Infant Development is amazing

At only 8 days old, we have already seen these changes:

-Her lost glazed over look is gone, replaced by a focused and intense stare. She see’s us now and is really examining us and learning.
-She is alert way more often and for longer periods then she was even two days ago, hope this means her jaundice levels are obsolete and thus she is less groggy.
-She is rarely sleeping silently anymore, this was confusing to me this morning as I kept waking up to see if she wanted to nurse, and she didn’t she was just talking in her sleep. She used to sleep silently except when she was stirring to wake up and eat, now she talks to herself, groans, moves, makes faces, cries out, all in a deep sleep..it’s awesome to watch and I so want to know what she is dreaming.
-She is cooing way more these days.

Tommorow is her first Well Baby appointment at my doctors, I can’t wait to see how her weight is doing now that my milk is in and she is nursing so much.  Her typical nursing pattern has been 15-20 minutes on one boob, then fall asleep, so I lift her off, burp her and then put her on the other breast for as long as she want’s which is again 15-20 typically. Anyhow, her poops have been comming out foamy and I read on LLL forums that it’s fine and normal so long as it’s yellow and thin, but it could be she is not getting enough hindmilk so try blockfeeding, so I will try that for a few days and see what happens.

She is still waking up at 10pm looking for a party and then getting super cranky around 11pm til 1ish, but last night she didn’t cry as much cause Dave kept her in a dark room with limited stimulation. Thing is she want’s to suck, she roots and roots, but she dosen’t want to nurse, she is not hungry and dosen’t want the milk and get’s pissy at the boob and pulls off and dosen’t want my milk..but Dave put his finger in her mouth last night and she sucked happily away for half an hour, then he passed her to me, I nursed her for 20 minutes and we both feel asleep. So she is soothed by sucking, but dosen’t want to nurse…makes me want to give her a pacifier but the fear of additional nipple confusion stops me..so I guess she will have to do with Dave’s finger until she figures out how to suck her own..

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β€œLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” β€” Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on February 1, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I have little to no baby knowledge to recommend to you as I am not a mother yet but I do enjoy reading about you enjoying her (and maybe not enjoying the crying :p). Babies are soooooo amazing.
    The staff at work (Jamie and Sharon) send their congratulations. πŸ™‚

    • Aww, well I am glad you like my writting hahah. How my blog changes tones often, excited, pregnancy, grief, stress, misery, trying to conceive, pregnancy, excitement, fear, stress, birth, joy, fear, anxiety, happiness. Haha we have something for everyone over here.

  2. I gotta also recommend the pacifier thingee, even though we didn’t use it. I was so against the pacifier at the time, but then _I_ turned into a pacifier and that wasn’t much fun sometimes. Though I’m sure Daniel was happier about it. Anyway, there are two in the relationship so if I could do it again (and hopefully I will some day) I will definitely introduce the pacifier and get some rest too… there are so many failing opportunities as a mother so why worry about such as small thing if it makes life easier… heh don’t mind me.

  3. If it makes any difference to you – Liam has used a pacifier since he was only a few days old. We were against the idea … until it got to a few nights without any sleep, LOL. We never had any trouble with nipple confusion, and he nursed until he was nearly 20 months old. YMMV, of course, but I just wanted to pass that along.

  4. Hey mama, all sounds great!!
    If I could make a suggestion…block feeding will potentially lower supply; usually recommended in cases of serious oversupply. In your case, to make sure she’s getting enough hindmilk, I’d let her nurse on one breast until she drains it, then switch breasts at the next session, as opposed to block feeding where you feed on one breast for 3-4 hours or switching breasts halfway through the same feeding. Hope that helps!!
    Looking forward to more pictures πŸ˜€ I’m so thrilled to hear you guys are getting to knowher patterns and seeing her develop before your eyes…its amazing isn’t it? πŸ™‚

    • It’s actually likely (given the foamy stools and fussiness) that Jaime has a bit of an oversupply. (I’d say pumping in the early days almost guarantees an oversupply, but my experience is that MORE women than not have oversupply).
      Block feeding (the kind Maria recommended is also called block feeding; there’s two definitions) should help: offer only one breast per session. (Or if she’s a marathon nurser, as Remy was, after spending at least a 30- 45 minutes on one side).
      Extreme block feeding (offering only one breast for several hours) should IMO only be done if there’s a lactation consultant available to supervise. There are some articles about it floating around the internet, but it’s tricky stuff (which is why the softer-core block feeding is usually used).
      http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVDec97Jan98p123.html
      Foamy poop and fussiness can also be a sign of intolerances to things you’re eating, milk being the worst culprit. You’ll know that’s the case if block feeding doesn’t resolve the issue. ALSO, later on, teething (usually doesn’t start til 4 months!!!!!!) and fever can cause foamy poop.

      • Hmmm I don’t know if I have oversupply. I know day 1 was brutal and I pumped 1oz total for relief, but haven’t pumped since, and my breast have not felt FULL since, I am always amazed that they are soft and yet so very full of milk. How would I even know if I had oversupply? Anyways, it’s been 1 weeks of nursing, 4 days of milk, so I have faith things will even themselves out as they need to.
        If 30-45 minutes is marathon nursing then I guess she is. Typical pattern is 45 minutes on every 3-3.5 hours. I have been spreading that between both breasts but I was talking about using just one per feeding instead.
        Would she be considered fussy though? She is fine all the time except that period at night, I thought that was just her alert time and she is more irritable then norm. Didn’t think of her as fussy since I see so many babes crying all the time, she never does. I don’t think it’s dietary, I say that only because there is no consistant pattern in my food, like I don’t do dairy everday, or whatever but her stools are always mix of liquid and foamy, but not foamy in the diaper, just comming out, and I only know this cause I saw it mid change.

      • OK, foamy while coming out is NOT the same as foamy poop! LOL That’s just cause it’s being expelled!
        Marathon nursing, BTW, is nursing for two hours then being put down for 15 minutes then nursing again for two hours, rinse and repeat! (Literally, he nursed for about 22-23 hours a DAY during the first week. And then I broke down an bought a paci.) So: to answer that question: NO she’s not a marathon nurser! LOL
        (And no, I wouldn’t call her fussy, either, if that is the ONLY period she fusses during the day! I was thinking there was more to it than that…)
        Disregard my assvice earlier entirely. ❀

    • Maybe I missunderstood what they were saying, but it sounded the same as what your saying..since she only eats every 3-4 hours and eats for about 45 minutes a session, I was just going to do one boob the whole session, then the other the next, rather then half and half. So that makes one boob every 3 hours…
      Confused.

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