Immediately following the norovirus, the babies came down with a rough upper respiratory illness. They are coughing, sneezing, feverish, and feeling horrible. We've got all our usual protocols going to try to prevent this from getting worse.
They really haven't been themselves for quite sometime and I don't blame them. Who would have the energy to run and crawl and play for hours on end?
Luckily, they are eating. And eating. And eating some more. One of the standard protocols following norovirus is to avoid milk products as they can exacerbate symptoms. So, we saw a window of opportunity to get out of bottles and felt that now would be a great moment with the norovirus and everything else going on.
The little dragons have been officially off of bottles for a week and while they were only taking two a day to boost calories, the high calorie formula was impacting their appetites throughout the day. It also wasn't doing a great job boosting weight gain- just keeping them on their curve which is well below the charts.
So besides feeling crummy the babies are eating us out of house and home. I'll give you an idea of what a typical bottle-free day looks like for them, meal wise:
8am: breakfast- gluten free waffles or pancakes with agave, scrambled eggs, and apple juice water
10am: snack- full fat Greek Yogurt, fruit purée with agave, and apple juice water
2pm: lunch- stacked enchiladas with corn corn tortillas, ground beef, beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream; apple juice water
4pm: snack- Colby or Pepper Jack cheese stick, fritos and/or chex, guacamole or cheese dip, apple juice water
6pm: snack- chex and a GF cookie, applesauce, apple juice water
7:30pm: dinner- Soup with Italian sausage, potatoes, onions and peppers; apple juice water
It's been interesting, to say the least, having two little dragons chase you around saying, "eat, Mommy, eat"- and you just... fed... them... ! But, at least they're hungry and having appetites with all of this sickness going on. It's a lot of planning, and as Maisie says: "Cook, mommy!"