12 week summary

Tomorrow Max will be 13 weeks old, so here is his 12 week update.

We went to the doctor Monday.  After hearing Max’s list of symptoms, she suggested we try to rule our a dairy protein allergy.  She gave us some sample cans of Nutramigen by Enfamil, and told me to stop eating dairy (ARE YOU EFFIN KIDDIN ME?!  No cheese?  No cream cheese?  No milk in my protein shakes?! No CHEESE?!)  That’s right.  No cheese.  Who lives life without cheese?  Milk I can do without, except in my coffee; So non dairy creamer for me!  *ick* OK, anyway …  No dairy to see if his reflux improves or vanishes.

Guess what?  Reflux has (fingers crossed) drastically improved it seems.  Maybe it’s in my head, and maybe it is only temporary, but he seems better.  He seems to be eating a little better and nursing better, too!  He has started eating less, like he was unionterested it taking his bottles because it hurt, so he has slowed down gaining weight.  For a big baby that’s unusual, so I really hope that it continues to improve, and symptoms don’t start resurfacing.  So far so good.  I actually considered NOT writing about the improvements in case I jinx it.  I kinda figure if it is a dairy allergy, then it should stay improved, unlike the medicines we have tried that temporarily made it better.  This also means MAYBE we can wean him off the incredibly expensive and inconvenient medicine, once things are for sure under control.

Did I mention I can’t eat cheese?  You do know this means no pizza, right?  And no creamy sauces on pasta?  And no cream cheese in my chicken crockpot recipes (for me … anyway).  And no good icecream? It totally sucks, but this is like the best diet EVER!  Not to mention it will be easy to stick to since I know how miserable the dairy (has possibly been) making Max.  The only down side is the formula I have ti supplement with is incredibly expensive.  Like, super expensive.  Anyway, let’s hope things continue to take a turn for the better.

At 12 weeks, I have started trying to wean Max from his swaddle during the day.  He wakes himself up about 30 minutes in, hitting himself in the face.  But he then sucks on his hands for a while, contently…. then I have to go soothe him to sleep.  I am hoping this leads to him soothing himself, without me needing to interfere.  I can’t really do CIO until the reflux is completely under control, because the crying makes it worse.  But once it is gone (if ever) this boy is SO getting sleep trained.  He has gotten spoiled to me soothing him, because of the reflux.  Oddly, he goes down fine at night, on his own.  Day time is a different story though.  So, arms out for naps during the day, but still swaddled tight at night.  I’m not sure if he is ready, so we will just try it for a few more days, and if there is no improvement, wait and try again in a few weeks.

He is sleeping from about 7:15pm-5:30am, which is when he wakes up with some gas … that is if he didn’t wake up earlier hitting himself because he broke out of the swaddle.  Grrr.  I am ready for him to be done with the swaddle and used to his arms- dang startle reflex …

He seems to be eating better.  He definitely seems to be nursing better.  I think it is taking a little time for him to get used to the new formula, because he seems a little more bothered with gas.  But it’s more like the “grunting, squirming gas” not the “screaming, sharp pains” gas.

Lexie is 27 months old now.  She has started napping better, hopefully we are most of the way through all the teeth, the pooping at nap time, etc.  I have finally found her window of sleepiness- when she wakes at 6:30am, which is most days, she needs to be in bed for nap at 11:45!  By 12:15 she has caught her second wind and is over tired, cranky, ROWDY, and will NOT sleep at that point.  She then needs a 6:15pm bed time to make up for it.  But if I get her to nap she stay up until about 7:15-7:30.

She is really enjoying her gymnastics, and school.  She loves her teacher, and talks about her friends a lot.  She is very enthusiastic about painting at school, and playing outside on all their playground equipment.

We introduced the topic of Christmas, and put up our tree this week.  We got a real tree, like we always do.  It is a smaller one, since we don’t have much room.  I wrapped gifts the other night and put them under there.  Lexie came in the next morning and said those were “for baby Jesus.”  haha  I explained they were to celebrate baby Jesus being born, and went into the Christmas story thing…  She doesn’t quite grasp it all, but the more we talk about it this month the more she will.  We’ve read the Bible story her whole life, but I’m not sure if she has completely made the connection.  She is very excited about “our family Christmas tree!” and has it watch her dance, she talks to it.  It’s pretty hilarious.

She loves playing with her doll house (especially with Mama), reading her books, playing in her kitchen, and singing!  In the last 2 months she has started making up her own songs-it’s precious!  She also know all the words to several songs we listen to in the car.  She has a name for each song- like the “naughty song” the “arkansas song” “Lexies song” “motorboatin’ song”  … her name for each song in no way reflects the title or words in the song.  Well, except for Motorboatin’- that’s a country song about a pontoon boat.  haha  Her favorite is “Good Night BAAAAYBAY” as she says, which is the chorus in a song.

JTom is raking leaves today, I am making chilli and doing laundry.  Lexie, Max and I had a wonderful play date this morning with my girlfriends and their boys, so that was fun.  Overall, it’s been a great week!


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