Tyler had his well visit on July 28 at 5 weeks old.
Weight: 7 lbs 12 oz - 5th %tile (up 12 oz from 2 weeks ago)
Length: 21" - 21st %tile (up 0.5" from 2 weeks ago)
Head Circumference: 14" - 4th %tile (up 0.5" from 2 weeks ago and obviously doesn't have my big ol' head)
The doc was happy with this progress and said to keep continuing with what I'm doing. He said even though Tyler is a little guy according to the percentiles, as long as he doesn't drop and keeps up with his current rank, he's doing well. I asked about this sleepy matter he's had in his eye for several weeks and he said this is very common in newborns and that it could last for up to 6 months. Yikes! He said to do warm compresses every time he wakes up and to massage the tear duct. His next well appt is at 2 months.
Now that Tyler's latching well, I've been working on nursing him in an upright position. It's going well. Sometimes he latches right on, when he can't due to his arching reflex, I just lay back, get him on and then sit back up.
Nursing sessions run an average of 40-60 mins, with middle of the night feedings taking the longest as Tyler is out of it and takes forever to latch. I'm still switching boobs every time he starts to drift off or pacifies, but this really hasn't decreased our feeding time yet. It is so much faster to pump and bottle feed (15-20 mins total), but I'm not ready to give up and believe it's just a matter of time. It seems that all other problems eventually worked themselves out, so shall this.
In the mean time, to help me get a little more sleep, I started using a bottle for the 1st middle of the night feeding. Before I go to bed, I prepare a bottle with breast milk from the fridge. I don't even have to warm it since it will be warm by time he wakes up to feed. I just go to bed, wait for him to wake me, change his diaper, stick a bottle in his mouth, go pump and then back to sleep, all within ~25 mins. Much better than ~1.5 hrs!
I've read that most babies go through a growth spurt at 6 weeks old and this little one is right on target, he is hungry all day!!!! It is so exhausting keeping up with his pace, but it's just temporary and the only way I'm going to produce more to meet his growing needs is to have him demand more. Demand away little baby, I have the rest of my life to catch up on sleep!
Kate and KayJay: Yep, I do have a hands-free system, couldn't survive without it. I have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced double electric pump and then I use the Simple Wishes Hands-Free breast pump bra, which I highly recommend btw. Also, I only get 2.5 oz every 3 hrs if I pump only. If I nurse and then pump afterwards, I get about 0.5 - 1 oz. Thanks for reassuring me that he's getting enough, I needed to hear that! PS... kudos to both of you, KayJay for managing this with twins, I don't know how you do it, and Kate for sticking with this despite everything against you!
We tried out Tyler's play mat and so far he's really not interested in it or toys yet. He's just like daddy, he prefers boobs!
He's growing out of more of his newborn outfits (lengthwise only). So sad!
He's more alert and interactive. He makes the funniest faces but we're still waiting on that first intentional smile. I know it's just around the corner.
He's starting to make little noises, though I wouldn't call them cooing yet. Again, I'm sure it's just right around the corner.
His eye muscles are still developing. Every once in awhile he'll go cross eyed, especially if what he's looking at is too close. Occasionally his eyes will wander in different directions. Now that freaks me out and I tell him, stop that! I researched it and it's completely normal as they're still learning muscle coordination and should disappear by 12-15 weeks.
Show and Tell:
I'd rather have this knuckle sandwich if I could just get it in my mouth!
I don't know what the deal is but my belly is just getting fatter and fatter! It has to be because I'm not eating often enough and my body is just hanging onto everything I take in. Oh well, I have much better things to concentrate on these days.
I had my 6 week checkup. I was TERRIFIED of having the internal exam! I've had the lady bits under lock and key ever since delivery. I'm relieved to report that all is well, it didn't hurt and best of all, everything went back to normal! Whew! The midwife asked what I'm planning on using for birth control, I just laughed. Are you kidding me??? I am birth control!