First, you might notice that this post is not tagged “Adventures in Baby-Making.”
Shrike pointed out to me today that we are no longer baby-making, we are baby-having.
So, on to the topic at hand – the various health issues and concerns that Peeper has had in the nine days that she’s been in the outside world.
As I originally announced, when Peeper was born, they told us that she weighed 5 lbs 4 oz. We were all surprised that she was that big. Given the size estimates from the ultrasounds, we were expecting her to be under five pounds.
Monday evening, probably within the first hour after she was born, I gave Peeper her first opportunity to nurse.
Doula K, who is also a Le Leche Leader, was on hand to help, observe, and offer advice. Peeper gave it the old college try, and seemed to have a good latch and suck, but her biggest problem seemed to be that her little mouth is so tiny that it’s hard for her to get much of me in it.
We gave it another shot later that evening, and Doula K said to just keep trying, and not to worry too much, because she had twenty-four hours before they expected her to really get in a good feeding.
It was sort of the same thing the next day, but she was more actively latching and sucking, and got high marks from Midwife K for that.
On Tuesday evening, when they re-weighed her, she had dropped to 4 lb 4 oz, which kind of freaked us out.
Dr. C (the head pediatrician) told us that he really didn’t think she could have lost a full pound, and that he was pretty sure the birth weight was inaccurate.
Of course, we couldn’t go back and redo that, but he said we’d go from where she was right then.
Long story short (see long story long in an upcoming post all about breastfeeding), Peeper had to stay in the hospital til she could prove that she could eat and gain weight.
This one really isn’t such a big deal, more of a bump in the road. The pediatricians said that they’d actually be surprised if a 36-weeker weren’t jaundiced.