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Aug 30, 2008
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.
Ok, My Turn
I don't get on here much to complain lately. Today, I need to vent. It has been a rough few days. As you know, I posted that I've put Coy back on solid foods and with dairy & soy too. He no longer vomits. He stools once a day and it is very runny & nasty but i'm sure that has something to do with the solid foods plus alimentum.. he isn't having diarrhea or anything so i don't think the dairy/soy is affecting him.

in fact, the only time he has a horrible reflux episode is after drinking a large bottle-usually in the mornings when he first wakes up because I feed him 6 oz in the middle of the night and then it sits on his belly all night. I really want to stop that, but i digress. Anyway, he had a bad reflux episode this evening as well but probably because he went from noon until 7 pm without a bottle so he drank 7 oz in about 5 seconds. Maybe it will get better when I stop bottle feeding?

My other concern is his erratic eating behavior with the solid foods. I know that somedays kids are hungrier than others. But, I write every morsel of food down and it really does not seem like he eats all that much food. A couple of days ago he refused solids all day and then last night he did the same. He drank the most formula he has had in days. Today, he ate like a pig & still drank 24 ounces. I've been feeling in the back of his mouth and I *think* I might feel a molar coming in. could this be the source of this? Michelle, at the feeding clinic did they tell you that you HAVE to stop the bottles because solid food is more important? what should I do. He is still only 10.5 mo. adjusted.

He is extra, extra clingy and pulling nap boycotts ( I had to drive him around thursay to get him to sleep at all) and taking as long as 1 hour to got to bed @ night.

And, another source of my bad mood is the fact that the baby across the street is 6 wks younger and can use a walker! coy can stand briefly on his own and cruises when he wants too but is mostly content crawling. this is developmentall normal, right? the kid across the street has 10 pounds on coyle so i'm guessing he can use his weight to propel the walker while coy can not? i swore i would not be one of those moms that compares.. it is just so hard!

okay, last complain. my husband just got sent to Dallas to help with this hurricane. At first he was supposed to go to New Orleans last night. But, that got cxld. Then, in the middle of our afternoon walk he got a call that said he had to leave for dalls first thing! I have no idea why Dallas but this SO SUCKS! We haven't had anytime together lately and so when we do have time together all we do is fight because we dont have "couple" time, etc. etc...! and now, he is in the path of a Cat 4 hurricane. He left in a huff and we didn't even kiss goodbye. Im so sad. If he is gone for the 2 weeks that they say he may be he will miss his son's first birthday!! i should be grateful that he has a well paying Gov job but in times like these!! OY

sorry so, so long! thanks for listening if you got this far
Aug 30, 2008
Adoptive mommy to Micah (Feb 2006), Caleb (Mar 2007; 26 wk preemie, subglottic stenosis, BPD, GERD, dysphagia, FTT, in PT, OT, ST, feeding therapy, 30 mg Prevacid daily, mostly pureed foods, shakes & Pediasure) and Ethan (Feb 2008; 28 wk preemie, BPD, GERD, 15 mg Prevacid daily, Similac Sensitive/Alimentum)
Caleb was a 26 weeker, the feeding clinic kept him on formula until he was 16 months (13 adjusted). They said the formula was more important than solids, but to try and give him meals followed by a bottle.

For quite a while there, the bottle he would drink most from was his bedtime bottle, because he would fall asleep. Inevitably, he would toss back up a few ounces. Not every night, but close!

He also didn't start cruising until 16 months. Now at almost 18 months he still isn't walking on his own, but he pushes everything around to walk. The ottoman, bigger toys, a laundry basket, etc. I worry about his every milestone, but they say preemies go by their own timetable. He's still not talking at all, either, but that's another story! I do know how you feel! He'll walk when he's ready!
Aug 30, 2008
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.
i always thought that formula was more important right now but all those information packets tell you 18-24 oz a day with solids.. guess that doesn't really mean anything though. i'm so anxious for his one year appt. i don't know if i can wait for a weigh in tho. i might have to take him next week

i'm sure he'll walk soon enough. i was just having a bad moment with it. and, i'm sure she'll clearly came over to brag. bet i would have too tho, lol.
Aug 30, 2008
Kelly, mom of two boys with GERD. John (born 11/03) was on 40mg Nexium til 15 mos old. Second son Brian (born 05/07) started on Zantac. Now on 22.5 mg Prevacid Solutabs plus Carafate 0.5 ml 1 x day
Brian was not a preemie but he didn't crawl til 11 mos and he just started walking recently at 15 mos and is still pretty wobbly at it. I have two neighbors who have boys Brian's age and one walked at 15 mos and the other at 16 m os. Brian is also very clingy to me still and also does not say any words yet other than mama and dada. It is so hard not to compare. I struggle with that alot too. You are def not alone in that.
Aug 30, 2008
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
Sorry this got so long!
Walking isn't really a milestone until 18 months. So anything under that is completely normal. I had really early walkers at 9 months but all 3 of my best friends boys didn't walk until after 15 months and they are all totally healthy and normal active boys now. I totally understand the constant worry about formula and solid intake issues. My son is 20 months and still drinks a lot of Elecare. I try to offer lots of solids but like your son somedays he eats everything offered to him and then he has days where he won't eat anything but formula. I don't know if I should refuse him the formula in order to get him to eat more or not. I admire you writing down every little thing he eats. I gave up shortly after his surgery because I was really burnt out on it and it was making me obsess so much more. My GI says not to worry about the formula and that some kids need it for all of the second year but the ped says try to limit so I am at a loss. As far as the solids I try to look at what he is eating on a weekly basis and not a daily basis and that makes me feel a little better as to the overall nutrition he is getting. I so feel the husband pain as well. My DH and I have been at each other's throats lately and I know it is just that we haven't had a moment to ourselves in what seems like forever. Maybe you guys can sneak a night out after he gets back and reconnect. Also, you can always celebrate your sons birthday when he gets back. It's not like he will know you didn't have his birthday party on his actual birthday. Hope tomorrow is a better day! Hang in there and remember you are doing a great job!
Aug 31, 2008
mom to Mila 2-20-2007
and Robby 4-22-2004
Mila is on Peptamen JR 30 cal by NG tube. Open Heart Surgery 2/08/08. Captopril, Zantac, Losec, Lasix.
Thinking of your hubby in the path of a Cat 4. I've been through a 3 and a few 2's and they were all nasty as hell.

I wouldn't worry about the walking yet. If he's doing everything else on time, walking isn't really the end all be all. For example, Robby WALKED at 9 months. Mila was over a year. Robby SAT and CRAWLED at 5 months totally unassisted, and stood the same day. Mila didn't even sit until 7 months. She didn't start crawling till almost 9 months.

At 10.5 months adjusted, I wouldn't worry too much about his formula intake. Re-evaluate as necessary with your ped, but as a mom, I can say that Mila is still on formula t 18 months, and my girlfriends perfectly healthy THREE YEAR OLD drinks " formula milk ( toddler formula )" at bedtime for extra weight gain. If he won't touch solids at 18 months, I'd have him evaluated.

Walkers are dangerous. They are banned here in Canada.

Ya know, thinking back on it, my son quit his bottle completely at 1 year. He seriously stopped puking then, too, and he was a puke-a-holic. Would you consider a sippy cup?

Aug 31, 2008
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
Oh, I'm so sorry for all the stuff going on lately. HUGS! First off, I won't tell you to stop worrying, because I KNOW that won't happen (we all do it). Don't worry too too much about the solids. Formula is MOST important. The feeding clinic didn't say to stop her bottles, just to stop feeding her myself because the development of that independent skill is more important than her missing a bottle or two by not doing it herself. If Coy isn't consistent with solids, formula is number one. The feeding clinic initially said as long as she isn't drinking 40 plus oz, 24 oz is fine and shouldn't affect solid intake. Just continue to offer them, with a variety of tastes and textures, trying to really push the high calorie stuff. I know his growth is a concern for you, and I feel your pain on this one. Just try not to worry too much.

I know it's been mentioned before, but have you tried feeding him solids before his bottles? It's very important for him to have that hunger to drive him to try the solids. I know what it's like to constantly feel the "NEED TO FEED" ;)....but it might be worth a try. I can tell you I had doubts about letting her go hungry, being so small, but it does work occassionally....finally.

Walking, DEFINITELY don't worry about that. I know perfectly healthy babies who didn't walk until 15 months. Nap boycotts, perfectly developmentally normal. He's learning like a little sponge, who'd want to sleep. Hang in there. I think it's great that he's taking in at least 24 oz, plus some solids. That's quite good!

Aug 31, 2008
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Hey Kelly!

First things first. You're hubby is going to be FINE! The man has weathered the end of the dinosaurs, the Crusades, The Black Plague, The Civil War, The Great Depression and a lot of crap presidents...and he is still going strong!!! But I do hope he is home for Coy's birthday. That would SUCK. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Coy is going to be fine, too. My best friend from high school didn't crawl til 12 months or walk until 18 months, and she was captain of her college cross country team. My sister ate nothing but baby food beets and the occasional piece of cheese until she was nearly three, and she is the healthy mom of two daughters. She gave my mom HELL (20 lbs at 1 year, 20 pounds at 2 years), but now all is well. These kids seem to have their god days and bad days.

Sebastian has all but stopped napping. I finally phased out one nap in desperation event hough he still needs it...but three weeks of screaming through it were enough for me. Now he naps 1.25-2 hours arond 10:30, and that is IT, but we moved bedtime to 6 from 6:30-6:45, and it is a lot better. He'll get used to it. Any chance Coy is giving up one of his naps early, too?

Aug 31, 2008
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.
Thank you everyone!

Mary-I used to do it a long time ago but just recently started again a couple of weeks ago so i'm prepared for the GI appt. on the 18th. I just want the nutritionist to look it over and assure me his inake is fine, kwim. yeah, i'm hoping that he will be home soon and maybe we can get out again. last week we did go to a wedding but 2 hours just wasn't enough.

Sarah-thanks. he is doing well in so many areas.. for example i just watched him pull a talk & say right out of the toy box. that thing weighs like 5 pounds! i think he is just content crawling because he is soo fast! i don't think it is a real "walker" those are banned here too i believe. it is one of those push toys with the handle. he does drink wather and juice out of a straw sippy and he does really well with those. at one year i was goin g to intro milk in the sippy at lunch and try and wean him from the bottles by 18 mo. here's for hoping..

thanks michelle. on most days he drinks about 22 ounces plus solids but the past few of days he was back up to 30-32 with very little solids. i'm tyring to just blame it on the teeth i can't even see yet.. it is his pattern to not eat well while teething. oh, and i put butter on everything.. well, not everything, but you know what i mean!

melissa. you are a hoot. i'm glad he's at least taking some sort of nap now.. hopefully you'll be able to push it back later and later so he is @ that one afternoon nap like most 15-18 mo. olds. i don't think he is giving them up because even tho it takes 45 min. for him to fall asleep he still sleeps 1.5-2.5 hours @ that nap. the afternoon one is the worst.
Aug 31, 2008
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!
Allie also was not a preemie, and I just got her over the 18 oz/day mark about a months ago (at 10 months) She's a little early for her physical milestones, but she's small (50th percentile for weight, 10th for everthing else)

Prayers for you and hubby with the hurricane stuff - I lived in South FLA during Andrew - not so much fun. Maybe some time away will help!

Not comparing is so hard, especially if they're close in age. Vent away as needed - we're here to listen and not judge!

Check with your
doctor first!