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Mr. Curiosity

May 31, 2012 12:28 pm

Some babies are happy to lay around calmly in their chair or on their playmat waiting until their next feeding. Not Trevor, Mr. Curiosity. He wants to be up looking around at everything that is going on. It isn’t so much that he wants to be held (although he certainly appreciates that) but he wants you to hold him upright, facing out so he can see what is going on in the world. He loves going outside, to the grocery store or other interesting places. He wants to be able to sit up so badly that he is happy to keep on trying and trying (unlike tummy time which he thinks is a waste of energy). We are eagerly waiting to see Craig and Alyssa again so that we can borrow a bumbo for Trevor. But even better than sitting is standing. Yes, Trevor wants you to pull him up to standing and hold him like that for as long as possible. And I have to say, he is pretty impressive on the amount of weight bearing he can do on his little legs. Something tells me I am in trouble with this one and he will be pulling himself to standing and learning to walk as soon as he is able!

(Re)Learning how to Eat

May 16, 2012 10:37 am

Since I had a C Section, I didn’t get to nurse Trevor right away when he was born. After we were finally reunited in postpartum he was sleepy but we tried anyways. Despite the fact that I was in the hospital an extra couple of days this time, my milk didn’t come in until the last day. However, that didn’t stop Trevor from suckling really vigorously to get as much colostrum as he could. After a couple of days of this vacuum cleaner action (hmmm, seems I wrote a similar post about Jace’s suction power!) this was causing my nipples some serious distress so, having had latch problems with Jace, I made sure to seek the help of the lactation consultants on staff. I asked to speak to one on Sunday night and finally she showed up late in the afternoon on Monday. She check our positioning and said we looked fine and that I should just try nursing in different positions to give my nipples a break and gave me some soothie gel pads to help with the discomfort. Sounded a little odd to me but she is the expert right? Well, lets just say I am not impressed with the lactation staff at MGH.

After a week at home I was still in pain so I sought out the services of an independent lactation consultant. She came over to the house and after I explained what was going on, she immediately checked Trevor’s mouth for a tongue tie (which limits the ability for an infants tongue to move back and forth, thus making nursing hard). He was fine but it was immediately evident to her that instead of using his tongue to suck, he was pulling his lip and jaw in. This took her all of about 5 minutes in my house to figure out yet the consultant at the hospital never even bothered to check for either thing. She showed me a nursing position that forced Trevor to tip his head back and made it hard for him to nurse the wrong way. She also suggested we make Trevor “practice” by sucking on our fingers. You could easily tell when he was sucking the wrong way on your finger and could immediately pull it out and make him try again.

When Trevor was born he was 9lbs 11 oz. When he left the hospital he was around 8lb 14 oz which is a pretty big drop but less than the 10% which is when doctors get worried. After a couple of days at home we had a pediatrician’s appt and he was back up to 9lbs 6 oz which was great (keep in mind that while he was nursing incorrectly, Trevor was getting plenty of food). We made an appointment for a week later just to make sure he was back his birth weight. Well, during that week, that is when I was retraining Trevor how to eat and it didn’t go so well apparently. By the end of the week he had mostly figured it out but had actually lost weight and it was evident that my milk supply had dropped dramatically. So we spent the next week with me pumping, Trevor nursing every 2 to 2 1/2 hrs, syringe supplementing Trevor with pumped milk after feedings, and everyone getting frustrated and tired. It was hard work but at the end of the week we went back to the doctor for a weight check. He clocked in at 9 lb 9 1/2oz. Our pediatrician nicely gifted him the 1/2oz and declared him back to his birthweight. From that point we got to proceed with a more relaxed baby lead feeding schedule and Trevor thrived while my nipples healed.

How Trevor made it to the outside

May 15, 2012 1:01 pm

We all know that Jace was not a small baby. At 9lbs 3 oz and since he was as happy as a clam, it took some work to convince him to come out. With this history of a large baby and based on how big my belly was measuring, my OB wanted to keep an eye on Trevor’s growth as the pregnancy continued to make sure there were no issues and because, as she nicely put it, “we don’t want to break you!” This meant a couple of extra ultrasounds along the way which was actually kind of cool as I got to see him growing on the inside. The ultrasounds showed no problems but did indicate that he was trending along a size at least as big as Jace. At 38 weeks my OB said she would be happy for me to go into labor at anytime. However, she then stated that they won’t induce you just for having a large baby. DRAT.

Well, it turns out that I just don’t go into labor on my own. At 41 weeks they admitted me to be induced. I was about 2 centimeters dilated so we went right to the pitocin. And my body did exactly what it did with Jace, regular mild contractions that did nothing to progress the labor. By the afternoon I was getting grumpy from lack of food and it was clear that we were getting nowhere. So they stopped the pitocin and gave me some prostaglandin (I believe it was the same kind that finally worked with Jace. They also let me eat at 10pm so Steve was sent on a foraging mission down the to cafe as the fridge in labor and delivery was woefully understocked. The grilled chicken caesar salad was amazing (I might have been slightly biased, since I hadn’t eaten since 7am!).

I had a couple of doses of prostaglandin overnight and they checked me in the morning after the shift change. While my OB was not on this time around, the OB on duty on saturday was the woman I had seen in the office for the last checkup so it was nice to see a familar face. With this check it seemed that my body had made some progress so they started the pitocin again.  This time it seemed to do some work as a couple of hours later they decided that I had progressed enough to break my water as that had really gotten things moving when I was delivering Jace. Worked like a charm and soon I was having strong, regular contractions and that wonderful Epidural. Time was rather a blur at this point but I started to push around 3pm and the doctor was hoping he would be born pretty quickly. Trevor, however, had other ideas.

We made progress for a while but then he kept hitting his head on my pelvic bone and would not come any further. The doctor was willing to let me push for 2 1/2 hrs as that was how long it took for Jace but after about 2 hrs I was exhausted and it was pretty evident we were going nowhere. So on to plan B. This had always been an option on the table as we knew that Trevor was rather large but obviously the doctor and I had been hoping to avoid it. However, sometimes a C Section is just what is best for baby and mom so off we headed to the operating room. I won’t get into the gory details but suffice to say it is major surgery and I don’t respond well to high levels of pitocin. I was pretty miserable on my side of the tented drape but everything on the other side was going well. Trevor came out at 5:24pm. The clearest memory I have of this is the doctors and nurses guessing how much he weighed (they were estimating 10lbs) and somebody exclaiming “there is no way that head was coming out that way”. Welcome to the world coconut head boy…

Do you see any resemblance?

May 1, 2012 11:37 am

Some people think they look alike, others think they are totally different. Clearly the hair (or lack there of on Jace) is a striking difference but how about their other features? Do you think Jace and Trevor look like brothers?

Trevor’s 2 Month Appointment

11:21 am

Yesterday was Trevor’s two month doctor’s appointment. Otherwise knows as the first one with all the shots! Our pediatrician warned me we would likely have either a very fussy child or a very sleepy child after the shots. Based on Jace’s reaction, I bet on the fussy cranky option. I have never been so happy to lose a bet. Trevor just slept all afternoon, waking only to eat!

The stats: Height 24 1/2″ (92%) and Weight 13lb 4oz (80%).  For comparison’s sake, Jace was 25 1/2″ and 14lb 2oz so Trevor is a little smaller than his brother, despite being slightly larger at birth. Developmentally, Trevor is smiling, saying “agoo” and tracking his fishy rattle as I move it around from side to side and up and down. He isn’t quite ready to hold onto anything yet but he has great neck strength despite hating tummy time. Generally a healthy kid who is continually learning and growing. The only issue we are battle with is sleep. We have finally figured out how to get him to sleep for a nap (he was just passing out for 1/2 hour here and there, not getting any good long sleep periods during the day). Turns out you have to rock in the glider chair with the ocean white noise blasting full volume. He will then pass out and can be relocated to the swing where he will remain for 2 hours, happily in dream land. Alternatively, I can put him in the Moby wrap and he will fall asleep on my chest and actually let me get things done. However, night time is still a battle. He is a very gassy child and refuses to sleep flat on his back as he seems very uncomfortable. He likes to sleep on his side, in our arms. Comfy for him but not so restful for us, although we have gotten better at sleeping that way. We are trying to get him into the bassinet but it is a struggle. Last night I got him to sleep on his side there for 2 1/2 hrs but then he was too fussy to go back to sleep there. I am also experimenting with eliminating all dairy from my diet to see if that helps. It has been a week so far (they say it takes a good 2 weeks to get all the dairy out of your system) and the only effect I have noticed so far is a cranky mom since I crave cheese! We will see if it helps Trevor or not.

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