Monday, October 27, 2008

Bunny, Day 18

I can't even believe that Bunny is 18 days old!

She is doing wonderfully and so are we. We had a checkup on Thursday, and Bunny was up to 7 pounds, 10.5 ounces...a gain of 10 ounces in 5 days!

She has evened out to eating about every three hours, although it can be a little longer sometimes. Since she has gained weight well and had surpassed her birth weight by the 2 week mark, we got the green light to start feeding by demand again instead of our previously insane forcefeeding schedule. Now, we only wake her up if she sleeps beyond 4 hours.

Bunny still had yellow around her eyes until about a day ago, but they are now back to white - yay! Next checkup isn't until November 17th.

I started using the Medela pump we were given about a week ago so FD could take on some feedings and other than a little pain when it first starts, it works like a charm. Pumping has gone well and we're already building up extra to be used once I go back to work after the holidays. I pump after a majority of feedings and get about 1.5 ounces to bank away. When I pump during feedings when Bunny gets a bottle from FD, I get anywhere from 3.5 to 5 ounces. And Bunny is switching back and forth between her BreastFlow bottles and nursing like a champ, despite the fact that experts advise not to begin switching off until at least one month to avoid nipple confusion. She usually takes about 3 ounces when she has a bottle.

We tried a pacifier for the first time today...no go. Not just spit out, but EMPHATICALLY! Tried a different kind (we didn't register for any but were given 4 different types) and she still hated it. Then again, she won't suck on our fingers either. If milk doesn't come out of it, she has no interest!

Speaking of trying new things, we switched to cloth diapers about 4 days ago when her really bad bili diapers tapered off. Mixed success. She thrashes during changes and so we sometimes have a hard time getting a snug fit around her legs. As a result, I've been peed on twice, both times when baby was on her side and nursing. Then again, this kid loves to pee on me...she starts peeing nearly every time I wipe her down during diaper changes!!! Some of the diaper covers fit well...others not as well. But we're adjusting. And we love the AIO diapers we're using overnight...lasts 6 hours with no change necessary!

That's all the updates from our end! I'll be back over the next few days to share Bunny's birth story, a tale on the wonders of stretch marks, and more late pregnancy/early motherhood tales. I'll also (finally!) be around to visit ya'll!!

Love,

~FM~

2 comments:

Babette said...

Wow, congratulations! She is so lovely! Gosh, she has a LOT of hair. Medela breast pumps are the best. I used it with my two kids. Have fun with your baby. :)

A New Beginning said...

The peeing after wiping will go away. It did for us at least. I use to think that was so funny. We have also been peed on during diaper changes. She would start when you would lift her legs up to wipe under her, and it would go everywhere. I am glad everything is going well. She is adorable.