Update October 1st: 11lbs, 3 ounces. Yeah!
Just a quick update. He’s up from 8lbs 6ounces last Friday to 9lbs 8ounces this Friday and a quarter inch gained in length. Praise God! I am using an electric pump on occasion and I think it’s helping… I just got 3 ounces after I took a nap and he nursed 2 hours ago. He does get a little anxious about the letdown not coming for about 30 seconds as he’s used to instant milk but he still happily nurses. He is gaining though and on his way. He looks like a different baby in just a week! : )
Our little Benjamin is 2 month old. We found when my mother was here that he wasn’t gaining weight well and I was feeding him every 1 1/2 to 2 hours from one feeding to the next and I fed him nearly an hour each feed. I had very little time aside from nursing him. Finally, I tried supplementing a few ounces of formula a day after a couple of feedings. After a couple weeks of seeing him gain and lose, I finally took him in. He was only 8lbs 6 ounces… only a 1 pound gain since birth. He’s in the 2 percentile for weight. : ( I feel terrible! All of our babies have been in the 90-95 percentile for weight. Funny, he never cried or complained of hunger. He just slept a lot but was active and alert when he was awake. Anyways, since the appointment last week, I’ve been getting up an extra time at night now (now I’m extra tired) and feeding him 4 ounces of formula after I nurse him. I’m taking Fenugreek and Mother’s Milk tea which seems to help.
I figured out his problem with gaining after reading some information from Kelly Mom. He would feed actively for a few minutes and then just comfort nurse the rest of the time. If you’ve ever breast fed, you know what I mean. Since the milk isn’t being drained, the body isn’t urgent to replace it so I have low milk. Maybe I’m just getting older too. So while I’d love to exclusively breastfeed, I cannot right now until he shows that he’s a vigorous eater (while nursing) and gains weight without being supplemented. Since I have been giving him 4 ounces after nursing him, his diapers are noticably full. Very full like a balloon. They have never been like that before. He went in for a check on a different scale 3 days later and it said he was 9lbs 6 ounces. A pound in 3 days? We are now able to use a baby scale at home that we are borrowing and we tested it out with his clothes on and it said he’s 10 pounds. So, I’ll be curious what he weighs tomorrow on the scale that originally showed 8lbs 6 ounces just a week ago on Friday.
Little cutie… His eyes are still crusted up in the morning so I’ve been prescribed some eye ointment to use. You can see it in his pictures. It’s helped but I don’t know how much. If it doesn’t improve, he’ll have to go in at 6 months for them to do a procedure to help open up the membrane (towards the nose) so that his eyes drain properly.
Finally gaining weight…
Looking at one of the friends that the kids brought over for him to see. : )
Well, hello there…
Now that I’m having to supplement, he needs a bib. He spits up and loses quite a bit. I am borrowing an electric breast pump now too to try to increase my supply so I can hopefully have him back to just me in a month or so.
It’s funny, he’s just about to the size at 2 months that his brother was at birth. You’re just a little guy… You can stay little for Mommy forever. ; )
Here is dad and baby Benjamin a couple of weeks ago.
Little sad face…
I like this picture of my husband.
The girls picked my favorite flowers for drying. I don’t know what they are but they are just beautiful in their natural state as well as dried.
Our first hail storm of the year… in August.
The kids are watching in fascination.
Daddy’s little garden. It produces well as it is tended to well.
We’re still enjoying our strawberries from our garden.
One of Elisabeth’s tomatoes.
Wild turkeys going up our driveway.
Here’s our first test video of little Benjamin. Oh, he just looks so sad. I finally had to turn it off and pick him up. His left eye looks a bit watery due to the ointment that the doctor prescribed for him. His eyes are still getting the goopies in the morning.
Let me know if it’s not working on your end and I’ll open up a Youtube account and post a link from there.
I’ve received a couple calls and e-mails lately asking how we’re doing regarding the fires. I’m sorry I haven’t updated but we are doing fine. The fires are mostly contained and we just smell the aftermath of smoke on occasion. Thank you for thinking and praying for us.