Monday, August 30, 2010

Reflux, Reflux Go Away!

Feeding time with Renzo has always been a very serene moment.  He would eagerly suck milk and I will burp him afterwards.  There are times that he would spit-up a bit of milk, but he was generally alright. Still the contented, happy baby that he is.  That's up until a couple of weeks ago when we noticed that he's spitting up more often than usual.  He would cry, cough and arch his back while making some grunting sounds "ugh, ugh, ugh" he would go... We couldn't even put him to sleep flat cause he's very uncomfortable.  Poor baby has Infant Reflux.  

"Reflux" as it is commonly known is a condition wherein stomach contents backwash into the esophagus.  It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is very weak or, more commonly, when it inappropriately relaxes. It is often manifested as regurgitation (spitting up or vomiting) in infants and not necessarily a cause for concern.  However, if it gets worst, Pediatricians recommend to place child on medication.  Renzo's doctor had said that about him.  Although, right now there's no need to that, he's gaining weight and healthy.  A sign that he's feeding well inspite of the reflux, thankfully!

According to Dr. Kim (Renzo's Pediatrician), infants unlike adults have smaller feeding tube which is the main cause.  Hence, Reflux typically resolves on his own at 12-18months of age.  For a mom like me, that is definitely a long wait.  All I can do now is to always make sure he gets burped after feeding and to hold him upright 15-20 minutes before putting him down.  Renzo now sleeps on a newborn chair and alternately a wedge that inclines to 30 degrees.  If he lies flat, he wouldn't sleep well or he would spit up.   

I do hope that this Reflux of his does not get worst and would be gone soon.  Until then, this mommy will always worry yet with Dr. Kim's help and assurance, I know my little bud will be alright. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Baby's Day Out

We've only taken Renzo for short walks around the neighborhood.

But on one nice sunny Tuesday afternoon...

 We decided to take him 
on his very first trip to the park...

with his Dad, Auntie Leah and Auntie Babes (my two lovely sisters who are here visiting)

I can tell that he absolutely enjoyed it!
So here's to many, many more fun park visits...

Monday, August 23, 2010

And Then He's A Month Old

August 20... I can't believe it's already been a month.
Renzo's growing up so fast.

Happy 1st month, little boy!

We love you so much!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Choosing a Diaper Bag

I love bags.

Whatever the size, shape or color.

I just love them!

Hence, in choosing a diaper bag for Renzo, I have been trying to find the perfect one.

I'm sure my little boy couldn't care less whatever I choose.

Just like his ever so practical Dad.

I can already hear them both saying... 
For as long as it can carry baby stuff, then it's fine!

I think they wouldn't even mind if I carry a paper bag...

Photo Credits: Google Photos

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Post Pregnancy Work-Out... Breast Feeding!

I couldn't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy breast feeding little Renzo... It's our exclusive mommy-baby bonding time and I love to cuddle him in my arms, listen to the sound he makes while he sucks and the adorable look on his face when he finally falls asleep.  

I have to admit that it was not easy at first, from sore/cracked nipples to low milk supply... Attending breast feeding classes and reading as much as I can about it, and even getting help from lactation consultants/Nurses does help. However, the first few days was a learning process for both me and the baby.  We both don't have prior experience, hence, patience is key.  At least on my part.  My little one, a growing boy that he is, can really wear me out.  Patience is a virtue he has yet to learn.

There are many benefits of breast feeding aside from the maternal-child bond it creates.  It helps improve the child's immune system to fight off infections as otitis media, pneumonia and meningitis.  They're also less likely to have allergies, vomiting and diarrhea.  It is also cheap and is very good for the environment.  For the mother, benefits includes reduction of risk of ovarian and breast cancer, builds bones and helps the uterus return to its regular size more quickly.  The plus is that it burns calories and helps one go back to prepregnacny weight faster.

Yes! Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories a day! And that makes it even more worthwhile for me. Wink! 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Faces of Renzo

My little boy is now 2 weeks and 5 days old...

Relaxed Renzo
Playful Renzo


Serious Renzo

Happy and Content Renzo
My baby's growing up so fast!!!
I wish I could slow down the time...