Forgive the lack of whit and the poor grammar. Mister Aaron decided 5:00 AM was an appropriate time to wake up for the day. News flash: He's wrong.
Aaron had his one month well-baby visit yesterday. Here are his stats:
Birth Weight 8lb1oz, One Month 10lb4oz
Birth Length 21", One Month 22.75"
Birth Head 13.5", One Month 14.5"
I went into the appointment with a few concern, which the doctor was able to address for us. The first is his baby acne. His poor face is seriously broken out and he has whiteheads. My poor guy! She confirmed that it's just baby acne and suggested Neosporin. I also talked to my sister, whose pediatrician recommended cortizone cream on the worst spots. We will be giving those a try today and see if either make a difference.
The next concern was the consistency of his stools. He and I both have a cold right now and it has effected his feedings. He has been getting tired quickly lately while feeding and been taking longer naps than usual. This is leading to some engorgement for me. Combined, this means he ends up getting a lot of foremilk and not enough hindmilk, so he is gassy and his stools are very liquid/oily. The pediatrician suggested pre-pumping in order to get some of the foremilk out of the way as well as provide me with some relief. This will only be for a little while; once our colds are gone, feeding should go back to normal.
The last concern was for the recent change in Aaron's attitude in the evenings. I have joked with R that, come 8:30 PM each night, my breasts must suddenly be filled with rage-juice! Our little man just takes up this scream that doesn't abate until after 10:00 PM no matter what we do! It's so frustrating! She had a few thoughts on combating it: swaddling, swing, baby carrier... all things we have tried before. I asked about gripe water and she said that it has worked for some of her patients although not all.
I happened to have a bottle at home Mommy's Bliss Grip Water at home, so decided we would give it a try. His fuss came early last night at 7:30 PM, so I gave his a full one month dose: 1tsp. PRAISE GOD IT WORKED!!!!! His fuss was gone within three minutes (believe the package - it does, in fact, work in minutes!). And here's the best part: the rage didn't come back! I am so incredibly thankful! For the first time in a week, we had a nice quiet bedtime with a sweet boy who fell asleep in my arms instead of screaming in a Moby wrap.
I think I need to write Mommy's Bliss a letter and send them a rainbow unicorn. Seriously the best thing ever.
Next Week: Losing the baby weight, going back to work, dairy-free life, sleep training. Exciting, I know.