Monday, February 18, 2008

Day 43 - And we're back!

Hey there you faithful checkers-inners. :) Joshua's doing great! Thanks for your prayers. We had a great weekend, and changing his dressings went fine. I even managed to change them on my own. I only had to change them on Sunday, which means he's not leaking through the bandages for 3 whole days! I'm feeding him all the time - like every 2 or 3 hours. He's getting about 8 or 9 oz a day. I want more in him, but that's what I can get in him now. Hopefully he'll pick up in a few days. I'm giving him expressed breastmilk as much as possible, but supplementing 2 or 3 oz a day with formula. I'm having a hard time getting my production up to meet his needs.
We've been holding him in a sling a lot, and I think that'll help him gain weight too. That's my theory anyways.
More updates to follow. We're not home just yet, so I can't relax and send pictures.


  1. Thanks for the update! I have the same theory about the sling as well. Good to see you are doing okay, was wondering how hard it would be and hoping it wasn't. Praying in CA.

  2. don't ya think 8 or 9 oz a day is not enough? no wonder he is not gaining weight. maybe you should use more formula instead of worrying about breastfeeding.

  3. Glad things went so well this weekend!

    As for your anonymous commentor - some people are just idiots. He/she obviously didn't actually READ your post, where you explain what you do with breastmilk/formula.

    You're doing the best you possibly can, and THAT is what important. You obviously LOVE your little boy and want the best for him. If someone can't see that, then they are blind.

    Hope you don't let that person ruin your day!!

  4. Sorry someone left you a crappy comment!!Unless you've walked a mile in someone shoes I feel like you don't comment!! At least leave your name..You are doing a great job!! keep up the good work :)

  5. i think the sling is a perfect idea!! maybe even try skin to skin contact. i have heard that can boost your milk supply and make baby nurse more often!! :o)

  6. Hey! A bowl of oatmeal a day should help some with your milk production. You can also check this site out for ideas:

    I know there are herbs and stuff you can take. Best to you!


  7. love the sling idea :)
    it's nice to hear your little "voice"
    here's to anotherrrrr gorgeous day

  8. YAYY! you are back! did you guys stay on the boat?? i guess i dont know where you all went, oooh well, in just a few days i'll see you then we can chat n chat in person!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED! So glad you made it back all good!

  9. Hi- I just stumbled across your blog and let me start by saying I think you are a super hero. I am so impressed with your strength. I also wanted to offer some help that you may or may not be able to use. I read about you trying to increase your son's weight while nursing. To increase your milk supply my lactation specialist suggested two herbs, fenugreek and blessed thistle. They work great in about 3 days. The only side effect is you will smell like maple syrup when you sweat. The other thing, is my daughter has trouble gaining weight (for very different reasons) and we have found that a calorie powder called Duocal is very helpful. It is tasteless and can be added to breastmilk. If it is something you are interested in ask his doctor, because I don't know if it would be appropriate for your son. Hopefully this helps, but if this doesn't just ignore it. Good luck to you and your amazing family!

  10. Welcome back!!! We missed you. Glad you had a good time and only had to change his dressing once. That is good news. Hugs and kisses to all of you! We love you,

  11. My LO is sick and I am wearing her as much as possible. I have always thought it helped them heal and recover to be as close to me as possible. He is in our prayers!