Rice Cereal already?

As I’ve mentioned before Patryck has some days that he just cries hysterically and there’s nothing that I can do to calm him down.

About 5-6 days ago it was pretty bad and I tried everything. Grip water, prescriptions colic medication, rocking, swing, car seat……..nothing worked. We actually tried to go to town and he cried non stop all the way from our house to the store. He cried so hard that he was red like a tomato.

So very hard to watch him like that. So, I did what I always do. I wrote all my questions down for the doctor and I faxed it over to him.

I started doing this when I started IF treatments. I know the nurses are busy and that everytime you call them they just want to hang up and go to the next patient. So, I started writing it down and faxing it over to them. They would either call me with the answer or they would write down the answer and fax it back.

So, on tuesday I wrote down all my questions and concerns and faxed it over to Patryck’s pediatrician. I thought that they would take a day or two to respond so I didn’t think much of it. Then at around 9pm as I’m nursing Patryck and he’s wailing crying, a phone call come in.

Tom answered it and came into our room laughing. I ask who it was and Tom answers “It’s the doctor”

WHAT??? I did NOT expect him to call me, let alone at 9pm. I loved him already, now I’m just more in love with him !!!

Dr.Jones is awesome. He jokingly said “you think you can sleep? no way!” and he laughed with me.

He asked me to tell him my concerns and questions. He tells me that the carseat problem is normal and that not all kids like them. Told me to try a little trick and see if it works (I haven’t tried it yet). Then he addressed my concerns with the colic and the possibility of Patryck having reflux.

He said that he didn’t believe it was reflux and that based on what I was telling him that he wanted to try introducing rice cereal to Patryck.

We’re starting with one tablespoon three times a day then adding one teaspoon every additional day until we reach half a cup but never going beyond that.

Wednesday we tried it for the first time. Patryck was great and as the doctor had advised he did spit out a lot of it since he still doesn’t have the understanding of the tongue movements and all.
He spent a great day and barely even cried. At night he slept from 9pm to 4am. I nursed him and he went back to sleep until 7am.

Now yesterday, he did have a great day but barely slept at night. I think it’s because I didn’t give him the 3 feedings I only gave him 2. I know bad me.

Today (Friday) I did give him all 3 feedings and I just put him down. So I’m hoping that we’ll have a longer night without much grunting and kicking. We’ll see.

I just can’t believe that he’s eating out of a bowl and with a spoon already. He’s not even 3 months old yet.

I had some people question it but I always ask them. Is it better for him to start eating cereal this early or for me to constantly have to give him medication for colic and pain?

I say, bring on the rice cereal. Much more natural and nutritious than some meds.

Tom has been great. We had a talk the other night about him being more involved and taking more initiative and he’s been wonderful.

He already fed Patryck the rice cereal and he did great. I love when Tom is off and at home helping me with Patryck. I love watching them play and interact. It’s just amazing to watch.

I better get to bed and catch some zss.



My monkey boy !

I know I haven’t been a very good blogger but I’m trying my best.

Only now Patryck is letting me put him down on his swing and he’s taking naps on it. YAY for swings!!!

Patryck had his first holiday, Halloween. We had so much fun that day. We had been planning it for a while and we eventually found a costume that would fit him. A size 3 month old monkey costume.

With that I had to think about a costume for Tom since he wanted to go trick or treating so badly.

What would go best with a monkey costume? A banana of course. I thought Tom would not go for it but I was wrong.

On Halloween day we had my dad and Tom’s parents over and they too joined in the fun.

We met up with our friends and neighbors and out we went trick or treating.

Tom was just so excited to take Patryck out. I don’t know what it is about halloween that my husband likes so much (ok I know that it is, it’s all the candy) but ever since we’ve talked about kids and pregnancy he always said that he couldn’t wait to take his kids trick or treating.  We had a blast the all the other kids that saw Tom dressed up as a banana would say hi to him and just laugh laugh laugh.

As for motherhood, what can I say? I’m totally in love with my little monkey. That’s what we call him now. LOL

At times when he’s crying bloody murder it’s tough and it makes me want to cry because I have no idea what’s bothering him and it makes me feel like an incompetent mother.

Tom is also coming around. I think that most of the time he’s afraid that he’s doing something wrong or that Patryck doesn’t like him (which is just insane). But he’s realizing that such thing is not true and that it takes patience to deal with all the crying and wailing that he does at times and there’s nothing we can do about it.

As I mentioned Patryck is now letting us put him in the swing and he’s actually taking his naps on it. that is huge for us because before he only wanted to be held and he would wake up within seconds of you putting him down.

He’s still colicky and sometimes nothing calms him down and he just cries and cries. My dad gets so upset when he cries, it’s so funny. As if he’s hurting with Patryck.

My parents are moving in with us and I’m excited about it. I couldn’t imagine how Tom and I would manage if my mom wasn’t coming to live with us.
Needless to say she’s going to be watching Patryck after I go back to work.

Work……..yah that’s coming up soon. 3 more weeks and back to work I go.

I have to say that I’m somewhat excited and scared. I like being able to get out of the house and see people but I’m also so concerned about how it’s going to be being far away from my little one.

Being that I’m somewhat of a control freak I’m know I’m going to be wondering if he’s eating right, if he’s sleeping in the right position (on his back of course)…….

All those little things……..that’s why I think I’m going to go back to work in the middle of the week that way the transition will be better for the both of us. I think.

I better get moving and start making some lunch for me. For some reason anytime I eat our little monkey wakes up and cries up a storm, it’s funny to watch but very hard for me since I’m hungry and he won’t let me eat. LOL