Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ally's Weight

These last couple weeks has been exhausting!! I forgot just how much work it is to have a newborn in the house. I have enjoyed every sleepless minute. I'm enjoying all the little yawns, the snuggles and cuddles I have with Allyson. I remember how fast they grow.

One struggle that we have had is Ally gaining weight. Here is how it's been over the last 2 weeks.

11/4 7 lbs 1 ounce birth weight

11/6 She was discharged from the hospital at 6 lbs 11 oz

11/8 - DR Appt 6 lbs 7 oz - and because of her weight he wants to see her back in 2 weeks on the 11/22

11/12 - I went to a Breast-feeding Support Group at Memorial. I went to get help with my latch and sore nipples but couldn't get an appointment until Monday and they were able to help there. If I didnt go I would have given up on nursing her. I was able to check her weight here and she was at 6 lbs 14 oz.

11/15 LC Appt - 6 lbs 11.5 oz - Ally had lost weight in 3 days. The LC said that newborns usually gain about 1/2 ounce to an ounce a day. She recommended pumping to increase my supply, that maybe Ally wasn't getting enough. She said that by 2 weeks old babies should be back at their birth weight. She asked me to come back on Wednesday to check her weight.

11/17 Weight check - 6 lbs 10.5 oz- and I had just fed her, 20-30 mins before weighing her. This is when they recommended feeding her using the tube on some feedings to get her some extra milk. She recommended that I keep pumping and keep feeding her every 2 hours.

11/19 - LC Appointment - Ally weighed 6 lbs 10.5 oz. No gain no loss. It was truly frustrating at this point. Now we are to feed her every 2 hours and feed her using the tube also.

11/22 - DR Appointment - Here it is 2 weeks later and we have pulled out all of the stops except formula. The LC said that her pediatrician might recommend supplementing Ally with formula, but this would be for Ally's best interest. Conrad and I were both pretty nervous going to this appointment. We have tried everything and had our fingers crossed for some kind of gain. To our great surprise when we put Allyson on the scale it read 7 pound 1/2 ounce. She gained 7 ounces in 3 days!! All of our hard work had paid off. She is a 1/2 ounce shy of her birth weight but the pediatrician isn't worried. Praise God. We have an appointment with the LC on Wednesday and we are going to see what they recommend doing. Hopefully Allyson will have continued to gain weight and we can cut out the tube feeding or at least some of them.