3 months old!!! A lot has happened since her two month update! I cannot believe I haven’t had a single blog post since then! Maybe I can. I’ve never been so busy without even leaving my house! This entire month has been a whirlwind of getting used to giving her her meds, and giving her the up most attention as she has really needed it. It looks like we are getting over the hump, getting more into the swing of things, and she is a lot happier because she’s feeling much better. Everyone I talk to says that the 3 month mark is when they really start changing, becoming less fussy, and begin to show a little more personality. All those people are correct in Evie’s case!!!
Here’s what Evie has been up to lately:
Her eating habits are so great now. I knew I was overfeeding her before. Everybody said to me “you need to feed the baby when she’s hungry”, (put that on replay 50 times), but when your child has silent reflux they make you think they’re hungry when they’re not. They are actually trying to soothe their irritated esophagus because it feels so good to them when the milk at is going down. Unfortunately, that creates an even bigger problems because the more they eat, the more they reflux. Basically it’s a viscous cycle that I am so happy to say is past us. She gained a significant amount in a short period of time, but because she was so little before it was definitely OK! She currently takes 4 ounces every 2-3 hours, about 6 times in a 24 hour period.
Evie is still on breast milk. I cannot thank my donors enough. I am so so happy I have, for the most part, been able to keep Evie on it the majority of the time. We have had days or some feedings we’ve needed to supplement with formula (we are still using Holle). Even with all the wonderful moms who have helped us, it’s still tough to keep up with the amount she drinks! But we do our best and I relentlessly search around my different mommy groups!
Even since the beginning, Evie has been fairly consistent favoring the night time to get the majority of her sleep with minimal napping during the day. Every once in a while she’ll take a 3 hour nap, sometimes even two, but most days she’ll sleep an hour here and there and wake up. She’s been getting a little better now that the medication has helped her because she’s not waking up in discomfort over reflux issues. Sometimes gas will wake her up, and that’s when Gripe Water comes to the rescue! That stuff is awesome.
We got a mattress pad for her crib. Life saver! No wonder why she didn’t want to sleep in there, it was hard as a rock! She usually naps on her belly (if she makes it longer than the time she’s held in my arms. She’s got FOMO (fear of missing out)!) I know the belly isn’t the “right way” to do it–but she sleeps soooo well when she does, and she can roll over. At night she’s still in the Rock n Play which also works well given her reflux circumstances.
Evie loves to be entertained! Lights, sounds, freedom to move her limbs–she all about it. Her Fisher Price play mat is her favorite. She loves the butterflies and the lights that flash, and its the perfect tummy-time area too! She also does well in her Mamaroo while we eat together. It’s cute, we feel like we can actually have family meals this way even thigh she’s not ready for a high chair yet. She’s happy stuffing her crinkle book in her mouth. Anything and everything in the mouth these days, and a ton of drool! She really likes books being read to her, but only about one book at a time since she doesn’t really understand yet and the attention span isn’t there! She really likes her little Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes toy I picked up for her knowing she likes things that light up. I like it because it has two volumes: obnoxious and tolerable. I have a couple apps on my phone as well, just nice to have on the go! And of course, nothing beats pure old fashioned one-on-one time without anything but the two of us looking around at things, talking (she is quite vocal in her language!), tickling her, dancing around, smiling, singing, and laughing!
Evie is so much more aware of her surroundings now, I’m sure because she can see further distances! I love that she can see me now across the room when Daddy’s holding her! I thought it was the greatest day ever when I saw her smile…until she giggled. Oh that sound. That sound!!! It absolutely melts my heart!!! She’s holding herself up nicely during tummy time, and that’s helping to wear her out during the day for a nice sleep. I get down there with her for more encouragement, and hold the mirror for her so she can see herself which she loves! She is holding small objects now and constantly tries to hold up her bottle too–but I don’t let her do that yet!
She is such a sweetie! What a happy girl! I feel so bad she was suffering before and wasn’t able to be as happy as should could have been without all the pain she was going through. She likes dishing out the smiles to whoever will give her one! I think she will be independent, strong willed, caring, and very observant! She shows me signs of what the future may hold! She gets frustrated easily if she can’t grip something just right to be able to chew on, so it seems like she wants to master things quickly! I understand this trait.
Mommy & Daddy
We are enjoying her so much!!! We love being parents. It’s not easy!!! But we love it. We are such a good team. I don’t even need to ask my husband to wash the bottles, re-fill them, defrost more milk, measure out any formula, or restock the diapers. It’s so nice. He’s really awesome. What does he get in return? Dealing with my hormones. Just kidding. OK maybe sometimes. We had our two year wedding anniversary September 21st, and we celebrated by playing with Evie. She did giggle for the first time that day so we got a little gift from her. He brought home some gorgeous flowers for me, and we are going to celebrate soon! We have been on three dates since her two month update, all which were extremely nice both because we got some alone time with each other and because the opportunity to be in the present moment is like never before. Taking in every minute of that special time with each other is so important!
She is doing so, so much better lately. Her meds finally kicked in (that Prilosec takes a long time to get into the system!) and I am thrilled she seems to be feeling much better. I still don’t love the fact I am giving her medication, but it makes it a little easier seeing how much more comfortable and happy she is because of it. I kept saying to my husband it will be amazing once she finally feels better because seeing how smiley she was even amidst all the pain. Now she is even more smiley and having much less sudden hysterical crying fits, if any really. We saw the GI specialist for a check up a few days ago, the first time since the hospital, and she seemed happy with her progress. The medication application and dosage will remain the same.
I plan on posting more about my meals, what I make on the fly, still making sure it’s healthy at the same time. I post many of my meals on Instagram but it would be good to respond to some of the emails and questions what I really have on a daily basis! So look out for that I promise it’s coming!