We had not been to the doctor since our 4 month appointment and I just knew they were growing and were going to be about 15 lbs each. However, we learned that Shepard had lost 7 oz and SaraKate had only gained 6 oz since last time. WHAT?!? They both grew about 2 inches each, but they are not gaining. This worried me. I did not think they were getting smaller!
We talked to the doctor about it and he showed some concern. I had to talk to him about how often and how much they were eating. I honestly did not think there was a problem because they are satisfied. They eat and do not whine or cry for more and go about 4 hours between each feeding. They are sleeping all night long and I did not see a problem. BUT apparently my children have learned to "eat to sustain" (I know they did not learn this from me) instead of eating to grow. So we are now having to make sure when they take a bottle that it is at least 6 oz and when they stop nursing I offer it again just to make sure they will not eat any more. They are also eating 3 meals of solids a day. I am making my baby food and freezing it in ice cube trays and I was giving them one cube at each meal. Now he wants us to give them 2 cubes each per meal- doubling. So, pretty much we are feeding them ALL.DAY.LONG.
|I guess she does not like taking turns.|
We go back this week for a weight check and I am just hoping to show some growth. I know that his next suggestion will be to supplement with formula and I was really hoping to avoid that. We have made it 7 months without it so we will see. I know this is not a grave health concern, but it has been on my mind. We spent all of Spring Break on "Operation Baby Beef-Up" and I hope it is working.
|My sleepyheads at breakfast.|
Our feeding schedule looks something like this:
5:30 AM: Nurse
9:00 AM: Nurse if home or Bottle at Sitter
10:00 AM: Oatmeal/Cereal and Fruit
1:00 PM: Nurse or Bottle at Sitter
2:00 PM: Solids - Usually a fruit and veggie
5:00 PM: Nurse
6:00 PM: Solids- Usually a fruit and veggie
7:00 PM: Nightcap Nurse before bed.
|We are even LOVING Mum Mums.|
They have been doing great. Eating whatever we put in front of them- well, kind of. Shepard would much rather eat fruit and tends to get teary when I make him eat his veggies (just like his big brother). But other than that they are doing well. I just hope this baby beef-up program is working and we get a good report when we go back this week.
I have lots more to blog about like Spring Break, Easter, Zoo Trip, 5th grade Trip to DC, but this is on my mind. Hope y'all are having a GREAT Monday!!