I’m Ready to go Fishing

Heather and her dad took Lil Man fishing on Sunday afternoon. This was the first time he has ever been and he had a blast. He caught three huge rainbow trout. He was so proud of his fish and can’t wait till we cook them up and eat them. Luckily my Mom knows how to fry up some mean trout and she is going to come over this weekend for a fish fry. Lil Man has never tasted trout but I’m sure he will love them as much as the rest of us do.

See other fishing pictures here.

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Boy’s First Day of School

Lil Man and Lil Bit began their first day of the Early Headstart Program this morning. Lil Bit isn’t quiet old enough to have those separation fears so he did great. I was so proud of Lil Man. He tried really hard to be a ‘big boy’ and to not cry for us to stay with him. He asked and we explained that we had to go to work while he was at school but we would be there to pick him up as soon as school is over this afternoon. He is really excited but apprehensive about being separated from me and Heather, and from the sitter he has grown accustomed to. He will do great and I believe it will be a great experience for him. He needs the social interaction and he needs the structure that will be offered through this early learning program.

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Prevacid or Pepcid?

Lil Bit has reflux. He has a horrible case of reflux.  If it goes in, it comes back out. No matter what it is or how much. We’ve tried everything I know of and nothing seems to help. Humor me if you will and allow me to tell you what is going on then feel free to jump in and help a Nana out here …

Lil Bit was born three weeks early but healthy. Other than being extremely sick my daughter’s pregnancy was relatively normal up until the last week when she started dealing with pregnancy induced hypertension, thus Lil Bit was delivered early. Nothing real major to write home about and a few days after delivery we took Lil Bit home and life moved on. The first month or so wasn’t too bad. Lil Bit did the normal new baby stuff. He was eating, peeing, pooping, … ya know … all that stuff that newborns should be doing.  Somewhere in the second month he started having this issue with spitting up. Not your normal “oh he spit” spit-up but the I’ve just had 3 oz of formula and 2 oz of that I’ll spit back up kind of spit-up.  We talked with his doctor about it during Lil Bit’s two month checkup and decided to try a formula change. Thus began our war with formula. To date we have tried all of the following … Enfamil Lipil, Enfamil Gentle Ease, Enfamil Lacto Free, Enfamil Nutramigen, Enfamil ProSobee (which we are currently using) and Similac Sensitive. I think that covers all we have tried. Nothing changes. He just spits.

He’s growing well and gaining the right amount of weight so I’m not afraid of him being malnurished or anything of that nature but I am concerned with all the constant spitting.  We have started feeding some Stage 1 solids such as Rice Cereal, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and some fruits. He is almost six months old and things just aren’t getting any better.

We have tried three different medications. We started with Zantac but that was quickly changed to Pepcid. He did fairly well on the Pepcid but as he grew he would have break through reflux and required constant change in dosage to keep the reflux at bay and to keep him a happy baby.  Most recently we changed from Pepcid to Prevacid and OH MY HOLY GRANNY GRUNTS … we are in reflux Haties. In addition to the increased reflux we’ve also noticed that his bowel movements have become less frequent and he strains more. The biggest notable change is in his sleeping habits …as in … HE NEVER SLEEP.  I’m not just talking about nap time … I’m talking about ALL THE TIME.

God love his little soul.  He catnaps … maybe 10-15 minutes at a time … round the clock.  Last night alone …We put him to be about 9:00 which is normal. He never fell into a restful sleep. Finally at 1:00AM this morning his Mama threw in the towel and brought him to me. Her exact words … “Mama, I can’t do this anymore.”  I’m not sure if I was angry or if I felt sorry for her. This was about the 4th night of the no-sleep baby.  I took him to bed with me and tried to cuddle, which he normally loves. Last night … he wasn’t having it! At 3:00AM I moved to the recliner with him and also gave him a bottle. He settled for about 15 minutes. About the time I started back to bed with him he was wide awake again. Not crying but not real happy about being awake and just … not happy.  When my clock went off at 7am this morning my weary eyes had been open since 1:00AM.  When I left home going to the office he was still wide awake. His little eyes were red, puffy, and so so very sleepy. I felt so sorry for him but I’m at wits end for getting him to sleep.

Today when Heather picked him up from the babysitter she was told that he had not slept during the day, he has been very fussy, and the spitting has been non-stop. She went through four outfits and Heather had to change him again before she left the babysitter’s to go home.

Now … I’ve been a Mama for lots of years and I’ve been a Nana for about 2 1/2 years.  I’m not new to the world of parenting and I know something just isn’t right with Lil Bit.  Tonight I’m starting a new routine.  Lord help me and give me strenght.  I’m taking him completely off the reflux medications.  I’m starting him back at square one with feeding.  Strictly formula and rice cereal. No other solids. The spitting I can handle. The sleepless nights I can’t handle.  We have to get him back to square one so we can define what has him so out of balance. Tomorrow I’m calling his doctor and I’m asking for a Gastro referral so we can get to the bottom of this reflux issue and have it treated properly rather than through trial and error.

Where do you come in?  I want your input. I want your ideas, suggestions, experiences. I want to know what you know about infant reflux and how you deal with it.  I have read my tail off with the medical side of infant reflux. What I want now is actual case stuff … your story … what you have been through and what you did to deal with it.  Share with me Internet world and help this Nana out!

I Promised Pictures

In my previous post I promised pictures and today I plan to deliver. Where should I begin? Hmmmm

First let me tell you about a contest I won.  On Wednesday, July 1, 2009 I received an email from a gentleman named Blake. He was writing to inform me that I had been selected at random as the winner of a $200 Office Max Gift Card sweepstakes from Blogher.   I was shocked, surprised, and so very excited.  A few weeks later I received the gift card but was still unsure how I would be spending it.  After moving into the new house on August 1st I quickly realized that, while I totally LOVE the new house it was lacking in ‘display’ space.  Everywhere I’ve ever lived I’ve had some sort of display space so to speak. It has usually been above the kitchen cabinets but it’s always worked our beautifully for displaying my small collection of porcelin firehouses. I was at odds about what I was going to do with them in the new house and I also had some pictures of my girls and the babies that I wanted to put out without having to resort to hanging them all on the wall somewhere.  This is where the $200.00 Office Max gift card came in handy.  I give to you … my Office Max shopping spree and how I spent my gift card …

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I purchased shelving units!  They are absolutely beautiful and are a great addition to the ‘naked’ corner I had in my living room.  They do justice to my collection and of course to the photos of my girls and grandsons.  I’m pleased with how it turned out.  I have one additional unit that has not been assembled and I’m not 100% sure where I’m going to use it, but I am certain that wherever it goes it will be just a beautiful as these two units are.

NOW … on to the babies …

I celebrated my 21st birthday for the 25th time.  Heather wanted to do something creative so she decided it was time to make a t-shirt … with paint … and a two year old.  I’m sure you know how that turns out … but let me share it with you …

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What a cute mess … but he did clean up nicely!

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Last but definitely not least … we have a little eater on our hands.  Lil Bit loves to eat .. and he loves to mess while doing so.  AND he’s also learing to dring juice from a cup.  It seems like only yesterday when he was born and he is already almost six months old … and to precious for words …

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There you have it folks … Pictures promised … Pictures delivered!

It Has Been A While

Where have I been? I’ve been around. I’ve had a world of things occupying my time as well as my mind. Let me try to catch you up.

If you follow at all you know my daughter left home. When she left … she left. The only thing she took with her was the few clothes she could pack in a bag and a picture of her son’s father. Still not sure why she took his picture … not sure I want to know.  Anyway when she left, she left behind her little boy. That is OK too.  I have attained court ordered legal custody of Lil Man and he is doing just fine.  It’s sad to never hear him ask about his Mama. Sad but not surprising. I have always been there so he didn’t really have to experience anything earth shattering that would forever leave him scared. I’ve suffered enough for both of us so I’m taking a lot of time to make sure he is happy and I keep  him busy.  He’s had a great summer. We have some court stuff coming up and hopefully soon I won’t have to worry about the ‘what-ifs’ and ‘I wonder whens’.

In addition to Lil Man … there’s Lil Bit.  Oh what a demanding baby. Lil Man was so peaceful and calm. He could entertain himself. Lil Bit will have NONE of it. He wants someone’s attention ALL THE TIME.  HEY … it’s ok though. He is an absolute precious joy. Lil Man thinks the sun rises and sets in him. Lil Man is very protective and he’s going to be the best cousin ever.

The big news … We moved … again.  Yep … 11 months after moving here … we moved again.  Moving 11 months ago was a quick, rash decision. One I made thinking that I could make it work. It didn’t and it never would have. After he moved out and Stasha left I knew we needed something else. I began looking. My mother and my sister were looking too.  My sister called my niece to see if she knew of anyone who had a place for rent. My niece was telling her co-worker about our situation and a gentleman sitting in the lobby of her office overheard. He politely stepped to the counter and questioned my niece about what she was saying. In a nice way … he asked if he overheard her saying she was looking for a place to rent. She told him the situation and he told her he had a 3 bedroom house that would be available on August 1st. It was a God send and turned out to be exactly what we needed.

We moved in on August 1st and we are in love with our new home. We feel this is where God meant for us to be. We believe he put our landlord in my niece’s place of employment that day for a reason. As a result we have a beautiful home with loads of room, great neighborhood, and within walking distance of our Church.  What more could we ask for?

Work has kept me busy … life is good … not long till time to gear up for tax season again … I’m looking forward to the challenge.

I’ll post new pictures later … I need to show off the babies and how much they have grown … and the new house.