Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Continuing bottle saga

Today I went to speak about monkeys at my friend Mrs. G's school. This is the third year in a row she has been kind enough to invite me to talk to her classes. But it's the first year I've had William. He went to his part-time day care all morning. I wasn't sure how much milk he would drink while I was away from him, so I just packed a bunch of it for them to give him.

As it turns out, he didn't drink any. We had a repeat of his total refusal to drink from a bottle. I thought we'd solved the problem by getting the right size nipples, but maybe something else is going on. Obviously, I wasn't there while he was at the daycare, so I don't know exactly how they tried to feed him or exactly how he reacted. All I know is that he went from about 8am to 1pm without any milk. When I found out he hadn't eaten while he was there, I about flipped out. Normally he wants to eat every 2 hours unless he's sleeping. The weird thing was, he wasn't even fussing when I got to him. He was just looking around, with very wide eyes, like he was completely overwhelmed. Maybe after months of just being with mama, the daycare is too much for him. As soon as I got to him, I fed him, and even though it had been 5 hours since his last meal, he didn't really seem all that interested. And for once in his life, he wasn't crying... he just seemed... speechless.

After he ate and we were at home, I waited a little while and then decided to see what would happen if I tried to give him a bottle. I heated up about 2 ounces and put the bottle to his lips. Without pausing, he slurped the whole thing down and then looked at me like, "You got any more?"

So I just don't get it! I'm going to be really worried about ever taking him to the daycare or leaving him with anybody for more than a couple of hours in case this happens again. My poor little sweetheart. I just held him and hugged him and kissed him and kept feeding him all afternoon. What must have been going on in his little mind that made him not want to eat at daycare? I hope he didn't think I'd left him and I wasn't coming back. It must have all been very overwhelming to him. Poor sweet William!

Hoping we can get this figured out.


Aimee said...

Looks like you have a little extrovert on your hands!! Seems like he must be enjoying himself and not worried about eatting until he gets hungry. I bet he loved all the action. :)

gutzville said...

I also sometimes forget to eat lunch... Like today.

Anonymous said...

Aimee, I agree with you. He must have been having a ball watching all the other kids. If he's not crying, he's probably happy. This could be a positive milestone!
Grandma Barb

amypfan said...

I second all of those comments. Sometimes it just takes kids a little bit to adjust to a new environment. If he wasn't crying, I'd call it a semi-good thing. Give it a few more tries before the full-on freakout. Hang in there--this motherhood thing is hard!