Babies are good for three things ...
Eating -- Sleeping -- Pooping
And so, as Charlotte meets the milestone of being two weeks old, here's my ESP Report.
Birth Weight: 4 pounds 9 ounces
Current Weight: 5 pounds 5 ounces
As of Monday, when she was 12 days old, my little nugget has gained 12 ounces ... and I figure that's an ounce a day!
Length: a little over 17 inches
Overall Growth Percentile (based on gestational age): still hovering between the 3rd and 5th percentile
Disposition: calm, patient, mellow
Eating - Because of her small size, most of the decisions about CJ's nutrition have been made by the NICU doctor and her pediatrician. She's been - primarily - bottle-fed on a schedule; first formula and then breastmilk fortified with small amounts of calorie powder. This means that every three hours, she gets a bottle of about an ounce to two ounces of breastmilk. After she's fed, her immature digestive system requires that she be held upright for about 30 minutes - or risk a traumatic spit-up-choking episode, which happened four times at the hospital ... and CJ stopped breathing all four times - yeah, no thanks.
And since the breastmilk is supplied by my hardworking "girls," I have to sit and pump for 15 to 20 minutes. Including time to clean the pumping accessories, this process takes about an hour and a half. Thankfully I've had help from the grandmas because this schedule was quickly becoming a huge source of frustration and exhaustion for me. And I'll let you in on a little secret ... I detest pumping.
After Monday's weigh-in and Charlotte's continued progress, the decision was made to start getting serious about getting her to nurse on a regular basis. You can visualize a little happy dance right about here. Now every other feeding is a calming, relaxing, all-natural nursing session ... no pumping required! We are two full days into this new schedule, and I must say that I am a much happier mama ... and most importantly, Charlotte is doing great ... her latch could use some improvement, but she continues to be flexible and calm and amazing!
Sleeping - As with most pre-term babies, Charlotte sleeps ... a lot ... and she sleeps just about anywhere. If she had her way, she'd probably prefer to be held while snoozing. And since maintaining her own body temperature continues to be tough (with so little body fat) and to burn lots of calories, the grandmas and I have been happy to oblige her. At night she sleeps in a bassinet right next to my bed, and love having her so close.
It is very rare to hear her cry, but this little girl is a noisy sleeper ... she grunts, honks, (like a goose, not a car) squeaks, beeps, and sighs ... all the time. I certainly don't remember NHV being this noisy! I am very tempted to record what she sounds like because it is just so darn funny! Thankfully I am getting to know her noises ... which ones I can ignore and which ones require me to check on her.
Pooping - I am sure this falls under the TMI category, so I will spare you the gory details ... but this little girl doesn't have a problem with making the poopies (unfortunately, her big sister suffers that infliction). With that said, we've only had one blow-out ... and it was more of a diaper malfunction than a quantity issue. Sidenote: Preemie diapers are a complete rip-off. They are essentially the same size as a Newborn diaper - maybe a few millimeters difference, but they cost twice as much ... about 30 cents each!