Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2 months

 We had her 2 month check up today and she is a growing girl! Besides her dairy allergy, she is healthy as can be.  The doctor gave us some formula for her dairy allergy if we decided to go that route. I tried this afternoon and she wouldn't take the first bottle but drank all 3oz the second bottle I offered her. I wasn't prepared to stop nursing yet so it's been an emotional day trying to outweight the pros and cons of continuing to nurse or not. We're trying to talk to the doctor about doing an allergy test early to confirm if it's dairy or something else. She wants us to give it a month and if there hasn't been a significant change, then we could do an allergy test or see a GI doctor. I just want an answer because I don't want to eat something she might be allergic too and I don't want to stop breastfeeding if it's something I can easily eliminate from my diet. So yeah, it's confusing and frustrating. I just want her congestion, bloody stools and reflux to go away and we're pretty sure it's all correlated to the allergy.
So enough with all that.
At 2 months, Collins is a happy, talkative, occasionally laughing, chubby cheeks girl. She is an amazing sleeper and is pretty continent throughout the day. She lights up when she sees people or the dogs and can carry on quite the conversation. My sister took the video below on Sunday and I crack up when she gives my mom her mean mug at the end. She isn't a big fan or tummy time but can hold her head up really well so I don't push it too much. She likes to lay on her back and kick her feet and look around but hasn't attempted rolling over yet. She has started to grasp things and really enjoys looking at her toys. She is in 0-3 month clothes and fit into 3-6 month pajamas last night.
I'll probably say this every month but I can't believe how fast time is going. She is our whole world and we love her to pieces.

Monday, January 28, 2013

365: Days 21-27

Guess I slacked on pictures on the 23rd but there was 1 on my phone that will have to do

Jan 21: Grocery shopping with momma. Not much room for groceries though. I can't see over the car seat when I put it in the seat part of the cart

Jan 22- Sleeping before they came in and poked her 100 times

Jan 23- sleeping on my pillow

Jan 24- Smiles
Jan 25- Has daddy wrapped around her finger. Literally
Jan 26: Playing in her crib
Jan 27- All dressed up for a friends baby shower

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bye bye dairy

Going to be talking about blood and poop so if you don't care to hear about it, skip this post

To make a long story short, my pediatrician thinks that Collins has a dairy allergy. She has had about 5 diapers in the past 3 weeks that have had some blood in them. We did a stool sample to confirm it was blood and after that was positive, we were sent to Children's Mercy to have her blood drawn to rule out any infections. Her red and white blood cells were normal so their back to thinking it's a dairy allergy. I was told to lay off dairy for a week or 2 and then we will re evaluate at her 2 month check up next week.

After googling dairy allergy, I am 99% sure that's what she has. With the blood in her stools, eczema, upset tummy, etc. She was in horrible pain last night and screamed when I tried to give her a bath or change her diaper. A worse cry then when she had her blood drawn. I was in tears too and felt so bad that I was causing her this pain since it takes a couple days to get out of my system and a few weeks to get out of hers. So I was up half the night debating what to do. Do we just quite nursing and go straight to a dairy free formula (expensive as shit) or do I keep nursing and just give up dairy and possibly soy since most babies who are allergic to dairy, are allergic to soy too. Since she doesn't have that many bloody stools, I don't think she is allergic to soy and I think her dairy allergy is a mild case. I am hoping the doctor next week will just tell me to go easy on the dairy but that I can have it like in bread and all the foods it's hidden in (and man you don't realize how many things have dairy till you have to check the ingredients on everything). I don't love the idea of giving up dairy but we finally have the hang of nursing and I will be sad to stop. My daycare kids have brought in everything from fevers, flu, ear infection, croup, etc and I think nursing has helped her not get any of that. Plus, I really worry she won't take formula.

So that's what's going on around here. For the most part, she acts completely normal but occasionally she cries like she is in pain and it breaks my heart. I'm hoping to have a plan after we go in next week. Let me know if any of you have any experience with this and if you have any suggestions on what to do.

Now I will leave you with pics from her having her blood drawn. 1st nurse- poked and protruded at her vein in her arm with no luck getting blood. The 2nd nurse came in and poked and protruded a vein in her head. She kept digging around INSIDE her head with the needle trying to get the vein and I wanted to pull it out, pick her up and run the hell out of there. It was awful!! 3rd nurse came in with a vein light and found one in her foot. It wasn't great so she put a heat pad on her leg to try and get the vein to come out more. Finally got enough blood out of that one.  Poor girl was a trooper. She screamed when they were doing the draws but she was smiling and talking in between each one. The nurses kept apologizing and making sure I was OK cause I was crying more then she was!

Poor baby!!!

She was so happy and talkative as I loaded her up

And fast asleep before we walked out of the hospital

Monday, January 21, 2013

365: Days 14-21

Jan 14- Riding Zoe

Jan 15- Collins, let's keep our eyes open when we smile. mmkay?

Jan 16-Her shirt says "Daddy says no dating until I'm 25". Boys are already lining up

Jan 17-She melts me

Jan 18- "What is this huge thing on my head?!"

Jan 19- Rare nap unswaddled

Jan 20- Love how she is looking and smiling at her monkey

Best Friends

Collins is 2 months today but we don't go to the doctor till next week so her monthly update will be up next week.

Check out how cute she looked last night in her monkey pajamas. They have monkeys on the feet and butt too. I die.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Day In The Life

I was a guest on my friend Ashley's blog yesterday. Here is my 'a day in the life' post.

I'm Sarah and I blog over at Little Moments Like These. My husband Derek and I met at a sports bar that he worked at with my sisters. We got married in April of 2011 and just welcomed our first baby, Collins, November 21.  I met Ashley 2 years ago at a moms group when I was a nanny for twins. We eventually ditched the moms group and just had our own weekly play dates. Her and Ryann still come visit me about once a week and I can't wait for Ryann, Collins and baby E to be best buddies!

 I was on maternity leave until Jan 3 so I am just getting into the hang of handling the daycare kids plus Collins. I watch three 1 year olds and a 4 year old. Here's a look at a weekday at my place. It varies each day how many kids I watch. This day, I had all 4 plus Collins. I change a lot of diapers so just assume I am changing someones diaper about every hour.

12:30: I hear Collins stirring and she lets out a couple little cries to warn me that I better pick her up before she gets real mad. She usually sleeps till about 2am but since she hadn't ate since 7:30pm, I figured she might get up earlier. Luckily after a quick diaper change and nurse session, she is back asleep. I usually pump after the first night time feeding cause it's usually been 4+ hours and she doesn't eat much when she wakes in the middle of the night but since I had just pumped at 9:30 before I went to bed, I decide to skip it.

5am: I hear her again and look at my phone expecting it to be 3:30am. 5?! Good girl Collins! Another quick diaper change and nurse session and she is back asleep. I should really pump but my alarm is going off at 6:30 and by the time I pump, it will be close to 6 so I choose sleep over comfort.

6:20am: Freak out that I forgot to set my alarm and I'm relieved when I realize I just woke up 10 min. before it was going to go off. I figure I might as well just get up and get in the shower then sleep another 10 min.

7:05: I am ready (I purposely slept late so I don't have time to blow dry and straighten my hair and opt to wear it curly) and the first 2 kiddos arrive. Luckily these 2 only come twice a week so usually I am just waking up. Collins is still sleeping so I bring the monitor downstairs with me and the kids. The kids are still tired so I turn on cartoons for them and go and pump.

8:15: Another one of my kiddos arrives and Collins wakes up. I change her diaper and she seems happy so I put her in her bouncy seat while I make the kids breakfast. I grab a granola bar and water for myself while they chow down on toast, apple and milk.

8:50: We are back downstairs (where my daycare is) and the kids play while I nurse Collins.  She finally doesn't take 45 min. to eat and finishes up in about 15 min. I sit on the floor with her and we all play. My daycare kids do amazing with her and the little girl I watch loves helping me with her.

9:40: Collins has had enough playing and is ready for a nap. I swaddle her up, let her get drowsy and then take her upstairs and lay her in her pack in play in our room. We are trying to put her down drowsy so she learns to put herself to sleep. It usually takes a couple times of her crying, me picking her up and soothing her and then laying her back down before she falls asleep.

10:05: Snack time for daycare kids. Derek calls and checks in on me. I think he wanted to make sure they hadn't killed me :)

10:20: Collins is back up. She cat naps in the morning and takes a long afternoon nap which I love. She plays a little bit before I give her a bottle. I try to do at least 1 bottle of breast milk a day so she will take one when we need her to. My 4th kiddo arrives around this time.

11:30: Lunch time! I feel like all I do is feed kids! They are great eaters though and all of them usually clean their plates (vegetables and fruit included). I put Collins in her swing and she falls asleep. Derek comes home for lunch at noon and the kids are usually just finishing up lunch. I clean them up and herd them downstairs to help pick up toys before nap.

12:45: Kids go down for nap and I clean up lunch, usually vacuum kitchen, start a load of laundry and then sit down and catch up on blogs and recorded shows.

3:00- Collins is up and nurses. Other kids start waking up about 3:25 so Collins goes in bouncy seat and kids come and eat a snack. After snack we go back downstairs and play until parents come.

4:05- Collins takes another cat nap and is up by 4:35

4:55- All the daycare kids just left and Collins nurses. This is usually when her fussy time starts and today is no different. Derek has something to go to after work so he won't be home at 5:20 like he usually is. We are having chicken ranch tacos tonight so I boil some chicken while I walk around trying to calm Collins.

6:00- Collins nurses again. She eats a lot in the evenings. They say its normal for babies to eat frequently in the evenings and then sleep for a long stretch at night. Luckily she usually sleeps 5+ hours after she goes to bed so I let her nurse as frequently as she wants in the evening.

6:35-She falls asleep nursing so I lay her down and finish dinner. Derek gets home about 6:45 after stopping to get taco seasoning I forgot when I did our weekly grocery run. I finish up the meat and we sit down to eat. Collins has her radar on and wakes up when we sit down to eat. Never fails. Derek holds her while I eat and then I take her so he can eat. It's bath night so into the bath she goes. She finally tolerates baths but hates when I put lotion on her. She broke out a couple days ago so I put some Aveeno eczema cream on her and get her jammies on her. She loves staring at her bows while I get her ready.

7:50- Derek spends some time with her before she is ready to nurse again. She is still fussy after she eats so we take turns trying to get her to sleep and watching our nightly shows.

9:15- She is finally asleep and we are both exhausted.  I do my nightly pump session and then crawl into bed. We are usually both asleep by 10.

1. What is the most surprising thing about being a parent? I've been babysitting since I was 12, have nannied for several families and have been doing my daycare for a year. I figured when I had my own child, I would be really laid back and know what I was doing. Wrong!! I am constantly worrying if she is ok and if we're doing everything right This little girl doesn't leave everyday and go back to her parents, she is ours to keep and we are learning just like everyone else how to raise her the best we can.

2. What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?  Trust your instinct. If you think something is wrong, don't be afraid to call the doctor. If they tell you she is ok and a couple weeks later you still don't think she is, take her back in (they finally diagnosed Collins with reflux). Nobody will know your baby like you do.

3. Top 3 products?
Swaddlers and/or Aden and Anais blankets. Collins loves to be swaddled tight when she sleeps so we use the blankets during the day and the stray jacket aka swaddlers at night.
Britax B-Agile stroller. It's so easy to fold and unfold, rides really smooth and turns very easily. We love it.
Summer infant video monitor. We don't have to constantly go in the room and check on her if we aren't sure she is sleeping or not.  We can just look at her on the monitor and not disrupt her if she is in fact still sleeping.

Thanks for taking a look at my day and thank you Ashley for letting me be a guest on your blog!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guest blogging

Wanna see what a typical weekday for me looks like? Head over to my friend Ashley's blog to take a look!!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013


I took Collins to the doctor a few weeks ago because I thought she might have acid reflux. They wanted me to try gas drops first before putting her on a twice a day prescription. Well things haven't got better...

I had CPR and First Aid training last Thursday and Friday night so Collins stayed home with Derek. On my way home Friday, I called to see how she was. Derek couldn't even talk on the phone cause she was screaming so bad. Mommy mode kicked in and I was crying and flying down the interstate to get home. I think her stomach was really hurting her cause it was definitely a pain cry and she wouldn't take a bottle for him, projectile vomited on him, and just couldn't get comfortable. She luckily passed out when I nursed her but we decided we were taking her to the doctor first thing

Saturday morning. They only take walk ins on Saturday so we went an hour after they opened and expected to have to wait an hour to be seen. Luckily we were pretty much the only ones there and they saw us right away. After I explained her symptoms (fussiness, spitting up, congestion, etc) they finally put us on reflux medicine.  They said it can take a week or 2 for the medicine to work but I was so thankful to get medicine to hopefully make her feel better.

The nurse we saw Saturday called this morning to see how she was doing and told me she should have told me to cut out dairy too. Collins occasionally has some blood in her stool and she thinks it might be caused by a dairy allergy. If you know me, you know I am obsessed with cheese and puppy chow but I want Collins to feel better so no dairy for this girl for a few days. They also sent us home with something to collect a sample of her bloody stool to run tests on it. Oh the joys of parenthood :)

After reading all this you probably think she is a fussy, sick baby but 90% of the day she is so happy and content. I love waking up to this smiley little girl. I pray this medicine helps her tummy feel better. Breaks my heart to hear her cry in pain.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

365: Days 7-13

Another week of Collins. Sorry if you follow me on instagram, you might have seen some of these already.

Jan 7: Waiting to go to the doctor with mommy

Jan 8: Meeting Sydney and loving her

Jan 9: 7 weeks old
Jan 10: Smiley girl
Jan 11: Green stripe day (not planned)

Jan 12: Smiling at daddy at the doctor. Finally got medicine for reflux and weighed in at 10lb 6oz
Jan 13: Day 1 of cloth diapers

Sunday, January 6, 2013

365: Days 1-6

Surely taking a pic of Collins everyday for a year won't be tough, right?! They might be pretty boring for awhile since she doesn't do much but I can't wait to watch how she grows over the year.
I've been really bad about using my camera so most of these will probably be phone pics. In Paxton's words "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit!"

Jan 1: First time wearing jeans
Jan 2: Talking to myself in the mirror
Jan 3: Playing with Braxton on his first day back
Jan 4: Little smirk
Day 5: Proof I'm not always happy. Especially this day

Day 6: Shopping at the mall