Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Yummy in her tummy

Yesterday was Kate's two week ped appointment. A huge source of anxiety for me has been breastfeeding and whether or not Kate was getting what she needed nutritionally. When you can't see portion sizes and only get to count what comes OUT of one little person versus what is going IN, there is some uncertainty.

All fears were laid to rest when we weight our little champion eater. Usually, by the two week appointment, pediatritians like to see babies back up to their birth weight, which for Kate would have been 7 lbs. and 4 oz. Well, baby girl was up to 7 lbs. and 9 oz.! Dr. D (Kate's ped) said those extra five ounces were bonus and he was really pleased with her weight gain. Which meant I can now start pumping and offering her a bottle a day. Holla!

This little bit of news means that I may actually a) get some sleep at night and/or b) get to get out of the house for more than an hour at a time and/or c) NOT lose my mind.

And, while there are still challenges (i.e. the fact that Kate is a night owl and she only wants to sleep in her car seat which Dr. D. said will flatten her head) all I have to do is look at her face and my heart melts. It amazes me on a daily basis that Ben and I made her -- that this perfect little package is all thanks to us, and now we get to cherish, love and protect her. And in no time at all she will be so much older and no matter how stressed or sleep deprived we may feel now, we are so lucky to have these moments with little Kate.


Nikki said...

Woohoo! At least you know she's gaining weight. So, how does the Dr. recommend that she sleeps?

IzzyLizzy said...

He said that she likely enjoys the car seat b/c it feels like she is being held, so suggested swaddling her tightly and getting some positioners so she feels "held". Fine and dandy, but we already swaddle and the snuggle nest has the positioners and last night she only slept in it for 2.5 hours before insisting she be held ALL NIGHT LONG. :)

Heather of the EO said...

You have just the right perspective. You accept that this is stressful and you worry over things that might make you lose your mind, but you also know that it's a precious time that will fly by before you know it.

Good job, mom.

Nikki said...

Hopefully the miracle blanket will help with the swaddling.