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Bad by ANY standards

Even at his absolute sickest, Parker has always been (well, since the reflux got under control) the absolute HAPPIEST baby on earth. Even hacking up a lung, breathing 88bpm, not eating.. when you’d expect him to be absolutely miserable (and he’d have every right to be) he still smiled and laughed and played ALL day long.

With this newest hunger strike, I just knew something was different than the past. He has been increasingly whiny as the days go by. Eating less and less, refusing solids altogether.. and just being pretty miserable as a whole. Not normal for him at all. Since we have no idea what’s wrong with him, if anything at all, at first I just sort of assumed it was part of his “sickness” and trudged through the whiny annoying days. Trying to get him to eat.. ans usually failing.

As i’ve mentioned before, weekends are never good for Parker. He just gets so out of whack with Thomas being home and not being on his regular schedule that he has no idea when he’s hungry, and generally won’t eat. Today? Worse than ANY weekend day thus far. Total whiny evil squirmy mess. Not crying with spit up, so we ruled out reflux being the issue (even on the correct dosage there will always be bad reflux days).. so what could it be?
The only time he was happy all day was when we went out for a quick shopping trip to pick him up a couple of cheap onesies (since he has hardly anything in the correct size for the correct season), and to get Holden a bathing suit. Parker was downright blissful. Happy, smiling, and flirting with all the cute sales girls.

Of course, as soon as we got home, it was right back to whiny refusing insanity.

What in the WORLD, child?? What is WRONG with you? We tried to console him, tried to get him to eat, tried to get him to sleep.. he really wasn’t having any of it.

The only time I can remember him being so whiny was when he was cutting two teeth at once about a month ago- but that never effected his eating (although, he wasn’t eating much then.. so who knows). I checked his mouth thoroughly, and couldn’t see anything that would be bothering him so much.. but if you’ve ever had a teething baby- you know those teeth can sneak attack you and pop through without the months of swollen gums that other babies experience.

We started his last bottle of the day.. and he got about a half an ounce (probably less) in before he started thrashing his head around and whining. Sometimes he does that when he’s tired, but he took a long sort of late nap, so logic would rule out that reasoning.
On the OFF chance that his current issue (or at least part of the issue) could be teething, I pulled out the orajel. No, it’s never worked before.. he has HATED orajel in the past.. but after a full day of bottle refusing whinyness, I decided anything was worth trying at that point. A little bit of orajel wasn’t going to hurt him if that wasn’t the issue, so why not?

Had no idea which teeth could be bothering him.. according to sequence it might be either the ones next to his two bottom teeth that were bulbous before those middle teeth even got swollen, or maybe the top middle teeth- so I rubbed the orajel on both those places and crossed my fingers.
BAM, three and a half ounces with hardly any issues (comparatively anyways).

Really?? Teething?? On top of everything else??? Come on! Just wondering which ones are the perpetrators.. or maybe it was just dumb luck. With Parker, anything is possible.

Whatever.. at least for tonight it helped. For ONCE, orajel helped Parker and didn’t make him scream like he was dying. THANK YOU ORAJEL!! I am once again a believer. For today at least.


Posted on April 17, 2010 by Holdin' Holden 9 Comments
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  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))

  • Hey Hunnie, I’ve been following your blog for a while now….you are one of the first gals I remember from my days in TTC#1 on JM…..just wanted to say that my Parker sounds JUST LIKE my ex’s nephew….he had horrible reflux when he was a baby….puked all the time…it was so sad….he eventually developed an aversion to food and WOULD NOT eat. He literally associated food with pain and vomit. He would SCREAM if you can near him with a bottle or any food for that matter….it was a slow process but he started seeing a speach therapist (he was maybe about 12 months at this time, and EVENTUALLY he did a complete 180….I’m not trying to offer up DR advice, but I know you feel as though you have exhausted all options…maybe, just maybe, it would work for Parker too…I pray that you guys are able to find something that helps him….ALL of you deserve a break from whatever *sickness* it is ((HUGS))