The War is over, but an old foe is rearing its ugly white head

Consider Battle Bottle nearly complete!!!!

Eureka!!! Our combo nursing and bottle method at one feeding daily has nearly cured our baby girl of her bottle blues!! She will now take a bottle with very little complaint even without nursing first. Of course you do still have to be at the ready with bottle in hand positioned for feeding almost as soon as she opens her eyes in some cases, but we have seen a definite and dramatic improvement. I have photographic proof which I will upload. Previously these photos would have been impossible because the purple face and tears aren't exactly something you want to capture for posterity.

I must also mention that while we are patting ourselves on the back, a big part of the problem may have been that we were holding the bottle UPSIDE DOWN - with the wrong part of the nipple facing her tongue --- whooooooopppsss!!!! Thanks to Auntie K for sorting that mess out. We saw instant results just in making this one little modification. So we can't take all the credit for the Battle turning to our favor...

Just as this battle seems to feigning, another one is brewing in the distance. Our long-standing thrush appears to be worsening. I find it increasingly difficult to give the ridiculous 4+ doses of the medication each day and find it nearly impossible to apply the medication to my body more than once. We won't even discuss boiling the pacifiers after each use... as if that would ever be possible. We noticed that Caroline appeared to be getting a little rash on her face just above her mouth and it has now spread to the other side as well... great... In looking at her pacifiers it occurs to me that it is probably being transferred from her tongue to the pacifier to this part of her face - the location matches perfectly. Additionally I have been trying to be more diligant with the meds to my body because I have noticed some redness and soreness - this might also be causing the rash? Who knows... we have been dealing with this GD thrush for so freaking long and I am getting so incredibly fed up with it. Kiki called this morning with her own eureka moment about it being the thrush, which kind of confirms my own theories and makes me feel a bit less crazy.

Besides the obvious things like having to explain to strangers that she has thrush when they question her white tongue and having to take a gazillion photos to get one good one because she always seems to have her mouth open and thrushy tongue exposed, I would just like to be done with it already. She has had this for 8 weeks now - EIGHT - and it isn't getting better, it's getting worse. Anyone with a new baby knows how much work it is - add in medicine and medicine for you, boiling pacifiers, changing nursing pads as often as possible, and washing those nursing bras every single solitary time you wear them - I am sick of it to be perfectly honest and I want a better answer than just keep using the Nystatin. Looks like I will calling the pediatrician tomorrow, LOVELY, and all after spending another 40 bucks on the crappy sticky medicine that stains everything...

I might request that we try gentian violet or make them give me diflucan...

My poor thrushy tongued babushka...

Special Shout Out To KIKI

Thanks to Kiki for making the drive to be with Caroline while her Mommy went on a job interview... We OWE her BIG TIME!!!! More on the job later...


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