Monday, October 13, 2008

Colic


Our sweet little girl has turned into a monster!

Ok, not a monster...but you get the idea...

She's been crying since her due date. Inconsolable, painful sounding, bone-chilling cries. I called the doctor last week and they changed her Zantac to Prevacid hoping that would do the trick. The Prevacid is much stronger, but if we didn't notice a change by Sunday to call and be seen today. After a particularly painful, exasperating morning, I called and she was seen this afternoon.

She weighs 9lbs 10oz! They changed her formula to a hyperallergenic kind. It's nearly $26 a can, but we've seen drastic improvements from the samples that they gave us today. She's taken 2 feedings so far tonight and hasn't spit up one bit. I asked about herbal things to help, and he said that he can't recommend anything because there isn't enough evidence but that it can't hurt. So we bought some Colic Ease Gripe Water and she sucked it down happily. Not sure how it worked, but she fell asleep soon after. So maybe it's doing something...

The Ped stressed the importance of having help with a colic baby. He explained that he had two mother's throw their babies through a closed window when they couldn't take it anymore. It broke his heart, he said, and my mom started crying. I can't even imagine. He said that's what happens when 18, 19, or 20 year old women have baby's that they can't care for and have no support. I have to say that it's not the crying that gets to me, it's the fact that there is nothing that I can do about it and she's obviously in pain. So why in the hell would you take the crying out on a child? It's not like they can do anything about it...they are crying because they're in pain! Ugh, makes me sick...

(Speaking of teenage mothers that don't care about their children) Guess what I'm doing next weekend? Taking Lily and N to the pumpkin patch. Yes, you read correctly...I'm taking N. It's a huge step for me, and I'm terrified that people will assume he's our child. It's very hard for me when people assume that he's mine. I guess because for so long I wanted him to be mine. He's my shadowchild, and I loved him like he was mine. Derick is leery, but the poor kid doesn't go anywhere. It's the least we can do, right? Let him pick out a pumpkin and then help him carve it...he deserves that and so much more. I love him, I do, but it hurts so much still...

8 comments:

Mrs Macgyver said...

Hope that you continue to see improvements in Miss Lily's colic. It sounds so awful for the poor thing.

Anonymous said...

I'm right there with you on the colic. I'm actually holding a screaming baby right now. Not fun! I am one tired mama. I just have to keep telling myself it's not forever.

Monica H said...

I have heard that Gripe water works wonders. It's also good for adults or children who have hiccups. Tastes kind of gingery.

We went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. We took Aaron because he doesn't get to go many places either. While we were there, there were two little kids named Sam and Jack. My heart sank a little.

Yay Lily for gaining weight! I hope the new formula helps her little tummy.

christyna said...

Anders was Colic King i hated it, and I have to admit I had him in my arms at one point with the thoughts, just shake him. I was 23, tired and alone BUT I didn't shake him. keep with the gripe water. I must have used 4 bottles of mylants baby stuff a week, nothing worked until one night he just stopped and slept. oh yeah we used the drop ins as well when it was bad to reduce air, only thing that worked, who knew? cheapy drop ins.

Good on you with the pumpkin idea, you can do it, and you will have a great time, post a few pics!! Lily looks fabulous with her real life doggie bop pillow!

Marcie said...

I hope she is doing better. That picture is adorable. The caption should read, "Raise you hand if you have colic".

CLC said...

She's a beauty!

M said...

I realize you didn't mean this in all cases, but I had Phoenix just after turning 20. Not only did I not throw him out a window, I think I did more than a good job. It's not fair for that doctor to lump young moms together like that. Firstly, I'm sure PPD or PPP played a role in what those moms did, and secondly, there have been lots of very bad moms, even those that have hurt their children who have been much older. Being a young mom doesn't automatically make one unready, nor does being older automatically make one mature.

M said...

Oh and I almost forgot... I think it's pretty awesome that you are taking N to the pumpkin patch. It sounds like he needs people to care about him, and I truly feel that even if your role in his life is somewhat limited, you will help him grow up a little better.