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Confusion, Frustration, and Sunny Days (Weekend Recap 3/12)

The title says it all–I’m in a pit of “I don’t know what to do” and frustration trying to figure out what to do about poor Emmie’s digestion and reflux. But at least we had some sunny days and nice walks to even out the downs.

Need some back story? Check out my Friday Catch Up from last week.

Weekend Recap 3/12

1) Emmie update: I don’t have great confidence that the dairy free diet is helping with Emmie’s digestion. Maybe it is helping a little bit, but not enough to be the real culprit, at least in my opinion. Also, her reflux has increased, rather than getting better. Friday was another hard day, then Saturday started off as a disaster and ended really really well (with regards to screaming). But these pleasant moments are the blip in the radar, and she spends a great deal of time in discomfort.

A HUGE thank you to my friends who responded to my SOS with support and some suggestions and stories of their own. It has given me a sense of a game plan for my discussion with our pediatrician. Each suggestion was something we’ve already discussed with the doctor, so I won’t be going all know-it-all on her. 

Ps, at this exact moment, Emmie is taking a brief shut eye with her moose Wubbanub “Wubbs” on her face (not over her nose). It is hilarious. I would take a picture, but my phone is charging. Annnnnd she just woke up. 

On the plus side, I just found a bunch of clothes in her current size that I had put in a different place (I KNEW I was more prepared!) so I’m excited about increased cuteness!

2) That said, Saturday after 10 AM was one of Emmie’s best days yet. After a day of either being asleep or awake and unhappy and a morning of not really wanting to eat or be settled, Emmie finally had one of her best nights. She was awake and happy and hanging out and not in pain, and it was lovely, if not an absolute pitty that Alex had to miss out on it because he was getting blasted at the hospital. He had an absolutely miserable call weekend–I think he got an hour of sleep? And it is especially hard for him because he worries about Emmie, and he worries about me worrying about Emmie. 

Sunday morning was another good one for Emmie–I didn’t mind the time change because she was already up, lol–and we got ourselves all gussied up to go down to bring Daddy lunch. However, when I talked to him, he was in dire straights and told us not to bother because he probably wouldn’t be able to meet us. I was sad, to be sure; I wanted to see him, but when he is working like this, sending him food and making sure that he is at least somewhat taken care of is the only way I have to connect with him and love him during the day. That is why I make his food–so that we can save some money but also so that he can have a little something of me during the day. I just feel so helpless to help him otherwise.

It is a frustrating, confusing time, but I’m trying to focus on the positive: Emmie’s milestones and her happy moments, her adorableness in her new outfits (that I already had but finally found again–right under my nose!), her big blue eyes and funny little snarfer smiles (don’t ask, inside joke). I just want to help her and make her feel better.

I’m also revelling in time with friends: my friend who took Emmie for me and was a CHAMPION and Brianna, who I finally, after years of knowing each other virtually, got to meet and have a delish lunch with. She also brought Emmie the cutest outfit, and I can’t wait for her to wear it!

3) TV update: Downton Abbey is on Amazon Prime. If I have to stay inside, at least I have the Granthams and Crawleys. Fun Fact: I changed my ringtone to the theme song a few years ago when I was working at a particular job that called me a lot and made me miserable. I literally got to the point that I hated my phone, and changing to that song soothed my soul. What if Emmie cried the Downton Abbey theme song? That would be pretty sweet.

4) With all of the stress, I have been eating emotionally. Still dairy free, but that doesn’t stop me. Lots and lots of chocolate, and lots of dairy free muffins. I’ve made two sets of muffins that have disappeared in rapid order. As in, the blueberry banana cocoa protein muffins were gone… in 10 hours. And then Saturday morning, I woke up and made the new Kodiak Cakes Power Packed Blueberry Lemon muffin mix. I made some substitutions (to keep them DF), but even though I forgot the second egg (whooooops), they are still delicious!

5) Speaking of food, I received a big box of goodies from Nature Box! You might remember how much I loved Nature Box when I tried it years ago (remember my monthly unboxings?, and if you shop at Target, you probably have seen or tried their snacks! 

Nature Box is small batch, flavorful, and healthy snacks made just for you (YEAH THEY ARE). Snacks made with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, no corn syrup of any kind, no hydrogenated oils, and no MSG. Members join a wholesale, members-only club that gives them full access to all of the snacks!

Nature Box already had a wide variety of options, and they have expanded their line even further since I last had the subscription. Now they have mini meals, different size snacks, and even their own jerky!

I. Am. OBSESSED with the new Honey Dijon Turkey Jerky. Omg, it is some of the best jerky I’ve ever had. The flavor is spot on, not too sweet (and rather low sugar), and for this dairy free momma, they were gone in an instant. I also returned to an old favorite–the Blueberry Almond Quinoa Clusters. No milk and I almost ate the full bag in one go… NOT SORRY.

(go to my instagram to see what they look like!)

Want to try Nature Box for yourself? Go to my Instagram and enter a giveaway for $50 of free snacks! One winner will win $50 of free snacks, a free lifetime membership ($5/month value) and free shipping on their first order! Want to get 50% off your first box? Check out my instagram later this week for a special code (and give it some love while you are there!

Try everything from chocolate covered almonds to quinoa clusters to dried pineapple (yummm) to snack mixes to a bajillion other snacks!

(I received the same offer that Nature Box is extending to the winner in exchange for a review and mention, but I already love their products and all opinions are my own!)

If you were to change your ringtone to a TV series them song, which show would it be?

I love blueberry and lemon together, what is a flavor combo that you love?

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  • Reply Jess

    Favorite flavor mix is cherry chocolate mmmmm….this newborn stage of life is SO tough. Especially adding in reflux. Ruby has some and we have to constantly guard her to make sure she doesn’t choke on herself. She really scared us a time or two. I miss my husband. I mean. He’s here but we hardly get to connect. Life gets messy. And this really is a HARD phase of life. But, it’s only a phase. We will blink and our babies will be running around crazy or soon be 13 like my big kid and you’ll wonder where all the years went. Sending so much love Little Emmie’s way!!!

    March 12, 2018 at 5:58 am
  • Reply Sarah Dudek

    Mary was a super fussy baby from about 1-5 months old. She had horrible gas pains that made me miserable and all of us sleepless. Both of my girls have actually been formula fed and that seems to help with their digestion. From my experience, the first few months with any baby can be pretty rough as you get to know them and their needs and wants. Lucy for the first few months had certain hours where she was almost predictably fussy. It’s a hard time to be a mom, but the best answer is whatever you find works best for you. Hang in there, it does get better. Those little digestive systems take awhile sometimes to figure out how to do their job.

    March 12, 2018 at 6:44 am
  • Reply Cora

    Ah geez, I am so sorry for all this confusion and frustration and down right worry all of this is causing. The confusion and not having an answer must be the hardest part. Poor Alex too, having to be away and not getting sleep and yes, worrying about his two ladies. I hope you keep calling on your friends around you for support, either with mind dumping or social time. And I just hope there are some answers and some relief very soon both for you and little Emmie!

    Love blueberry lemon, though cranberry lemon may win out? And I’d totally change my phone to the theme song from “Captain Planet.”

    March 12, 2018 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Maureen

    The picture of Emmie in number two is hysterical. She doesn’t seem very excited about not seeing dad for lunch. I hope it gets better for her soon! Fingers crossed the pediatrician can pinpoint what’s making her so upset/reflux-y.

    March 12, 2018 at 8:12 am
  • Reply jennifer

    Awww y’all bring hubby lunch, I love it!
    Right now my ring tone should be from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — They’re alive, damn it, cause females is tough as hell!

    March 12, 2018 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Aw man! I hope you figure out what’s causing the problem soon- it’s always something!
    I think I’d use the Full House theme song! haha!

    March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Rae

    I’m sorry to hear things are a little rough for poor Emmie. I hope that a convo with your pediatrician leads to some solutions soon! Also, I now want all the muffins. Thanks for that 😉

    March 12, 2018 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Michelle

    My oldest daughter suffered from this as well. She also needed to be on a low iron formula as well as I always had acid reflux drops on hand. Once she turned about 6 months it started to get better. Hugs!!

    March 12, 2018 at 10:44 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    I’m so sorry to hear about the reflux. It really is so tough having a reflux baby. One thing we did (you might be doing this already) is I held her upright after a feed and burping. I would hold her upright for at least 15-20 minutes, sometimes half an hour, after every single feed. Even the middle of the night ones where I just wanted to pass out right after feeding her. Those night ones were hard but the extended vertical time after a feed did help settle her little tummy. It wasn’t perfect, didn’t cure it (only time did) but it definitely helped her.

    March 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Kristy

    I had to wait 4 weeks of being dairy and soy free before I saw a difference. And even though the improvement I saw while being dairy free was minor, the setbacks we experienced when I accidentally slipped were HUGE. Sucks.

    March 12, 2018 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Poor Emmie, and you! At least you have muffins – one of the best comfort foods.

    March 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Neil

    Just catching up here Susie. Sorry to hear things are a bit rough for little Emmie. Chin up, I know you’ll all get through. Plus cakes, baking and generally any kind of food making will help! 🙂

    March 13, 2018 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Emily

    Hang in there momma, those early months are hard, especially with the reflux and when your partner is working long hours. You got this!

    March 13, 2018 at 7:30 am
  • Reply San

    It must be so hard when you want to help your baby but it’s like a trial-and-error back and forth because they can’t pinpoint what is causing her discomfort.
    This is where the mom hormones kick in and the adorableness of babies helps, I assume!

    Yay for time with friends – always!

    March 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Emmie crying to the tune of the Downtown abbey theme – now that I want to hear Train that bebe now! That’s Ellen material!

    Hopefully you can work out what’s causing little miss so much trouble soon! Hugs to you, mama!

    March 15, 2018 at 3:09 am
  • Reply Megan

    Ugh I hope E feels better soon and you all can get some good quality time! Tummy issues are the worse, as you know!

    March 15, 2018 at 11:43 am
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