I feel really bad for the little guy with this reflux. I remember how bad my heartburn was during pregnancy, and this seems way worse for him. He frequently just starts chewing like there's something in his mouth and then he makes a gross face and starts crying. I can tell he's in pain, and it's sad. Saturday is day three, and I'm hoping to see some big improvements. He's been pretty grumpy and fussy this week, and I'm sure 99% of it has to do with the stomach pain. On Tuesday he cried pretty much all day, and it was hard on both of us.
On the plus side, he seemed to enjoy his bath a little more this week. He only cried for the last part of it, so that's an improvement. Maybe he just had to get used to it.
This week I also started nursing him in bed in the mornings. One of the positions is that you lay chest to chest, and he can feed that way. It's really nice to be able to lay in bed for an extra 30 minutes or so. I hate jumping out of bed in the morning, so this is as good a way as any to be able to relax and rest. He's been sleeping about 6 hours at night. I feed him around 11, and then we go to bed. He sleep about 2 or 2.5 hours and then is up. Then he'll sleep until 5 when I feed him and then again sleeps until 7 or 8. This is when I feed him in bed. This is a typical night, but on Thursday morning, he was awake from 2:30-5. It was pretty brutal.
I have also started lying him in his crib for a few minutes at a time so that he can start to get used to it. When he starts napping better (ie, more than 20 minutes and more regularly), I'll try to do his naps in there.
I went to the hematologist on Wednesday for a follow up appointment, and next Friday will be the last day of blood thinners. After that, she wants me to take one baby aspirin pill/day for the rest of my life. If we want to go through this again, I would need to call her to discuss how to get pregnant/stay pregnant. I'm not sure we want to do this again though. Certainly not for a couple of years. Maybe by then, I will have forgotten how terrible the daily shots are and how hard the newborn phase is. Maybe.