Friday, April 29, 2016

lawson: two months.


lawson,
what a month it has been- filled with smiles, stress and lots of love!
health:
you are a healthy boy! at 9 weeks, you weighed 10 lbs, 7.5 oz. and are about 23 inches long... you dropped from the 36% at your one month appt to the 6% for weight, so we are now trying to get you to chunk up.

you gave us a big scare last week (@10 weeks old)- you had been napping on my chest, and after you woke up you refused to nurse, made a bad face then started crying really hard... i got daddy to hold and noticed that your color was not good and you were starting to turn blue. you went limp in daddys arms and we noticed then that around your mouth started to turn blue, so he told me to call 911. it all happened SO fast... but thankfully an EMT was here within a couple of minutes (she lives off our road and works at the firestation about 2 miles from our house). you had started to come back around by then and she checked your oxygen levels (94%), but could tell that your color was not normal. i got you to take a bottle and calm down, but it took a little bit for you to look like yourself. in the mean time, 2 more paramedics got here with an ambulance. they listened to your heart but didn't see anything wrong (and your oxygen levels had gotten up to 97%) so, we didn't take you to the hospital but i called the pediatrician at the hospital to get his opinion and we made a follow up appt for the next day.

dr. B said that he believes you had some reflux, which triggered a larynospasm (basically your vocal cords seized up and you couldn't get air to your lungs (http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/laryngospasm-causes-symptoms-and-treatments ). he prescribed zantac to treat the reflux and make sure that it doesn't happen again.
routine and sleep:
your schedule has remained somewhat the same- still waking up around 7 and 8 for the day, after waking once a night to eat (usually between 4 and 5)

the mornings are filled with getting everyone fed, dressed and packed up for whatever we have going on that day. you've been wanting to nurse constantly in the mornings so i have been giving you an ounce or two of milk that i pumped through the night so that you are satisfied. the rest of the day, you eat every 2ish hours (with an oz or two of breastmilk given in a bottle as needed)

we start the bedtime routine between 8 and 8:30, and i feed you until you are content and falling asleep. daddy burps, changes and swaddles you before we put you down in the rock n play.
clothes and diapers:
you are wearing mostly 3 month outfits (the kind without feet work best since you're so long!) and sleepers and size 1 diapers.

diet:
dr. b wasnt too concerned with the low percentiles since you didn't show any of the warning signs of not getting enough nutrition (not spitting up, good diapers out put, sleeping well, etc) so he said we could just watch it, that maybe you were just going to be a smaller baby. but mommy went to a lactation consultant and found out that i have a low milk supply... you only got 2oz when i fed you there. so, i am currently taking supplements, eating all the milk boosting foods, drinking a ton of water and pumping in between feedings (including in the middle of the night while youre sleeping... that is love, baby boy!) in hopes to increase my supply. i've since gone to see the LC again this week (a week later at 11 weeks) and you got 2.5 oz during this feeding and had gained 5 oz in a week, so we are making improvements!

i've been able to only give you breastmilk so far, since i have some pumped that we can give you when you are not satisfied from nursing alone, but trying to keep you fed is getting exhausting and frustrating at times, so we're just trying to take it day by day and do what works and makes you gain weight!
our favorite baby gear
woombie swaddles- i'm not sure if these are the reason you have slept so well, but it's what we've been using from day one... so we'll still with it ;)
solly baby wrap was great when your head was still floppy, but now that you have some more head control we are liking the ergo for shopping and joining in your brother's activities.

milestones and development:
you are smiling (started about 6 weeks) and making sweet baby noises (started about 7 weeks) now! sooo fun! you have recently started to grab things- like a blanket in your car seat or mommys hair as well.
likes:
you still like to be held as much as possible... sleeping on mommys chest, watching your big brother. you have come around to the swing, so you've started napping in it some as well.

dislikes: 
you do not enjoy tummy time and you still do not like the carseat... but i think it's getting a little better. at least you don't cry the WHOLE time we're in the car now.
visitors:
uncle derek, aunt mandy and your cousins (sophia, eli and nora) came to meet you!
we love you, sweet boy!

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