Dear Little Dude,
Well, we missed the 2 month update because sub-consciously your mom and I were trying to forget your 2nd month with us. So she has employed me to write your 2 1/2 month update and I'm going to give it to you straight (goods and bads).
This last month and a half has been the most difficult month and a half in any of our lives (that's not saying much for you). There has been a lot of tears, cries, and screams, and you have had it rough as well. What we thought was a pain in OUR butt colic baby, has turned out to be a pain in YOUR tummy/esophagus silent reflux baby. The word on the street (internet) is that of all the refluxes, silent reflux is the most painful. The irony lies in the name "silent reflux" in that in renders you far from silent. Screaming reflux seems to be a much more appropriate title. As the acid in your tummy comes up to your mouth, instead of spitting it out like normal reflux, it goes back down and burns that way too. I can't imagine what that must feel like, especially for a little dude like you. Your mom and I (and everyone else that loves you) feel so bad for you and the pain that you must be in. When you are having your "moments" we can see the tremendous pain you are in and our hearts break a thousand times for you. Even your puppy sister Scout gets bent out of shape when you start screaming.
What adds to the pain of being your mom and dad is that we feel like we cannot help you. Before having you I heard people talk about doing anything to keep their kid from being in pain. I thought that was just talk... now I know exactly what they mean. There is nothing I wouldn't give to ease the pain you go through in your "moments". I love you eternally, son, and I know that you will one day be freed from this pain and you hopefully will not remember any of this. That is of little consolation now. You are on your 2nd prescription medication (first Axid and now Prevacid (your Aunty Em helped figure this out)) and he have tried countless other remedies. Our next step for you is going to a GI specialist to figure out what is going on in there.
Each day feels like a struggle to get through and we have developed certain mile markers to help get us through the day and until night. Thankfully, you are a pretty good sleeper. For instance, we have started watching Jeopardy! but we really look forward to Wheel of Fortune. I think that both of these will seep into your brain and will help your intelligence.
There are amazing moments and being a reflux baby is not all you are (although at times it feels like it). At your 2 month check up (2 months and 1 week technically, but we'll get to that in a bit) you checked in with the following stats: Head 16 3/4 cm, Length 25 in (when does it become height), Weight 14 pounds. You are above the 90th percentile in all of these categories! Wowza! I have already contacted Ivy League basketball coaches telling them that in 18 years (maybe fewer, Doogie Howser) they will have a brilliant recruit to sign up.
The reason why we had to postpone your 2 month appointment was because your mom had to go on tv to show your room (and you). How many 2 month olds can say that they have been on tv and had a female tv star in their room? Hubba Hubba! At this appointment you received your first big round of shots and you... well... you took that shots and that's all we'll say about that. You can watch it here.
Other factoids about you, duder:
- You like being held in the Buddha Baby position, even though it doesn't do much for your figure.
- While sitting in your bouncer you like to look up at "hate" lamp and just smile and talk to yourself.
- Your are entranced by the picture wall (these last 2 facts seem to indicate that you have inherited your mom's home decorating gene)
- You have already finished The Great Gatsby and are working on Fahrenheit 451
- You are not a big fan of pacifiers (although Scout LOVES them), your swing, or baths (even though you come out looking this handsome)
- Sometimes you tolerate car rides and walks.... sometimes
- You love wearing your dumpers
- You've discovered your hand tastes pretty good (and makes you look very introspective) and drool is a nice add-on to your onesies (which doesn't make you look so good)
- You already have your list of favorite songs (Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, Citizen Cope, Blind Melon, and Elton John)
- You (and you alone) really like daddy's singing, dancing, and watching his hair move about
- You're becoming so good at Tummy Time you may have to go pro!
-Your face is so expressive and everybody just loves to see your side-smirk grin that you inherited from Grandpa Dan
- The last fact about you is that you will feel better and life will become much more pleasant and comfortable... I promise!
P.S. - Joi (and myself) would like to thank you for all of your emails of support and wonderings about the blog. Thanks for caring enough in this little blog to be supportive and concerned about whats going on. Joi promises she will be back to blogging as soon as she can.