It's not an emergency. Nothing is really "wrong." But we're about to head back to our old stomping ground: Seattle Children's Hospital. We're going there to see Robin, Stella's occupational therapist. Stella isn't warming up to solids the way all the charts and books say she "should" by now, at the ripe old age of… Continue reading Return trip
When is the last time a research paper made you cry? Around the time of Stella's wean, and since then, I've come across information that moved me on many levels. I'd like to pass along these sought-after papers to as many parents (of children and babies with feeding aversions and NG tubes or g-tubes) as… Continue reading Behold: Tube weaning research and guidelines
This is not staged. It's an actual mess that accumulated on our counter one evening last week. Here is a list of all the things that do not belong here: Three wine bottles Half of an avocado Dirty bib Grater Onion, avocado and mushroom scraps Notebook Can opener Electric toothbrush Toothbrush charger Measuring spoon Bag… Continue reading Yes, that’s a toothbrush next to the can opener.
Wow. We just returned from Boston and I honestly don't know where to begin. It was Stella's first plane trip and travel experience. In fact, the ordeal adventure was loaded with firsts--for me and Stella Bella. 1.) Stella crawled--really crawled--for the first time. This is big. As elated as I am that Stella triumphantly reached… Continue reading Firsts and fiascos in Boston.
Today, we took a big step. It could save us a few hundred bucks a month while providing Stella with a better form of nourishment. OR IT COULD RUIN EVERYTHING. You see, Stella's formula is no longer covered by insurance. The really insane part of all this? Regence covered the formula when it was fed… Continue reading A drum roll seems inadequate
Never tell a mother that her baby looks nothing like her. I don't care if they look like they're from different planets. Don't. Say. It. I carried Stella in my uterus for nine and a half months then pushed her out of my hoo-ha after 32 hours of agonizing labor. And then there were the… Continue reading FYI
There have been so many times during our seven months with Stella when we thought we had everything figured out, only to discover that we were completely wrong. Back when she was refusing to eat and not gaining much weight, before her two months with the tube, we were, at one point, convinced that the… Continue reading Wrong again. Then right.
Stella took a little more than 34 ounces (1,030 mls) of 24-calorie-per-ounce formula today. The high end of normal for this age is 32 ounces of 20-calorie-per-ounce breast milk or formula. She's been eating like this for a few days. Holy moly. We stopped giving her Prevacid. She is now only taking Zantac. Yay for… Continue reading Stella Hungry.
It occurred to me today that feeding Stella is like being on The Wheel of Fortune, a show that I've always loathed. As she's eating, I'm basically thinking, "Big Money! Big Money!" When she's done with the bottle, I look to see how much she's eaten--200 mls or more is the equivalent of landing on… Continue reading Wheel! Of! Feeding!
A coughing baby has to be one of the most heartbreaking sounds in the world--to any parent at least. Stella has coughed so hard, once yesterday and once today, that she threw up a mixture of mostly formula with some bile and mucus mixed in. Her hacking is HORRIBLE. It sounds painful and junky! She… Continue reading Drowning in snot