Start pumping away, both sides. When you’re awake, pump every couple hours, just like feeding a newborn. At night, get up at least once and pump. If you are double pumping, 15 minutes will do it. If you’re single pumping, do it for 30 minutes. Keep pumping even after she begins nursing well. The more you pump, the more milk you’ll make.

4)    If you still need help, try a supplemental device. You put it around your neck, put expressed breast milk or formula in the bottle, tape the tube to your breasts and the baby feeds from your breasts but gets the food from the tube until your milk supply is better or she latches better.

You may not get a full supply of milk back, but some breast milk is better than none, especially with the things they are finding in formula. The less formula, the better.

Don’t forget to get a lactation consultant!

Don’t believe me? Google it!!

Still can’t get it to work and don’t want to give your baby formula? Maybe a milk bank can help you out. Although you need a prescription and it’s usually for very sick little babies.

Good luck and God bless!!