Monday, January 25, 2010

2 Week Appointment: The Details

With breastfeeding, you never know exactly how much food the baby is getting, so I've been worried about whether she is gaining a proper amount of weight (or, any weight at all, since I'm crazy neurotic like that). The newborn-sized diapers seem like they're getting a bit snug in the legs, so we've been feeling optimistic. Just this morning, T. said that he guessed that she weighed 7 lbs 4 ounces. At her last visit a few days after she was born, she weighed 6 lbs 7.5 ounces (she was 7 lbs even at birth). Would you believe that when he put her on the scale at the doctor's office, she weighed exactly 7 lbs 4 ounces? I'm going to have him select lottery numbers tonight.

The visit went terrific. In addition to the concern about her weight, I went in with a list of other new mother neuroses (lots of eye gunk: normal; got instructions to massage her tear ducts to help them pop open. . .lots of snot: normal; just the body excreting mucus related to birth. . .weird pad thing that pops up on her lip after nursing: normal; helps babies suck), and they made me feel better about all of them. They thought she looked great.

We also had to take her for an ultrasound of her hip today, because they thought it seemed a little loose when she was born. The doctor had told us that worst case scenario, she might need to be in a sling of some sort, but that it was probably just due to the position she was in while she was inside me. We had expected that it would probably tighten up over the last few weeks, and that would mean it was a nonissue. The last three medical folks who have looked at it (ie, the nurse practictioners and the doctor) have said they thought it had tightened up, but the ultrasound was the real test. The tech said she thought it looked good, although the radiologist obviously has the final say. I think we're in the clear, though.

After a little lunch, our doula also stopped by the house to say hello. She is really fabulous. We chatted for a long while about the birth and how we're doing, and it was nice to have the company. Miss M. slept through the whole visit. She is just oblivious to noise, which I love. T. vacuumed around her the other day, and she didn't wake. I expect our house will always be chaotic, so I hope she remains a good sleeper like this.

And, I'm still working on the birth story. It's hard to find a spare few minutes!


JamieD said...

Yay!! I had a similar list - all normal. I expected the pediatrician to groan when I pulled it out but he didn't. I took that to mean I am appropriately neurotic for a new mom!

Heather said...

Isn't it amazing that your body can provide the nourishment for them to grow so much! I always found that was the awesome part about bf'ing. Unfortunately it didn't work out with our twins like it did 9 years ago with our daughter.

I don't think your questions are neurotic. You should hear some of them I have even now that our daughter is older.

SassyMama said...

Glad to hear the visit went well!
My daughter also had some laxity in her hip. The ultrasound showed some movement but they just followed her for a few months and that was it:).

~Jess said...

YAY! I'm glad her visit went well and that she's putting on weight!