Monday, February 21, 2011

Oink Oink

That's the sound Charlie made as he got weighed in at the doctor's office today. Our (not so) little guy gained a full pound in 9 days and currently weighs 8 lbs. 14 oz. Way to go! It's very reassuring to know that my body is giving him what he needs (though all those wet and dirty diapers were a pretty good indicator too!) Now if we could just get him sleeping longer at night. Dr. G recommends not letting him go more than 2.5 hours during the day in the hopes that he will stretch out longer at night. She also suggests putting him to bed between 7 and 8:30 and establishing a routine (jammies on, quiet and dark room, no talking) that helps him learn that it's bedtime. We've been doing the bedtime routine thing but weren't putting him down until the later feeding (between 10 and 11). I'll keep you posted on how it goes... Mommy is needing some more sleep!

We also discussed Charlie's love of sucking. ;)  If I let him, I'm pretty sure he would surgically attach himself to my boobs. While the ladies of La Leche League would be all for this, it doesn't really work for me. Dr. G suggested sparingly using a clean finger or a pacifier to help soothe him without the use of my chest. I'm so torn on this, because I don't want him to become attached to either of those items. But I also know that I won't be able to function if I continue to have days and nights when he is "nursing" every 1.5-2 hours! This parenting thing is hard sometimes.

Breakfast - two slices of whole grain toast with natural peanut butter; clementine; cranberry juice
Snack - Greek peach yogurt
Lunch - "chicken" pieces, one slice of American cheese, romaine, and light honey mustard on a whole wheat wrap; roasted potatoes
Snack - handful of sourdough pretzels; half a mini quiche with asparagus and peppers
Dinner - piece of vegetable lasagna (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
Dessert - one bite of tiramisu


Jennylou's Projects said...

I recommend you continue doing what you're doing with breastfeeding for the first month. You can decide to introduce a pacifier at a month if you feel the need at that point. The AAP actually recommends a month for BFing babies. Little Charlie is putting in his order right now. The feeds will stretch themselves out and you will get more sleep as he ages.

Awesome job on the weight gain!

Vanessa said...

Thank you! I actually read this same thing today (about waiting a month). :)