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Progress and nighttime feeding - Karen's Musings
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Progress and nighttime feeding
I've been taking Ellie to the doctor every single week because she's been pretty stubborn about the growth thing... after that first week when she grew 18 ounces in 10 days, she stalled completely and stopped growing for a couple weeks. Sigh. BUT! Today, finally, my little Ellie bellie seems to be back on an upturn. She is over 9 pounds now, which still puts her way behind her siblings, but she's finally making some progress. She's the only baby that hasn't tripled her birth weight yet, but at least she's doubled it. The good news is that I don't have to go back until March 11th, which seems like an eternity. Dr. B. said I can come back sooner if I get a sense that she's slowing down again or she starts striking again, but if I have the sense that she's continuing to grow and she's continuing to improve, we can hold off for another 2+ weeks. Unbelievable.

Meanwhile, Abby and Sam continue to grow, but that's no shocker. Abby's got a new nighttime pattern for eating. She used to go to sleep after her 6 or 7pm feedig and sleep until about 2am and then eat and go back to sleep until about 6am. Lately, though, she's been waking up at 11pm starving (which is ridiculous, because we've actually started feeding her more than we had been). So we feed her at 11pm and then she either sleeps through the night or wakes up around 4, which isn't that far off of when we have to wake up anyway. But it's weird, and I'm not sure why she's changed her pattern. It's not that big a deal, but it's new.

Sam never stops eating. Dr. B. says that he's big enough that he should be able to sleep through the night now (calorically speaking), but every night at 2am, 4am, 5am, and 6am I have the same conversation with Sam:

Me: Dr. B. SAID you're big enough to sleep through the night!
Sam: Mommy! Please don't make me! I'm so hungreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I'm wasting away! I'll be so saaaaaad if you make me wait!
Me: But Dr. B. PROMISED ME that you're big enough to sleep through the night!
Sam (with the saddest look possible on his face, while screaming BLOODY MURDER): MOMMY! PLEASE! You wouldn't actually make me wait would you? I'm so hungry! Please don't make me! Please don't! I'm starving! Please!
Me: Well, I'm sure as heck not going to listen to screaming all night, of COURSE I'm not going to let you starve, no matter WHAT Dr. B. says.

Then after Sam's had his fill, Ellie and I go and have the opposite conversation:

Me: Ellie, Dr. B. SAID you're not big enough to sleep through the night!
Ellie: Mommy! Please don't make me! I'm so sleepeeeeeeeee! I need my beauty sleep! I'll be so saaaaaaaad if you make me wake up!
Me: But Dr. B. SAID that you need to eat more often!
Ellie (completely sleepy): *yawn* Please mommy, don't make me...*snore*
Me: huh? wha? What time is it? Can I go back to sleep now?

And then, it's usually time to have another conversation with Sam... But Dr. B. SAID you're big enough to sleep through the night!

Thank heavens Julian sleeps through the night!

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real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: February 22nd, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad to hear that Ellie is starting to gain weight! Wonderful!

I'm also happy to hear that the other munchkins are doing well too!

Shabbat Shalom!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
It's great. She's still got a long way to go, but she's got to start somewhere!
kalki From: kalki Date: February 22nd, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, I'm glad that Ellie is back on the upswing. I loved your nighttime conversations :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam is hilarious, really. I'm just really glad I can see the humour in his screams at 2am!
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: February 22nd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always wonder this about multiples-
dont they wake each other up? if one cries and two are sleeping, dont they wake up too??
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 22nd, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
A lot of people DO have that problem. Fortunately for us, our babies do not generally wake each other up.
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: February 22nd, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
aww what good babies :-)
I am glad to see I'm not the only Jewish woman on the internet so close to shabbos haha
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I like to live on the edge. ;)
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, thank you. :)
bookworm1212 From: bookworm1212 Date: February 24th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, ditto what he said!

Glad to hear the Ellie update and however frustrating those nighttime conversations with Sam and Ellie are, you do express them very well.
rlitterst From: rlitterst Date: February 23rd, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dear Ellie:

Just keep eating, eating, eating. Just keep eating, eating along!

You can do it!!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
today she threw an absolute FIT when I didn't feed her fast enough. This is new! Exciting! :)
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: February 23rd, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you certainly get to know that every child is different! Do you get to sleep at all?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Seth mostly takes care of feeding Abby at night (she won't nurse, so she gets expressed milk in bottles which he takes care of 99.9% of the time). And I can snooze for much of the time that Sam eats, it just means I'm kind of in and out and in and out as he makes his demands known. When he gets up at two, I just bring him into bed with me and leave him there. I've found it's just easier that way, because he wakes up just as often (if not MORE often) if I leave him in his crib between feedings, and we ALL get more sleep if he just curls up with me.
gishmak From: gishmak Date: February 24th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
My baby is just a few weeks younger than yours, so I am wondering: what constitutes big enough to sleep through the night? My kids don't "go by that" , though. I'm sure my baby is big enough..... :( One of these days?? I'm reading now (again) The No Cry Sleep Solution....
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam was about 10ish pounds when the doctor said we could let him sleep through the night. I should clarify that what he really meant was that we are ALLOWED to let him sleep through the night, not that he HAS to sleep through the night, necessarily. When the babies came home from the NICU, they were on a strict, 3 hour feeding schedule, even through the night, and we had to wake them up for feedings. As they got bigger, we were allowed to stretch some overnight feedings to 3.5 hours or 4 hours, and eventually longer, but not required to do so, if the babies wake up asking for food, we're obviously still allowed to feed them (especially Ellie, not that she ever wakes up for food, but IF she happened to do so... we certainly could feed her). So what he really meant was that calorically, Sam's body no longer needed to be forced to wake up to be fed on a strict schedule anymore.

I should also point out that a doctor's definition of sleeping through the night is 6 hours. And Sam DOES sleep a six hour stretch most nights. But once he gets up at 2am, he's up at 2, 4, 5, and 6 to eat. Little piggy. :)
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 25th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
last night i had a dream that i drove all the way down to silver spring and took you to buy buy baby, but was freaking out b/c i can't handle traffic down there anymore.
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