Quick recap (I always try to make it quick but there seems to be too much to update on:)
1. We found blood in Quinn's stool last weekend. This meant that most likely Quinn has an allergy, most likely Milk Protein Allergy. I had given him about 6 ounces of my breast milk (milk that was frozen last, and was primarily dairy free from my diet), as I felt he was getting sick (coughing, cranky) and lo and behold screaming Quinn came back again. He became inconsolable. I guess I just couldn't admit to myself that my 2,500 ounces of breast milk were pumped for nothing (yes, please don't suggest that I donate it, as of course I will) but you can't even understand the pain that I went through as my breasts don't take very kindly to the breast pump. I made this sacrifice to give my son the best he can get, and now I have to admit that he's allergic to my milk due to my ingestion of milk.
2. I once again implored to my doctors that I wanted to see another GI specialist as this was becoming ridiculous. Our Gi had only asked for 1 stool test, even though I kept insisting that the reflux meds weren't working, he was still very uncomfortable. I think my biggest frustration was that I was once again (as I had to do with Kaitlyn) try to figure out what was wrong with my child. Aren't doctors supposed to do that???
I had a crying unhappy baby that was still eating every hour (at 7 months old) at night, was no where near sleeping through the night, he was refusing solids (which was freaking me out due to my experience with Kaitlyn and I was just trying to not let it freak me out) I just couldn't take it any more. he was clearly not happy, although he was better on the Nutramagen, he wasn't the "new" baby that so many of you spoke about once going on Nutramagen.
3. So it was time to put Quinn on an elemental formula after 2 positive blood in the stool tests. I really didn't want to go this route, but of course I've known we've eliminated all other options. I also made the decision to try to wean him from his hourly eating all night long and do some sleep training, and try to get him more on a schedule. That's been tough to do as he never ate more than about 4 -5 ounces at a time.
Well fast forward after a horrific week, I mean really horrific. He cried so much he became horse. Here I had a daughter who is terrified of loud noises (so she cried all the time too) and a son who screamed for hours at a time for about 4 days straight. Oh my. What a fun week I had.
BUT, I think I can now say, that Quinn must have a Milk Protein allergy, because, knock-on-wood he's doing so much better. I think that I might even have the "new" baby that other moms spoke about after getting their babies onto new formulas.
I'm a bit hesitant to actually say so, as I don't honestly believe he could actually be so much better, (give me another week to see if it's still the case, then I'll be a believer), but really, he's finally this happy little guy that came out on occasion before. It's really amazing. Really.
Quinn is now on Nutramagen AA (Amino Acid) which is an elemental formula, dairy free. After the weaning few days, he's now taking 6 ounces at a time (not every time, but at least 2 feeds a day he's taking in 6 at one sitting). He's spitting up more, but it seems to be a happy spit-up, there's no fuss with it at all. (Guess I'll have to still try to figure that one out). (anyone have any ideas on the increased spitting up, I'm open to suggestions!)
Wonder if he never had reflux at all? Of course want to wean him off prevacid then zantac to see if that's the case, but I'll hold off a bit before doing that.
He's now sleeping longer, I'm only having to feed him 2x at night, and I'm in the process of eliminating 1/2 an ounce /day at each of those two feeds. He's not in our bedroom any more, so last night was the first night that Brian slept in our bed together in I don't know how many months.
Maybe babies aren't that bad after all. I really could never figure out why some moms loved the baby stage so much. I have to honestly say (again I feel like a horrible mother here) but I've not had a very easy run with the baby stage. Kaitlyn was obviously not easy (that's an understatement) and Quinn has been really difficult too. I kept saying to myself that I couldn't complain, as he ate (somewhat) and he didn't vomit all the time, but I have to say, he cried, a LOT which was actually even more than Kaitlyn ever cried.