September 17, 2008

Poopy Talk

Never in my life would I have predicted that life would ever center around poop. Of course, now that PK is here poop is all I ever seem to talk about. How often does she poop? What color is her poop? Is her poop of the right consistency? Projectile poop. Oh, projectile poop! Her "I'm taking a poop" face. Helping her poop by rubbing her tummy and lifting up her legs. It goes on and on and on.

I am happy when she poops, especially now that some of her feeds are formula feeds. Formula feeds tend to cause less frequent poops. Her poops are also smellier and darker compared to the breast-feeding poops. When we first switched to formula, the poor thing was in such agony because she couldn't poop. She was never constipated, since, when her poops DID come out, the consistency was never hard. She just couldn't get them out, no matter how hard she tried. She would wail and her face would go red, but no poop. Fortunately, my mom told us about the miracle of the glycerine suppository. The deal is as follows. If your kid is constipated, you leave it in for 15-20 minutes and let it dissolve to soften the stools. Sometimes, however, your kid may just have a case of stage fright, and the act of putting in the suppository has the effect of triggering those butt muscles to spew out the poop. Fortunately, PK's case was the latter. We've used the glycerine suppositories twice now, the latest use being last Friday. All we had to do was pop it in, and seconds later, the poop just came oozing out. It just kept going on for a good 20 minutes. Fortunately, both of us were there, because that would've ended up a royal mess otherwise. We must've gone through 6 or more diapers, which we just laid under her pooping butt.

Fortunately, she hasn't had any pooping issues since last Friday, for which we are most grateful, since she really doesn't feed well when her poops don't come out. Since the formula was the culprit, I've been making it a point to feed her more breast milk, either straight from the boob or expressed via the pump, and that seemed to have done the trick.

Who would've thought that pooh would be such a riveting topic???

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