I can’t believe our little munchkin is two weeks old already!
We had our two week old doctors appointment today. Xander has regained his birth weight and then some! He weighed in at 6 lbs 12 ounces – yay little man! We asked our pediatrician a few questions today and I find it so interesting how our doctor, my midwife, and the lactation consultants all have different opinions, with the midwifes and lactation consultants have the closest opinions. John and I are learning to listen to all the differing opinions and then just figure out works best for us.
Xander is exclusively breastfed and we have yet to introduce the pacifier or a bottle. We do, however, have to use the nipple shield predominately, in order for the nipple to come out far enough. Initially I felt like a failure for needing to use one, but each week Xander is latching more and more without the shield and is able to eat like a champ with the shield. My new train of thought is that he’s still learning and I’m just happy he’s getting all breast milk. In fact, he’s going to be getting breast milk for a long time because mommy already had a freezer full of it! Apparently I have a bit of an over supply!
Our little boy loves loves to suck and he loves his hands. He’s a little Houdini when we swaddle him; his hands always find a way toward his face. He loves putting his hands near his ears and occasionally he’ll even find his mouth! Once he realizes that his hands are actually a part of his body, we think he’ll be a thumb or finger sucker! He loves sucking on mommy and daddy’s pinkies, so it’s just a matter of time until he sucks his thumb or finger consistently. We are going to introduce the pacifier around four weeks and are assuming he’s going to like that as well.
We can’t get enough of his silly facial expressions either. We know that are involuntary at this point, but they are just so cute! We even have caught him with a grin or smirk here and there. It’s going to be really fun when he gets to the stage of responding to us with smiles and coos!
In the midst of all of Xander’s week two of cuteness, John and I received a scary phone call on Friday. One of the screening tools used in the hospital came back with an elevated result. We were basically encouraged to rush to the pediatric hospital in DC to have the proper diagnostic test performed. Luckily, we were able to receive the results to one of the tests that evening. It came back normal. We are still waiting on the second test (since it had to be sent out), which is the ultimate decider, but in the meantime it’s nice to know that his first test was okay. Throw a little prayer into the sky for us if you would, okay?
So in his second week of life, Xander has already some very scary times as well as some really joyous ones. It was wonderful for him to meet all of his grandparents so soon and know that they just love him so much. On the other hand, Katie and I were confronted with the realities of being parents: being anxious and worried about your child. We now know what it’s like when we were kids and we thought our parents were being overprotective. It’s just natural for parents who care so much about their kids to want to make sure they’re always okay.
This will be the last week that I include my progress with Xander’s updates. I think I’ll switch to monthly postpartum updates until updates aren’t needed.
The body is an amazing thing. When I left the hospital I looked mildly pregnant and had fluid in my face, feet, etc. At the end of week one I was only 6-7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Now, at week 2, I am 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. The amazing thing to me is that I have done nothing to actively facilitate this. Yes, I’m breast feeding, but that’s it. John and I have taken a few walks here and there, but I am by no means exercising yet.
I also feel completely normal. Everything feels like it has healed and all my swelling seems to have gone away.
Another thing that John and I have noticed is that my “stink” is back. This might sound funny, but while I was pregnant I was way less stinky than I ever have been. Now it seems the stink has intensified – I’m guessing to help Xander know the smell of mommy. Lovely that the smell is slightly bad. Haha. I hope this makes sense to other moms out there!
That’s pretty much all I have for my update. I’m assuming I’ll get clearance to exercise at my midwife appointment tomorrow, so monthly updates are going to get interesting!
Thanks for all the love and support you have all shown our family over the past couple weeks. We really appreciate it.
Love: Katie, John, and Xander