Sunday, November 22

No More Zantac!

I'm so excited! On October 7 the baby started taking Zantac for acid reflux. (I have to add here that we didn't see his regular Pediatrician, we saw a Nurse Practitioner.) She told me to give him .6mL 2x a day. That seemed a little extreme to me. The baby's symptoms weren't horrible, they were just bad enough to make him - and me - uncomfortable. So he's only ever taken it 1x a day. Within 24 hours he was like a brand new baby! No more spit up and no more "colicky" behavior.

After a week or so I read a Zantac box at the grocery. It said that the medicine reduces the production of stomach acid, and I had heard that the body can become dependent on the medicine if taken too long. I really started wondering if there was something we could give him to neutralize the acid instead.

About 3 weeks ago I tried taking him off of the Zantac and he went right back to being a cranky spit up baby. A week later (of being on the meds again) we decided to change his formula. We tried Enfamil A.R. - it's made thicker for babies who spit up. It's been awesome! He's not been on any medicine for about 10 days.

THEN we got to wondering if it was just the formula in the first place. He was on Enfamil in the hospital and for about a week after. Then we switched to Good Start, since that's what WIC gives you in TN. Looking back, that's about when we started to notice the problems, but I associated it with getting used to wearing the harness.

So now he's taking a mixture of Enfamil AR and regular Enfamil. It's thick, but not super thick. He's doing just fine. After my can of AR is finished we're going to just give him the Enfamil and see what happens.

EDITED TO ADD: I tried reducing the AR just a little bit and he started spitting up again. I guess 1/2 and 1/2 is the right mixture for him.

Wednesday, November 18

Starting Early

Every man needs his remote! (Even if he IS asleep.)


Saturday, November 7

Highlights & Adjustments

MFW Blog Roll

Wow, it's been an entire month since I last posted about school. We've also made a few changes.

MEMORY WORK: We're up through the 6th Commandment already.
- Exodus 20, The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord your God....You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourself an idol.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not murder.

HISTORY: This is where we've made the biggest change. We're not doing MFW anymore... there I said it. I absolutely love the idea of MFW, but I can't keep up with it. I guess the Unit Study approach just isn't for us. I always felt like I was behind and it got a little stressful.

I pulled together the resources that I had and made up a 36 week schedule to finish the Ancients. (I'll post more about that later.) The first week we read A Child's History of the World chapters 5-7. This was mainly a recap of what we'd already learned with MFW Creation to the Greeks. The second week we read about Sargon and Hammurabi. They also did a notebook page on Hammurabi and mapped his empire. This past week we talked about early Europe, Stonehenge and the mythical beginnings of Britain from Our Island Story.

That brings us up through week 7 on the new schedule.

BIBLE: For now, *B* and *C* are required to read 1 chapter a day as a part of their independent work. They've read all of Mark, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and now they are in the Gospel of John.

HYMN STUDY: Almost done with Amazing Grace.

SCIENCE: Christian Kids Explore Biology lessons 3 and 4.

LATIN: They do Latin's Not So Tough 2 in their folders and I'm too lazy to go see how far they've gotten. :/


*T* lessons 20, 21 & 22

*C* just finished Review 5.

*B* has finished 2B and is now in 3A (finally!) She's had a tough time with rounding, so we've been stuck on that for a week or so. We'll move on next week and just keep reviewing every day.


We've hardly done any. I don't know what happened, but we've let it slip by the last few weeks.

*T* is working through Explode the Code book A. He will be finished with it this coming week and (hopefully) will start book B. I think I'm going to wait until he's done with the Primers to start back up with LLATL Blue. I think it would be easier on him (and me) if he knew all of the letter sounds before we continue.

... Well that's it - no pictures, sorry. Hopefully now we can get back on a regular reporting schedule!