Thursday, August 19, 2010

Duck Jammies and Weight Issues and Thank YOUS...

here is caroline in her duck jammies. cute right? frick! i can hardly stand it.
c is not back at her birth weight. she was born at 8pounds 4ounces. since i had a c section my milk was slow to come in {like 5-6 days slow} so she lost some weight at the start. i know that is normal. however, at her 2 week check up she was still a bit under...8 ounces under her birth weight to be exact. and they no likey that.
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i don't feel super concerned. she was eating for about 40 minutes every 3ish hours during the day. having 4-6 poopy diapers a day. and waking up once in the night to eat. she is just a very slow little eater. she's a LADY! but now the pediatrician is telling me to feed her for 20 minutes every 2 hours. and now she seems hungry and not satisfied in-between feedings. and i get to wake up a sleeping baby in the middle of the night to feed her. boo. what do ya'll think about that? have you guys ever had babies be under their birth weight for longer than desired? *
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lastly, i just love all my readers. and i LOOOOOVE all my commenters. you guys have no idea how much information, reassurance, happiness...that your comments bring me each day. i can ask any question and you all ALWAYS have a wise word to share. i'm grateful and appreciative. i want you guys to know that. and...i know your knowledge is helping others out there as well. *
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so i'm working on a little surprise for you all for being absolutely awesome. more on that soon. xo.

14 comments:

Meg said...

I am DYING (seriously. Dying.) over duck jammies! Agh. I need to be home with you ladies. I am madly in love. Miss you both like crazy and can't wait until Thanksgiving!

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I'm sorry that you're having trouble with little miss C gaining weight! I don't have any practical advice to offer, just encouragement- I know you guys will make it!

Stephanie said...

Syd was below her birth weight at 2 weeks too. The Dr. made me wake her up and feed her 2 oz. of formula between my regular nursings. Within a few days she was gaining weight better. I think I had to take her in a week later for a weight check. Syd used to spit up about 80% of what she ate so keeping her satisfied was not always easy. Good luck!

Ali said...

She's SO SO SO cute!!

Marcus and Amy said...

She is so cute! Love those jammies!

She will get up to her weight soon!Our pedi. told us that it takes a bit more time for jaundice babies to eat, gain weight and get rid of all that jaundice. Especially if they are breastfeed. (And it took my milk 6 days to come in too! Frustrating huh!) For some reason, being jaundice makes them a lot more sleepy. I am not sure how bad C's jaundice was. But she will get there!

Chris and Annalisa said...

Emme was under her birth weight at 2 weeks, too! I know this is harder than it sounds, but try not to worry. You have instincts, so don't be afraid to follow them. If the doctors don't seem worried, you shouldn't be either. We followed their instructions for Emme, and had to wake her up every 3 hours during the night til like 8 weeks and then every 4 hours during the night til 12 weeks, after which we were allowed to let her sleep.

I had like a TON of milk at first (as in, dripping and pouring down my shirt all day and all night long, even through the breast pads), so I wasn't worried about the quantity of milk I had available. If you're worried about supply, you can do all the regular things (make sure you're eating and drinking enough) and then you could try some herbal supplements. There's a kind made by Gaia sold at Whole Foods (in a glass jar) called Lactation Support or something. They helped me a TON after I had the 24 hour flu and my milk supply was wacko two months ago. I still take them because I've liked them so much.

Good luck!

Anne, Ryan, Emily and McCoy said...

So, sorry if this is TMI, but here you go. Liz had the same issue with Emma (her second). Emma would eat for a really long time, but wasn't gaining weight. Turns out Liz's milk supply was low. Emma would "nurse" for so long, but not gain weight - she kept sucking but nothing, or not enough, was coming out. I would think if Caroline's pooping that much she's getting enough food, but you can always pump to make sure your producing. Also, if I remember right, babies only gain about half an ounce a day, so if Caroline is right around there you're probably ok, too. I think most pediatrician's will let you pop in for a quick weight check any time. Anyway, I hope that helps.

Erin said...

Well, here's my two cents worth. I had a similar issue with my little guy. Instead of feeding him more often, which I really didn't want to do, I supplimented with formula. At night I mixed formula with breast milk and he would only wake up once! Gained weight much faster, too. Just an idea I thought I'd share. She sure is a cutie!

naezandkidz said...

Cooper was 5lbs when he was born and under that when he left the hospital. I ended up having to pump and mix formula with it. Formula will help your little Caroline gain weight quick..but some people want to stick with just breast milk so what ever you feel is best! I think you will know when she is not getting enough to eat...with Cooper I knew it from day 1 and a couple days later they had to put him in NICU cause he got a infection from not eating enough...and since your milk has come in now maybe it will start helping her weight pick up...You will know if she is not happy :)Hope that helps!
Also LOVE the jammies! She looks so differnt everytime! She is so cute.

eMily eLiZaBeTh said...

cute baby girlie! hope your recovering well, i remember how hard it was to get back to it after a C-section. it sucked man.
glad you found me, now we can be blog pals.

Shantell said...

All my kids were under their birth weight and slow to gain. They still are all in the third percentile. With my first I did all that the pediatrician and lactation specialist said and I ended up making myself and my baby miserable. I am now a firm believer in trusting your own instincts and doing what you feel is best. My last child slept through the night from the time he came home and when he was slow to gain they told me to wake him up in the night to feed him. I never did. If your baby is hungary, they will let you know. You are her mom for a reason. Trust your instincts.

the Baker 4 said...

I agree go with your gut instink you cant go wrong...that is all I will say about the weight thing...and OMG Andrea Caroline is the cutest baby EVER!!! and i LOVE the jammies....soooooo cute!!!

kl said...

Sounds like you're having lots of good times!! I say if she's gaining weight, let her sleep through the night! Trust your gut! I've way mellowed as time has gone on with my babes, but I still remember the newborn worries. ps I never let my kids sleep in my room, no way no how! Love them, but we need our sleep! Get some rest girly. C is looking just like you these days! laters

Tiffany said...

I need you to listen closely to me--you need to get pregnant again as soon as possible. You and your husband make gorgeous babies and you owe it to the world to make more.

Your sweet Caroline will be fine. Trust your instincts. The more relaxed and confident you are, the better she'll do.