Hi ladies! Maribel will be 3 weeks old tomorrow and we're loving every minute with her (even those zombie-like minutes in the middle of the night since I know they won't last forever.)
I'm primarily breastfeeding but since Maribel is not gaining weight as fast as they'd like we also had to start offering formula after each feeding. Seems I'm making enough milk (plenty of dirty diapers and pumping amounts are great) but they're thinking my breastmilk just may not have enough calories in it to keep her satisfied and help her gain weight. Right now Maribel will sleep anywhere from 2-5 hours at a clip at night, though I generally try to wake her after 3-4 hours to eat, not only to keep my supply up but especially now that we also have to work on her gaining weight. Her next weigh-in is Thursday morning so fingers crossed, she'll have packed on some ounces.
With the supplementing for extra calories, it took us a few different formulas/bottles to find one she'd like (if she drinks too much or too fast she regurgitates her entire meal out her nose/mouth...not fun for her!) Similac and Gerber Good Start (ones the ped gave us to try) weren't good options it seems, but we bought some Gerber Good Start Gentle & so far that has been good (only 1 regurge.) And switching to the Playtex VentAire bottles has cut down the gassiness she gets from drinking from the bottle. I'm hopeful we'll eventually be able to go back to just breastfeeding but if not, hopefully this new combo we found continues to work for her.
Lastly, now that her umbilical cord fell off, we've moved Maribel into her cloth diapers. LOVE THEM!! We're using one-size pocket dipes (Bum Genius 4.0, Sunbaby, and Oh Katy) and they're so easy. They just snap right on as quickly as putting on a disposable. And since she's routinely going through 12-14 dipes a day I love NOT going through that many sposies in a day.
Stephanie - I'm staying home with Maribel. I quit my job in early June and man, that felt good LOL! I don't know how long I'll be able to stay home (much depends on what missions DH gets with the Army) but at this point it looks like (fingers crossed) his mission here in NJ is getting renewed for another year so that would give me at least another year and a half of staying at home. I'll take every day I can get since I didn't get to be a SAHM with my two older children.
Gina - We love the Halo Sleep Sack Swaddles! Maribel wore them in the NICU and the hospital sent us home with 2 of them so she wears one every night to bed. Since she's still in our room in the bassinet part of her pack-n-play it's nice to be able to have the a/c on in our room and know that she's still snuggy warm in her sleep sack.
Mellow - I'm so glad to hear that Marlo is gaining so nicely! I love checking in on your blog and I really hope Marlo will be ready to go home when your DH returns from Australia. Boy, what a busy year you will have had with Marlo's arrival, NICU stay, and then a move to Australia, phew!!
Barbara - I know what you mean, I sometimes feel like I've spent hours just staring at our little girl. Glad to hear Brooke's doing well and you're getting mostly full nights sleep. Very nice!!
Me 40, DH-31
DD-23 & DS-20 (mine from previous)
TL '96,TR '08, 1 c/p, 2 e/p, lost tubes & R ovary
IVF - BFP, Maribel born 7/5/11