Sunday, April 22, 2012

Seven Weeks Old

Emma just turned 7 weeks yesterday. It's hard to believe at times I have a daughter now yet alone that she is almost 2 months old. I still feel wet behind the ears when it comes to caring for a newborn. So much you forget after 5 years. ;)

Emma is a very sweet baby. She loves being sung the chorus of "You Are My Sunshine" and listens intently whenever someone talks to her. She is in the 9 pound range according to my superior problem solving skills. Lol. I just use our scale here at home and weigh us together and then subtract my current weight. Her face, arms, and legs have definitely filled out. Emma is developmentally on track too. The other day Barry had just finished feeding her as as I walked past. You could see her eyes and then even her head move to follow me. Speaking of Barry feeding Emma... whenever Barry comes up to Emma and says hi, she starts smacking her lips. She associates him with eating because most of his time with Emma is spent feeding her. Barry doesn't think it is too funny but I get a good laugh when it happens.

She had been such an easy baby until 3 weeks ago. It was as if a switch had been flicked. Especially after being fed, Emma would start frequently swallowing, arching her back, fussing, and crying. She'd chew or continually flick her tongue in and out as if she was trying to get rid of a bad taste in her mouth. Hiccups would follow and shortly later she'd want fed again. Barry said it was just colic and I thought so at first too but being that it didn't happen at the same time every day I decided something was amiss. I took her to our pediatrician and after a couple minutes of simply observing her behavior and asking a few "Yes/No" questions he diagnosed her as having acid reflux. We got a prescription for an antacid. For some reason there was some miscommunication between the pharmacy and the doctor's office. The doctor had told us we were getting 15 mg Pervacid Solutabs (dissolvable tablets) but instead we got a 4.8 mg liquid solution.

I guess we should questioned it further instead of her suffering through a whole week with no improvement and us frayed nerves. I finally called the pharmacy and then the doctor's office and got things straightened out. She has been on the dissolvable tablets for a week now and all of us are doing much better.

Here is some video of Emma last week and a couple pictures I took on my phone.

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