Tuesday, August 19, 2014

So Over This Spit Up Already

My babies turn 8 months old in just 4 more days.  Gasp!  How is that possible?  I had hoped that all the spitting up would be phasing its way out by now, but alas, the spit up is still a major part of our lives.  I am over it already.

The Ranitidine that Rylee has been taking has done nothing to reduce the spit up.  Not.  Even.  A.  Little.  Bit.  We tried the Prevacid, which had the $72 co-pay and that didn't make a difference either.  We tried switching to the expensive $30/can Alimentum.  That didn't change anything but the consistency, or content, of the spit up.  We tried using half Neosure and half Alimentum and we have actually stuck with that.  It doesn't reduce the spit up, but it makes it not so....chunky.  ahem  It's more watery and a little less gross. We tried using soy formula for a week.  That didn't work either and she really didn't like it.  We tried rice cereal in her bottle.  We tried spoon feeding her rice cereal in an attempt to help the formula stick.  Nothing has worked.

I give the babies oatmeal with a fruit every morning now.  I was giving a veggie in the afternoon, and started giving meats as well, but that hasn't gone over very well.  That just turns into a major spit up fest even more than the usual, so I backed off the meats (we only tried turkey and beef).  So then it was just veggies, but that still was a spit up marathon so I backed off that too for a few days.  Now the past 3 days, I have given them either carrots or peas.  Spit up.  Spit up.  Spit up.

In addition to that, Rylee has been throwing a BIG fit about part way through each "meal."  Like face turning red, not happy kind of fits.  I can't figure out why.  Is she mad about being in the high chair?  Is she just tired?  Is she getting a tummy ache from the food?  I don't know what it is!  I know it's not because she doesn't like the taste.  That's not it because she will stop her fit long enough to take a bite.  She opens her mouth wide for another bite.  It hasn't always been like this.  It's just been maybe in the past week or two that she's been throwing the fits.

The thing is, it's not like they are even getting a lot of solids either because they are SHARING!

Ayden spits up too, and it does seem like a lot, but it is not NEAR what Rylee spits up.  Between the two babies, we have so much spit up happening around here.  Seriously.  I have to do about 2 loads of laundry every day just to keep up with the bibs, burp rags, and blankets that we go through.  Our pediatrician thought that Ayden was spitting up because he was probably taking in a little too much food based on his weight gain.  The thing is though, that I don't think he is over eating at all.  We only give him about 4-5 ounces each bottle, totalling about 24 ounces/day.  And like I said, he's not getting that much in solids.  He gets about 2 tbsp of oatmeal every morning and half a baby jar of fruit and then MAYBE a half a jar of veggie in the afternoon with a little rice cereal mixed in.  It seems like every other baby I know about their age is drinking more like 30 oz/day and eating a ton more in solids!

I don't know what to do about the solids.  I can't give them anymore without having to deal with even more spit up and upset tummies.  They aren't able to pick things up with their fingers yet, so I can't give them little finger foods, or I'd try that.

We do have a referral to a GI specialist for Rylee coming up, but not until September 2nd.  It's mostly to rule out there being anything seriously wrong for her digestively.  I do hope they don't find a problem and it is truly just a normal reflux issue.  However, I am ready for the reflux to phase itself out.

They are both getting more mobile and starting to crawl some.  It's a challenge to keep them on the large blanket I have in the living room.  I love this stage and am excited for them to learn knew things and move around more (I'm sure I'll eat those words one of these days!  haha), but I'm not ready for them to move all over the house if I have to chase after them cleaning spit up out of the carpet every two minutes.  I'm not talking about small amounts of spit up that dribble out.  I'm talking about large pools of it all over the floor.

Let me say though, that while I dislike all the spit up, I do love my babies and wouldn't change them for the world.  They are beyond adorable (mother's biased opinion :) and so much fun.  I'm just ready to move past this spit up stage.   

Friday, August 15, 2014

Timehop

I saw several people posting pictures and statuses on Facebook using Timehop.  I decided to check it out and downloaded the app.  It has been fun to see old softball pictures and some of the silly things I posted on Facebook through the past 5 years.  That seems to be as far back as Timehop will go.

Well, the other day I had not one, but TWO posts from TWO different years referencing that particular years upcoming Hood to Coast.  My status from 3 years ago:



And my status from 5 years ago, on the same day, August 12th was something like this:

"I feel like an old woman!  Why do I have so many aches and pains? I'm a little nervous for Hood to Coast coming up in 2 weeks!!"

Oy.  Apparently I feel this way going into EVERY Hood to Coast!  I could have written something similar this year.  My feet have been hurting so bad!  It is difficult for me to walk without hobbling around.  I've been fighting muscle cramps in my calves, and my hips hurt.  Sob story, sob story.

I am taking comfort in the fact that I have survived all 8 of the previous Hood to Coast Relays I have run in, despite the fact that every year I seem to think it is going to do me in!  Haha!  It's one week from today!  I am excited and nervous all at the same time.  It's something that will be a tremendous challenge for me, but I am looking forward to that challenge and being able to say I did it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From Swing to Pack n Play

We are entering new territory!  Rylee has been taking her naps in her swing exclusively for the past few months.  Until yesterday, she's only had two naps in her crib and one in the Pack n Play (PnP).  She did sleep in the Rock n Play some the first few months, but mostly it's been the swing.  We deemed it HER swing because she was the one that needed it.  Ayden liked the swing okay, but didn't need it to calm down or to sleep.  It actually got to a point that Ayden wouldn't/couldn't sleep in it at all.  He enjoyed being in there, but it didn't help him to sleep.  Rylee on the other hand, was a different story altogether.  Besides that, Ayden was getting a little too big for the swing.

The swing is in our living room.  We can't get to the kitchen, to our bedroom, or to a bathroom without bypassing the swing.  That wasn't a problem in the beginning.  However, the past few weeks, we have had to tip toe around Rylee and PRAY she would fall asleep and actually stay asleep.  I couldn't wash bottles anymore, do dishes, hang out in the living room.... She would wake up at the drop of a hat.  And if she saw me, it was game over!

This past weekend, it was a real pain in the ass.  On Sunday, I went out for a run.  When I got back, she hadn't been asleep for very long and Tony was waving at me from the kitchen to be quiet as I came into the house.  (like I was barging in anyway.  Not!  I know better!)  Later that afternoon, I did some necessary shopping.  I came home and it was the same thing, Tony waving at me like a mad man from the other room to be quiet.  It's like we had become prisoners to nap time!  We couldn't walk through the house without waking her up and I couldn't come in the front door for fear of her waking up, which she did.  Of course.  I'd been telling Tony that we were going to need to transition her out of the swing soon.  He didn't get it until he was the one home all day with them, trying to get them to take their naps and then actually stay asleep. 

Time to get rid of the swing.  She's starting to outgrow it anyway, so it's time.

Whelp, yesterday I bit the bullet and put her down in the PnP in our spare bedroom for her morning nap. With minimal crying, she fell asleep.  She slept for 2 hours, 28 minutes!  Hallelujah!

 
I did it again for her afternoon nap, and again she fell asleep.  She slept for 1:03, and then woke when we had a solicitor knock VERY LOUDLY on our door.  When I opened the door, he was jolly and loud until I shushed him real quick.  He wanted to clean our carpets.  Rylee started crying within seconds.  I was not a happy mama.  I told the guy I had a baby crying and started to close the door.  He then had the nerve to ask for his brochure back so he could pass it on to a neighbor.  It's time to get a no solicitation sign for the door.

We survived day #1 without using the swing at all.  Now day #2.

I put her down in the PnP again for morning nap.  She talked to herself and played for awhile, and then seemed to fall asleep.  Within a few minutes though, she was back up and crying.  Great.  I knew what the issue was.  She had taken her morning grumpy.  Sigh.  A good story should always involve poop, right?  I had been afraid that would happen.  She's been a fairly regular morning pooper, but this morning it didn't happen.  I didn't want to keep her up all morning waiting for a poop that might not come, so I had put her down.  After changing her diaper, I held her for a few minutes and then put her back down in the PnP.  She was not happy.  Not at all.  She cried.  She cried a lot.  I left her alone and hoped she would eventually fall asleep, and she did.  Unfortunately though, she fell asleep on her back.  I knew that if she was on her back, she would not be sleeping for very long.  I was right.  She slept a whole 25 minutes for her morning nap.  At that point, I brought her out, put her in the swing, and then retreated to my bedroom so she would hopefully fall asleep again.  She did, but it only lasted a few minutes because then her brother woke up.  At least he had a nice 2 hour nap!


Rylee spent the next few hours being rather grumpy because she was so tired.  Finally, it was time to put them down for their afternoon nap.  I put her back in the PnP and she has now been blissfully asleep for 1:07 and hopefully will continue to sleep a bit longer.



I'm thinking that within the next few days, we will be able to move the swing out of our living room.  I have a friend that does home daycare and we are going to give her the swing in exchange for some babysitting.  It's so nice to be able to move around the house freely, without fear of waking her up!  I can now get something to eat without worrying about clinking the dishes.  I can actually wash said dishes and do other chores! Whew!  I think this transition may work out easier than I thought it would.

Ayden continues to nap well in his crib.  In fact, it's pretty much the only place he will sleep.  We struggle getting him to sleep anywhere else, which makes it nice when we are home, but makes it difficult when we go anywhere.

  
Note:  Rylee does sleep in her crib at night.  We have just chosen to have them sleep separate during the day in order for them both to actually go to sleep more easily.  We have not fared very well when we've put them down together in the same room for naps.  It's a battle I am choosing not to take on.

Update: The afternoon nap lasted 1:27.  A decent time, but I have a feeling she is not going to last until bed time since she had such a short morning nap.  We'll see....

Monday, August 11, 2014

This and That in Bullets

Life is crazy.  We seem to have a million things going on and I can't seem to form anything into a good solid post, so I will just fill you in with bullet points.


  • We finished our first set of parent/tot swim lessons.  The Aquatic Center that we go to has a big slide that they let the parents take their babies down at the end of the last class.  Each baby got a life jacket and the pool is only 4 foot deep at the end of the slide.  We were very nervous, but decided we needed to get over it.  It was more about conquering our own fear than what the babies would get out of it since they are too young to really enjoy it.  Ayden and Rylee were the youngest in the class. Tony took Ayden down and I took Rylee.  Whelp, Rylee got her first dunking and let's just say she didn't like it.  Mommy lost her footing.  I did my best to hold her up out of the water.  She didn't go completely under, just her eyes.  Her hair was still dry!  She survived.
  • The babies each got a report card for the completion of the class.  We were disappointed they didn't get promoted to the next level.  Just kidding!
  • We had so much fun taking swim lessons and having something to do together as a family, that we signed up for the next session.  Ayden and Rylee aren't the only babies this time!  In fact, they aren't even the youngest.  Our twin friends are also taking the class and there is also another 6 month baby boy.
  • I guess I did have enough on the swim topic to write a full post.  Oh well.
  • Rylee has a dermatology appointment this Thursday up at OHSU.  Her bottom is doing pretty good. We did have a few days of diaper rash that started to bleed and I was afraid it was going to turn into more, but it didn't, thank goodness.  Her hemangiomas are doing good.  I imagine that they are just going to increase the dosage of her propanolol.
  • In just less than two weeks I will be running the Hood to Coast.  I'm nervous.  My body hurts. There's been something going on with my feet that make it painful to walk a lot of the time.  I should really go to the doctor, but I'm going to wait until after the race.  I've also been battling pain in my achilles on both feet and last week I strained my calf.  I've been trying to ice and I stretch some, but not near as much as I should.  My longest run has been 4.8 miles when I did an 8k race last Sunday.  The shortest of the 3 legs I will be running for H2C is 4.92 and my total mileage will be 16.44.  Did I mention how nervous I am?  Our team doesn't run to actually compete with other teams.  We are all about just doing it and having fun, but I at LEAST want to be able to do my part without making another teammate have to run my legs in addition to theirs.  As long as I can stay injury free (or at least not worse than I am right now), I should be able to do it.  I just won't be able to walk the next day.
  • I will be dropping off the babies for daycare on Friday morning of H2C at 6:45am and won't be home until Saturday evening.  That Saturday also happens to be their 8 month birthday!  I really, really hope that I can get home early enough to see them, but I'm not sure that will happen.  It's almost a 3 hour drive home from Seaside, where the race ends.  It will be interesting to see how much I miss them.
  • What will also be interesting is how Tony does with the babies overnight by himself.  I'm fairly certain he will get very little sleep.  He is a very sound sleeper and he is afraid he won't hear them if they cry and need something.  Sunday should be really interesting with me exhausted and not able to move and Tony sleep deprived.  Oy....
  • Apparently I could have done another whole post about Hood to Coast.  Oh well, you got it in bullet points :)
  • We got a bunch of diapers, wipes, and formula donated to us.  And when I say a bunch, I mean boxes.  Big boxes.  Multiple big boxes.  I am forever grateful that we have still yet to buy more than just a few packages of diapers.  We haven't had to buy ANY wipes yet and I'm not sure we ever will have to with the stockpile we have!
  • It's supposed to be 100* here today.  It was 97* yesterday.  It doesn't get that hot here in Oregon very often.  We only have a portable air conditioning unit in our bedroom.  That helps to keep the back bedrooms cool, but it doesn't do much for the rest of the house.  We aren't sweltering here yet, but we will see... It's not even noon yet.
  • Have I mentioned that Ayden has his first tooth?  It actually broke through a few weeks ago.  I can't remember if I mentioned it in a previous post.  He's now working on his second bottom front tooth and been a very grumpy boy lately.  The tooth sure is cute though!
  • Nap time around here hasn't been going very well lately.  One or both of the babies seem to only be able to sleep for about 30-40 minutes at a time.  I leave them alone for quite awhile to see if they will go back to sleep.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  Like right now.  Ayden has been roaming around in his crib for the last 25 minutes.  And now he is finally crying, so it looks like this post is done.  This makes for very grumpy babies sometimes.  I'd love to have them both go back to the 3 hour morning naps they were taking up till last week.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

We Have a New Record!

Today I am celebrating the fact that Miss Rylee slept the whole night in her crib!  10 whole hours!  Her previous record was 8:38.  The 8+ hours was about a month ago though, so I have no doubt that this isn't a permanent thing, but I still say it's something to celebrate!  Hopefully, we will continue to get more and more of those nights.

Ayden continues to sleep straight through 10+ hours, thank goodness!  We have trouble getting him down at night, but once he falls asleep he's out for the night.

Hopefully, it won't be long before they BOTH sleep through the night on a regular basis!  In the meantime, I am so happy to know that it CAN happen!  Woo Hoo!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Confusion with Solids vs. Bottles

The babies are loving their solid foods so far, with a few minor exceptions.  Even the few that they didn't like at first, they later decided that they were at least tolerable.  We've mostly done purees and cereal to this point.  I have given Ayden a few tiny pieces of bread.  Their Uncle S tried giving them a few Puffs and Yogurt Bites, but that didn't go over very well.  Probably the funniest food faces they've made to date! Didn't get any pictures though!  I'm not sure if it was because of the taste or the texture.  And then Rylee choked on a yogurt bite so we gave up at that point.  They aren't ready for that yet.

We started with rice cereal and then oatmeal.  Then moved on to veggies for a few weeks and have done only a few fruits so far.   

Veggies
Sweet Potatoes
Peas
Green Beans
Carrots
Avocado

*We debated over whether avocado is a fruit or vegetable.  Tony thinks it's a fruit, but I put it under veggie, only because it's not sweet like a fruit normally is. 

Fruits
Apples
Bananas

When they wake up, they get their usual morning bottle.  About an hour to an hour and a half later, they get oatmeal (made with formula), and I have now started adding a fruit with that.  I've been giving them a veggie in the afternoon on most days.  Occasionally we aren't home and we just skip the veggie.  Today I'm going to give them their first meat along with the veggie in the afternoon.

Here's my confusion:  even though they are now getting some solids, it has not made one bit of difference in the frequency of their bottles.  I thought that since they are actually getting a decent amount in the morning with the oatmeal and fruit, that they wouldn't need a bottle quite so soon.  I was putting them down for their morning nap without another bottle, but they would wake up after only 30-45 minutes.  I think it's because they were hungry.  This week, I've been giving them another bottle even though it hasn't even been quite 3 hours since their first bottle and they've had solids in there too.  Now they are back to their usual 2.5 - 3 hour naps.  Praise the Lord.

When does the transition occur so that we start giving them fewer bottles?  How much "real" food do they need to be getting so that they are satisfied with that?  I've been feeling rather overwhelmed with transitioning to solids and how to go about it.  My sister has helped a lot and answered a lot of my questions.  I'd be lost if I had to figure this all out on my own!  Thank goodness we are old, geriatric parents and have lots of people that have ventured into parenthood before us to help with all our silly little questions!

Don't they look a bit confused also?



Monday, July 28, 2014

7 Month Birthday

The babies turned 7 months old on the 23rd, last Wednesday.  I've been looking forward to writing this post and sharing their pictures!  Well, since I've just recently done posts dedicated to each baby individually, I don't actually have a lot to write about, so mostly just pictures of my cutie patooties.


Rylee really does smile!  I get lucky enough to capture it on camera sometimes.
Having what appears to be a serious conversation
First time using sippy cups
Mommy and me (us) selfie
Gotta love the baby overalls!
Ayden had his first occupational therapy appointment last week.  It was mostly just a consultation to check his fine motor skills.  He still tends to hold his wrists at funny angles sometimes, curling them instead of putting them down flat on the floor when he is on his belly.  He also has trouble grabbing/grasping things.  It doesn't come as easily to him.  The consensus is that he is just a bit behind but that he is fine.  We just didn't want to miss anything if there was something to be concerned about.  He will have at least one more OT appointment and then that will probably be it.

As of yesterday, Ayden is now getting up on all fours!  He has rocked back and forth a bit on his hands and knees.  I'm pretty sure it won't be long before we have a crawler!  And Rylee isn't very far behind!  She is a funny little person and does more planking than getting on her hands and knees though.  She actually gets on her hands and TOES!  No knees touching, hands down with arms out as far as she can get them in front of her.  Wish I could do that!  I keep wanting to get a picture of it, but I am always to slow to grab my phone.

Oh!  Ayden has his first tooth!  It broke through on Friday and boy is it sharp!  I have to be careful letting him bite down on my fingers now because that sucker hurts!  Unfortunately, this whole teething process isn't treating Ayden too well.  Putting him down to bed at night has become a bit of a challenge.  He still goes down for naps relatively easy, but that sometimes doesn't go well either.  He's been a bit of a grumpypants, but yet we can still get lots of smiles from him too.

I just love that smile!
We have an appointment for Rylee to see a GI specialist.  Our pediatrician doesn't think there is really anything wrong beyond the normal reflux, but we want to be sure on that and rule out there being a more serious issue.  She is still spitting up/vomiting quite a bit.  We couldn't get in until September 2nd though. We've gone from a little baby quilt on the living room floor for them to play on, to two baby quilts put together, to one of our blankets.  Now that the babies are moving around more and more, we have to cover more area to protect our carpet!  I put towels under the blankets because there is so much spit up, it soaks right through.  I'm looking forward to the end of the spit up days.  I'm afraid that by the time that day comes though, our entire living room floor will be covered in blankets and towels!

Rylee has now slept a record 8 1/2 hours in her crib, although it has only happened once.  It still varies anywhere from 3-8 hours before I have to go get her to finish out the night sleeping with me.  There is no consistancy in how long or short it will be.  I thought we'd made a break through when she went 3 days in a row sleeping 6-8 1/2 hours straight, but then it was down to only a few hours again.  It varies and I just keep reminding myself that this phase will eventually pass.  I do enjoy getting extra cuddle time with her, but I also look forward to the day I can sleep the whole night in my own bed.

Miss Rylee
We are having so much fun with our babies!  Some days are exhausting and frustrating, but I still wouldn't change it for our old life with no kids.  Tony and I went on our first date yesterday since the babies have been born.  We were just gonna go to a movie, but we had a little extra time beforehand so we stopped at our local miniature golf course.  It's just a rink-a-dink course run by a local man at his house, but I had never been there before and we didn't know what else to do with ourselves and our free time.  We had fun (and I kicked Tony's butt, which NEVER happens!), but we kept thinking the whole time how much fun it will be when we can take our kids to do stuff like that.  Oh the things we are looking forward to doing!  Not that I want time to speed up any faster than it already is.  It's amazing to watch them grow and change right before our eyes!

Now, for the rest of their 7 month birthday pictures!


I love the look on Rylee's face

My mom was here when I took these pictures and she commented on the workout I was getting trying to get some decent pictures!  It's not easy when you have two little rugrats who don't want to sit still, and even harder when you have one that is SO difficult to get a smile from for the camera!  Here are some of the OUTTAKES from our little photo shoot:

No words.  Just laugh.
I believe I caught Rylee in the middle of a sneeze!
"Stay back Brother.  I got this!"
"Mooooom!  I'm so tired of that stupid flower in my face!"
"Mmmmm.  You taste so good!"