Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Update #2

Brighton is now gaining weight and is currently at 5 lbs. 8 oz. He got as small as 5 lbs. 5 oz. It is great that he is gaining weight as this is something else he has to check off his list in order to come home. He has also started nursing with me. I can nurse him twice a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. He is currently feeding 8 times a day through a tube, but now two of them I get to attempt to feed him. I love it! He eats 50 ml of my milk each feeding. How his feedings with me work is, first I feed him then they see how much he got from nursing, then they finish his feeding with a syringe. He needs to get up to the full 50 ml. Currently he is taking about 15 ml from me. It's a good start, but progress (like they told me a million times) will be slow. He is great at nursing, it just tires him out quickly. It's nice being able to feed him, though. I've been pumping for the rest of his meals, which has been very successful.
They've been surprised by my milk supply... I have a lot. I think this is because it's my second child and I still breastfeed Lila. I know! She's almost two. My goal was to have her done by the time she was two and then I'd be ready for Brighton, but of course plans changed. So even though I said I was not going to tandem feed, I guess that's what I'm currently doing. I still plan on having her weaned soon. We'll see how long it ends up taking. It's fine though, she's actually been really good about it. She only asks once a day and I just make sure that I have already pumped before I let her.
Anyway, so all in all Brighton is doing very well. There has only been improvement since the beginning, but I am slightly impatient. I just can't wait until he has no cords all over him and I can just have him at home. I am extremely grateful to the nurses and my pediatrician, they are amazing!
Sometimes I get tired and just wish that he were home, but then I just remind myself that he is at least healthy. We really are a very blessed family and Brighton is just another beautiful blessing for us.


  1. you're a champ! he's a champ! i'm glad he's able to nurse some. it's just the best. i'm glad i know another person who is nursing an older baby-i have one close friend who's a big advocate but her baby is 10 months. i bet your milk came in a lot faster with lila helping out.

    are people bringing you guys dinner? we would be MORE than happy to. you can text me or call me with a date that you don't have dinner and we can drop some by.

    1. I'm glad I fed Lila as long as I did or am doing. It's been great for our bonding and I feel like feeding Brighton has been so much easier, because I know what I'm doing. Don't worry about what other people think... I know you don't ;), just do what you know is best for you and your cute baby.

      Thanks for the offer of dinner, but we're actually good. We have a fantastic ward!

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  3. I'm glad he is getting stronger & stronger! I hope he can come home soon!

  4. I think it's great that you're still nursing Lila! You're "supposed" to nurse until 2 years, anyway. My milk came in a lot faster with Wes and everything went so much better the second time around (it was kind of a nightmare the first time). I'm glad it's going well for you. One less thing to worry about!

    How are you feeling/healing?

  5. I think it's awesome that you're still feeding Lila! Good for you! That's exciting your baby boy is gaining weight!