Hard to believe Sebastian is already 6 weeks old. He holds his head up very well, and is starting to smile here and there. I think he is going through a growth spurt too as he wants to eat every 2.5-3 hours....and 5-6 oz per feeding. This makes getting sleep a challenge but his sweet face makes it easier to handle. I'm sure I won't be singing the same tune when I go back to work in a couple of weeks.
Yesterday at Sebastian's doctor's appt I discussed with the doctor switching Sebastian over to formula. I know, gasp, he is just about 5 weeks old and should be enjoying breastmilk for at least 5 more months but the bottom line is exclusively pumping is just not working for me. Rather than feeling like a loving mother bonding with a child at her breast, I feel like machine as I'm attached to the hospital grade pump we are renting for 25 minutes every 3-4 hours around the clock. Then there's the washing of not only bottles but all the pump parts. Which puts the setup, pumping, and cleanup procedure at about 45 minutes....every 3-4 hours. And during that time I can do nothing else that require mobility or my hands. Not comfort the baby, not change the TV station, not answer the phone. Then there is the fun of making sure I'm out of sight if we have company because in general it is not a show (although I did invite a couple of my girlfriends to witness the insanity). And even with excellent milk production and trying every now and then, Sebsatian just won't latch. Or the rare occasion that he does has him sleeping within two minutes or completely fussing after 3 even though I can see that he is getting milk by the dribbles that are running down his face. Add to that the scheduling of any activity centers around being at the pump at the required time (I had to pump twice in the backseat of our car each leg of our trip to NY last weekend), and I'm finding that I feel less like a mom even though I'm providing for my son.
Having said all that I discussed with our pediatrician yesterday and she praised us for going 5 weeks exclusive, and supported our decision to switch to formula because she understands that exclusively pumping is very very hard to do. Many many of the antibodies are delivered in the first 4 weeks anyway. And she was good enough to suggest that I wean by dropping about an ounce of pumping each session of a day. So, instead of pumping 5.5 oz every four hours, yesterday I pumpled 4.5 oz per session. And I've started adding a little pre-mixed formula into the bottles to make them 6 oz which is about what he'll eat each session. The good news is that by the time I go back to work I'll be full time on formula and be able to enjoy my little man when I'm not at work (and be able to work when I'm at work instead of pumping twice while I'm there).
Today I took Sebastian in for his one month checkup. Mostly they wanted to check his weight gain after that little problem with had with it in the hospital. He seems to be well on the road to recovery. His weight at 1 month 3 days is 11 lbs 5.5 oz and his length is 22.5 inches. No wonder the 0-3 month stuff barely fits him. This puts him between 75-90th percentile for both height and weight.
Today we are also starting the process of weaning him over to formula. The pumping for the past month has not been even close to fun and now that he has gotten the big part of the benefit it is time to make life a little easier for mama (and hopefully mean a little more sleep too). The pediatrician was happy that we did the first month and made some suggestions to make the weaning easier on me (because at least I'm a good cow).
I looked online at my health insurance profile to see how the delivery costs were panning out. I just cannot imagine how people do this without insurance. The cost of the delivery and hospital stay was $10557 combined but insurance covered all but $1690! Even then we prepaid $960 to the hospital so it doesn't seem so bad to owe $700 still.....especially after 5 days in the hospital for baby and me.
Sebastian has discovered himself! Today I put him down on the unbreakable mirror that is part of his activity mat and he was fascinated by looking at himself. He took up all of this mornings tummy time by looking at himself and kicking his legs out. When he got fussy I put him on his back and helped him do bicycle kicks before putting him down for his morning nap.
Sebastian spent some quality time on his activity mat today (sans the overhead toys). We started out with some tummy time where I was rewarded with 4 roll overs from tummy to back. I think his is pretty close to going the other way too as he can get up on his side from his back. His neck strength is improving so he can hold his head up now to look around.
After tummy time I flipped him over so he could work on his eye movements. I moved a toy around in front of him to help him learn to focus his eyes and track a moving object. Leo wanted to help and brought his green and black mini-soccer ball over but I think Sebastian was more interested in reaching for Leo than the ball. They have become fast friends.
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