Ah my daughter is 7 months old on Monday but I want to go back and make an update over the last few months. So here goes!
1 Month on April 9, 2017!
Kairi was 5 pounds 11 oz and 18 inches long. She didn’t grow much but I was just happy to see her grow.
This month we had a few struggles with eating. I tried as hard as I could to breast feed but in my gut I knew something just wasn’t working. All the doctors and nurses said her latch was great and they could feel the milk knots in my breast and when I pumped I got a good amount out. It took a while to finally figure out Kairi couldn’t suck get out the amount she needed the way a pump would. And as time went even the pump couldn’t do the job. So I learned a baby should take no more than 30 minutes to eat. And for Kairi it sometimes took up to an hour. We switched to formula along with any milk I could pump and it started to make feeding so much easier. (We even had a friend who had twins and was producing TONS of kilk and actually donated about a weeks worth of breast milk. It was great. Thanks Gwen!)
*Baby tip: A simple way to know if your child is full after a feed is to lift their arm and let it drop. You just lift it a couple inches and if it drops like a ton of bricks it means they are full. If it looks like they are stiff and it drops slowly then they probably are not 100% full. Now obviously results vary and everh child is different. But it’s a relatively universal trick. I like to do it while my daughter is drinking her last quarter ouncenofher bottle because then she’s focused on the food and not me messing with her arm.
Oh my goodness this girl loves tummy time and raspberry kisses. She’s the sweetest. She also smiles at me often and in her sleep. Smiling at other family including her dad are not usually as intentional or consistent.
Kairi her first hospital stay for 4 days. All was good. I was sick and unfortunatly we learned my breast milk was passing it to her. But the great thing was she was eatimg formula as well so it helped her not get as sick as me. It also gave her body thw ability to have strength to fight it off. However she wasn’t eating enough, throwing up, diarrhea, and we were already on the verge of failure to thrive. So for Kairis best interest we took ber and theh admitted her. All they did was switch her to more fortified formula and track her weight gain. No fluids and I was surprised by that but also happy my sweet baby didn’t have an IV.
This month Kairi met not only her Mama and daddy she also met a few friends and grandparents. She met her maternal Grandma “Nana” Tasha, her paternal Grandpa “Bird” Dwain, and her paternal Grandma “Grammy” Natalie. (Thanks grandparents for visiting and helping us so much). She also met Veronica and Brian and their cute kids Jed and Dax. She also met a few other great church friends of her Mama and Daddy. This month she recieved so much love and met so many new people.
Kairi also went to church for the first time this month and didn’t cry once! She also started showing intrest in liking music!