8 weeks tomorrow!

For the last 6 weeks we’ve been kinda “busy” with everyday life and with colic… still! Little girl has been crying every night with clear signs of tummy pains at least for 3 hours, during the worst nights from 6 pm to 3 am, and one weekend I got to sleep around 4.30 am… And her daytime naps are very short, like half an hour and the maximum sleep time at night has been 4 hours straight at best.

Our friends borrowed us a nice bouncing/vibrating bouncer/babysitter (by Fisher Price) which also has and extra “toy bar” which includes some nice polarbears, a turtle and colorful fish parts with music and moving parts (and the “songs” aren’t that bad either, and it’s not the same one tune over and over again!). Baby has been very happy with the bouncer, especially because or the vibrating/bouncing, cause it seems to help a bit for those colic symptoms. And it’s way more comfy to sit like at the livingroom with us than the car seat we’ve been using before. So we’d highly recommend this (kinda) product for any parents with a newborn (even if you don’t have colic!).

We’ve also changed our previous milk formulas (Nan and Arla Organic baby) a bit and added also Nutrilon Omneo (a product by Nutrica) which is a powder formula designed for babies with colic or other problems with normal basic fromulas. Even with the right dosing (water and powder), it seems to be a bit more “heavier” then normal formula, so we’ve mixed it (like 60/40) with those basic milk formulas, so it’s easier to feed from the bottle.
Since Mommy A isn’t breastfeeding, it never even started properly (cause of the c-section and since Miss M spent first 3 days at the NICU), and at home with all the colic and crying&screaming we totally gave up and anyway there would’ve not been enough milk coming anyway.

And we don’t even have enough energy to care what some other mom’s or nurses are thinking. Since she’s growing very well (she’s at +3 line at the growth chart with both height and weight!), and eating well even with colic, we came to the conclusion, that the most important thing is that the baby eats, no matter if it’s bereastmilk or formula!
And we also believe that a baby with enough stress with her tummy already, doesn’t need any more stress with the idea that we would’ve tried to only feed her with breastmilk. Many people have commented that “it just needs time and patience, and then the milk starts coming and baby will get all the milk from mommy”! We’ll we told them previously that they are more than welcome to come and see how we tried that with a screaming baby, many many times!

Since the colic symptoms started, we bought all those “gas-drops” recommended by professionals to ease the colic symptoms (in Finland those are Cuplaton, Kuplastop and Disflatyl and those contain dimethicone and simethicone, there is some difference between those two ingredients). At first it seemed that Cuplaton (dimethicone) was helping but after few weeks trying both of these products, it seemed that the symptoms were only getting worse! (and all these meds are like $20 per bottle… so for us, it was all waste of the money… and time/nerves!). The best “results” have so far been with Nutrilon powder,and since the price per litre for ready formula is the same as any other, it’s been the best decision to give it a try! So we have a little less crying & pains and a little more sleep! 🙂

(Nutrica also has fromula powders like for milk- and/or soy allergy, but those products are way more expensive. Though you can buy those from like any supermarket, if your baby really has even symptoms of allergy, you can get a prescription from the doc and get it way cheaper from the pharmacy, at least here in Finland!)

Se K-sana | The C Word

Muutaman viikon tauko on pÀÀssyt tapahtumaan sitten edellisen postauksen… tosin ihan hyvĂ€stĂ€ syystĂ€, sekĂ€ positiivisessa ettĂ€ negatiivisessa mielessĂ€…

MeillÀ on nyt kaunis pieni kolmevikkoinen tyttö, joka viime maanantaina (12.8.) neuvolassa punnittiin ja mitattiin, ja pituutta on nyt jo 55cm ja painoa 4750g. Eli syntymÀstÀ on kolmessa viikossa tullut pituutta 4cm ja painoa lisÀÀ reilu 500g.

MeillĂ€ on nyt myös jo melkein kaksi viikkoa ollut “kylĂ€ssĂ€” ei niin mukava vieras, koliikki. Pikkuneiti syö hyvin (kuten jo painon noususta huomaa) mutta kivuliaat vatsavaivat itkettĂ€vĂ€t jatkuvasti, nukkuminen onnistuu 2-3h pĂ€tkissĂ€ kerrallaan ja iltaisin/öisin itku (tai se on kyllĂ€ lĂ€hempĂ€nĂ€ huutoa, “tavallinen” vauvan itku kuulostaisi “ihan mukavalta”…) on pahimmillaan. Huonoimpina hetkinĂ€ neiti on valvonut illalla 18-03 ja nukkunut sitten 03-06…herĂ€tĂ€kseen taas uudelleen klo 06…

MeillĂ€ on kĂ€ytössĂ€ cuplaton-tipat jokaisen ruokailun yhteydessĂ€, röyhtĂ€ytellÀÀn useampaan kertaan jokaisen syötön aikana ja pikkuinen rauhottuu parhaiten syliin jatkuvaan heijaamiseen. Neuvolassakin puhuttiin asiasta ja vyöhyketerapia on oikeastaan ainoa “hoitomuoto” joka on vielĂ€ kokeilematta. Vastikettakin on jo vaihdettu.

Kaikki yrittĂ€vĂ€t kovasti lohdutella, ettĂ€ 3kk iĂ€ssĂ€ tĂ€mĂ€ menee ohi. Helpottava tieto sinÀÀnsĂ€, ettei mistÀÀn vakavammasta (toivottavasti) ole kyse. Mutta nyt kun on kaksi viikkoa takana ja vielĂ€ ne 8 tai 9 edessĂ€, niin ei auta ottaa kuin pĂ€ivĂ€ kerrallaan. Oman univajeen ja jatkuvan huutamisen rinnalla kaikkein pahinta on kuitenkin se, kun nĂ€kee kuinka pieneen masuun sattuu ja asialle ei voi oikein tehdĂ€ mitÀÀn 😩 Eli tavallinen vauvoille tyypillinen “yökitinĂ€” olisi kovin “mukavaa” tĂ€mĂ€n rinnalla…

Sen isompia “pulautteluja” tai oksentamista meillĂ€ ei ole ollut, joten tĂ€mĂ€ viittaisi siihen, ettĂ€ esim. refluksitaudista tai maitoallergiasta ei pitĂ€isi olla kyse… Joten tĂ€ssĂ€ varmaankin ensisijaisesti auttaa vain aika, oireiden lievitys ja pitkĂ€ pinna…! Joten jos sinulla on kokemusta koliikista ja etenkin sen “hoitokeinoista”, niin kaikki vinkit otetaan vastaan!

We’ve had a few weeks break from posting, now with a positive reason ❀ and also with a bit more negative one…

Now that we have a bit over 3 weeks old cutest little girl, we couldn't be happier! Last Monday she weighted 4750g/55cm (10.47lb / 1.8 ft). So she's growing well and fast. But during the last week or so, we've also had a "new visitor" in our household, a colic. Every parent who's ever had a colicky baby knows how it is and feels…

We've been using the "gas drops", changed formula once already, we burp her at least once during and after every feeding etc. She doesn't throw up/burp everything out, so according to our nurse, this doesn't seem like it could be reflux symptoms or milk allergy. But she's crying/screaming every night at least 3hrs and then sleeps 2 to 3h and then, even after feeding routine again, she can continue still after we swaddle her, gently rub her tummy or carry her closely in an upright position… So during the worst nights, she's been crying from 6pm to 3am when she falls to sleep to wake up at 6am again…!

Or she falls asleep between 9 to 10pm and sleeps like 2hrs and it takes another 2 to get her back to sleep. Car rides or pushing her around in her car seat/pram seems to calm her a bit, but you cant sleep and drive/walk at the same time, so there's gonna be atleast one very tired mommy (or mommies) even when she's sleeping…

And like many people tell you (and you can read it online too) that this will pass and will be over when she's around 3 months.. But almost 2 weeks behind now and 8 or more still to go doesn't sound so great… And it would be so much easier to handle this if you'd see/know that this is "just crying" or the baby would cry cause she's just over-tired or hungry. But it's so much harder when you see that the baby is more or less in pain and there isn't much you can do to help her (not much that we haven't tried already…). That's what hurts the most and is the roughest part of all this.

After all this, it feels (at least right now!) that it would be SO MUCH easier to live with the baby who would just be “cranky” during the evening (or night) and refuses to sleep etc. And before this, we thought that colic is something that's pretty rare or that there must be some certain reason and cure for this constant crying. But the surprise was, when this topic started to hit closer to home, the fact that this condition affects more or less 10 to 20% of otherwise healthy babies (without any other physical condition).

So if you've had (or your friend has had) a little one with colic and if you have any tips or tales how to survive better, do share!