I can't believe our lil man is four weeks today! We weighed him last night and he weighs 8 lbs 5 oz and 22.5" long now!
We've noticed he's changed in his face (cheeks mostly) and is beefing up in interesting places like his belly, hands and feet.
We've still got a couple of hurdles to cross-
I'm pretty sure I am a walking, talking pacey. When he nurses he would nurse an hour on each side if I let him. I'm not really sure how to fix this, I'm hoping this is a newborn thing and he'll eventually be interested in other things.
We've been trying a pacey with very little luck, especially if I'm the one trying to give it to him.
I'm certain this is why we're nursing almost constantly.
Found this on Kellymom.com
“You are not a pacifier; you are a Mom. You are the sun, the moon, the earth, you are liquid love, you are warmth, you are security, you are comfort in the very deepest aspect of the meaning of comfort…. but you are not a pacifier!” — Paula Yount
(made me cry)
Comfort nursing link
Next potential problem-
He does not want to be put down. He sleeps his absolute best when he's in my lap (latched or not). Same with night time. I don't know if this is a problem though, I don't really mind it. :)
Definitely a problem-
When he seems starving, and I just have nothing left for him, we give him a supplement of formula (1oz). After the bottle and properly burped we've got a content little guy, I can get dinner ready and do a bit around the house.
But shortly after that it's a whole new ballgame. He is miserable, crying, squirming, trying his best to find some relief. I end up nursing him because it's the only way we've found to stop his crying. This goes on until bedtime.
It's even the sensitive/gas & fussiness type.
Our game plan is to only supplement if absolutely necessary, and do this with the little bit of expressed milk I've been getting at night (2-3oz).
I'm really hoping to up my stash for him soon. Any tips are greatly appreciated. I only get 1/4 oz after feeding him (yikes).
Some small solutions we've found-
Sitting up seems to really help with his gas. I put him in the boppy, or up on some pillows and he does quite a bit of burping, tooting and sometimes if we're lucky... Well you know...
Also it's too inconsistent to tell but we've tried gripe water and gas drops for some relief.
I've been told this gassiness extreme slows down majorly after six weeks?
Since T likes to be sitting up from time to time he also seems to like the "magic baby hold" and so far, the sling! We take mini-trips to the mailbox and he seems to like it!
Also we did a swaddle last night for a couple hours after eating. T fell asleep, I laid him down and he slept swaddled for a bit. James noticed he was waking up and held him while swaddled, and he slept for 45 minutes. I got a lot done in his room and got to recharge a little. Very exciting!
I hope my post doesn't come off as one big Debbie Downer. We definitely have some small things to work on, but they are small and we're lucky as can be to have a healthy baby boy.
*one more crazy lip sleeping party pic