Gabriel still isn't up to his birth weight (9 pounds 7 ounces), but as of yesterday he is officially back into the 9 pound range! At his Pediatrician appointment yesterday, he weighed 9 pounds 0 ounces (and after nursing for a bit, 9 pounds 0.5 ounces) at 21 days old! His slow gain has been causing all sorts of issues and has had us going to see pediatricians and the lactation consultant multiple times over the last few weeks!
|When Dad makes sure we have a pacifier with us...|
|That's a 9lb baby there...|
|I now label them with the qty in ounces as well.|
|Overnight bottles drying in the morning...|
|Gabriel's First Halloween Costume!|
Halloween was last week! While we did not go trick or treating (what would an almost 3 week old do with candy anyway?), we did go out for a meal at a restaurant as a family and Gabriel was dressed up for the evening! It was Wednesday, so we went to Shari's for dinner (free pie night!) and then Garrick went down the street to play pool (Wednesdays are still league night, I just can't take the baby into a bar...or rather, I wouldn't take him in...technically until he's out of the infant carrier he is legal to take in) and Gabriel and I came home to hide in the back of the house with all the lights off (we don't buy candy for the neighborhood anymore...too many greedy parents/kids). He has another "costume" that I picked up after Halloween, it's a onesie that is "scrubs green" and has doctor related items like a mask, stethoscope, etc... printed on it. I got it for $1.75 and it's size 0-3 months, but I think it's cute and he'll wear it over to his grandparents' house this weekend before it becomes an "under something else" onesie.
|During Halloween dinner!|
|Bib by Grandma|
|"I hate hats!"|
|(L-R:Garrick, Jef, Ron, Gabriel, Koa)|
|Captivated by Grandma!|
I briefly mentioned that we did, in deed, have our little man circumcised...it was more painful on us to watch than it was for him, I'm sure...he did great! There are apparently "options" on how this is done, but our doctor's office only does it the "surgical" way and we were unaware of the Plastibell until after the fact. That being said though, our oldest nephew had the Plastibell (or something very similar) and had infection issues with the string used with it! We both went with him, by choice. I wouldn't have made Garrick go if he didn't want to, but I was very grateful that he chose to go in with us. Basically, they strapped his legs down to a plastic "form" but left his hands free so that he could self-soothe by touching his face, grasp our hands (fingers), and such...they said they are the only office in our area that do it this way. We were there to provide comfort to our little boy, even though he didn't feel any pain (other than the shot to numb his junk up), it was disconcerting to him to feel the movements. The way it was described to us, it seems his local numbing shot worked just like my spinal during the cesarean...I felt no pain, but could feel things being "moved around". Luckily, he didn't pee during the procedure! After it was all said and done, we were taken back to an axam room where we could nurse him for a bit while the gauze did it's job to help cauterize any leftover bleeding at that point.
Baby-wearing!I love, love, love doing this! Not just because it leaves me hands-free to actually get things done, like washing all those bottles, doing a load of laundry, folding diapers, or you know...playing on the computer, but also because Gabriel loves it! We have several different "options" when it comes to baby-wearing in this house.
This one is one I haven't used yet, but Garrick seemed to like it, it's just a bit too warm for it right now.
I also bought the fabric to make a Mai Tei carrier...I even have the (simple) directions for cutting it printed! I was going to make it last night, but plans got hanged when Gabriel vomited up bright yellow stomach acid after doctor's hours and we were sent to the ER to have him checked out (he's fine, just a bout of acid reflux from adding formula to his diet). So, if I can manage to squeeze an hour or so of "me time" into the weekend, I'll have yet another option! I got home decor fabric because it's heavier duty than normal cotton and should be able to take his weight for a long while.
Our morning routine goes as this...
- boob juice & formula in a bottle together
- nap while Mom pumps and gets a little housework done!
- boob again and repeat process every 2-3 hours!
Last, but not least for today...a nap with Dad...they both slept from about 7:30 until 10pm when I got them up to eat and get ready for bed! I love how they have near identical expressions on their sleeping faces!