Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Almost Four Months Already???

G will be FOUR months old on April 2nd.  It's amazing.  I don't feel like my pregnancy is that far in the past, and yet I feel like G has been with us for a long time.

He is a smiley, happy baby.  He's fitting into our little family perfectly.  D and E love him and love to get him to smile at them.  :)  Adjusting to life with three littles isn't as hard as I thought it might be.  My biggest challenge (again) is breastfeeding.  This time started much more smoothly than the last two.  He doesn't have reflux, which makes a HUGE difference, and I knew what I was doing too.  At the beginning he was getting enough milk, he was gaining weight, and I had hope that I might be able to nurse him without supplementing - and man, did I give it a good effort.  I didn't supplement for the first two months.  He was back to his birth weight at two weeks, but it was all downhill after that.  He went from 54th% at birth to 6th% at 2 months.  Talk about a major FAIL.  So I saw lactation consultants, and I took Fenugreek, and I rented the Symphony pump, and I started pumping at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. plus during the day, and I nursed even more than I had been, and I still couldn't make it work.  At this point I'm producing way more milk than I ever did for D and E, but not enough, so I'm supplementing maybe 1/3 of G's milk with formula (nursing and then supplementing with a bottle after each feed).  It's been tough on me, but I'm trying to remind myself (again) that any milk he gets from me is better than nothing.

I'm enjoying G's babyhood even more than D or E's.  I feel like I know what I'm doing.  He's a super sweet boy with a big dimple on his left cheek.  I find myself staring at him sometimes...  He started laughing right around 3 months old, and sometimes when he laughs, I think I might burst with love.  <3 p="">
On a side note, I'm so thrilled for all the women who are pregnant in my blog circle.  I have been keeping up with your updates, and I apologize for not commenting as much as I should.  Some days I'm just glad I remember to put on pants before I bring D to the bus stop in the morning...