Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Parenthood - not for the poop averse

Day 5 of Naomi and Amy being sick. It has not been a fun ride. Today I finally caved in and went to the doctor's office to get some antibiotics. Since I'm still breastfeeding, there aren't as many choices for my pickin's apparently, but we went with the good old Amoxicilllin. 10 days 2x a day. Hopefully this will kick this sickness to the curb. But it makes me think, am I a wuss cause I need antibiotics, whereas with Naomi, we're supposed to just wait everything out?

In addition to the regular old cold/cough/fever triple threat that Naomi has had, she's also been having an upset stomach. Not sure what's going on with her, but yesterday, Austin and I had the pleasure of watching her try to go #2 every 20 minutes!! As a parent, it's our right to be able to point and laugh at your kid when you see them grunting, pushing and turning red, all tell tale signs of them doing you know what. Well yesterday we definitely weren't laughing. It all actually started the day before, we noticed Naomi would try to go to the bathroom, strain herself, and start whimpering. Every time she did that, she had just a little bit of poop come out, enough to warrant a diaper change, but not enough to be any sort of relief to her. So by the end of the day, her bum was raw, we were worried, and she was miserable. We ended up taking her to the pediatrician who said it could be a number of things and not to worry since it wasn't constipation or diahhrea. Great. So all yesterday we sat at watched as her bum got more and more irritated and as she cried out in pain more and more. Finally we decided to take matters into our own hands. After checking with my aunt, who was an incredible pediatrician, along with some other family friends, we decided to use a suppository to try and see if we could help clear out her system. OK have you ever used a suppository? It's not a pretty concept. I'll spare you the gory details, but lets just say, picture a bullet shaped pebble being inserted in a space where no one should ever have to insert anything...(unless youre a baby, and thats how you get your temperature taken...or unless you're just nasty...and if you are, go away stop reading my blog). Anyway, IT DIDN"T WORK!!! Naomi has buns of steel. She grunted and grunted, and we thought, "oh for sure, the suppository worked, she just pooped everything out." But NOPE, she just squeezed the suppository out. Since it was such a miserable ordeal for her, we decided to nip it on the bud and continue to wait it out.

It's the day after now, she's had one teeny weeny bowel movement. But no grunting or crying, and it seems like the pounds of butt cream we've been slathering on her bum has worked wonders for her raw diaper rash....Hopefully it was just a little bug and is gone now.. Hopefully our close encounters with Naomi's poop are encounters we won't have to have for awhile.


Jennifer said...

Ohhh! I really feel for you guys! It's one thing to watch your kid suffering through a bug, and yet another when you're sick too! I hope she gets better soon! BTW, I don't comment much but I love reading your blog :)

Rachel said...

Hi Amy - It's Rachel. I saw your blog, and poor Naomi! CJ had some serious constipation issues around 5 months. It was so painful to see him struggling to pass a bowel movement. Our pediatrician told us to give him a little bit of diluted prune juice which helped! We started off with half an ounce of prunce juice mixed w/ half oz water. We gradually increased to 1 oz prune juice, 1 oz water. We were so glad when CJ was able to go no. 2 without straining. But eventually, we just had to switch his formula and that was the trick for him (from Similac Organic to Earth's Best). Hope Naomi and Daddy are better soon!