Okay, so long story short, Brody is refluxing like crazy, I’m tired, he’s tired, we’re all pretty daggum tired over here. So. I’ve had enough. Friday we started him on Prevacid- he was taking half a solutab and we used Mylicon drops as needed for his horrible gas. I also started on the dairy-free diet Friday, though I had already cut dairy WAY down (like a slice of cheese a day) before that. This weekend has been wretched, no improvement at all. I talked to the doctor yesterday, and he said we could up the Prevacid and do Mylanta or Maalox twice a day, if needed.
Well. Last night, he wanted to nurse ALL night. By all night, I mean literally, he was laying next to me, latched on, all night. You can imagine the quality of sleep that we both got. Basically, we cat napped for short increments. Trevor got up at 4:30 after a yelp from Brody woke him up. He came back up to our room an hour later and took Brody from me and walked him around while I cried out of sheer exhaustion. He fell asleep on Trevor, and after jiggling him for a while, I got him to fall back asleep on my chest. That was at 6:00. We slept for less than two hours before I had to get Knox ready for school. Needless to say, I’d had enough by that point and put in a call to the doctor.
Dr. T called me back and after we talked some more about what was going on, he asked if I was opposed to giving Brody a bottle. I said I was totally fine giving him a bottle of breastmilk, but didn’t want to use formula- I will alter my diet in whatever way, if something I’m eating is bothering him. He doesn’t think that dairy is an issue considering we’ve had no change whatsoever in Brody’s behavior, so he was fine with that plan. He wanted me to enlist the help of someone to stay up with Brody and give him bottles every three hours. He thinks that Brody has gotten into the habit of over-eating and that it may be what’s aggravating his reflux, considering he is eating way too much in comparison with what he needs. He’s basically gaining weight at 2x the rate he should be. In addition to being bad for his belly, it’s also bad for me considering I never get to sleep! Since Brody associates me with food, he wanted someone else to take over the feedings. My MIL spent the afternoon doing his feedings, and my mom is spending the night tonight.
So far, he is doing okay with it. Obviously, he’s pretty ticked off that he can’t keep up his schedule of eating every hour, but he sucks down the 3 ounces we’re giving him and hasn’t seemed to be as fidgety or in as much pain. Hopefully the Prevacid will have a chance to work with him eating a more normal amount. The doctor is supposed to call in the morning to see how things are going. If this doesn’t help, we’ll have to move forward with some tests to see exactly what’s going on, so hopefully, it will so Brody doesn’t have to go through anything unnecessary. I am very much looking forward to him getting some relief!
Brody this morning after our rough evening… apparently he was tired. Shocking, right? But my gosh, look how cute he is…!
Weapons in the reflux arsenal…
Thank goodness, he has taken the pacifier SO much today! Glad he’s being soothed at least a little bit.
And where’s Knox during all this screeching? Happily watching VeggieTales. He is such a sweetheart! Brody’s cries don’t phase him in the least, he just keeps on playing and smiling.
Now my friends, I am going to have a full night of sleep… and it’s gonna be good!! (Thanks, Mom!)
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