The Tweedles

Monday, April 14, 2008

Well Baby Appointments

Today was Trixie's well baby check up, and it's offical, she's growing. She's 8 and a half pounds, 21.5 inches long and has a head circumfrence of 14.5 inches. Everything is smack dab in the middle of normal. What blows my mommy mind is that in 7 weeks she's gained nearly 3 pounds! I think that really points to her having lost weight before she was born, especially since she went down to 5 pounds 2 ounces when she was in the hospital.

At the doctors I had to fill out a questionairre, clearly made to find out if I am a poor parent. I answered "correctly" for most of the questions, except when it comes to her sleep routine. Apparently I am supposed to put her down awake and let her cry for up to 20 minutes if she does. To which I reply, WTF! I hold her until she sleeps, and she's a happy content, not fussy. She rarely cries and when she does it's for a reason, like she's truly upset, and there is a reason for it. Regarding her sleep, she fights it a little, but I don't have a set nap time for her. She's evolved a cycle of sleep, eat, play, sleep. During her play time she's extra alert then she figits a little which lets me know she's sleepy and I help her get to sleep, which normally takes under 5 minutes. At night she sleeps for 5 or 6 hours, wakes, eats and goes back to sleep with no troubles. Then she wakes in 4 hours to eat again, then again in 3 and is up for the day, eating every 2-3 hours. During the day she only has 20 minute naps, then a big one around 7 or 8pm.

Anyhow over all she knows her days and nights and has a good sleep schedual, I have no intentions of letting her cry herself to sleep any time soon.

So a small disclaimer, I understand that everyone has opinions about raising children. I am sure that there are people reading this who are tisking me for putting Trixie to sleep the way I do. All I can say is that it works for us, and I'm going to keep doing it my way. Perhaps if things change I'll ask for advise.

Now breastfeeding. Some people have asked.

I can't breastfeed and it breaks my heart into tiny little pieces. As it turns out the breast reduction I had 11 years ago severed most of my milk ducts. I can feel that they are full, but they're not draining. However the good news is that with persistence I can create new tracts which will allow me to either breastfeed Trixie in time or her siblings. So to this end I pump a lot and I am taking perscriptions to increase the milk I can access and Trixie nurses with an SNS. I guess my wicked stubborn streak is going to pay off because I'm not going to give up. For a while Trixie had some bad nipple confusion from being given a bottle, but that is all sorted out now and she latches like a champ and has no issues with nipple confusion anymore. I've been going to LLL meetings which is nice. It really helps to keep me motivated and keep up with my pumping and whatnot.

And a picture to leave off on.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Baby Mama

This is why I've been gone. Isn't she cute!

Lately I haven't been able to even keep up with the blogs I used to read daily, let alone post. I suspect that it will all let up now, until then...

I call this one ACHOO!