Here’s a Nathan update to cheer me up.
He’s doing great! We’ve been nipple-shield-free for over a week now. I can definitely tell that he’s getting more to eat now without it. I fully expect him to be more than 25th% at his next visit (more than a month from now). My letdown is so strong that you can hear the poor guy gulping and moaning trying to keep up. It’s quite cute. 🙂 He rolls his eyes and raises his eyebrows as if to tell me “slow down Mom, I’m only a little guy!” But he keeps up just fine and is eating a ton. His latch is great. I’m still sore, but getting better every day.
He smiles a lot now. And he’s constantly cooing and making noise. He’s got this new thing going where he’ll purse his lips together and blow a TON of spit bubbles. It’s so adorable. He gets his chin covered in drool. I’m going to have to start keeping a bib on him just so his clothes don’t get soaked.
He’s sleeping through the night consistently now! He’s dropped his late feeding as well. He eats at 9:30, goes to bed at 10:30 and doesn’t wake up until 6:30. He’s sleeping 8 hours a night now!! Go Nathan! (We used to have to pop his paci in his mouth a couple times during the night, but we don’t have to do that anymore. If he gets fussy, he finds his thumb quickly and settles back down.) I feed him at 6:30 and he goes back to sleep. This allows Craig and I to get ready before he wakes up at 8. He eats again at 9:30 and every three hours thereafter. We keep him awake for an hour after he eats and then he’s ready for a nap. He’s gotten very used to his schedule and almost exactly an hour after he finished eating he fusses a tad until I lay him down to sleep. He loves his schedule.
We’re going out of town this weekend and so the schedule will probably get skewed quite a bit. I’m going to try my hardest to keep it as close to normal as possible, but I’m sure it won’t be as exact as he likes. Which means we’ll probably have a fussier-than-usual baby on our hands. But as soon as he’s back on schedule he’ll be back to “normal”.
What a good baby we have!