Mitchell is such a sweet baby. He is so quiet, and snuggly, you can't help but love him. However, he is the FUSSIEST baby ever. I don't know if it's pain, discomfort, or what, but you can tell this baby is not happy. All he does is eat, sleep, or cry. I feel so bad for him. Rarely is there an awake moment where he is just chill.
We've been trying everything. Even though he doesn't spit up, we got a RX for Ranitidine (helps with reflux) to see if that might help calm him. Of course he then had constipation, so we tried pear juice and gas drops, after two weeks, we quit the medicine that offered no relief and he's still constipated. Poor baby. So now we've been giving him Tylenol because I'm not sure what else to do, and I know he's not happy.
Luckily Chelsey has been coming over with great ideas to calm him down, but they require SO much energy, I can only walk, bounce and pat for 3-4 hours at a time... while still taking care of my other two babies. It's just nice to give my arms a break.
So Friday we took Mitchell in for his 4th newborn screening test. He's had 3 of them show up with abnormalities, so they keep needing to repeat them. Mainly it's the easiest (least amout of pain) to rule out potential problems. So after 2 hours of phone calls to convince us we need to come back in for a 4th test I decide it really is in Mitchell's best interest. They enzyme, or test they are worried about is Galactosemia. Well find out next Friday and start genetic counseling if he has it.
Meanwhile, they've suggested a restricted diet for me to see if it helps Mitchell (since I'm strictly nursing right now). Here's the list of foods I can't eat, are you ready?
Raw Veggies including
spices such as
all Italian foods
all Mexican foods
chocolate... are you sure?
Peanut butter... are you kidding?
I was actually a little excited, and thought this would be a great way to force me to lose some of my baby weight because I can't eat much. BUT last night I woke up at 4 am and was so hungry, I was shaking. I went downstairs and ate 2 bagels, 2 glasses of orange juice, half a box of wheat thins, and an entire water bottle. I thought I was going to pass out because I was shaking so much. It was horrible! So I guess I just need little healthy snacks all day, instead of treats all day.