Monday, September 7, 2009

Checking in

Sorry for the quiet.
It's been a crazy week. When we went to the pediatrician on Wednesday to make sure Robbie's ear was clear, not only WASN'T it, but the other ear had joined the party.

That won him another 10 day round of a new antibiotic. Well, that antibiotic has been nothing short of hell on his system. If he didn't have his G-tube to help keep him hydrated, we'd have been at the E.R. and I have no doubt he'd have gotten himself an IV for fluids.

After a few days of a lot of pedialyte, probiotics, BRAT diet, lots of crying in gastric distress and then lots of crying from diaper rash distress, we finally seem to be on the mend.

His poor little bum still looks like hamburger, but the crying in pain is now restricted to diaper changing time. Unfortunately that's about every 90 minutes - 2 hours most of the day, but it's way better than it was.

Tomorrow I'll start upping his intake of something besides pedialyte and hope for the best.

In much brighter news, we had a banner solid food eating day yesterday. I found some jarred baby food that was mixed cereal with bananas and applesauce and thought I'd give it a try. If he hadn't been willing to eat it, I was going to put it in his G-Tube, trying to settle his stomach.

My MIL is here visiting for the weekend and I asked if she'd like to try to feed him. Sometimes a new person feeding him will get him to try something new. Well, it worked! He was going CRAZY for it. Opening his mouth, pulling the spoon to his mouth, wanting more, more, more. I actually had to stop her from continuing because I was afraid he'd throw it up if he ate too much.

Then later in the evening, I gave it a try and he did the same thing for me. I was so excited I had butterflies in my stomach. It was so amazing to see him enjoying eating.

Of course, the streak ended today, but for a day, he was eating like a normal little boy. We'll celebrate the victories as they come.

Another exciting event- we have a 4th tooth! He's been gnawing his pacifier like it's the source of all life and I've been able to feel it under the gum for several days. Today it officially made its appearance. He's getting to be such a big boy!

In semi-related news, Friday was September 4th. That was Robbie's due date, which means he is now officially 1 year old adjusted. Happy second first birthday, Robbie!



Mrs. Spit said...

That's good news about the eating, and not so good news about the ear infection.


Laura said...

Wow! Finally a breakthrough day! And what a way to celebrate your second first birthday Robbie. You make your Mommy so proud. Please try and make the next eating breakthrough soon, this waiting is really hard.

Maureen said...

Have you tried a 1:1 mixture of Aquaphor and Maylox as a diaper rash cream? It is awesome for diarrhea type diaper rash. A ped. GI doctor taught this to me years ago and it has always really helped. I just make sure the butt is really dry before applying because it seals in any moisture.

Adriane said...

Sorry about the ear infection. We've battled them as well. YAY for a great day of eating!

And diaper rash...I swear by the Arbonne line for babies, but it's pricey. Just recently found that Desitin creamy is a miracle as well. Truly.

Two Hands said...

Happy 2nd 1st birthday, Robbie!
I'm sooooo sorry to hear about the ear infections though, I really hope they are over and done with for a long time.
Wonderful news about the eating though, I hope you get more of the same soon.

PurpleDogMommy said...


We had/have food issues with our daughter as well. Granted, yours are far more difficult, but I remember the sinking feeling in my gut when my little girl wouldn't eat a thing and then would cry because she's hungry. Ugh.

Glad to see you "back". Sorry for the!

Malloryn said...

Happy second first birthday to Robbie, and that's great news about the tooth too.