Yay for 4-month-old Owen!
Man. Month 3 was rough. For the first time, I felt like the crazy new mom who calls and visits the doctor’s office a thousand times for what turned out to be nothing to be concerned with. First, it was an ear infection. We scheduled a follow-up appointment for two weeks later for the ear infection, but we went back to the doctor the following Monday and again on Tuesday because Owen was screaming in pain and we couldn’t figure out what was going on. Our guess was that he was having bad side effects from his ear infection medicine, but it turns out his acid reflux was just acting up terribly. This acid reflux has been kicking our butt. Majorly. Anyways, when we went back for the follow-up for his ear infection, the doctor and nurse gave us the name for a pediatric gastroenterologist to get Owen checked over. When we went to the GI, the doctor was concerned about his weight being so low for his age and gave us some tips for helping that. Long story short…Owen’s acid reflux is awful.
The good news is that both the GI and our pediatrician said that 3-4 months is kind of the climax for acid reflux so hopefully we’re on the downward slope of this. The Prilosec seems to be doing its job because Owen doesn’t seem to be in any pain…just spitting up a ridiculous amount.
Acid reflux hasn’t been our only issue. Randomly, Owen developed a rash of sorts when I woke him up one morning. It would only last up to an hour and would disappear but would come back each time we put him down for a nap or for the night. Turns out, he was having a reaction to the Dreft baby laundry detergent! What?! So we changed that. Whew.
More good news is that his 4-month checkup went great! Our guy is 26.5 inches long and weighed 13.5 pounds! The pediatrician isn’t concerned at all about his weight and said that all GIs seem to want babies to be above the 50th percentile, but the fact is that not all babies will be. That was super encouraging because he has always seemed healthy so it was really affirming to hear it.
Four months means adding solids, as we feel ready! We’ve done this once so far – we put rice cereal in a bottle. He seemed confused by it and man… I didn’t realize solids were going to make us all miserable, making him constipated. Ugh. We’ve had a rough few days and started giving him apple juice and all of a sudden, he’s good! Whoohoo!
With all of this going on, I am extremely thankful for our doctor’s office. They have an after-hours on evenings and weekends that have been such a relief as a parent, especially a new parent who has no idea what she’s doing. The staff is amazing – the nurses, the techs, the doctors. We’ve been to the after-hours twice now and have called about issues and been given an appointment on the same day. Not even to mention the thousands of times I’ve called to ask a question about everything under the sun.
Here’s hoping that our month 3 troubles are behind us so we’re ready to face the new set of speed bumps before us! This little guy is such a joy, even in the midst of him feeling bad and the spitting up. Life has forever changed and we’re so thankful.