I know I have been a little MIA lately. Things have continued to be a little crazy with the little guy. I am still dealing with a lack of sleep, but I think it is getting better. At least I have been able to work on getting him to nap more during the day which will help him sleep during the night.
At his 4 month appointment he was only 11 lbs 15.5 ozs. The doctor was a bit concerned because his weight had not increased the way it had been increasing, so he asked me to start giving him a bottle of formula once a day. I did not want to do this. He said try it for 2 weeks and then come back in and we will re-evaluate. When I got home I was a mess. I started feeling as though I was a horrible mother who was not able to provide for my child. I decided to try to wean him off of the nipple shield since he had been using that for feedings since birth and I had read that it can inhibit supply and what he is able to get. I was pleased that he took to the breast pretty easily without it. It took maybe 3 days before he was off it completely. But then we started having latch issues. I would also pump when he slept for naps and went to bed for the night and give him a bottle of breast milk before bed instead of the formula. I weighed the little guy everyday on the baby scale and was not seeing a big improvement. A week after the appointment he had only gained 3-4 ounces. So I decided that I would give in and give him the formula. I called and spoke with a Lactation Consultant at the hospital and met with her on the 11th. That went well (more to come). After a week of supplementing and still nipple shield free we met with the doctor yesterday and his weight was 12 lbs 13 ozs. The doctor was pleased and so was I.
I am not happy having to give my baby formula, but I have to put it in perspective. He is getting what he needs to grow big and strong. He is still getting most of his needs from me and ONLY getting ONE bottle of formula a day. As long as he continues to gain at a good pace, I am happy. I was actually causing myself more stress trying to do everything possible to give my baby only breast milk in stead of formula for those 2 weeks that I think I made things worse. Stress can cause a decrease in milk supply. And not to mention I got my period AGAIN!
He is doing well and meeting his milestones. We traveled to my parents house the Monday after Mother’s Day for a couple of days and while there he rolled over, from his belly to back. I put him on his play mat and it was instant. So cute! We got him to do it 7 times! I think it will be only a matter of time before he is able to roll all the way over from back to belly. He sits up well (with help) and is able to hold his head up great. So sitting up will be happening soon!
He is going to be 5 months old this coming Tuesday! More and more of his personality is showing through.
This is a quick post as he is sleeping and I need to get some things done around the house, but I wanted to give a quick update and let you know that hopefully this Tuesday I will be starting a regular posting. (I want to get back to blogging on a regular basis) I am calling it “Tell All Tuesday.” I will be discussing topics from a first time mom perspective. Telling it like it is. Not sugar-coating anything. For example, I took a breast-feeding class, but until you actually do it, you just really don’t know what to expect. I will talk about the ups and downs and be honest about the hardships that I have overcome, etc.
I have my own list of topics to discuss in the coming weeks but would love to know if there is something you would like me to talk about. If you are expecting or recently had a baby and you have questions about anything and would like me to discuss it, let me know. This also applies to those ladies going through infertility treatments. I will be more than happy to discuss that topic as well.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Here is our little guy from Mother’s Day.