Tuesday, October 14, 2008

1 Month Old Already!

Time sure does fly by!

Amelia gave us a scare 2 weeks ago. She started vomiting and spiked a fever. Then she wouldn't eat and wouldn't stop crying. She finally slept and ate when she woke up, but her diaper had blood in the stool. Every dirty diaper that night had blood in it. When she vomited for the 2nd time, we took her to the ER. They examined her and did some Xrays, but couldn't determine what was wrong. Our pediatrician referred us to a Pediatric Gastroenterologist.

The GI is fantastic, we really like her. She initially suspected Amelia has an intolerance to the proteins in cow & soy milk, so she switched her formula. That night, Amelia spit up a TON and still had blood in her stool, and was generally inconsolable. We paged the GI and she advised us to monitor Amelia and take her to the ER if we felt things worsened. We made it through the night, but the doctor called in the morning and told us Amelia had been scheduled for an Upper GI that morning. So we took her to the hospital and she was such a little trooper during the procedure. Fortunately, they found nothing wrong. She does have a little reflux, but nothing serious enough to require treatment. The doctor seems convinced now that Amelia has a protein intolerance, and that the formula she was taking was not right for her, so we switched her to yet another formula that has proteins that have already been digested.

So far, so good. We haven't had any more bloody stools that we can detect, and she tolerates the new formula pretty well. She's sleeping 3-4 hour stretches at night, which is great compared to how it used to be!

And overall she's doing well. Amelia weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces at her 1 month appointment. She's now 21 inches long. This puts her right at the 50th percentile, so she's perfectly average, which is great for a premature baby. She's starting to play with toys and is generally more alert. She smiles & laughs, and follows you with her eyes.

We look forward to having more visitors, hopefully soon!

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