... Eefie's Beautiful Mess: Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

Aug 1, 2019

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

I've learned so much over the past few months and it has been such a rollercoaster with a lot of ups and a lot of downs. It was really hard for me to get used to being a mom, but I did it and I'm actually really proud of myself.

Jeremy did such a great job as well. I'm lucky to have him by my side. He supports me in every way and he is an amazing partner and a wonderful father. I wanted to give you a little update about how everything has been going so far and that's exactly what I'm going to do in this blog post.

Motherhood is an amazing journey and sharing this adventure on my blog makes me massively happy! If you haven't read my post about the delivery yet, you can click on the link and check that out as well.

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

1 month

It has been a rough couple of weeks and I can't seem to find the right routine ever since we left the hospital. Alice barely sleeps during the day, so I barely have time to do any chores or to have a little me-time. It is really tough! I'm also very emotional and I sometimes just want to lay in bed and cry all day and I don't even know why.

I literally have to breastfeed her every 30 minutes, otherwise she won't stop crying. She also throws up a lot, she doesn't want to lay down and she cries in her sleep. I talked about it with our local midwife and she thinks she might have reflux. I might have to visit a doctor soon because it is really sad to see her suffer like this.

She sleeps pretty good during the night so far. I think she wakes up every 3 or 4 hours, but it takes her almost 1 hour and 30 minutes until she has had enough milk, which makes it hard for me to stay awake or to go back asleep again. I know it'll get better eventually and that's what keeps me going. I just have to get through this. I'm glad Jeremy is willing to change her diapers during the night. He has been really supportive and I feel lucky to have him by my side.

They say I have to take a nap when Alice is asleep during the day, but I have to carry her the whole day because she doesn't want to sleep in her own bed, so I’m not really able to sleep during the day.  And when she finally does sleep in her crib, I try to finish some chores as fast as possible because the house is a real mess and I'm literally ashamed to have guests over. The struggle is real!

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

2 months

We made an appointment with the doctor to check if she has reflux and she had to stay in the hospital for 24 hours. Of course, I stayed with her to breastfeed her and to take care of her myself, since I have had a pretty bad experience when I was in the hospital last time. I'd rather do everything myself.

So they gave her a small probe through her nose all the way into her stomach to measure the levels of acidity and every time I fed her or when she was acting different or threw up, I had to push a little button to record every little detail and then this little device that was attached to the probe would "note" everything down and put it in the computer. It was so sad to see her this way. It just broke my heart.

When we were in the hospital, she slept like an angel. She slept for about 5 or 6 hours straight and I didn't know what was happening because she never slept this long before, but it felt like I was finally able to relax a little bit for the first in what felt like forever. I was in the hospital as well, so I couldn't do any chores and decided to catch up on some more sleep instead. Best decision ever!

Apparently, the results were negative and they also didn't found anything unusual, so we went back home with unanswered questions and a crying baby. I was relieved, but something is bothering her. Something is wrong, I just feel it.

And as the weeks went by, things got a little easier and I got used to being a mom even more. I decided to start breastfeeding her in a different position, while I lay down next to her in bed, which made my life a lot easier. I used to breastfeed her while I sat down because I was too afraid to fall asleep and roll over her, but it wasn't comfortable. This way, I can catch up on some sleep even more and that makes me so happy! I truly enjoy our time together, even though it has been one hell of a ride so far.

We also celebrated Christmas together, which was amazing. Our first Christmas as a little family! I couldn't be any happier and I feel so lucky!

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

3 months

It's official! She finally started to smile and it is the most adorable thing I've ever seen in my life! She's doing great! I think we might found a routine that actually works pretty well for the both of us. During the day, she sleeps on my nursing pillow while I breastfeed her and during the night, she sleeps in her own crib, all wrapped up in her favorite blanket like a little burrito. We go to bed around 11 in the evening and sleep through the night until 5 in the morning, which I think is pretty impressive for such a young baby. I'm such a proud mom!

Next month, she will be turning 4 months old, which means I can start giving her fruit and vegetable puree. Our local midwife said that this actually might help her, with the reflux and everything, but I want to take things slowly because I don't want to make things worse, obviously.

She still throws up a lot, at some point; even more then usual, so I went to see a doctor again. She lost a lot of weight and she was dehydrated, so he strongly advised me to let her stay in the hospital so that he could give her an infusion with some extra fluid. I was not looking forward to it, but as a mom, I always want what's best for my baby, so I had no choice but to stay in the hospital with her. Again. They ran some tests and she gained weight very fast, so she was better in no time. What a relieve! But again, they didn't found anything and we were send home with no results once again.

A few days after we arrived home, I had another appointment with my midwife to discuss a few things for when I start giving her fruit and vegetables. I also discussed the test results and told her that there is something wrong and that I strongly believe that she does have reflux. She agreed and explained to me that it was possible to run the tests again, but I refused because poor Alice has suffered enough already. These tests weren't pretty and I didn't want to put her through all that again. And besides, I knew it would help her when I’m going to start giving her puree, so I took a leap of faith and just hoped it would go away soon.

Also, can you believe she is teething already? She's drooling a lot and wants to put everything in her mouth so badly. I asked the doctor if I could use a little bit of those special salves, but she told me she was too young, so we bought one of those teething rings. I'm not sure if it works. At least, she has something new to play with.

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

4 months

I'm not sure if she likes to eat fruit and vegetables. She only tries a few "spoons", but that's pretty much it. I don't want to force anything, so I'm just going to try it again and again until she gets used to it a little bit. Her first 2 teeth are through and it is so adorable!

I was right about the fact that she won't suffer from reflux anymore when I start giving her puree. It did work and I'm really happy for her, but I think something else recently started to bother her. She is a little constipated, but that is totally normal now that she eats other types of food as well. She still has to get used to the puree, but she just doesn't want to sleep at night. She cries for about 2 hours straight before she goes to bed and she doesn't want to drink her milk, which is pretty frustrating. She stamps with her feet and she's so angry. And when she's finally asleep, she wakes up every 1 or 2 hours to drink some more milk, so we decided to let her sleep next to us in the same bed so that I don't have to go out of bed all the time. It is pretty intense and I'm exhausted, but for now, this is the best way to cope with it. I hope it'll pass soon!

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

5 months

Other then the fact that she can't poop properly on her own, she's doing great. I called the doctor because Alice is constipated and she told me to give her glycerin suppositories to make it a little easier and less painful for her and they actually work pretty well, but she told me to make an appointment again when there is still no progress after 1 month, so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully, I don't have to pay the doctor another visit.

She falls asleep a lot better at night since I started giving her the suppositories. I feel like such a bad mom because I literally thought she just didn't want to go to bed, but she was in pain and I didn't see it. It is really hard to know what's wrong when they can't talk. They can only cry. My poor baby.

We still sleep together. I read something about a change in their sleeping pattern around the age of 4 months old and that just explained everything. It's a phase, but I read that it might take a while before it gets better. To be honest, I don't care if she sleeps next to us. I do enjoy it. It's cozy and I just love her being this close to me.

Baby Update: 6 Months After Giving Birth

6 months

I just can't believe she's 6 months already! I'm so proud of her! She rolls over, babbles happily and plays with her toys! She's such a happy baby, but she's still constipated, which worries me a lot. I try to take it easy with the suppositories and give her the chance to try it on her own, but I can see she's just having a hard time doing it on her own.

I used to breastfeed her until she finally fell asleep before I slipped out of the bed. Now I breastfeed her, put her in my nursing pillow in the couch next to me or in bed and let her watch some cartoons until she falls asleep. I know this is not how it's suppose to go, but this is the only thing that works for her for now. She just hates to sleep, even though she's tired. I'm just glad that I'm able to have some time for myself now.

We went to see a doctor again because Alice has been constipated for too long and she gave her Lactulose, which was suppose to make it easier for her to poop. I had to start with 5 milliliters and build it up eventually. So I started giving her 10 milliliters and waited for 2 days to see if this was going to work, but she still wasn't able to poop. So I gave her 15 milliliters, 20 and even 25, but there still wasn't any progress yet and this was so much syrup for such a small baby. It tasted very sweet, so I can imagine how horrible it was.

A few weeks later, I made another appointment with the doctor and this time, I went to see someone who used to treat me when I was just a child because I was tired of going home with no results and an unhappy baby. He literally was my last hope.

The doctor concluded that Alice has a cow's milk protein allergy and an intolerance for lactose. I was really mad because I just couldn't understand how the other doctor wasn't able to come up with something like that and even give her medication that only made it worse. Alice has been constipated for almost 3 months. That is not normal. But I was happy to finally discover the problem and it was time to solve it. The doctor said that it would help her if I start giving her a special type of formula and to follow a dairy free diet myself, since I still breastfeed. I wasn't ready to stop breastfeeding yet and Alice still asks for it, so I knew what I had to do to help her. I couldn't wait for the results, but I had to be patience, so I just did everything I could and moved on.

My favorite part of being a mom is that beautiful smile she gives me every time she sees me and to know that she's a happy little noodle. She literally means the world to me. Alice is almost 9 months old and it is amazing how much progress she has made over the past few months. I think it's quite impressive how fast she grows and develops.

I’ll write another update soon, so make sure you stay tuned!

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Lots of love,
Eefie ❤

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