Tuesday, December 13, 2005

10 Week Weight..

I went to the drop in at the health clinic on Commercial drive for the third time today. It feels like a much more cohesive group than the one closer to home and the nurse who leads it feels a lot warmer. I think I will continue going in the new year.

I weighed Kale today since it had been two weeks since the doctors visit and was a little worried by the result. He only weighed 15lb 6oz which is only 3 oz in 2 weeks. Well below normal weight gain. The nurse reassured me that weight gain slows down at around 4 months and I pointed out that he was only 2 months old. She said she still wouldn't be concerned he was obviously doing well.

I guess I am still concerned because nursing is still such a challenge, he fights the breast and is fussy so I worry that he is not getting enough and that is why he isn't gaining. I also worry because we spent 1.5 weeks of those 2 weeks working to reduce my milk supply on the advice of two lactation consultants and my midwives. I finally agreed because it was obvious he was gaining enough weight and as soon as I did he stopped gaining. So I am worried that we shouldn't have done that.

Kale has also been really fussy since recovering from his flu or whatever caused the fever and so I am feeling drained and tired which makes it hard to think constructively. Especially when his fussiness invovles not wanting to eat for more than 2 minutes ever 3 plus hours.

Deep Breathe - I know my baby is okay and I know that I am doing the best that could be done.


Leah said...

Sometimes it's hard being a parent. You never know if you are doing the right thing and get different advice from everyone. Just listen to yourself and to Kale. Babies can tell if you are worring. :) Kale is a nice healthy weight. You are doing a great job.

Becky said...

I'm sorry things have been a little rocky for you and Kale of late - it takes a while for us to adjust to the needs of our wee ones, and for them to adjust to being in the world. I am sure he will tell you what he needs - babies are amazingly wise that way.

Our love and support to you all.

Dad said...

I wanted to give you some sage advice, but you don't need it. Leah said it all except you should listen to yourself, Kale and your father and he says you're doing well enough that the care providers think Kale is four months old and it doesn't make any sense for you to worry about his eating.