A week and a half ago I wrote about something being wrong with Vivi and so many of you came out to support us through the scary unknown that is a sick baby. I just wanted to give you a little update on the little peanut that has caused me so many tears, happy ones, sad ones and scared ones.

When Vivi was born my amniotic fluid was meconium stained. For those of you unfamiliar with delivery room terms it basically means she pooped in utero and was floating around in it. She aspirated quite a bit of it and had to be suctioned during and after delivery which left her tiny little nose swollen and made it hard for her to breathe as she nursed. This was her first difficulty.

Her second difficulty came when she started peeing blood. Lots of it.

Somehow she had ended up with a severe UTI that caused her immense pain whenever she peed. A week of antibiotics and her second difficulty has been resolved.

Her third and most worrisome difficulty came when she hadn’t pooped in over a week despite our best efforts to get it out of her. Her x-ray showed that she wasn’t making any stool whatsoever which got her fast (FAST) tracked to a pediatric gastroenterologist. Apparently Vivi understood the gravity of the situation after I sobbed my way through my original post whereupon she pooped and pooped good the next morning.

I’ve never been so happy to see crap in my entire life.

After several other appointments Vivi’s “official” diagnosis is an immature digestive system. It’s nothing major (for now) aside from being inconvenient (poonamis!) and making Vivi horribly uncomfortable at times (okay, a lot of the time.) She’ll grow out of it (into it?) eventually and will get a lot better when she starts on solid foods.

It was a lot for her first week, and that everything happened at the same time in such a short amount of time on top of my whole milk supply issues? Whew.

Thank you everyone for your support and prayers and love. My boobs have felt it and Vivi’s bowels appreciate it. My washer could probably use a prayer or two too…and my carpet.

It’s been a long couple of weeks.

But when they’re spent curled up with a tiny little baby scented baby?

eighteen days

They’re good long weeks.


  1. My daughter was colicky, diagnosed with reflux at about 3 weeks. The sleepless nights of helplessness during that third week [before the diagnosis] as my child screamed in obvious pain and I couldn’t do ANYTHING about it are never going to fade from my memory.

    Also, 2011 has been the year of withholding poop by my 3yo son. It’s these times that you realize how little control you have over this other little person.

    I’m sorry to hear it was such horrible scary symptoms, and thrilled to hear that they’re being resolved.

  2. I am so relieved to hear that things are better (ish)! I was worried about little Vivi but didn’t want to bug you about it. It is SO frustrating when they are miserable and you don’t know why/can’t do much about it (see: Audrey and reflux. argh.) YAY FOR POOP! I hope things continue to… um… go smoothly in that area 😉 heh

  3. My favorite line in the post:

    I’ve never been so happy to see crap in my entire life.

    LOL I can totally appreciate this! My daughter was horribly constipated for the first 2 years of her life. Like, would only poop every 4-5 days, with medication and every other trick in the book. It was AWFUL! It resolved itself at 2 years, when she began pooping in the toilet (before she began peeing in the toilet, because hey, we could tell it was about time for a poop).

    Yay for poop indeed! Hope things continue in the right direction 🙂

  4. Oh sweet Mama! Sorry you’ve had all this to deal with on top of being a new mama again. Love you and can’t wait to squish that sweet thang! We had an immature digestive system with Clark. Scared the “crap” out of us – but not him. Glycerin Chips were our BFF.

    Your encouragement has meant so much the past week. Thank you, Sweet Friend. I’m so grateful for you.

  5. mommabird2345 says:

    Yay for poop! I’m glad she’s doing a little better.

  6. glad all seems to be on the up and up. best wishes!

  7. Amy Slaughter says:

    We went through some similar situations,(no pooping, unable to nurse) and to see someone else go through it makes my heart go out to you that much more. I’m so glad things are looking up and I’m so glad you get to have these experiences, not because they are difficult or similar to mine, but because they mean you were blessed with a little precious soul to teach the ways of the world to. Especially after waiting so long. I pray for you guys I hope these circumstances will be but memories at the beginning of a very long lifetime.

  8. big sigh of relief… when those little bodies have big problems it leaves us feeling so helpless doesn’t it? Glad to hear all is well.

  9. I am so glad they figure out her issues – I have been thinking of you!! xo

  10. I love to hear that she will outgrow this!! Happy growing and happy pooping, Vivi girl!

  11. A baby scented baby… love it! So glad to hear that things are looking up! Her hair reminds me so much of my daughter when she was a baby. Wild and crazy!

  12. I’m so happy things are on the up and up. I find your strength incredibly admirable.

  13. So relieved for you. Your girls are just gorgeous!

  14. So glad to hear she is doing well! That whole mess is so scary. My son aspirated meconium and we almost lost him. Glad to hear the nursing is improving too! She is absolutely beautiful and hit the mommy lottery!

  15. Prayers answered. So thankful, been thinking of you each and every day…saying a little prayer oft times for you. Much love my dear friend. xo

  16. Casey, I’ve been thinking about you and Vivi and hoping that everything would be alright, and it sounds like it is. Phew. Much love.

  17. SO glad she is OK.

    Honestly, my ovaries cannot handle the extreme adorableness of Vivi. Makes me want to hold a baby and smell its sweet, sweet head. STAT.

  18. I’m so glad things are getting better for her…and for you! I can relate on the poo issue. My 2 month old went a week without pooping and it was a massive blowout when she did…followed by another…and another. Good luck! Enjoy that sweet baby smell!

  19. I’m glad to read that things are getting better, and hope the monster craps continue.

  20. Barbara says:

    So glad to hear she’s on the mend. It’s so scary when things go haywire at the start, but babies are so resilient, thank God and she will get through this. And so will you. Love and light to you both.

  21. this is the best boob and poop post I have ever read.

    Been praying for your little family. Hope Vivi keeps pooping and your boobs keep milking!

  22. My Kate is eight and we arrived at the same diagnosis. I go used to poop-stained underlayers but was more than happy to throw away tiny lovely dresses and jammies that she christened with a several days worth of pent-up poop! Any-hoo….at eight she is still prone to clinical levels of constipation and the worst case of potty humor known to man. I am 100% the two are related…we spent the first two years of her life talking A LOT about poop…..in all, satisfactory outcomes all around. Best (poopy head) wishes to you!

  23. Thank goodness. I was WORRIED about her…and you. She has the best momma to get her through all that. How amazing for you to have the strength to get through it together. Yay! for Vivi being okay! Loves.

  24. So, so scary.

    We dealt with an immature digestive system as well, and you may want to consider eliminating liquid milk as a precaution (if you are breastfeeding) and using a soy or hyperallergenic formula if you are bottle feeding/supplementing.

    Huge hugs and love to you, dear Casey.

    Eat up that nommable baby!

  25. She is beautiful! I’m so glad everything is working out now.

  26. Whoa. Simply whoa. I hate scary stuff like that.

    Yay for poop. 🙂

    A friend here had a baby about same week as yours. and a whole week went by with very unhappy baby and not eating and LOSING weight.. and FINALLY a lactation specialist (NOT A DR. NOT A NURSE!) noticed that he had a cleft palate (up inside top of his mouth) basically making suction impossible. He couldn’t nurse or even suck a bottle. Now all is well, he has a special nipple yada yada..

    My point.

    They were SO happy to have the answer be a birth defect!? Who would have thought that would be a happy thing? WHEN you are scared it’s MUCH MUCH worse, that’s when. 🙂

    Bless you guys!


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