Friday, July 10, 2009

Connor Love

Here are a few photos from our little man's first few days of life!

I'm a dinasaur! Rawrrrrr!
On our way home from the hospital:
Today was a bit rough for us. Our little one got a little more vocal, wanted A LOT more food, and was NOT happy when he didn't get it!
At his doctor's visit today we found out that he has lost 10% of his body weight, which is not good. Mr. Howard and I suspect that it might have been human error and not an actual decrease of that much body weight (when they weighed him at birth he was 7 lbs, 13 oz., but then an hour later he was 7 lbs, 6 oz. which led the nurse at the time to question the initial results). Despite the possibility of human error, we need to rule out that something is indeed wrong and had to do marathon feedings today (complete with nursing, pumping, and more nursing). I could have chosen to simply suplement with formula, but at this point I am really, really trying to avoid formula. I know that I can provide what he needs and feel more comfortable trying to do that before going the non-breastfeeding route. Of course, at the end of the day, I will do what is best for Connor! :-)
Keep your fingers crossed that tomorrow's weigh-in goes better. They would like him to gain an ounce or two to avoid formula feedings (today he was 7 lbs, 1.0 oz. and they'd like him at 7 lbs, 3 or 4 oz).

3 comments:

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Go Connor you can do it!

When Mason was born he was 6 lbs 7 oz then at his 2 day check up he was 6 lbs even. Then we had an appt before the 2 week one and he still hadn't gained weight. They thought he wouldn't make it to his birth weight by two weeks, but somehow he became quite the little weight gainer and did it. He did have supplemental formula at the nursery in the hospital and a bit when we were first home and once we hit that two week mark we weaned him off it and that was the end of that. Since then you wouldn't guess he ever had trouble gaining weight. I wish you the best these next few days getting started, but know that if you need to supplement with formula you can still breastfeed as you are hoping to do. I am glad you are so determined I know you will do great!

Courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

good for you stickin to your guns!! It is hard to determine what exactly his weight was, but 7.6 sounds better because if he lost that much weight...he would be in really bad shape right now. Babies always drop some weight. Thinking nice fattening thoughts for the little man though!

PS...what was his weight when he left the hospital? Was it closer to the 7.6?

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Jen, I read this right before I left and it definitely made me feel better! You always hear horror stories about babies liking formula better and then having trouble switching. :-)

Luckily, he gained 1.7 ounces from all the marathon feedings we did yesterday - so he won't need it.

Courtney, we can't remember what his weight was when we left, but it was around 7 lbs, 6 oz.

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