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Aug 10, 2008
macbaby1
Riley at 2.5 months old....Diagnosed with GERD at 2 months, prevacid desovable tabs twice a day,regaln and zantac did not work for us.Switched to Nutramigen formula (with extra scoops for calories) upper GI done,negative for pyloric stenosis,or any milk allergies...possible PH probe test soon to come....still waiting on DGE diagnosis......Shes our lil cutie =)
baby blues... and GERD
Have any of you felt like it was harder to get past the normal baby blues b/c your lil one was well.... harder to take care of than most other babies?... i really think im suffering from it and i feel like the constant stress of her vomiting, dehydrating etc.. is taking its toll AND my husband and i have been fighting alot more too b.c im depressed and feel isolated and envious of mothers who dot have these problems....i just feel like im in a rut, and i cried today about not hvaing lost the 15pounds i wanted to still lose (sounds dumb im sure) but i was trying to convey to my hubby that with riley i cant just take her to the gym like some, as soon as she wants to eat thats it, there goes my clothes and hers and if shes stressed or anxious she breaths harder and vomits more....he thinks that the stress i have being at home with her is the same as his stress at work. Im just hormonal anymore and wish i could freeze time for even a day and take a break....am i the only one that feels like that?
Aug 10, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
(((((huge hugs))))) I think we can all relate to this. Back when Halley was vomiting like a miniature fire hydrant it was so hard to go out, which made me feel isolated, which made me more depressed, which made me not not to go out...it was a vicious cycle.

What I can tell you is that it will get better in time. I finally just got the point that I went out even though I knew I would be covered in vomit - I just brought my heavy duty supply of cloth diapers, and multiple clothes changes for both of us. Once I was out of the house more I felt a little better.

It was really hard for me because my nephew, who is 2 months younger than Halley has been perfectly healthy from the day he was born. Of course, he had no problems eating, slept through the night right away, went on solids no problem, never required a bib, etc. etc. I tried not to compare, but I was so sad for Halley (and us) when I saw them together.

That being said, at about 8 months, things started getting better in the vomiting department, by 10 months she started eating well and by 16 months, she was off meds. We still don't have the sleep thing down completely, but it's immensely better than it was when she was Riley's age. There is light at the end of the road - you just have to hang on long enough to get there!

Aug 10, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
PS - As far as your dh goes...can you arrange to leave him by himself with her for an entire day? Go to the spa, have lunch with friends, whatever? Believe me, he will appreciate what you do MUUUUUUCH more upon your return ;-)
Aug 10, 2008
pejay900
You are not alone. My baby does not vomit but has been refusing bottles for about a month now. We are trying Prilosec now and so far no improvement but I know exactly how you feel. It is very stressful on a marriage. I am always afraid to leave the house because if I have to feed her outside of the home I know she won't eat and then people will think I am trying to force feed my child and I get really stressed and upset when it is time to feed her. anyway - you are not alone, I pretty much wish every day away waiting for her to outgrow this. Though I do not know when that will happen.
Aug 10, 2008
slimfast13
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
{{{HUGS}}} I'm right there with you. I've known my hubby for over 10 years, we've been married for 4, and the ONLY TIME WE'VE EVER ARGUED WAS THE FIRST 1ST 4 MONTHS OF OUR DAUGHTER'S LIFE! I had/have still severe PPD, felt very cheated out of those first few should-have-been joyful months, and even though I'm generally a homebody, got to feeling very trapped in my house. That, on top of timing the medications and keeping up with laundry, keeping everyone fed (we did every two hour feedings for 6 months).....I felt like a trained seal, only doing what I was supposed to do.

Cry as you need, vent on here, ask questions, etc, etc....this forum kept me from teetering over that very fine line of psychosis. I was VERY close for a while.

Every dh seems to believe that their work is just as stressful and time consuming. Have him take her one weekend day and run away for a while. Even an hour away from the demands can really help. Maybe he'll understand then what it's really like. You're among friends here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is some light to look for - a lot of them do get better as they grow. The vomiting usually gets less, especially once they start to get upright and that sphincter gets stronger.

Aug 10, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
oh geez no-you are certainly not the only one. i'm still in a rut and mine is 11 mo. old. i just started working out at the gym last mo. and that is only sparingly. the only suggestion i have is if your dh offers to watch her for a day-take his offer. i went to the grocery store w/o coy today and shopped for longer than i needed to... just that time "alone" makes me feel much better. got a coffee before hand too.
Aug 10, 2008
kubicki5
I had severe PPD with Katie. She was my third and I thought for sure that God would never give me another hard baby. Oh boy - going through a reflux baby is the hardest thing I have ever done. But you know what....it does get better. I used to think that every three months got a little better. The thing I regret is I didn't take care of myself. You have to take care of you because no one else will. You need to spell it out to hubby that you need to leave for at least an hour to get a break from the house and baby. Even the most wonderful husbands need to have it spelled out. It will get better we promise......
Aug 10, 2008
sadie
Our 1 year old daughter has silent reflux, hypotonia as well as benign external hydrocephalus. We are currently weaning onto whole milk (we'll see if it works) and she is also on Prevacid 15mg per day.
I had/have PPD and I felt it was all due to the reflux and b/f not going so well as well as loads of pressure about WHY I was not b/fing past one month. The lack of sleep and the non stop screaming ALLLLLL DAAAAAAAAAAAY (oh and night too of course) long-goodness. Plus I had a c-section and the instant I got home I was cooking/cleaning/staying up all night and day w/ Keira. Everyone else felt their sleep was more important than my rest and HEALING. It was awful. I can still remember my c-sec scar feeling like it was going to burst open from me over doing it. She never slept and it took months to get her reflux managable. NOT fixed-just managable. She'll be 11 months old on the 20th this month and I just now realized how much I HAVEN'T done for me so I'm slowly trying to fix that. I feel for you! Know that you've got a great support group here! I wish I had found them when Keira was born but I certainly am glad I have them now! :) HUGS!!!
Aug 10, 2008
amber f
She is such a cutie. I never felt the baby blues until I had Nolan. My older 2 I was never sad or bummed out. I loved my kids. Then I had Nolan and I cried everytime I had to fight him to bf. I wanted to take him back. My olders also said all the time that we should have the doc put him back in my tummy. Me and my dh hit the worst part in our relationship in 8 yrs of being together. It is hard. But it does get easier. At 10 months are lives are getting so much easier. I found that if I just took Nolan out he was so much better. He hardly cried away from home. Outings I could pretend I had a normal baby. Except for the fact that he wouldn't eat away from home. So maybe just taking her out for walks will make you both feel better. Even if it is hard to get out and you don't feel like it a walk could be good for you. Post as much as you need to. We are here for you:)
Aug 11, 2008
ethan's mom
Meridith
Mom to Ethan, born 4/23/08. Diagnosed with Reflux at about 1 month, started medicating with Zantac, which wasn't helpful for us. At about 2.5 months, we started on Prevacid, twice a day, and that is working much better.
Ethan is breastfed and has a few solids that he is enjoying very much.
I have to second the response to get them out anyway. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had to take a trip to Boston for a, appointment with a specialist for my husband, and I was absolutely dreading the flight, the trip, the entire thing. We even flew my mom in with us, just to have an extra adult to help. In the end, Ethan did great. It almost made me wonder if some of the crying at home is just boredom. . . (I don't think a three month old can have boredom, but being a mom, I have to worry) I know that it is easy to say and hard to do. One thing that has helped me is to make outings going to a friends home for a little while. When friends who have or have had lo's see Ethan eat, they seem to understand what we are talking about, and offer support. Only one has offered to babysit. . . hmm :) Your family will be in my thoughts.
Aug 11, 2008
susiegal
Mom to Charlie - cleft palate and reflux. Meds - zantac, prevacid, mylanta and reglan.
I can relate as well and agree with Ethan's Mom about getting out. I am trying to get out more and accept that it is better for all of us to get out of the house. Charlie may or may not spit up but I can't bat 1000 with him every day and one spit up is not the end of the world (even though some days it feels like it!)
Aug 11, 2008
nicholas'smom
Right there with you!!! I still have the 15 pounds too!! It is very hard to find time to exercise. Often want to eat junk as a reward for getting through the day.I have a 20 month old as well, so if by chance I get the little one napping, the other is up and into everything. We live in FLa (which I hate) and it is too hot to push the baby outside. My first born was not nearly such a difficult baby. Hegave me plenty of time for exercise and sleep. This one, not so much. I will say it has gotten better in the last month or so, now that NIcholas is on Prevacid and not crying all the time. I was very depressed for awhile, but seem to be feeling a bit better lately. I still think if he would sleep through the night, it would make things a lot easier to handle. I am going back to work next month. With my first born, I dreaded going back completely. With two now, and this one being more difficult, I admit part of me is looking forward to get out of the house. (Feel kind of like a bad mom for saying that.)Even though work will be busy and stressful, it'll be a change of pace for a few hours. Where do you live? Can anyone watch her for you for a break to grab some exercise or something?? Hang in there. We're with you!!
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