Archive for February, 2010

Week 13: Less of a Sumo

February 20, 2010

We brought him for his pneumoccocal jab yesterday night and also to complete his growth assessment. As expected, his weight gain has slowed somewhat now that his folds are manifold (haha, pun intended). He is now 55cm and 5.2 kg. In fact some of the 0-3 month rompers are now slightly snug rather than drowning him completely when he first came home.

It was quite amusing when the doctor gave him his injection, coz he looked fine for about 3 seconds and then gave a totally delayed but very upset 5 second cry after that. Guess the chubby little thighs insulated him well. Either that or he’s not used to the sensation called pain yet?

About an hour after his jab, he seemed to be restless so his daddy picked him up and he threw up all over himself and Johnny! I could literally see the milk curds fly out of his little mouth in a projectile vomit. Poor little guy probably threw up about 1/3 of his last feed. He also seems very sleepy. He has started to sleep longer periods at night but today, he seems to be sleeping more than usual. I’m constantly trying to take his temperature, worrying that he might get a fever and burn his little brains out while I’m not noticing. But I still think it’s worthwhile to get him vaccinated as his immune system might not be well developed yet.

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Week 12: Same old, same old

February 10, 2010

Sleeping through the night …. NOT

Recently, he has settled into a somewhat more predictable routine. Unfortunately, this routine still involves him waking up every 3 hours even at night. For a few days last week, he actually slept for 4 hours straight and we thought we struck gold! He quickly assured us that that was a mere fluke the next couple of days. Oh how I wish he could start sleeping longer through the night soon.

There is still the problem though of me needing to pump every 3- 3.5 hours. I’ve tried dragging the timing to 4 hours but almost always get struck with blocked ducts instead (and with it, the pain and drop in supply =( Oh how I hate blocked ducts).  So even if he sleeps through, I’d still have to wake up twice to pump anyway. I’m slowly trying to reduce my pumping time in the wee hours now hopefully ease off the overnight supply enough that I only need to pump once.

9 Feb: Hand over the Cuddles!

Social Smile

It seems that his eyes can focus better now. Instead of staring blankly into space, he now scrutinizes us int

ensely when we carry him. I wonder if he recalls how his mama looks like 🙂 He’s also been giving lots of sweet social smiles when we are carrying him and he’s in a good mood. Definitely charmed all of us in the household, in-laws included. This is probably just his ploy to get more cuddles!

Pacifier

As you know, we introduced the pacifier to him and had a lot more peace since then. I think many parents are reluctant to do it because of the possibility of nipple confusion. In my case, he’s not confused at all since he rejects my breasts outright, even for comfort sucking =[ I’ve read through the literature and it’s actually alright for bottle feeding babies to be given pacifiers to satisfy their need to suckle for comfort. Because otherwise, he will likely continue to suck on the teat even when he’s no longer hungry, and we’d think he’s hungry and give him more milk, resulting in obesity. Aunty Janet and aunty Huiling already commented that he has no neck, so he better not go too far in that direction! He already has quite a lot of those michellin man folds.

Haven’t weighed him recently since our weighing machine is too inaccurate but I’m guessing he’s about 5 kg now. Will probably be bringing him for his pneumoccocal jab end of this month, so we’ll see how he fared.

6 Feb: Me and my turtle. We look da same!