We've been having some weight-gain issues with Benjamin. I took him for a weight check at the doctor's office and he had only gained three ounces in two weeks. He was only up to 13 lbs., 6 oz. He's almost seven months old and was 8-6 at birth. His heart surgery is behind him, so he should be gaining more. I rented a baby scale at the hospital and am now weighing him to see how much he is getting from breastfeeding. I've weighed him after each feeding the past two days. He is getting *almost* the minimum of what he needs (24 oz). So I'm not quite ready to supplement with formula yet. I'm pretty much feeding him lots and lots and trying to get my supply up. And I've upped his solids intake, too, even though that's a challenge in and of itself. I met with his Service Coordinator Tiffany today and signed the paperwork to get him evaluated for Occupational Therapy. He may qualify for this and an OT will come out and help him with his eating. He is doing a little better but still doesn't really know how to open his mouth. He is swallowing the baby food a little bit better, though.
We are going to be putting up our Christmas decorations and tree this weekend. YAY!!! I seriously love this time of year, even if the decorating is a little harder now with two boys. :)
Here are the latest pictures.
This one is a little hard to see b/c of the sunlight coming in the window. But if you click on it to enlarge it, you'll be able to see the ADORABLE look on Benjamin's face as he hangs out with Frank on the rug.
By the time I got over there, he had rolled over and was kicking Frank with his right foot, which is *always* kicking!! Luckily, Frank is very docile and is used to it from Andrew by now.
We went last night to get our family Christmas pictures taken. Here are some funny ones of my brothers I got in the waiting room. Here's Justin, who turns 28 next Monday.
And Michael, who was enjoying the sample pictures. He's 33 and his wife is expecting their first child; she's due in April!!
Oh, Benjamin, how I love you.
Thanks for keeping up with us!!
OH WAIT!! I have a question for moms of babies. Or those who had babies and still have enough brain cells to remember what their eating habits were like when they were taking a bottle. Did you find that your babies ate less as the day progressed? I am trying to figure out if I'm having a supply issue or if Benjamin just less as the day goes on. He always seems perfectly content after eating. But he's definitely getting less and less milk with each feeding. He gets about 9 oz, then about 6, then 4, then 3. He sleeps all night and does not seem hungry except when it's time to eat. (Even then sometimes not.) So...what is the dealio? *Let me clarify that he eats for about the same length of time each time he eats. You would think that he was getting the same amount. But twenty minutes of nursing does not equal twenty minutes of nursing. Because the demand of the baby over time determines the supply.*