Monday, September 7, 2009

Catching up

It's been a crazy week. When we went to the pediatrician on Wednesday to make sure Robbie's ear was clear, not only WASN'T it, but the other ear had joined the party.

That won him another 10 day round of a new antibiotic. Well, that antibiotic has been nothing short of hell on his system. If he didn't have his G-tube to help keep him hydrated, we'd have been at the E.R. and I have no doubt he'd have gotten himself an IV for fluids.

After a few days of a lot of pedialyte, probiotics, BRAT diet, lots of crying in gastric distress and then lots of crying from diaper rash distress, we finally seem to be on the mend.

His poor little bum still looks like hamburger, but the crying in pain is now restricted to diaper changing time. Unfortunately that's about every 90 minutes - 2 hours most of the day, but it's way better than it was.

Tomorrow I'll start upping his intake of something besides pedialyte and hope for the best.

In much brighter news, we had a banner solid food eating day yesterday. I found some jarred baby food that was mixed cereal with bananas and applesauce and thought I'd give it a try. If he hadn't been willing to eat it, I was going to put it in his G-Tube, trying to settle his stomach.

Robbie's grandma is here visiting for the weekend and I asked if she'd like to try to feed him. Sometimes a new person feeding him will get him to try something new. Well, it worked! He was going CRAZY for it. Opening his mouth, pulling the spoon to his mouth, wanting more, more, more. I actually had to stop her from continuing because I was afraid he'd throw it up if he ate too much.

Then later in the evening, I gave it a try and he did the same thing for me. I was so excited I had butterflies in my stomach. It was so amazing to see him enjoying eating.

Of course, the streak ended today, but for a day, he was eating like a normal little boy. We'll celebrate the victories as they come.

Another exciting event- we have a 4th tooth! He's been gnawing his pacifier like it's the source of all life and I've been able to feel it under the gum for several days. Today it officially made its appearance. He's getting to be such a big boy!

In semi-related news, Friday was September 4th. That was Robbie's due date, which means he is now officially 1 year old adjusted. Happy second first birthday, Robbie!



The Bunch Family said...

Oh, no...poor little bum!! =( Go get Triple Paste!! And, some more rice and bananas!!