Poor Baby

It is no secret that Charlie has a history of not being the best eater. The combination of an oral aversion, reflux, poor motility, and intolerances have made feeding unbearable at times. Yesterday, things were further complicated with Charlie’s first illness.

Charlie went on feeding strike after yesterday morning’s bottle. It was an awful feeding. She fought most of it (which she does at times). As the day progressed,  she showed signs that something was obviously wrong. I did what I usually do during times like these… she went to the doctor.

After a day long affair, it was noted that Charlie was running a fever. Was she sick or was it due to teething? Is this latest strike due to her having a stomach illness? Is this a feeding strike due to pre existing issues?

Time will help us sort things out.

For now, my job is to “keep her breathing and keep her hydrated”. On Monday, she will be reevaluated and the plan of action revisited using data gathered over the weekend. Hopefully, she will be better by then.

In the meantime, Charlie will be resting. Today’s ongoing slumber with intermittent feeding attempts is very reminiscent of her days in the NICU. Each bottle battle she and I have leave me feeling sorry for her. Poor baby.


This was taken of Charlie playing at the library earlier this week.


About Rebecca Wood

In May 2012, my pregnancy ended three and a half months early due to severe early onset preeclampsia. This is my collection of thoughts and media. It is an attempt to document and discuss our experience of navigating the post NICU world. View all posts by Rebecca Wood

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