Poor Miss O. I'm not even joking.
Ever since her peri-anal strep incident a few weeks ago, which made her rear totally tender and sore, going #2 has not been the same. In fact, I think it was more painful and bothersome that we knew because she's developed a raging case of constipation or something like that. I mean, she goes probably once a day or every other day, but still.
Here's what happens. For example, last night she needed to go. So, she grunted and groaned and...did nothing. So she gave up. Then, this morning, I caught her with "the look" in Misses A& E's room and I asked her if she wanted me to stay with her or give her some space (she chose the latter, and I don't blame her. I think we all prefer to "take care of business" by ourselves). So, probably fifteen minutes later, she came downstairs with this horrific stink and hard mass in her diaper. It hurts, she tells me. I totally believe her, especially when we investigate what she's expelled. Holy cow. That'd hurt me.
I think some of it is self induced, which furthers the unfortunate cycle. I'm also partly to blame because I haven't been keeping as good an eye on her diet as I need to, but I've been changing that lo these past few days. I was so proud of her for going today and rewarded her with M&M's (which Super J suggested we use to bribe her to going...it worked today), but this is something that is starting to become more regular and I'd really like to stop it before it becomes more of a problem.
I've looked it up and know what I need to do: more fiber, more fluids, more exercise. But I'm wondering if anyone has any other ideas for an incredibly picky eater (meaning, she won't touch vegetables or fruit, though sometimes she'll drink a smoothie or eat a yogurt, and she prefers to stick with things like Eggo waffles --though I'm going to get her the wheat kind and see if she'll eat them--, Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets from Costco--they're supposed to have whole grain in them! Alas!!!--and whatever I can get her to eat in the evening)??? Any suggestions, Gentle Reader?