This post today is brought to you courtesy of the Miracle Blanket. I had half-heartedly tried a tight swaddle previously and had watched my boys lose their minds. But, at my wits end yesterday, I pulled out a couple of swaddle blankets I bought at a consignment sale, and lo and behold, both boys calmed down immediately.
I haven’t really mentioned it, but I have a couple of screamers on my hands. They are on an antacid medication because they both barf up about half of what they eat, almost every time they eat, and combined with the screaming, the doctor suspected GERD. But so far, the medicine doesn’t seem to be doing much to reduce either the barfing or the screaming. Granted, the are on a weak medication (a Zanta.c thing, I think) because the stronger stuff (infant Prilo.sec, I think) isn’t covered by our pharmacy insurance and would cost $50 for a one month supply for one baby. And this ends up being one of those “Man, I feel guilty for having twins” thing, because for one baby, we might be able to swing that, but for two? I can’t imagine adding $100 a month to our already tightened budget. I mean, if they really do have GERD, and that is the medicine that cures the problem, we would (of course) gladly add it to the budget. But I’m not entirely sure that is the problem. The barfing is a problem (sometimes it’s overflow of undigested milk, sometimes it’s mucous and milk, and sometimes, it’s half-digested spit-up-style chunks– most of the time, there’s a progression of all three after a feeding), but mostly, the screaming, the apparent writhing in pain, the absolute inconsolable shrieking, and the insistence on eating often less than half an hour after finishing a long feeding– those are the problems that I was hoping might be solved by the medicine. And considering that they aren’t even really alleviated by the current medicine, I don’t have a lot of faith that GERD is the real problem.
My aunt made a really generous gift of cash for the boys, and we are divided over what to buy. We have a swing that we love (and the boys love it), but it’s HUGE, and we can’t really move it from room-to-room, and I get really nervous having them in a room where I can’t hear them (and moving the monitor here and there as needed is a pain, too). And of course, they both like it, so it would be great to have two of them, so I was thinking I might get a travel swing. But, I was also thinking that it would be nice to put that money toward a more structured carrier. Courtesy of friends (both internet– hi, Alexicographer!– and IRL– hi, Charlotte!), I have a few different styles of slings. And J.ack LOVES the sling (especially the Baby K’t.an), but sadly, I’m either not using them right, or I’m still weak from the pregnancy, because they kill my back. Granted, my back hurts pretty much all the time anyway, but wearing Ja.ck in a sling is more than my back can take right now. I got a less-expensive front carrier kind of thing, but H didn’t like it (it was too complicated for him to use). I hear amazing things about the Erg.o carrier, but for PETE’S SAKE. The S.O.B. costs over $100! And that’s not including the necessary infant insert doodad. I’m all for making that investment if it works, but my GOD. I just can’t imagine spending that much on something that may or may not be of that much use to me. And of course, ultimately, I would need two of them, if we ever wanted to go anywhere without a stroller. Sigh. Yet another “if we only had one…” thing.
So, advice? What would you use the money for (it’s around $100)? Maybe screw the baby crap and spend it going out to dinner with H? Save it for later? Fritter it away on Peanut M&Ms and root beer? Medicine? What would you do?