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Fly-By Update

Just a brief update while my husband, The Gryphon, puts our Kung Fu Panda to bed. Early evenings always seem to be the worst, but the good thing is that the amount of fussing before sleep seems to be decreasing.

We took him to the pediatrician today for another weigh-in. Since Thursday, he has gained an average of over an ounce a day, putting him on track to be back to his birth weight by next week (or in the normal range). I hope that will be the last time we have to take him to the doctor for a while; it's a challenge to work around his feeding schedule, and it disrupted his usual daytime sleeping pattern. We saw a different pediatrician this time, who had an ice-cream design on his tie. He checked Kung Fu Panda out and told us everything looks good. We should continue what we're doing and come back in a week for another weigh-in.

The strange dreams continue. Last night they were particularly disturbing, with just about every mother's nightmare surfacing. So dark I don't even want to talk about them. I'm told this is normal, but I'm hoping that these dreadful dreams subside as we grow in confidence with our baby care skills.


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Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Just a note about the dreams - not only are you growing in baby skills, but you are plummeting through a hormonal change that took you 9 months to get into. Now it's changing in a fraction of that time. So lots of stuff is whizzing past you, chemically speaking. As you slow down and start to plateau, a lot of that will fall away (like the booster rockets on the space shuttle! :-) ) Your dreams will get a lot more normal then.

*hugs* to you and your adorable Panda!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
I really hope you're right about the dreams, because I don't know how much of them I can take!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that KFP is gaining weight nicely! Sorry to hear about the bad dreams, though. I never had them after birth, only during pregnancy, when I was plagued with horrid nightmares, but I've heard it's quite common. I hope yours go away very soon.
Hugs from Allie.

P.S. Just remembering....my ex-husband had terrible nightmares after our eldest, Diana, was born. They caused him to sleepwalk and call out in his sleep, they were so bad, but receded after a few months. Does your husband get them as well?
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
He doesn't tend to remember his dreams, but he does tell me he's not sleeping too well lately. He wakes up every time he hears a little hiccup over the baby monitor!

Strangely enough, though we had another challenging night, the dreams didn't seem to be particularly dark. I guess it's a side effect of the postpartum hormonal roller coaster.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Weekly weight checks?
That is something new, I think.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
In his case, everything else looks fine. They just want to make sure he's gaining weight and is back to his birth weight. I'm not sure this is common or whether they did it just because we brought him in twice last week.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
Good to hear that Kung Fu Panda is doing well and gaining weight.

I am sure the dreams will subside in time. New parent syndrum. This is what my sister-in-law had to endore after their first baby. My own sister never experienced this thogh. You sound like you are going through normal stuff.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
It does help to hear that it's normal. I'm really glad so many of my online friends are weighing in and reassuring me. It helps.
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