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Week 9: Sumo Baby!

January 19, 2010

Just came back from the hospital after his cranial ultrasound and to see the PD. As usual, KK is not the most efficient hospital and had us running around from 9:20am till 1:20pm. He had some mild bleeding in the brain at birth but thank goodness the latest ultrasound was normal.

And guess who’s been putting on lots of meat! He’s now 4kg and 50cm. According to the health booklet, he’s at the 97th percentile for his height. Does that mean that he’s obese now? =_=; Grow taller, baby, grow taller. The PD said he had good weight gain so it’s probably fine. I guess he was a little small to begin with and his weight gain will probably slow down from here. I certainly hope so or I might have to consider putting him on a diet!

I wonder if all parents feel the same way but when I look at other people’s kids I can’t help but think they are just not as cute as my Calvin! Haha! We’re definitely overindulgent parents. Then again his grandparents spoil him as well, always carrying him at the slightest whimper…

First Adventure for Calvin and I

January 7, 2010

Today is the first time I ever went out with Calvin by myself. I had a post-natal gynae visit at KKH and Johnny is busy with work. Anyway, it was actually just a cab ride there, see my gynae and a cab ride back. Sounds simple enough to handle, but it was tiring all the same.

I started preparing to go out about 40 minutes before but it was still a mad rush to finish feeding him and also to pump out some milk for his feed later. I left the house at 11:30am and got there just in time for my 12pm appointment. However, there was a backlog of patients. After 15 mins, a nurse appeared and told us that the gynae had to handle a delivery! I finally got to see him at around 1pm. I pity my gynae as well. His day is so jam packed with patients and deliveries.

By the time I got home, it was 2pm and once again time for Calvin’s next feed. After feeding him and again pumping to avoid engorgement, I finally sat down to have lunch at 2:45pm. At least he didn’t poop and fuss lots when we were out. I was all prepared and brought diapers, towel, wet wipes and a change of clothes. It seems that going out is no longer as simple as just grabbing my wallet and keys…

Week 6: Growing Fusspot Alert

December 30, 2009

We brought him to a PD on Monday. He gained 500g in the 10 days since he came home. I’m really glad to see that he is thriving, at least that means we are probably doing something right. He seems to be doing fine but will need to continue with his checkups at the hospital – eye examination and cranial ultrasound because he had some bleeding in his brain when they did the first scan. I really hope he will turn out to be perfectly normal. We can’t help but worry about him all the time and I especially feel the guilt piling on that I gave him all these troubles because I wasn’t able to carry him to term. I guess most parents will worry about their children, no matter their circumstances.

He has become more and more demanding lately, fussing when he’s awake to get cuddles. He also hasn’t adjusted to sleeping at night yet so he’s actually most awake when we both want to sleep. It’s been a tiring few days when he just won’t go back to sleep after feeding in the middle of the night and just wants to be carried around. We tried laying him next to us but that just doesn’t satisfy the little fusspot at all. He just has to be carried and rocked around. Guess we must have spoiled him but I can’t really bear to hear his cries. I’ve started to become a great power napper. It’s definitely a skill that mummies with high need babies should have. Now I can lay down for snatches of 10-20 minute naps while baby Calvin is actually sound asleep. Hopefully this phase will be over soon, but I’m guessing it will probably continue for quite a few months to come.

Week 5: Baby’s Home

December 26, 2009

So it’s only been one week since Calvin came home. It sure feels like a long time. We’ve been busy feeding, bathing, changing him and I was also struck by fever for two days. Not sure if it was because of mastitis or exhaustion or just a combination of both. Even Johnny was having a case of snufflies yesterday from lack of sleep.

The story is that Calvin was discharged on Friday, 18 Dec09. Finally, I get to put him in something other than the hospital outfit. But now we will be fully responsible for taking care of him.

On Feeding

He’s been on a 3 hourly feed in the hospital (thank goodness for that) but even then, that’s still two feeding sessions in the middle of the night – 2am and then 5am.  Johnny helps me with the 2am feed so I can have a longer period of uninterrupted sleep. I’m lucky that he’s an involved father. How do those women who have no help cope by themselves? As it is, I still feel sleep deprived.

As Calvin is still unable to breathe and feed at the same time, we have to pace his drinking by pulling out the teat after every 5-6 sucks. At the beginning, this made the feeds take really long because he would pout and refuse to take the teat in. Sometimes Johnny will take an hour to finish the feed after which they are both exhausted. I think we were just too concerned about him finishing his milk especially after fretting about his weight gain for a whole month. Now I’ve decided to take a more laissez faire approach – if baby falls asleep while drinking, we’ll let him sleep and then finish the feed later if possible. If not, we’ll try make up for it in the next feed. This way, both baby and us are much happier and stress-free.

It’s once again time for his next feed. Will check on both of them who are napping together at the moment. I’ll leave you with a picture of today’s happy baby.