Everything seemed to be going so well. Our Kung Fu Panda had a good night on Monday night. In the morning, as he stirred, I changed his diaper and fed him while my husband, The Gryphon, called the doctor's office to schedule the weigh-in they'd recommended.
Even the visit went better than before: since we were better prepared. I'd even brought my nursing cover-up in case I had to do a feeding before we returned home. The doctor, a different pediatrician than we'd seen the first time, told us his weight was good: he was gaining and would probably be back to his birth weight by next week, when we should come in again. (Newborns tend to lose weight the first several days while the mother is only producing pre-milk, caused colostrum, and begin regaining it when the breast milk comes in.)
The afternoon went fairly smoothly, although his schedule had clearly been disturbed. I know because The Gryphon and I (geeks that we are) have created a spreadsheet to track things like feedings, wakefulness, diapers and sleep in order to get a better handle on Kung Fu Panda's rhythms and in order to better pace his day. He began fussing in late afternoon and continued for brief periods until the evening, when it became an all-out ordeal almost as bad as our first night.
Near morning, I didn't realize it but I accidentally did all the calming techniques that are recommended in the book by Harvey Karp, The Happiest Baby on the Block, which I'd ordered from Amazon.com last week after having recommendations from both the lactation consultant and a couple different moms. It had also been recommended in our baby prep class. The book talks about ways to calm crying by mimicking the conditions that the newborn experienced in the womb: swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing (or loud white noise), swinging (or rhythmic, jiggly motion), and sucking (on anything from a nipple or a finger to a pacifier).
Certainly, the swaddling seemed to make him feel comfortable in the hospital, and it's helped at home, as well. We've already noted that shushing seems to help, if done in a slow, calm way. So if he gets into another fussy mood tonight, we'll try out these techniques, as recommended in Dr. Karp's book, and see if it helps.
Not quite done with Baby Boot Camp yet!
In the good news department, everyone was right about breastfeeding being a natural aid to weight loss. Even though I'm eating a lot more than I was before getting pregnant, since giving birth, I've lost 20 pounds, putting me below 200 pounds again. Huzzah!
Breastfeeding does miracles for mommy and baby.