Updates!!

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Mon, 10-05-2009 - 8:47pm

I think we need an updates thread, because I miss hearing about how everyone's babies are doing.

So for us, James is 4 months now!! I can't believe how fast it's going, I was looking at him the other day and wondering where my little baby went, it's crazy how fast they change!

We went for his four month appoint last week, and I was really unhappy with the Dr. so I think we'll be trying to do some insurance adjustments and find another one soon. At this appointment James was 15lbs 14 oz, and 25 in long. Which I think makes him about normal. The new dr. didn't tell me what percentile it is like the old one did.

Has anyone else had a baby that dropped drastically on the percentile chart? Like I'm sure James is doing fine, and he still seems big and healthy and everything, but he's gone from the 93rd% percentile to like the 60th or something.

Anyway, everything is going well, we're still not sleepign through the night, but he does (typically) only wake up once in the middle of the night around 5am, so that has been nice!

James still doesn't roll over, but he's getting very close, and he can tripod sit for a minute or so before he leans too far one way or the other.

How are all the other WTT babies??

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 9:31pm

Megan, that's exactly what's happened to my supply - I went from an average of 36-38 to suddenly making 26 or so. That's a HUGE difference. Elena is eating anywhere from 31-34 these days, so I'm not making enough at all. It's so strange that it is only the one side though!


I only pump 5x a day, and I seriously can't pump more. I get out of bed for two of those sessions (2 am and 6 am) as it is, and find it difficult enough to fit the other three sessions into my day. DH is useless when Elena is crying, plus he works all day anyway, and we have no family nearby to help. I tried pumping an extra session with a manual pump just on the affected side for a couple of days, and ended up murdering my poor nipple. Plus it was really tough to find the extra time! The women who pump 6-8+ a day are absolutely amazing. I honestly don't know how they do it. Elena would just scream.


I really wanted to make it to a year, but at this rate, I will just celebrate each additional day.

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 12:00am

Grace - I used the growth chart calculator, and James is at the 70% on weight and 45% on length.

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 12:11am

Megan will be 5 months next week.

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Wed, 10-07-2009 - 2:11am

Ash - can't wait to see if you really have a girl, LOL!

Kelly - I know it's hard but try not to beat yourself up about this. I think you're doing an amazing job; I only pumped for 5 weeks and that was the most exhausting thing I ever did. Just go along with what you can EP and top up with formula.

Kim, I cut down the milk on my HV recommendations (she said he should have a max of 4 x milk a day plus 3 solid meals) but now I think that I shouldn't have listened to her!

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 9:15am

We'll be at Disney at the end of the month, Kim. I can't wait, it is going to be fun being at Magic Kingdom for Halloween. I seriously thought about a Disney trip mid/end of March to celebrate Eloise, my and Desmond's birthdays and get Desmond in free one last time, but we decided it wasn't in budget.



Anna 4 nursing a day seems really low. Then again I am still feeding Eloise on demand, heck half the time I am still feeding Desmond on demand. Desmond at 2 1/2 is still nursing at least 4 times a day, so only nursing a 7 month old 4 times a day seems extremely low to me, unless that is all they are asking for. I think Eloise is nursing between 8 and 10 times a day. We aren't giving her three meals a day yet, but that just seems like a lot at this age too, she gets dinner and lunch occasionally. Since we are doing child led feeding/weaning she probably eats about a mouthful of food when she gets it as well. From what I remember with Desmond babies are quite good about letting you know when they want more solids and less nursing sessions, and 7 months is not normally when that happens. Have you checked out kellymom's information about solids, she has a nice chart here that gives good suggestions on how much to offer to keep up a nursing relationship. Also if your supply has dropped from only nursing 4 times a day you can build it back up, by nursing as often as possible, your body will start making more milk again (or at least it should). Remember also that you always want to nurse before solids, since nursing should be their main form of calories for at least the first year.











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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 9:29am

...part 2:

Megan, I can't believe Ry is nearly a year old! It seems like yesterday when I read your posts about castor oil and raspberry leaf tea ;-) I know what you mean about the fun starting now - I'm much of a baby person, I love that tiny newborn stage, but I also can't wait to be running around in the fields with Teddy, or taking him to the playground (other than baby swings!). It's funny about Rylans speech development; I think he's just a typical boy and can't be bothered to talk much even though he could!

Sarah, thanks for letting me know about Desmond's weight gain back then. Teddy might be the same, he also gained 12lbs between birth and 6mths! I thought he'd burn off more now that he's so active, but was still shocked that he literally put nothing on in 4 weeks.

Grace, I make James out to be a little above 50th on the chart so 60th centile is probably right. This is a chart for BF babies so it's pretty accurate, I still have the old charts based on FF babies in my "red book" (childrens personal health record in the UK). About him not gaining any in one week, I wouldn't worry too much. I think if you only go every 2-3 weeks that's more accurate with BF babies as they tend to grow in spurts rather than linear (if you plotted it on the chart, it would look like steps).

Sarah, I used to nurse him 6 x a day before that, and that was on demand (I tried to offer himmore milk feeds before I introduced solids, but he didn't want anymore). I also noticed that he cut his feeds down himself - he used to feed for quite long (20mins min) whereas now it is 5-10 mins and only ever from one side. Have you got any thoughts on that? He also never "asks" for milk in the day, I normally feed him at set times and he'll take some, but the only times he's really hungry are first thing in the morning and before bed.
He does get the milk before his solids; and is generally interested in anything I eat just not his babyfood. So I do let him try what I eat but not so sure if that's good for him? Feel really bad writing this but at the moment I'm not a very healthy eater so for breakfast it's some sugary cereal like Cheerios, and quite often pizza for supper.
I've got the kellymom website bookmarked, there's so much good information on there!

I think the HVs over here push solids a bit too early though. I mean it's a bit of a steep step to go from just milk to 3 meals a day (which is what they want you to do as soon as baby turns 6 mths!)

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 11:14am

Well one way to give him food of your plate is to start eating healthier yourself *grin*. I found that DH and my diets got a lot better when Desmond started solids. That being said we do still do the occasional pizza. The other thing to do is to just keep extra fruit and veggies around, so if you are eating something you don't want them to have you can cut up fry sized pieces of the fruit or veggies. I always have bananas and avocado around for Eloise when she can't have what we have out for dinner and she looks like she wants to eat too.

Distractability is common at this age with nursing, which is why some nurslings start waking up again around 6 months at night to eat. There is just so much going on, I don't want to waste time eating Mommy! One way to help is to go into a quiet dark room to nurse when possible to minimize distractions. As for the only eating for 5 to 10 minutes vs 20 minutes, that isn't a huge deal, he might just be more efficient now. I won't worry about the one breast at a time at all. Eloise nursing from the left breast 90% of the time actually, Desmond normally nurses the right breast, though she will get the right breast occasionally. With Desmond I never nursed more then one breast at a time either.

I would try to up your nursings back to 6 though, and cut back on the food some. If nothing else letting him self feed with cut back on how many solids he gets since they are not efficient self feeders yet. It still lets them play with the textures and learning to eat though.

Got to go deal with the toddler now, he just threw the entire roll of toilet paper into the toilet, at least there was too much for it to flush.











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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 1:37pm

Another thing about "older" nurslings

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 1:45pm

Grace - Barrett's weight gain slowed down a bit between 2 and 4 months, so he dropped in percentiles too (although we only get a range). I think it corresponded somewhat with my milk supply dropping (not a bad drop, just dropped to where supply met demand).

Anyway our update! Barrett has two teeth and is working on his first top tooth! We actually went to the dr for his four month appt and the doctor said "he's nowhere close to teething." One week later - two teeth poking through! Hee hee.

He's pretty good at tripod sitting, can sit for a few miliseconds without his hands, and can be a pretty proficient roller depending on his mood. Sometimes I'll lay him on his back, he'll flip to his stomach and then just whine at me. Other times he'll keep rolling across the room until he runs into an obstacle.

We're taking a postnatal aqua aerobics class together, and Barrett loves the water - when I put him on his stomach he'll kick his feet and splash his arms and give me a huge grin. He also likes to stick his mouth down to check out the water but doesn't seem to like the taste - imagine that :)

No solids yet, but Barrett is starting to drink milk out of a sippy cup! Quick story for those of you familiar with ACC basketball. I went to Duke, and DH went to NC State. The only sippy cup Barrett will drink out of is from UNC!!!!! Our baby is a tarheel, so sad - I think it pains Jason to have to feed his son with something having a Carolina logo (this is the man who won't put his son in baby blue because it's too close to Carolina blue).

I love these updates. Thanks Grace for starting the thread!

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 10-07-2009 - 3:38pm
I'm so glad this thread is back! I've been looking for it! :-D

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