The MiL & the Poop

For the last couple of days, we have been battling with the MiL over Poop. Yes, that's right. Poop. Or the lack-thereof.

Let me explain. Grace is now on solids twice a day. As with many babies starting on solids (or so the Almighty Internet tells me), she has had a case of constipation. Our poor little baby strains and strains. And nada. No poop.

We are moving her up the chain of solids as dictated by her doctor. Rice cereal, then oatmeal, then whole grains, then veggies & fruits. According to the doctor, we have to wait a day or so in between these new introductions so that we can monitor for any food allergies, etc.

Grace was on Step 2 - Oatmeal.

For the last few days, the MiL has been all over our cases. "She needs to eat FRUIT!" she berates. Fruit is the miracle cure that will fix everything. We have gotten the lecture over and over. I tried to explain that we were following the steps the doctor told us to and the doctor had warned about a little trouble moving food through Grace's system. But, nothing would convince her.

So, yesterday we caved. We SKIPPED the whole grains and gave her PRUNES. Grace thinks prunes are really cool. They are lots of fun to smear all over her face. And you know what? Still no poop.

Last night, as we put Grace to bed, J turned to me and said "I hope she poops all over her tomorrow."

Me too, honey. Me too.


Tooj said...

LOL Okay, I read the prune post, and then I read this...I should have started here.

You were doing right by saving fruits for last. They LOVE them because of the sugary sweet tastes, and that can cause refusal of the others. I'm sure you know this. And while the older generations know some things, doctors and medical findings have grown over the years from when WE were babies. Keep doing what you do....and grit your teeth. LOL And the straining?? Babies strain because they have to learn how to use and strengthen those muscles "back there". Don't freak too much when their faces get redder than a tomato. It's typically normal. They stop straining as much around 2 or 3...but still sometimes try too hard. Poop. I love it.

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

That post made me laugh. :D
Thank you for giving me some love on my SITS day.