Ok where to start......blogs are new to me, I am not use to blogs and not use to sites like this. I am not apart of other things like this and I do not have a facebook page. So this is completely new to me, so please hang in there with while I get use to this.
The eye appointment went good except for the fact my husband and I were just not thrilled about what we knew they would do to hold his eyes open. It was tough to watch especially holding his arms and legs down for them to do that. The Doctor said his eyes are about what they would expect for the gestational weeks he is. We have to go back and recheck in 3 weeks to make sure his eyes are progressing like they should.Owen will open his eyes about 1 time a day for a decent length of time and then have them open smaller amounts scattered around throughout a 24hr period. It will be a little while before he will officially open his eyes 100% is what the eye doctor told us which we kind of expected a little.
Our weekend was good except Owen had issues Friday of major trapped gas. I had been suspecting for a little bit that he was having gas issues but I did not think it could be the formula since it is the same formula that he was on in the hospital after I provided colostrum initially (due to my health I was not able to go passed the colostrum). So why would I have suspected it to be the root of the issue that came up all the sudden now? I will also say that Owen eats 2 ounces every 3 hours but about a week and a half ago I had increased by 5cc's to make it 2 and 1/2 ounces every 3 hours, which he was loving, except that it just seemed to tip his gas over the edge. Thursday night was a little rough but Friday specifically was extremely difficult. Owen does not cry, he hasnt cried except at the eye doctor appointment was the first time we had heard him cry (NICU nurses also talked about how he never cries) but we know he can cry because we heard it at the eye doctor appointment. I thought for sure Friday he would cry because he was making facial expressions of just pure pain and misery (my heart broke) but he never cried, he would do a little whimper noise and a thing we call "huffing" (my husband called it that and it fits lol) where he sounds like he is huffing and puffing but that is his extent or his "fussy" times. I called the pediatrician and she stated she felt like it was the formula and that the increase recently just tipped it over the top (because I had tried backing back down but by this point it didnt matter we were already passed the point of that working). We are now on a specialty formula which I started it immediately at his 6pm feeding. By Saturday morning he was already showing signs of relief and feeling better. The pediatrician called me back that morning and we discussed everything and she asked me about if he ever cried that night and I told her no he didnt and that he only did his little whimper, restless movements, and his huffing thing he does. She told us she didnt think he would ever really cry unless truly something wrong and she said that he is truly just a happy, chill, and content baby and that he might have a higher pain tolerance. I asked her that if he all the sudden starts crying out of the blue and nothing noticeably wrong, what does she think we should do? she told us to take him to the emergency room at the Childrens hospital.
It is amazing to me how Owen is he is an extremely chill baby. I am amazed by him and he melts my heart.
Keep us updated on Owen's eye appointment. Glad you were able to up his feeding by 5 ccs, that's great. You are doing a great job mama. Keep it up. Having a preemie is hard, but we are here to offer any support we can by words of encouragement.
Hi welcome to share. My son was on formula and it would cause him to have gas pains and not go as much. I too had a chill baby, he wouldn't even cry when getting his vaccines. He would just give a look like what did they just do to me? My son is now 7 and a very happy, cheerful, laidback child so maybe that will be your son too. I hope you are able to figure out what is going on with his eyes. Nicki
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