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Ultimately, I suspect the doctor's visit. Or perhaps tomatoes. Newborn care is not an exact science. We had another rough night last night, after several good nights. At least we've had the good nights in between, though, so we know they're possible.

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.

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( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad things are going in the right direction...you are an awesome mom already!:)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, what she said!!!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you two!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
my nursing cover-up

I began watching a M*A*S*H DVD last night,
and when I read that,
I couldn't help but imagnine you in one of Klinger's Nurse uniforms...
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's more like a blanket with a weight on one corner, so you can put that behind your back and then arrange the rest any way you see fit. I don't know if they come with a M*A*S*H design. :)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Its Billie
I still have the spreadsheets I kept for Alex. They became so routine to fill out I kept going for a year! Someday I'll show him each and every bowel movement he had his first year of life. Wheee!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, kids don't come with a how to guide. It's really just a matter of muddling through the whole trial and error process. Sammi used to have a problem sleeping at night after she stop nursing. While she was nursing it wasn't really a problem cause she co slept with me while Tom was at work. After that, she was fussy at night, we started putting 1 ounce of cereal in her nighttime bottle and letting her sleep on her belly (she really hated sleeping on her back unless she was in the bed with me); she started sleeping right straight through and only woke up if she had a stinky diaper.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Our Kung Fu Panda seems to prefer his side, probably because it's a comforting position, as I'm learning. Also, his head is still molding back into a roundish shape from elongated, and I don't think lying on the back of his head works for long!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Magical Mommy Milk is Marvelous!!!! :D
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
For him and for me!
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
You are doing brilliantly.
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's like figuring out a puzzle game. I think we've got all the pieces now; it's just a matter of putting them together correctly.
Jun. 24th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
You are doing great.
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Every day we learn a little more. Last night was much better.
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