Then we were prescribed expensive meds for Claire's supposed reflux. They didn't work at all and I called to let the doctor know (just like she said to) and she still recommended that we keep giving them to her, but not really addressing why they weren't making any difference in her condition (gave it a try for 3 weeks). We just said, FORGET IT, changed formula and she's gotten better with her spitting up (not comletely, but she'll just have to grow out of it).
The most recent thing is with regard to Claire beginning solid food. Our doctor gave us a chart that details how to go about the different stages of feeding a baby solids. The first is getting her going on cereals. The recommendation is to start out with rice cereal and the serving size is 1-2 TABLESPOONS...and the servings per day is 2 servings. So. We did just that. And Claire took to it really well...she loves eating from a spoon! However, her body has not handled it well. To cut to the chase she has had bad diarrhea after also seeming to be constipated...and now has the WORST diaper rash. It's been hard on all of us the past two days.
When talking to my friend, Jeni, she said most suggest only ONE serving a day and the serving size is so much smaller than 1-2 tablespoons and that seems to be what I have found online. So now I just feel so frustrated. I feel like I don't trust anything the doctor tells me so I feel like it's a waste to call her with questions. But I just HATE the thought of trying to find another one and wonder if I should just chill out and stick with her. I mean, personality wise, I like her, she's nice...pretty typical as far as doctor's go.
Anyway. Once this horrible diarrhea clears up and the diaper rash clears up we will try rice cereal in very small amounts (to make sure she's not allergic, though I don't think that's it) and then take it from there.
Overall, I just feel so uncertain. Being a first-time-parent is so hard when you really don't know what is going on. I have instincts but I don't know if I should trust them at times. I wish I would have known that 1-2 tablespoons was too much for Claire but my instincts didn't tell me otherwise because she seemed to really like it and I didn't think that it would be too much for her system. It's all so confusing! I really hope what people say is true...that having the second one is so much easier. Not that I am EVEN CONSIDERING THAT right now. DON'T GET ANY IDEAS MOM O AND MOM S!
Okay. Rant over and time for pictures of Claire playing with her best-friend-in-the-whole-wide-world, Molly. Molly is 6 months older than Claire but they're pretty similar in size, except that Claire has bigger feet than Molly :) Just like her momma!