Well, it’s official, my baby is already a week old! It’s been a long week in a sense, but I still can’t believe it.
Nolan was doing extremely well at the hospital. We were released at the 48 hour mark. We had a good first night home. Liam absolutely loves his “itsy boy”. I have no idea where the nickname came from, but its pretty adorable.
On Thursday, at 3 days old, he met with our pediatrician. Everything was good except his weight. He had dropped about 14% of his birth weight, which is not good. They want it in the 7-10% range, so we had some work to do. We were told to supplement with about an ounce or two of formula at every feeding. My milk had already came in, so I was a little discouraged. Last time, my supply was low, and this time, my baby wasn’t gaining like he should have been.
That evening, we tried his first bottle. He was having no part in it. He had only had one wet diaper and a few dirty ones. On this day, he should have had about 3 of each. My nephew had been a few days old when they discovered his kidney problem, which had similar symptoms. We didn’t want to mess around and wait because if that were the case, we may not have much time. So Nolly had his first trip to the ER. The ruling was jaundice. His levels were good, so we were released. Jaundice can make them feel sleepy and not want to wake to eat or fall asleep after only a short time of eating.
Luckily, the past few days, he has perked up and actually woken us up or woken up to eat himself. It’s still not 2 hours like most newborns, but he is definitely having the wet and dirty diapers we were hoping for, which is a good sign it was just his intake and not a more serious problem.
We had a weight check this morning to see. He was 5lbs 10.5 oz. He gained 6 oz in 4 days! I had mentioned to our Dr that the formula didn’t go so well. I had first fed him through a dropper, but he only got a few mls at a time. Then he’d drink it from the bottle, but only about half an ounce. Then by the second day, he just wouldn’t have it at all. He would spit up almost all of it, including the breast milk he had gotten, so I decided to supplement with expressed breast milk and that seemed to really help. So until he can wake up a little more on his own every couple of hours, I am still nursing and giving him a little extra from the bottle at the end. She was super pleased with his weight gain and we will see her again in a few weeks! What a relief. I was having serious baby blues about it!
On the agenda for this week is a nursing session (photos of me nursing him). I have always wanted some, but never had the opportunity with Liam. A great local photographer, Courtney Venable is offering them for free, so what a blessing! I just hope I can wrangle two kids downtown by myself for the first time!
Then, we have Nolly’s newborn pictures with our talented photographer, Maria Thompson. I have been planning this session for, basically, three years, so excited is an understatement.
Kyle went back to work right after our appointment today. He has been such a blessing this past week and I pray for his return to work. He has bonded really closely with Nolan and I know it has to be hard going back so soon. He has done almost all of the housework and helps me at night when I have to feed him.
Liam is adjusting as well as a 3, almost 4-year-old can. He loves Nolan a ton! Anytime Nolan makes a little noise, he runs over to check on him. He is having a harder time adjusting to sharing his time, but he is doing pretty well!