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5 Days Old

Poop.

Baby Reid poops so much. I can probably count on one hand–okay, maybe two–the number of diapers I’ve changed that didn’t have poop in them. During the day, this is not so bad, but in the middle of the night, when he’s sleeping peacefully and I hear a poop blast, it is so bad. I know changing him will wake him up, but I just can’t justify letting my beautiful little boy sit in his waste. And so, I change his diaper, which wakes him up. I nurse him back to sleep, and, often, he poops again–sometimes while he’s still at the breast. I know this won’t last forever, but I’ve gotten so little sleep the last few nights, it’s starting to get to me.

It seems he wants to nurse every 40 minutes to an hour (sometimes because of the poop/wake cycle, sometimes not) until about 2 am at which point he switches to nursing every 2-3 hours–much more manageable. Last night we went to bed a little after 10, and I we slept for about an hour and half before the nursing/pooping marathon began. Then it lasted until after 3 am.

I’m hoping that EC will remedy the poop business somewhat. When he poops in his diaper, he generally only expels a little bit. But the two times I’ve been able to catch his poops in the sink, he lets out much more–most likely because the classic EC position mimics a squat which is helpful for facilitating the passage of waste.

Reid had his first check-up today. He’s gained 8 ounces since he was born just five days ago! The doctor exclaimed, “That’s unheard of!” Often babies have dropped a few ounces at this point. Not our little Reid. It is possible–even likely–that the little portable scale used to determine his weight at birth was not entirely accurate, but even so, Reid’s rapid weight gain is surprising. Daniel also gained weight quickly. I remember his doctor exclaiming something similar when he was first weighed by them. I think I just have power milk.

Besides our night battles, Reid has been a most lovely addition to our family. He is so easily soothed, and doesn’t mind being put down too much. We are still attachment parenting, but just due to the elder boy in our family, we can’t hold Reid as much without compromising Daniel’s needs. So far, we’ve done a good job managing the two, but when Dan goes back to work, and we can’t tag-team during the day, I think some jealousy issues might emerge. Once I’ve fully recovered from the birth and can be on my feet more, I’ll be able to hold Reid in the Moby Wrap and be hands-free to play with Daniel.

We’re going to try to make it to the park for our EC meeting/play group tomorrow to let Daniel get some running around time. I’ll be able to introduce Reid to some of our friends and sit in the shade outside. I’m really looking forward to it.

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Still 7 Months Old

Chiropractors are awesome! Everyone should have one. I’ve already had two adjustments and the difference in my body is amazing. It turns out that most of the tension is in my lower back. The pain in my neck is from my poor posture because of the intense tension in my back. The chiropractor thinks the tension has been there for a long time and the pain just showed up with the added strain of carrying by darling–huge–baby around.

That darling baby is still not sleeping very well at night. Every couple of nights I attempt to try to get him back to sleep without nursing him, but even if I can get him to relax and get to sleep, he wakes back up within 5 minutes looking for his milk. Maybe he’s going through yet another growth spurt and is actually waking up for hunger more than for comfort. He’s eating solid food three times per day and still nursing every 2-3 hours all day long. He’s always hungry.

I realized I never “ranted” about our pediatrician. And today I have yet another thing to add to my list. It’s not that she’s bad. She’s actually a good pediatrician for those who do things “by the book”. But when we see her, I always leave with the feeling that she’d rather not be our doctor. She’s open to our views and never pushes anything–even the vaccinations, which she strongly believes we should do–but she does give me that look that says, “I disapprove”. The thing that made me the most frustrated that was the source of the comment about her in my last blog was that she asked me why I would make my own baby cereal for Daniel rather than use the freeze-dried kind that you reconstitute with water from the store. Fresh is always better than processed! I told her if the iron supplementation was a concern (the box kind is fortified with iron), I would consider giving Daniel iron drops. She said that was a bad idea because too much iron could be poisonous for a baby. To me that sounds like, “I don’t trust you to measure the supplements correctly for your child, you might poison him.”

And lastly, when we went to get Daniel’s birth certificate yesterday they couldn’t process it because the pediatrician didn’t sign the form! To be fair, that’s not entirely her fault. The form didn’t expressly say, “Sign this form”. It did say, “Examined By” but I suppose that could have been interpreted as, “What is your name?” Nevermind that it’s an offical form needed for obtaining a birth certificate and anyone could just write anyone’s name in the blank and she’s a doctor who has to fill out official forms all the time. I’d give her some slack if we liked her more… but we don’t, so she gets to take most of the blame on this one.

We have another appointment tomorrow to try to get Daniel’s birth certificate. Hopefully this time we’ll come home successful.

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