Friday, March 16, 2007

What comes up should stay down

Flybaby slept through the night last night.

Ho hum, you say? Yawn?

Fly hasn't slept through the night in months. In fact, lately he hasn't slept more than three hours at a time.

I haven't chronicled it here, but JP and I think Flybaby has an acid reflux problem. The pediatrician agrees. We tried Zantac in vain. Then, yesterday for the first time after a follow-up appointment and a change to Prevacid, Fly did much better. (I also changed my diet for a while, with no improvements for Fly.) An appointment with a specialist is likely to follow. Elevating the crib mattress, check. Keeping him upright after meals, check. Trying homeopathic remedies, check. Listening to JP's mother during two separate phone calls about how other people's babies did so much better after a change of bottle, or nipple, or the addition of rice cereal to the bottle, even though I reminded her Flybaby is breastfed. Check.

But did I mention Fly slept all night? As in, thank you, Sweet Jesus, nine hours?

Except, I still got about four cumulative hours of sleep. As usual.

Because I just knew he was going to wake up before midnight. Why bother sleeping?

Midnight came and went, so I got in bed, but he was sure to wake up. So I rested quietly for two hours before falling asleep.

And I got up twice during the night to check on him. Suspicious.

So today, I thought, we'll see what it's like for a well-rested baby to proclaim his energetic self all day to a fatigued mother.

Except Fly threw up everything -- everything, meds included, I'm sure -- this morning after breakfast.

We win some, we lose some. We change both our clothes and sponge off the couch.

I don't like the idea of medicating my baby, but JP and I couldn't stand the thought of him being in pain from the acid creeping into his esophagus -- which was any time Flybaby was lying down (diaper changes, change of clothes, sleeping) and some of the time when he was upright as well. Also, we are all very tired -- especially me. So we have to cure this thing. It looks as though the Prevacid is going to work. If Flybaby can keep it down....

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Anonymous pinks & blues girls said...

YAY for sleeping through the night! As a mom to 2 boys, with my third boy on the way, I know how much I cherish those nights with uninterrupted sleep!

- Audrey, Pinks & Blues Girls

10:09 AM  
Anonymous chelle said...

Ok first off .. Congrats to you for sticking to breastfeeding and not giving up when the going gets tough. That is really hard, especially when well-meaning advice comes flying at you. Breastmilk is still best (MHO)!

YAY for one full night!

Sending stay down vibes ...

10:26 AM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

I hope he will keep sleeping! Both my kids woke every two hours for many, many months, so I feel your pain! I hope the meds help as well!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

WOW. What I woulnd't give for 9 hours of sleep...straight. At least now you think you have a solution!

11:38 AM  
Blogger Lissete said...

That is the sweetest picture! I remember many moos ao when my girls first slept through the night, I stayed awake most of the night too because I kept checking on them.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Whooo hooo!!!!!!!! Congratulations! My daughter is Flybaby's age and I am still waiting for the glorious night when she sleeps all the way through. I know the dance you did last night all too well. Why go to bed when she's just going to wake up at midnight? She isn't up yet? Should I check on her? Maybe I'll just close my eyes for a second...

12:10 PM  
Blogger Undercover Angel said...

Yay! That's awesome that he slept through the night! Hopefully the trend continues so you are able to get some quality sleep at night.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Melissa R. Garrett said...

Oh I feel so bad for the poor little guy :-( But yay, for sleeping through the night, even though you couldn't exactly enjoy it. MY MIL says she still wakes at 2am because that's when her now-grown daughter would wake each night. PS - my Bridget is 20 months and has YET to sleep through the night. She sleeps in her crib from 8-11ish and then comes into my bed shortly thereafter and is attached to my boob the whole night long. I'm ragged from lack of quality sleep! (and that's why I deserve to get paid to blog! thanks for the vote, btw!)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Poor little guy. I hope for all your sakes that the meds work.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

Oh, I remember those nights. The nights lying awake because you know as soon as you go to sleep you're going to be awakened by a baby crying. But yay! for sleeping through the night. Let's hope this is a fluke!

4:50 PM  
Blogger h&b said...

That pic is so gorgry - "I'm with the Band" - love it !!!

Don't be too hard on your MIL - they just forget when babies do this and that and such&such.

Hell, i'm the same now, and it wasn't THAT long ago. I expect all children ( babies or otherwise ) to be walking, talking and potty trained.

I just forget...

8:01 AM  
Blogger MamaLee said...

Glad he slept, but I surely hope that everything else gets in order as well! I'll be thinking of ya!


8:05 AM  
Blogger Freckle Face Girl said...

Oh puke!!! We didn't have to deal with the acid reflux or too many sleepless nights, but PUKE...that is another story. I swear my daughter is bulemic. Several times a week... blah...all over me, all over my poor car, all over the fairly new couch, etc. etc. etc. Hope the new meds stay down & let you get some sleep.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Wait, you're not giving him rice cereal in his bottle? Didn't you know that doing that makes them sleep through the night? UGH! If I had a nickel for everytime my grandma told me this (and yes, I'm breastfeeding too), I would be one wealthy chick. Not to mention the fact that doing that is actually dangerous and could make babies choke. Okay, stepping off the soapbox now.

Congrats on getting all that sleep. I hope his acid reflux gets better, and the sleep continues.

6:56 AM  

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