I apologize for the lack of pictures this week! We have just had a hard week health and sleep wise so I have been slacking on the pictures.
I love his spiked hair! It just naturally spikes up like that – we don’t do anything to it.
Weight: Cooper is up to 9 lbs 11 oz this week. Not as much weight gain in the past week as before, but still on track. I think it might have to do with his changing diet (see below).
Clothes: I have officially put away all his newborn clothes and he’s starting to fill out his 0-3 month clothes more and more.
Health: Another hard week health wise. We went to the pediatrician on Thursday after there were a couple more diapers with a little bit of blood in them. The pediatrician thought he might have breast milk colitis and recommended that we switch to formula for a couple of days to see if that was in fact the issue. We gave Cooper formula on Thursday afternoon through Monday morning and it was miserable. He got horribly constipated (which I have read is common with formula fed babies) and was in pain. He also slept horribly at night. But, on Monday we went to the doctor to get his stools tested and there was no blood in them. So the pediatrician told us we had 2 options: 1) stick with the formula and have him be constipated and not sleeping or 2) go back to breastfeeding knowing that he will grow out of the colitis eventually and just monitor him to make sure he doesn’t become anemic. It was a hard decision since neither will totally solve the problem, but we choose to go back to breastfeeding. Auntie Dom did speak with a gastrointestinal specialist at her children’s hospital, and she assured me that it was ok to continue to breastfeed through this all. I feel better about our decision after getting a few opinions.
I have cut out diary again since the colitis is an indication that there is something in my milk that doesn’t agree with his digestive system. It can take a week or two to fully see the results, so we just have to be patient.
Sleep: On the formula, he slept horribly (waking up 3-4 times a night and not being able to go back to sleep after feeding). The night we switched back to breast milk he slept wonderfully again (8pm to 7am with 2 feedings going right back to sleep afterwards). We will see if the pattern continues in the next few days.
Crying: Same as last week. Fussy and crying a lot. But when he isn’t crying, he is just the sweetest little guy. Most things I have read said that colic peaks at 6 weeks and goes away around week 12. So we are halfway there. Ugh. I feel so horrible listening to him crying when I am trying to do everything to soothe him. And if I’m being honest it is really draining too. I really just want him to be happy Cooper the majority of the time.
Social and Activity: I am still loving babcia’s daily visits. They are a life saver. A few hours of her help everyday has been keeping me sane.
Likes and Dislikes: He still loves his activity mat and his bath time. He also loves being naked, so lots of times we will put him on his activity mat naked. He will usually pee everywhere, but it’s waterproof so it’s ok! And he still loves being carried around the house while we talk to him and tell him stories. I am trying to read books to him more and more, but he generally doesn’t sit through more than a couple of pages. He is starting to tolerate his bouncy seat too – but still hates the swing.
Diet: Cooper ate formula for a few days this week, and then breast milk the rest of the week. I was surprised how much I missed breastfeeding him. I missed the bonding and him being so close to me. I missed how easy it was too. He also smelled differently on the formula – which was surprising to me. The one thing about formula that I did really enjoy is that Kirk was able to feed him as well.
The really bad thing about switching to formula for a few days is that it has reduced my milk supply. I was pumping during the weekend to try to keep it up, but it has inevitably suffered. Now I can go back to worrying that I’m producing enough milk for him. I am continuing to feed him often and pumping when I can to stimulate it. I spoke with my lactation consultant and she assured me that my supply will come back fully in a few more days.
Baby Gear Love: Any clothes with mittens attached. If he goes to sleep without his hands covered, I notice they are cold when he wakes up for his middle of the night feeding. Finding clothes with mittens on them in anything but a newborn size is so hard – but Babcia and Auntie Dom did manage to find some great shirts with mittens on them!
Milestones: He is getting better and better about lifting his head up when he is on his tummy. And I am noticing more and more smiles!! Each one just melts my heart.