Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Weight Check

Little E is not looking chubby, but is nonetheless chubbing out. Last week he had only gained 2 ounces, but this week: 8 ounces! So he now officially weighs more than when he was born: 8 pounds 4.5 ounces. I am so glad that he is the eatinest man, mostly because it justifies something I am about to admit: I let him sleep too long at night, in spite of being told specifically not to by his doctor, and the nurse at the surgeons office. They both said to only let him go 3 hours between feedings at night. I pretty much disregarded that and would wake him up only after about 4.5 hours instead.

Plus, I took it to the next level last night and let him go as long as he wanted, mostly out of curiosity. He went 6 hours between feedings! I was actually rested! Then he went another 5 hours between the next feedings. I am so proud of that little guy :)

Here is my justification: "Babywise" is a book that both my sister and a friend have recommended. It says to let babies go as long as they want at night, in order to train them when nighttime is, and also to naturally regulate feeding. Take that medical professionals! My baby is still gaining weight, and I am NOT a zombie. Hallelujah.

In addition, E is apparently 1.75 inches longer than when he was born. He is only 2 weeks, 3 days old. I find this length to be a little too impressive and do not fully trust the accuracy of measuring a wiggly baby on thin paper at the doctor's office.

These are all the updates I can think of right now. Next Tuesday is the kidney day, and hopefully that will go well. I am worrying less and less as I see this little healthy man grow. I feel peaceful inside, in spite of everything. That's saying a lot after the last couple of weeks, not to mention the couple of months before that. I blame yoga and meditation for my well being.

In other news, I am feeling well. I cannot wait to bust out the new running stroller in a couple weeks. For now I am relegated to taking walks, but it is a start. I am anxious to lose this baby weight, and I had barely gotten into running when I got pregnant with E last year. Wish me luck!

9 comments:

Jacque said...

Wow, that's awesome! What a strong little man. He is already an inspiration! He sounds so cute. I'm glad you're getting some sleep. I always did the 3 hour thing just to get through the jaundice phase, but it was so rough and I was so glad when those first two weeks were over and we could get some nice long stretches. I miss you! Give M and E hugs for me!

jennie said...

congrats on the chubbiness. I agree on the length: I can't remember which one without busting out charts, but one of ours apparently shrunk and inch in his first 2 weeks of life. ha!

Matt & Kristen said...

So glad he is growing so well. A friend loaned Baby Wise to me, I still need to read it. It will be so nice to be able to run again. how exciting!

C-bass said...

Congratulations! Don't you love a baby that puts on the pounds? It is so comforting.

Speaking of Babywise... did you like it? I must admit that I preferred "The Baby Whisperer" but both of them made me go coo-coo anyways. Good luck!

k said...

I haven't heard of the Baby Whisperer, but I'm going to the store to buy Baby Wise today sometime, so I will have to check it out. Your little babe is super cute too :)

Nicole said...

Glad to hear everything is coming along without crisis! I followed Babywise...loosely...with both boys and I thought it was great. I liked the concept that the baby joins YOUR family, you didn't jump into the uterus to join his world...so to speak. You'll have to read it!

I also laughed at your disregard of the doc's advice to wake the baby every 3 hours in the night to feed. Whenever I hear of new moms doing this I secretly chuckle!

Nicole said...

I meant...disregard of the docs advice to wake your baby every 3 hours in the night...

McDonalds said...

K, though I do not believe in one new baby philosophy, I needed a plan when LolaBella was born. It was for my sanity. Babywise worked for us. I hesitate to tell anyone that it is the only way to go, but Lola did sleep through the night fairly soon and as a working/student momma, I needed the reassurance that my baby was ok, while at the same time getting some ZZZZs myself.

Jord said...

You are doing so well girl! I have to second the baby wise and believe that it made a total difference on my #2 being a better sleeper/better baby. Good luck!