Monday, October 13, 2008

Parenting is full of surprises and challenges

During pregnancy, I focused a lot on the end goal - the birth. I thought about what would come afterward, but only in the most abstract way. I could not imagine what it would be like to actually have a baby in the house. It is something that no one can describe adequately because it literally changes everything. So, even though I wanted to have a natural birth and not a c-section, when it came down to the health of my child, there was no hesitation in going with the surgery as long as it meant that Thomas would be healthy. I now feel the same way about supplementing Thomas' feedings with formula. We went to the doctor and he has not gained any weight in a week. At this point, he should be back to his birth weight and even with all of the pumping and feedings, he is not getting enough to eat. We will continue to breastfeed and then just give him an extra bottle at every feeding. When we came home today, he had an extra ounce and a half of formula before passing out. We will go back to the doctor on Thursday for another weigh in. In all other respects, he is healthy, so we are grateful for that and will focus on getting him to grow.

After the appointment, we picked up my nephew, Jacob, and he came over here to do the project with Josh. Things did not go as planned - we used bones from a couple of rotisserie chickens and they seem a little too soft. So, we will try again at a future date with an uncooked chicken. Josh and Jacob are playing Boom Blox instead. Thomas is curled up with his Grandpa taking a nap. After all of the excitement of the day, it is the perfect place for him to be.

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