Settling Down

4 Nov

Day 5. That’s almost an entire week! Things have turned the corner and everything is going well. We’ve had a few mishaps here and there while figuring out Elliott but things are calming down.

The first few days of being at home were certainly rough. The first two nights were pretty hellish. He is a lazy eater and his whole oral sensory ability is pretty out of whack. He can’t seem to really get his suck right–the corners of his mouth don’t close around nipples and he sort of gums bottles, etc instead of sucking. He’ll often root while it’s in his mouth as if he doesn’t realize it’s there. It made nursing pretty discouraging–he was constantly fighting me, screaming, and pushing away. Even when he did figure it out it would only last for a few minutes until the battle would start over. I gave it up pretty quickly in favor of pumping so at least he gets the benefits. He does better with bottles but still has the same problems. Our ped said we would keep an eye on his weight for a week and see how he does since he is eating more now. If his weight drops, we’ll get an OT referral. I was really glad to hear that.

So in the search to make sure he was getting enough food, we gave him some formula to supplement. BIG mistake. On top of being probably very very hungry because he wasn’t getting enough during nursing we chose a milk-based formula which wreaked some major havoc on his stomach. Since we mostly supplemented during the wee hours, it meant that we were awake for pretty much every wee hour Friday and Saturday night with one really upset baby who seemed to be in a good amount of pain. We switched to soy formula Sunday and he’s been golden since. I also have been managing to pump enough where he’s getting a diet that’s probably around 85% breastmilk and 15% formula. I’m pretty happy with that. And he’s returned to the baby he was the first two days–he sits and checks things out when he’s awake and really only cries when he needs something. Part of the frustration in my last post was because we hadn’t quite figured out what the previous night of Eli’s upset was about and I was worried he was colicky and hurting. It’s a horrible feeling to know that your child is sick or in pain and to be unable to communicate with him to figure out how to fix it. It’s so strong that it’s almost palpable. (I can pretty much feel all the nodding happening from everyone now)

The rest is going pretty well. We managed to clean the apartment today! Tomorrow we’re going to run a few errands and I’m looking forward to getting out–I’ve only been outside of the house twice in the last week (coming home from the hospital then going to the doctor today). Friends from work, etc are coming to visit and check out the little guy. June’s coming home tomorrow! She’s been gone two weeks and I’m happy she’ll finally be able to meet him. Last night we got a really good amount of sleep and I got a big nap today.

I have to remember to fill out my absentee ballot tonight!  gObama!

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4 Responses to “Settling Down”

  1. Lolly & Pop November 4, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    We’re glad everyone is doing better. You’re playing by Eli rules now!
    Love to all

  2. Betsy November 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm #

    Glad to hear that things are getting better for all of you! Those first few days seem to be the hardest. It is interesting how you forget, but reading your posts bring back memories! Please know that I am here if you feel like talking (or if you can find the time to talk). I know how hectic things can be.

  3. laura November 4, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    hang in there! congratulations on an adorable little guy.

  4. Carrie November 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    The pictures of Eli in the boppy are adorable! I’m glad you guys are getting into a groove.

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