Saturday, March 28, 2009

Deacon & Zachary

I just love this picture... Deacon is such a good big brother to Zac- I couldn't be more proud of how he's adjusted to all of this. I know it's still early, but these 3 weeks have been rough and he's done so well... sometimes I think Deacon is adjusting to all of this better than me.

So time for some major updates... I'm pretty sure most of you already know this, but Zac isn't the easiest of babies. In fact, compared to Deacon, he's down right difficult... I hate to say that, but it's the truth. Pretty much from the beginning Zac has exhibited signs of reflux- but I've put off calling the pediatrician about it... finally this week I gave in and called. I talked to an advice nurse who was "pretty sure" it was NOT reflux- that he was "just" colicky. Um, ok. So I waited two days and decided her answer was wrong- so I made him an actual appointment with his pediatrician. Dr. Shah immediately diagnosed him with reflux and gave us a prescription of Reglan. This poor boy spits up and throws up after almost every feeding... he arches his back, grunts all the time, brings his knees to his chest, screams a lot, etc... classic reflux symptoms. We got him on the Reglan yesterday and in these 24 hours I've already seen a slight improvement.

Deacon is so patient with all of the crying... though I had to laugh- the other day someone asked him how Zac was doing and he said, "He cries a lot." LOL. I couldn't disagree... I just shook my head and said, "yes, he does..." I'm hoping the Reglan gives us a break from the crying and throwing up. I can certainly handle fussiness, occasional melt downs and spitting up... but it's when all of those things are happening all the time I start to have a difficult time.

I am very fortunate, however, that other than the reflux and possible colic, Zac is a healthy boy. His weight checks are all VERY good- he's up to 8 lbs 7 oz (birth weight was 6 lbs 14 oz). Damien and I did laugh though... even when Deacon lost weight after birth he was never this tiny. He is such a sweet baby when he's not uncomfortable-- I know 99% of his crying is happening because he's in pain, gassy, etc... and we feel so badly for him. I hate when he looks up at me with those sweet eyes and I know there is so little I can do to make him feel better. He's been making lots of eye contact lately and the smiles he gives are priceless (though I know these aren't real smiles yet... but hey, when you deal with a screaming baby all day, the fake smiles are AMAZING).

So wish us luck... I know things will get better- and I know that when Zac is older I'll look back on this and realize, once again, how quickly the time goes by.


Unknown said...

Good luck! The boys are ADORABLE!!

Adrianne said...

Cole had reflux and Zantac was a godsend!! Cole was also my hard baby and had he been born 1st he might be my only! Good luck!!

Heather said...

they are so stinkin' cute! Sorry about the reflux, Aiden had it too :( I know how that goes!

Karen said...

Wishing you a lot of luck in the coming months. It does go very quickly, but it doesn't make being in the trenches any easier at the time. Especially with reflux. You certainly do you have a cute pair there though. :)