We had a wonderful, very low key Christmas and plan to have the same New Year. I'm sure John and I will be snoozing as the clock strikes midnight this year - something that hasn't happened as long as we've been together. What does this mean? I guess it confirms how different our lives are since having our little miracles!
As you can see from Tyler, he's telling everyone how excited he is about his first Christmas! John happened to find a sale at Babies R Us and bought out all of their 68 cent bibs so now the boys are wearing a variety of cultural and holiday bibs. So don't be surprised if this summer you see the boys sporting bibs saying "Let It Snow" and "Grandmas Little Latkes".
So John's last blog mentioned our new found "hope" since meeting with the GI. We spent the week changing the boys formula, bottles/nipples and reflux medication. It was a tough week for the change because the boys were used to the thick formula we'd been giving them. Neither little guy transitioned well and by Monday morning BOTH boys lost weight! DOH! Grrr...so the PA (Physician's Assistant) changed their reflux med once more and would like them to come back on Wednesday for another weight check. We weren't giving the boys 100% new formula yet because it has a "taste" to it, but we needed to make the switch to find out if it's going to work. Monday we immediately gave the boys full doses of their new formula and so far they are eating it - not enough mind you, but they are taking some of it. Unfortunately Parker's eating has not gotten back up to speed since the change - this is the first time he hasn't gained weight so I think we're ruining his eating abilities with the change.
So far the reflux has not gone away - I don't think it will for a while. The boys still have their episodes, but I think it's gotten a little better. Unfortunately because of it, their aversion to the bottle remains and we now have to work on getting them to think more positively about the bottle and the "act" of eating. Not easy with a newborn who doesn't reason. We'll be seeing a feeding/behavior specialist in the next week or so with hope that she can give us some tips on changing eating attitudes. So weird for me because my family NEVER has problems eating too little...ha ha! It's hard to relate, I know!
Christmas was a good diversion from the day to day bottle battling. Santa left the boys some new nerf balls and a teddy bear that recites "Twas The Night Before Christmas". They really liked their gifts. Mommy received a new license plate from daddy that says, "PZNAPD2" and she got daddy a digital picture frame with a photo chip FULL of pictures of the boys. The license plate stands for "two peas in a pod" but the license plate with "2" in front was taken so he got one with the "2" at the end - ha ha! We enjoyed visits from family and good yummy food. It was so nice to enjoy a quick holiday celebration and makes us excited for future Christmas eves and days with the boys. I simply look forward to the day we can take the boys to meet Santa and not worry about them catching something from sitting on his lap - ha ha! We hope your holiday was a good one as well!
We'll let you know how the visit goes tomorrow - with feeding tube or without? We'll find out...
Enjoy some silly pics below!