Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Alyssa's 2 month Checkup

As hard as it is to believe it Alyssa is 2 months old. Has been since Saturday. Today we went to the doctor for her 2 month check up. She really is doing very well. Meeting her milestones so far as expected. She smiles, giggles, coos, reaches for things, holds your hand, and holds her head up for long periods of time.

She now weighs 9 pounds 14 ounces which is 2 pounds 4 ounces more than at birth. I don't know how long she is or what her head circumference is. However, I do know that her weight, height, and head circumference are all in the 50th %tile. So she's perfectly proportional and just the right size for her age. So see, perfect!

Well, I guess nothing is perfect. We did have some areas of concern. One being that she hasn't pooped in 9 days. The doctor said to me a gastro doctor would just say so to that. Did she have a soft stool the last time she pooped? Yes? Then, so? Okay, but my pediatrician isn't so sure that it should be just a so? So she is now going to get 2 ounces of prune juice or pear juice diluted with water twice a day. This will be her first experience with a bottle. I hope she handles it well.

Now the second issue we are having is more my issue I guess. Breastfeeding hasn't been a complete dream. I have been experiencing some bloody/cracked nipples. So for that we have to work on position and the latch. I was given the name and number of a lactation consultant that hopefully will accept my insurance and can help me as well. I'm hopeful that we can get this figured out and I can become more comfortable with breastfeeding.

She might have acid reflux, but the doctor doesn't see a need to medicate. As long as she continues to grow and not pull away at every feed it's okay to have some acid reflux. There apparently is a theory that acid reflux medications could be causing the more frequent food allergies we are seeing these days. So I think I can deal with a little acid reflux.

She got four vaccines today. 3 shots in her leg and one by mouth for roto-virus. The doctor actually commented while giving her shots that she is feisty. Yup, that's my girl. She is pretty feisty. Don't get her mad, that's for sure.

The doctor says she's perfect though. Very alert and doing great. And one of the vaccines side effects is diarrhea so that in itself might solve our pooping problem. Unfortunately, so far we are dealing with a crabby baby tonight from all of these vaccines. I feel so bad for her. As long as all continues to go well though we won't be back at the doctor for 2 months.


The Elwood Family said...

Is she 100% breastfed? 9 days isn't a super long time for a baby that is not having any formula supplemented... :)