Life lately...

is GREAT. Right mix of meds for baby=baby who eats and functions normally=one happy mama. She is so HAPPY all the time- I love it!!! Her "fussy" times don't really last too long, and she goes to sleep fairly easily now (except when it's time to go to bed for reals at night..that still takes her about an hour and a game of "as soon as you put me down my eyes will pop back open!"). We'll get there.

I feel victorious. I think we've arrived at the whole "I promise it gets better!" state. Over the past couple of days I've found myself already thinking about baby #2. Mostly because I feel so empowered that we've gone through so many things, but have come out on top. Not to say that my thoughts about baby #2 will be put into action any time soon, but the idea now seems less scary.

Here's a recap of the last couple of months:

*2 weeks old- first symptoms of reflux- vomit. projectile, paint the wall, vomit.
*3 1/2 weeks- switch to sensitive brand formula, hoping it's due to a food allergy begin 7.5 mg of Prevacid a day to relieve heart burn symptoms
*5 weeks- formula fail. switch to different brand of sensitive formula

*6 weeks- switch to liquid Alimentum (hypoallergenic formula), still hoping symptoms are
due to food allergy
*7 weeks- switch to powder form Alimentum

*8 weeks- hospitalized for 3 days due to dehydration
begin Neocate formula (amino acid based nutrition, $$$) increase Prevacid dose to 12 mg/day
*10 weeks- upper GI x-rays confirm reflux
begin 2 mg/day dose of Erythromycin to increase intestinal motility (aka prevent barfing)
*To date (11.5 weeks): back on powder Alimentum still on 12 mg of Prevacid/day in two doses via dissolving pill still on 2 mg of Erythromycin/day spread over 4 doses via liquid in syringe. No barfing. Very little reflux. :-)

WHEW. Like I said. I feel victorious. I haven't cried in over a week.

All of this has me thinking about my own mom and how awesome she is. I have a WHOLE NEW perspective on motherhood. Some days ya hate it, some days ya love it. I guess that's like most things. It's quite possibly the single most time-consuming, frustrating, self-less, baffling thing...

but somebody's gotta do it. ;-)

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