Wednesday, December 5, 2012

elden's health update

Elden's well-visit went okay yesterday, with the exception of the fact that it wasn't a well-visit because his pediatrician turned it into a sick visit and had us reschedule the well-visit for next week.

By the time we had gotten to the doctor, Elden's fever had broken. Naturally, despite probably getting a collective 10 hours of decent sleep over the past 48, he was a smiley and happy baby. His doctor even said, "I'm having a tough time believing you haven't been feeling well!" Alas, his pediatrician couldn't find anything specifically wrong--he doesn't think it's teething--other than a slightly red throat (strep culture was negative). At this point I asked if we could start introducing solids because when we first started bringing Elden to this office they told us nothing until 6 months. I had read online that you can introduce between 4 and 6 months, and given Elden's insane 9-oz-every-3.5-hours appetite, I figured the time had come. When I told his ped the amount he drank he promptly said, "yes. Definitely start introducing solids." So last night, we gave Elden a bottle with breastmilk and some rice cereal mixed in before bedtime. He didn't seem to know what to make of it--eyes were wide, milk/rice mix dripping down his chin--but he drank between 1/2 and a full ounce. It didn't seem like much to make a difference (I offered the breast after that) but Elden mostly slept through the night! I heard him at 1:30 and when I went to get him I realized he was mostly chatting and not crying so I waited outside his door for a few minutes and he got quiet so I crawled back into bed. Aside from that he didn't stir much again until 5:30 but fell back asleep soon after until we went to feed him at 6.

So the moral of the story is he was either feeling better, was finally too tired to stay awake for long drags of time, or finally had enough food in his belly to sleep through(out) the night comfortably. Or a combination of 2 or all of those things.

All I know for sure is that I was singing praises this morning after having a decent night's sleep in what felt like an eternity. That, and that we've probably got a future basketball player on our hands as he's currently 16.5 lbs (75th percentile) and 27" long (97th percentile). Next week he gets his booster shots and I'm dreading that...

And for the family, here is a video of Elden's first interaction with semi-solids and the spoon from this afternoon:
Some stills:


A few of you have asked, so I wanted to give a quick update about his seizure-like episodes. He hasn't had one in about a month now and about 10 minutes after the last one he had a massive poo. This leads me to believe it was gas/GI-related so if it happens again I'm going to gauge the proximity of the episode to his next bowel movement. But luckily he seems to be doing just fine--thank you for all of your prayers!

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