- We stopped the formula supplement, which seems to have helped his stomach discomfort a bit. So now he's on a 100% breast milk, but in order to get the extra calories needed for weight gain the volume per feeding needed to be increased.
- Jonah had his first Norwood Clinic on Friday. When they called us back from the waiting room, Jonah proceeded to puke up his meal on his only outfit (Stacie brought everything but the kitchen sink in Jonah's diaper bag...but forgot a change of clothes-oops). This led to an unhappy and mostly naked Jonah for the rest of the visit. We met Gia and Dr. Husayni and everything checked out okay. His weight had stayed about even, 8.2 pounds, so they definitely want to do everything possible to beef him up without causing stomach discomfort or throw ups.
- Jonah's 'collicky' behavior is getting a little better, but he still gets raging mad and upset far too often than his parents would like. It's so hard for us to differentiate 'normal' baby stuff from everything else that's he's going through. Is he just hungry? Is he over-tired? Is it acid-reflux? Is it his stomach? Is it the Reglan? NG tube? Is he breathing too hard? After a call to the the PSHU staff, it was explained to us that this behavior after the Norwood is extremely common. These kids have plenty of reasons to get GI distress (too many details for the moment) and only time and maturing will relieve them of some of the issues.
- He's slow to take to the pacifier, and he's definitely still stumped on what to do with the bottle. We try a couple times a day, but at his next clinic visit they will do a swallow study to make sure he's got the suck, swallow and breath coordination down sufficiently.
- Reinforcements have been called in. Finding time to shower, eat, clean, do laundry, and of course sleep, is a luxury at the moment. Stacie's mom will take this week so that Rob can go back into the office. Rob's mom will then take duty the subsequent week.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Eat, Sleep, Cry
The first week with Jonah home was tougher than we thought. No doubt, he's a project that requires 2 FTEs 24/7. There are signs of improvement each day, but Mom and Dad are running ragged just trying to stay on top of Jonah's schedule. Hence, this post will be just be some quick highlights.