Tomorrow Griffin will be one month old! In some ways the time has passed by very quickly, but in others it seems like it's been a lot longer... I think in most ways we all feel like he's been around longer than a month :) I can't remember life without him - well, yeah I can, but even just a month in he feels like he's always been a part of our family. Pictures of P, B, & I before G's arrival seem somehow incomplete. He completes us.
Cue cheesy music.
We took him over to our midwives for a weight check since we're still struggling with breastfeeding. He's at 10 lbs 13 oz - which is great. We still have to supplement with either donated breastmilk or formula - even on the domperidone I don't make enough to exclusively breastfeed. My supply has jumped 200% but that's still not enough to pack up the bottles. If I'm being realistic, it's unlikely that I'll be able to give up supplementing, although it's possible once he starts solids and his milk needs decrease then my production and his needs will synch up and we can finally pack away the bottles. We'll see...
I will stop pumping at the end of the month. We can't really afford to rent the pump for another month and I'm not really a fan of pumping.
So it's been a struggle - but we're getting through and he's doing really well. He doesn't hate tummy time as much as Penelope did and he hates his carseat much more than she did. He's having longer periods of being awake and social (as opposed to awake and eating) and I'm looking forward to when I can put him in the Bumpo and he and Penelope can entertain each other.
His sleep is pretty good. We're usually up twice during the night and he generally gives us at least one stretch of 3 hours. Sometimes 2 stretches of 3, which is super nice... he's been congested lately and I think he might have a cold (no fever though) and that makes it harder for him to go back down at night.
All in all, he's doing well and we're all adjusting nicely.
Penelope turned 17 months last week! I haven't weighed or measured her, but she has a Pediatrician appointment next week so we'll get her stats then.
At that visit we'll also ask for a referral to a physical therapist or pediatric orthopedic doctor. She has some walking/posture issues that we want to get resolved sooner rather than later so they don't become bigger issues. She drags one of her feet, doesn't walk quite like she should, and has terrible posture - she doesn't stand up straight, bends her knees when standing, and leans forward. It's pretty subtle but concerning enough to get a referral. Our midwifes gave us some exercises to try, so hopefully they produce results. She might have grown out of it on her own, but it won't hurt to get her evaluated and into physical therapy.
...and G-man woke up so no time to blog about anything else. I'll end with some pictures.
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