Today we went in for a weight check for Bennett and they said if he gains then we won't need to see a doctor and if he doesn't gain then we will have to see the doctor. So Mr. Bennett gained 1 huge ounce (7.12 now up from 7.11- 7.14 was his birth weight.) So they had us wait to see the doctor. Typically they like to see a baby gain 1 ounce a day so I was expecting to see him weigh around 8 lbs now but since Bennett has a heart defect and DS they are not expecting that with him, I wish they would've told me that before! The doctor was not concerned with his weight and thinks he looks great and said by listening to his heart she wouldn't know that he had a heart defect- this is the first time this doctor has seen Bennett.
I asked her if she felt I needed to start supplementing with higher calorie formula or wake him from his nice 5 hour stretch at night and to my surprise she said for now, no. She really felt like he was okay. So why am I starting to stress just a tad? Well, he's beginning to become an even sleepier eater and anyone that has nursed before knows how frustrating this can be! I feel like it is my sole duty to put weight on this baby before his surgery but how can I if he just wants to sleep!?? Today he has been his sleepiest as far as feeding goes and Mike thinks it's because we were at the doctor and she poked and prodded at him but now I just don't want him to lose weight. (Sorry if you are getting this twice through email- I accidentally pushed publish)
I told her I have a baby scale- yes, I have one because I became an obsessive mom with Ainsley and her weight. If you've ever had a baby in the NICU for an extended amount of time and weight and feeding have been an issue, you know where I'm coming from. So she said that if I wanted to, I could weigh him- but just once a week- not every day- I will try my hardest not to weigh him every day because honestly I don't want to obsess over this I just feel like I'm doing everything I can before having to turn to a bottle and I want him to nurse because I read it helps with speech later on (works on the muscles around the mouth more). I just don't want to give in yet but I want him to gain weight!! I think I'll give it another week and see how he is doing. Otherwise he has plenty of wet diapers and seems perfectly content-if he only knew how he was driving his mommy crazy with his sleepy feeds!!