Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I have what ?

Well, I went to work today – to turn in my resignation letter. Easy task. Now, they want to know if I want to try to file memos to see if I can request to work part time from the commissioner. … I am not sure if this lil exercise is worth the trouble.

Dr. Office visit – Final Diagnosis "Behavioral Issues"

Gosh, it was eventful that’s for sure. MT weighs 19.7 lbs. Good News, He has not lost any weight.

The Dr. gave him a thorough exam. Ears/Nose/Throat all clear. “Holy Cow the teeth. He really already has 8 teeth?” She also went on to confirm my suspicion. MT is getting his 1 yr molars. We discussed his eating habits at great length. She is convinced that he is displaying his personality. She said that our situation is mostly a behavioral issue. MT has decided what he likes and doesn’t like and is just letting us know. He is just going to be a strong willed, determined, high needs baby. It may or may not be related to teething, but teething, of course, does not help the situation. Basically, she says that he is demonstrating behavior that older (11 month ish) children do when they are done with formula/bottle/breast milk. She thinks he is also just being stubborn and defiant. She said she wishes we were having this discussion April or May because that if he was older we could just wean him off bottle/formula altogether and we would have to work on his behavior, but because he is so young, and demonstrating this type of behavior over a necessity, she wants me to try and transition him to a sippy cup asap(which we have been trying to do but he just bites on it due to the teething). She hopes that by transitioning to a sippy cup, our liquid feeding amount will increase and time will decrease. MT is too smart and knows that he wants solids because they taste better. She encouraged us to try and hold on off on table foods until March 1. She wants to try and get his digestive tract a little more time to develop, even though MT thinks he is ready Now.

Until I can get the sippy cup to work, I asked for suggestion on how much formula I need to focus on getting into him at a time and when do I simply stop offering. I mean I know that 45 mins of offering the bottle to barely drink 3.5 oz is a Loooooooooong time. She told me to give him 30 mins and what ever he drinks, he drinks. If I recognize that he is hungry later, try again. ..This could get interesting.

He does do a lot of wrestling and crying in his sleep the past few weeks. He just can’t handle teething apparently. I have heard the 1 yr molars are pretty brutal. Poor guy.

So basically, we have behavioral issues at 7.5 months … Good Lord, What is this going to mean when he can actually talk and walk. I am once again going to blame teething.

18 comments:

Barb said...

Wow. So much to deal with! Hang in there!

Amanda said...

I'm going to take the happy-thinking route and say that you're just getting the rough stuff out of the way early! ;-)

I really hope the teething doesn't get any worse (and those teeth get out quickly). And good luck with the bottle vs sippy issue.

I'm also glad that there wasn't some underlying physical issue (unless it would have been easy to fix).

AJ's mommy said...

I hope the teething gets better and the eating does as well.

seussgirl said...

Oh my! I'm really sorry. i hope that the transition works out okay for both of you! And MT has passed both my boys - they're only 18 pounds each. :)

I'm glad you have a good doctor who seems willing to listen to you and work with you on a solution; that has to help that she validates that there are issues!

Mel said...

SO MUCH TO KNOW. Seriously, it makes my head hurt because there is definitely no one way to approach or handle babies, is there? Sounds like you have a GREAT pediatricin, though, and you have support to figure it out and make a solution that fits well for both of you... March 1st is just around the corner. ;)
*hugs*

Jen said...

He's showing you that he is tough! I'm sure you'll get it figured out, even though it is difficult right now.

sara said...

I wish I had some better imput or advice for you. But once again I read your posts and learn so much myself since you are going through everything before us. I can't tell you how many times I go back and read your older posts to get some advice myself for Brynn. I hope that like Amanda said that all the bumps are getting out of the way early for you guys and then it's just smooth sailing. I have to say too that your doctor seems like a really good one who listens to concerns. That is awesome. I hope MT is doing better soon and that the teething gets a lot better as well. ((hugs))

Kate said...

Well, Luke only has two teeth and he won;t take the sippy cup! I have to believe that our little behavioral issues will work out. It's hard, though, isn't it?

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

Oh boy. Well, I'm with you and I'm going to blame teething. I can see how a baby would be strong-willed (I mean, Lemy is like a mac truck sometimes), but a behavioral issue? Seems a bit harsh.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the sippy cup transition works!! ((HUGS))

A New Beginning said...

I am certainly thinking about you all and hope things get better.

Cibele said...

OMG, 8 theeth and 1 molar, WOWWWW.

Cibele said...

OMG, 8 theeth and 1 molar, WOWWWW.

LIW (Lady In Waiting) said...

Yikes - how stressful and frustrating!!!! I hope he gets over it soon. Did the Dr. consider reflux or some other stomach issue? C's Dr. thought that might be why he's not too interested in eating. He takes Zan.tac 2x a day, though it hasn't helped his appetite much. It as significantly reduced spitting up and gas, though. Just thought I would throw it out there.

XOXO

Photogrl said...

Oh, man.

I hope the molars come in quickly and MT decides a sippy cup is the best.thing.ever.

((HUGS))

Geohde said...

Sorry you're having a tricky time, that's a load of teeth!

J

Yael said...

Try a straw sippy cup...that was the key for us...

Jen said...

I can not believe how many teeth your little one has, we still have ZERO! I'm sure the fast teeth has something to do with his mouth sensations. I feel for you if he is already this strong willed! My sister uses the Born Free sippy cups and says they are her son's favorite. She did try lots of others before that one. I wish you luck on the work front. It is hard to figure out what is right for your family. I figured out that in the summer I will be paying 1/2 of what I make to the sitter, is it worth it? I don't know.

tryingin2007 said...

man! it's ALWAYS something right?
hang in there!