Week 16: Happy Coos

Oops looks like I’ve been slacking off on the updates. Bad mummy, bad!

Last Tuesday, we went back to KKH for his follow-up check up. He’s now 5.75kg and 56 cm. No wonder I’m having a hard time carrying him. So far everything is fine.

Vomiting

We were so worried about his almost once-a-day projectile vomiting since 3 weeks ago after he took the pneumoccocal jab. He had also been drinking less than before and will sometimes cry hard for no apparent reason. We thought it was either this condition called pyloric stenosis (which would require corrective surgery) or acid reflux (stomach acid will occasionally surge up, causing pain). I even started to feed him half feeds every hour to try and relieve the symptoms. We asked the PD about it but she said it’s ok unless he throws up every feed and most likely not acid reflux. Miraculously, after the visit, what we though were his reflux symptoms seem to have vanished… Maybe he’s afraid of seeing doctors and getting jabbed!

Cooing

Baby Calvin’s been cooing beautifully and becoming very talkative. He would drink half his milk and get distracted into beginning this wonderful conversation with me. Even though he actually wants to eat, he would start playing with the teat, spitting it out whenever I put it in but still opening his mouth wide after that asking to be fed. This will go on for like 10 mins until sometimes I get fed up with him and put him down in his rocker till he is ready to eat again. So feeding now takes at least 40 minutes instead of the usual chop chop 15 mins.

Play Time

After reading the singaporemotherhood forums, I learnt about this E.A.S.Y schedule which is eat, activity, sleep, your own time. This is supposed to help dissociate eating with sleeping otherwise next time he might not be able to sleep without eating. In the first month, we were always very careful to keep him asleep after eating since it’s so hard to get him to sleep. But actually I realize that once he plays enough, he actually sleeps much better. So much of my free time is now spent playing with him, supervising his tummy time or reading to him. And since he started sleeping more during the day, he’s somehow also quite chirpy during his awake hours. We used to have to carry him for a couple of hours before bed time. If we had to do that now, our arms would break and our knees buckle. As it is, I’m having a hard time carrying around for long >.<

Sometimes, he will also play by himself in his rocker. His favorite toy is this big yellow sunflower that he coos to. His arms will flail around and (unintentionally?) bat the flower around.

23 Feb - Calvin and his Sunflower

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