Well it's been a crazy last 2 weeks to say the least... Hence why I am behind on Edward's weekly updates. Let me just say, I don't know how you mama's stay so on top of everything and keep up with blogging! I know we are just 4 weeks in but woah! Being a mama is tough stuff and I find that I have zero time for anything but taking care of my little man. Which don't get me wrong, I absolutely love doing it with all my heart. But I hope that as time goes on, I can still do the other things I enjoy too, like blogging. Who am I kidding... I probably could find the time but I am still taking advantage of cuddling with my sweet boy every chance I get :)
Edward's third week was a big one for us. And not necessarily in a good way. It started with his first visit to the Emergency Room. That's right... there is nothing fun about bringing your 3 week old baby to the ER. Did you know that babies can digest blood from the mama through breast feeding? Like a lot of blood... Well I didn't. And I sure did wish my lactation nurse had told us not to be alarmed if he threw up blood after a feeding. Which he did. Which is why we brought him to the ER. Everything is fine and apparently this is fairly common. But it sure scared me and hubby to death!!! Two days before this scare I had noticed a little cracking and light bleeding on my right nipple. But nothing bad at all... just a tiny amount. The next day, it looked like it was all healed up. No sign of blood before or after his feeding. But I guess he still got blood, and a good amount of it, during his feeding. So new mama's out there.... Just know that if this happens to your baby and they throw up blood, it can't do any harm to them. And just because you don't see any blood come from your nipples doesn't mean the little one isn't getting it.... Oh how lovely.
The second thing during week 3 is little man's weight.... We have been battling his weight since day 2. All babies loose weight after birth. But V lost 10% by the end of the day 2 and the pediatrician said that was too much, too fast. After we went down to 6lb 5oz, we started seeing a lactation consultant almost everyday for his first 2 weeks. At two weeks, his weight was back at his birth weight of 7lbs. GREAT! Except, we brought him in to the doctor the day after the ER visit just to follow up, and what do you know... he had dropped back down below his birth weight. I thought everything was going great and he was growing. Little did I know that wasn't the case. So what now? I am breast feeding, pumping and supplementing. I know a lot of mama's have to do this. And I know it is temporary. And I'll do anything I have to for my little man to grow and be healthy. I'm just so happy that his doctor said I can still breast feed and then use formula half the time. Once he gets where he is suppose to be with weight, then hopefully we can go back solely to breast feeding.
As of Tuesday, when he hit 4 weeks, his weight was at a high... 7lbs 4oz! Praise God our new feeding routine is working!! All these late night feedings are worth it. Oh wait.. did I mention that all of Week 2, Edward was sleeping 6-7 hours a night?!? Yup. My good little man. But since we realized he wasn't doing well with his weight gain, his physician has me now waking him up every 3 hours to feed no matter what, around the clock. Most babies at this age feed every 3 hours. And he was during the day. But he was a great night sleeper from like day 4... So now having to wake him up in the middle of the night to eat just stinks! Again.... this is only temporary and what is best for him :)
Other things to note:
*He has started to produce tears! I can tolerate his baby cries. But now that little tears fall down his cute face, it makes it so much harder!!
*He is staying awake at least 1 full hour in between feedings. It is amazing to see him so alert. Eyes wandering, taking everything in. Ahh I just love it!
*He is also still getting very fussy at night. It seems like at 6:00pm every night a little "fussy" switch turns on and boom. There he goes...
*He still only fits in newborn clothes, and even most of those are a little too big for him. Ohh I love how little he is :)
That's all I have time for tonight... it's time to wake him up for another feeding!
Kudos to all you Mommies out there. You all rock! And anyone with breast feeding issues or baby weight gain issues, just know you are definitely not alone! I'll be sharing a lot more thoughts on breast feeding, etc soon!