July 26, 2010

4 Months!!

There have been a lot of changes this month - a lot! My lil babies are growing into infants with a personality, they are growing as individuals!

There is supposed to be a growth spurt around 3 months (gestational age)... so we were trying to observe and make sense of their activities, their feeding habits, their sleep pattern etc... though it all looked haphazard! And then boom! I started realizing that in the last two weeks or so... they talk and talk and talk! They completely hold their neck strong. They like to stand on their feet and bounce around and laugh. They like to be held... to look around the world! They realize when one or the other is held and will stare at you point blank! They love tummy time because they can check out everything around them. They like to get in to their car seats - because they know that they get to go out! They will play with their burp cloth, their swaddles... basically anything they can get hold off. They hold their toys and talk with them. RT when on her tummy, will raise her hip and then push her feet against the ground and move ahead... where as RM, he lifts his whole body by pushing on his feet (while on his back and with the support of his head)... with the way the time has flown by, baby proofing the house is going to be just around the corner! Oh, and how can I forget... they smile at each other and try to converse! In short, they are super fun and I am loving it! :)

Though, along with all this fun stuff, there has been a return of the "reflux". Especially for RM... he had some issues in his first month, some how it got under control without meds. But things started getting bad around 2.5 weeks ago. He spent 2-3 hrs crying, trying to get his burp out; he was spitting up; had lost weight (weighed 12.9 lbs when we went to the Ped); and had drastically reduced his feed. He has been on Zantac (0.8 ml 3x day) for the last 5 days and things are much better. RT had kinda started showing similar symptoms too (not as bad though)... so the Ped recomended that we try the same dosage on her and see if things change. One thing that the meds seem to be helping her with is sleep (she is a very light sleeper - that's all together another post)! So we are going to continue her meds for a week and see how over all it is affecting her. Also, since we are nearing the age of introducing solids... I am a lil concerned... from what I have read... babies with reflux can have a hard time with solids.

Their 4 month Ped visit is on August 6th! They will be getting their second round of vaccination and we will be evaluating the reflux issue as well.


  1. I could have written this post about Cameron...he is taking zantac (1 ml twice a day) He was crying non stop b/c he was so gassy. Very painful to watch. He is doing much better now. We have his 4 mth appt on the 3rd.

  2. Hey there! Thanks for your comment. Our reflux/milk protein intolerance 'diagnosis' story is on my blog. Specifically if you click the breastfeeding tab and read parts 4 and 5. They were different babies after an elimination diet on my part. If you're doing formula, then you can try a hypoallergenic formula (Alimentum/Nutramagen). If those don't work as your ped for a sample of Neocate and if that works then get him to write a script so insurance will cover part of the cost. There's information on MSPI (Milk/Soy Protein Intolerance) on Reflux Rebels.com. Let me know if I can help any more!

  3. The nurse suggested it and I went milk free on my own. We noticed a difference almost immediately (within about 8 days). Even now that I am ingesting dairy and I gave them yogurt, I'm still not sure they're totally alright with it. They've been spitting up a lot more. Pluse I keep getting stomach aches. I think if it concerns you that you can try the 3 week elimination diet. It can't hurt though the first week is somewhat stressful. Let me know if I can further support a milk free 'experiment'. Oh and be careful not to replace all your milk products with soy ones.