Huck Inlow | Two Months


Stats: Well Huck was born at 3035 grams which converts to 6 lbs 11 oz and was 3950 grams at one month which converts to 8 lbs 11 oz and now we’re sitting at 4420 grams which converts to 9 lbs 11 oz. So he gained two pounds exactly in his first month and one pound exactly in his second month. This is great because he needs to be at least a certain weight before his next surgery. Hoping he gains at least a pound a month! (But since it has taken me a few days to post this, he’s already crossed over 10 lbs!)

He is wearing size 1 diapers and just outgrew the last of his newborn clothes. Which caught me a little off guard and I realized all of the clothes we brought with us are newborn! Had to go buy a few new outfits because they want him wearing clothes now. 

Eating: Huck is currently eating 50-60 ml of regular breastmilk at each feed, typically about every 3 hours. This amount is down a bit from 1 month due to some significant reflux issues. He’s slowly working his way back up though. In the past few days he has taken his old normal of 75-80 a couple of times. 

I’m still exclusively pumping for him, still hating it, still sticking it out. 10 months to go. 😝

Sleep: His daytime sleep has gotten pretty consistent. He’s normally awake for an hour and is happy and playing, then naps for two hours. We’re still working on a night time schedule but last night he was awake and upset on and off from pretty much 6 pm to 11 pm and then he slept from midnight to 4 am, ate a bottle and got a picc line dressing change, then slept again from about 5 to 9 before he was ready to eat again. He sleeps mostly in the mamaroo now which helps his reflux a lot. 

Milestones: We started tummy time! He got the all clear at 6 weeks post op and we started giving it a go. He doesn’t love it but he at least tolerates it for a short bit before he’s over it. He actually prefers to do it more on my chest than on the bed. 

We’ve gotten lots of real smiles! And he’s been cooing at me a lot lately. 



Medical Milestones: Currently still inpatient on the CVICU heart failure unit while we wait on our Glenn surgery. We will be here until then. He is on milrinone and clonidine + reflux medications + a couple of diuretics. He is not on any respiratory support at the moment and taking all feeds by mouth. He is still getting a little background nutrition help from tpn and lipids, and getting therapeutic doses of lovenox for a blood clot in his picc line. The Glenn is tentatively scheduled for 4 months old on September 13 but they will start discussing options at 3 months and 5kg weight. 

Likes:

  • Being held
  • Mamaroo
  • Laying on his back and looking around
  • Anything with lights and sound (I’ve been letting him watch newborn stimulation videos on YouTube and he loves it)
  • Warm milk

Dislikes:

  • Diaper changes
  • Picc line dressing changes
  • Taking his medicine
  • Baths
  • Lovenox shots

We are so in love with this little guy and can’t wait to get him home. He is developing such a cute little personality and I’m so amazed at how well he’s handling being in the hospital. I guess he doesn’t know any different, but with as much stuff is hooked up to him, he really doesn’t seem to mind it much. I spend my days just hanging out with him all day, trying to have as close to a normal experience as I can with him. His doctors tells us all the time that life after the Glenn will be so much better and I’m starting to get anxious for that. Almost there!

Happy two months, sweet baby Huck! Mama, daddy, and Whitlee love you so much!! 

Whitlee | 11 Months

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So I lied. 11 month post did not happen on time. But in our defense, Whitlee was running 104 fever the day she turned 11 months, so we had a rough couple of days. She’s better now though! It was the weirdest thing. We ran some errands a couple of Saturdays ago and I noticed while we were out that she felt a little warm, but was acting fairly normal. She gives “hugs” these days where she lays her head on your shoulder or chest and she was doing that a little more than normal but I wasn’t sure if she actually felt bad. I actually recorded information for a Day In The Life post that day. Anyway, we got home that afternoon and I was able to check her temp – 99 something. So I figured probably new teeth. She tends to run a low grade fever when she cuts new teeth. This time though she acted normal, played like normal, ate normal, everything. The only thing out of the ordinary was, she does this thing where she leans her face down in the bathtub and blows bubbles with her mouth and she got a little water in her mouth and started coughing, then threw up. But it wasn’t like she threw up, it was just a little bit of gag and then spit up. Didn’t think much of it. Through the night, she felt much warmer so about 2 AM I got up and checked again – 102.5. Okay, definitely not just teeth. By Sunday (the 25th), she was at 104 and still not a single additional symptom. No runny nose, no cough, no vomiting, no diarrhea, no weird rash, nothing. Just cried a lot and slept a lot. I was able to talk to the pediatrician and she said just keep her hydrated and comfortable, give her meds if she seems like she can’t sleep well or won’t eat, but otherwise try to let it run its course and bring her first thing Monday. By Monday she didn’t even have fever anymore and they tested her for everything under the sun, including cath-ing her to check urine for a UTI. Nothing. And that was it. She’s perfectly normal now.

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Stats:

Since we ended up going to the doctor yet again, we got another weight. She’s 18 lbs now. No idea on height, but now that she is standing really well, I’m going to start marking her height on a growth chart that will hang on the wall. I’ll probably get her first measurement on it on her birthday – which is less than a month away now!! Oh em GEE.

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Eating:

Since we’re nearing up on a year old, I’ve naturally started to stress about what she should be eating at this point. We’ve had a lot of trouble with the Stage 3 baby food and I never could put a finger on whether it was taste or texture. If you’re not familiar, Stage 3 are purees with small soft chunks of food in them. They’re basically the same flavors as Stage 2, but we were lucky if we could get her to eat more than a few bites. More times than not, we’d just end up feeding her more yogurt or cheerios because it seemed like that’s all she’d eat. After reading something another mom blogger pinned on Pinterest, (Thanks Kendra!) I got the impression that Stage 3’s are notorious for being rejected because they’re just weird with the texture. And at this point she should be eating more solids than anything, but if she’s not quite ready, to offer solids but top her off with normal purees and to thicken the purees with rice cereal. So we set that plan in motion and lo and behold – the girl can EAT. For breakfast now, she gets a variety of things. We usually give her some type of finger food solids – homemade french toast sticks, waffles, cheerios, eggs, and then she gets yogurt or oatmeal thickened with rice cereal. For lunch/dinner, we’ve started giving her whatever we’re having and then topping her off again with baby food thickened with rice cereal. She’s eating a much wider variety of things now and it seems like this will help make that transition much easier when we slowly do away with the extra purees and move to just normal food.

We’re still doing formula at 22 calories, and she takes a morning bottle, an afternoon bottle, a bedtime bottle, and unfortunately a middle of the night bottle. I’m still working on weaning the middle of the night bottle but I feel like we’re close. I just wish I knew the secret.

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Food Likes:

Gerber Baby Yogurt – every flavor so far

Cheerios

Hot Dogs (cut super small)

Baby Goldfish

Salad Crackers

Bananas coated with graham crackers

Chicken Nuggets (cut super small)

Any bread – girl likes her some carbs

Pork Roast (cut super small)

Beans of any kind

Food Dislikes:

Plain bananas

Any kind of baby food “meat”

Avocado

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Sleep:

We are slowly making progress in this department. After she fought me a couple of times on putting her to sleep, I started putting her in her bed at night and doing again another VERY loose version of cry it out. Not a single time has she lasted more than 15 minutes of crying, and in the last week she has only whined a little and then gone right to sleep. She’s still not making it all night in her crib, but she is making it about 3 or 4 hours for the first wakeup. I still bring her to bed with me after that, but I’m about to put it to the test and see if she’ll stick it out. I almost think she would skip the night feeding if she would stay asleep in her bed. So maybe those two things will come together?

She still takes two naps – one morning nap about 9:00 and an afternoon nap about 2:00. Both are usually an hour and a half to two hours. A few times, she’s almost held out long enough that we have skipped one of the naps and I’m nervous for when we make the switch to one nap.

Milestones:

-Two more teeth! We’re up to 6 now. I was tickling her one day and she always throws her head back and laughs and all the sudden I saw two tiny new top teeth broke through the skin that were not there the day before.

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-Goes from crawling to standing on her own now

-Is up to 7 steps now I believe. She’s getting pretty good at walking. She cruises around the furniture and then will take off on her own.

-Says “Uh Oh”

-Says “Bye Bye”

-Gives hugs on demand

-Gives sugars on demand

-Gives high fives on demand

-Points at e v e r y t h i n g

-Wears a ponytail now and pigtails…. cue Momma with big heart eyes!

So we’re up to 4 words and she’s getting smarter every day. We can ask here where something is and 9 times out of 10, she’ll point at it. We’re starting to work on faces too – like nose, eyes, mouth. Right now she’s good at pointing at daddy’s truck, lights, and other people.

She’s starting to wear more 12 month clothing and I think we’re very near swapping to size 4 diapers. We’re on a box of 3’s now, and I think I’ll try a box of 4’s that we already have waiting when we swap this next time.

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Likes:

-Any animals

-Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

-Other children, especially her cousin Tyner.

-Being outside

-Riding the RZR

-“Driving” Daddy’s truck

-Getting her ears cleaned with baby Q-tips…seriously she can be screaming and will just go silent when I clean her ears.

-Remotes/Cell Phones

-Fascinated with the pattern on our flooring

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-Did I mention pacifiers?? She wouldn’t take one to save my life when she was a tiny baby, but now that girl can spot her “bink bink” a mile away. We have them stashed everywhere so there’s always one available. I actually attribute a little bit of the sleep transition to the bink bink because she seems to self soothe a little easier with it. I hope that’s not going to be too tough a habit to break.

Dislikes:

-Diaper Changes

-Clothing Changes

-Being told “no”

It is insane to me that it is her birthday month already and I’m working on the final details of her first birthday party. Time truly does speed up when you have kids. She’s learning something new every day and amazes us constantly with how smart she is. She’s on the move like CRAZY right now so catching a picture of her that isn’t blurry is becoming quite the task. Happy 11 months, Whitlee Bug! One more month to go!

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This Week So Far

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Message from my BFF Sunday night

Monday – 1st day of daycare for my sweet girl and 1st day back to work for her momma. Whew.. Sooo.. the daycare in our town doesn’t take babies until they’re a year old, so she goes to daycare near my husband’s work (literally like a quarter of a mile from him, but 30 minutes from home). Whitlee normally eats at 6AM, 10AM, 2PM, 6PM, and about 9:30PM. I have to leave for work at 6:45/6:50 to be there at 7 (yes, lucky, I know.) The plan was to get up at 5AM and get ready for work, feed her at 6AM like normal and we’d have 45ish minutes for her to eat, get a clean diaper, clean clothes and ready for the day. Nolan doesn’t have to be at work until 8, so there’s really no reason for him to get up that early, so I try to let him sleep until his alarm at 6:30. Well she had other plans. She was awake at 5am which is when I needed to be getting ready. Thankfully, at first she was just laying in her crib, talking away. (seriously a d o r a b l e) About 5:30, she started crying because she was getting hungry and just wanted to be held. So I let her sit in my lap while I finished getting ready. She likes to hold my makeup brushes while I do my makeup. Hashtag Girl Mom! Then she ate and just wanted to be held, so we snuggled for a little while.

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I headed out at 6:45 and they headed out about 7:15. I told Nolan to make sure she wore a bow, and he sent me this picture of her all ready for her first day!

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I called the daycare at lunch to check on her and they said she napped until 9:30, ate her whole bottle at 10, and was currently napping again! Perfect!! I was really worried she’d refuse to eat for them or refuse to nap or just cry the whole time. But they said she had been smiley when she was awake and was doing wonderful. I was so excited to see her when she got home and she immediately smiled at me – that made everything okay. I’d been reading horror stories about babies that wouldn’t smile for their mom after being away all day, and some that said their babies wouldn’t even look at them for hours.

Tuesday – We attempted the same plan of attack of me getting up at 5AM, feeding her at 6AM, and then take her to my mother in law’s before work. Well if I thought Monday was rough going, Tuesday was over the top. She started out by basically sleeping all night but woke up at 4:30AM, ready to eat. I did what I could on getting ready for work while Nolan tried to comfort her for a little while, but I finally had to stop and feed her and then had to finish getting ready one armed because once again, she just wanted me to hold her. Nolan absolutely helps when he can, but I think she’s a serious momma’s girl right now and sometimes only I will do. I can’t say I hate it when she does that though. We checked on her at lunch again, and my mother in law said she was doing wonderful. She slept until 10 and ate her whole bottle, then cat napped a little around 12. When I got there to pick her up, she was asleep and continued to sleep until her bottle at 6! We took advantage of the warm weather and went for a walk in the stroller and she was all smiles for me but too quick for the camera.

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So obviously her morning routine was not working anymore. We talked about it and decided to move everything up by an hour. She apparently wakes up at 5 now, so we’re going to try eating at 5AM, 9AM, 1PM, 5:30PM, and 9PM. We played all evening, then started her bedtime routine at 9 instead of 9:30.

Wednesday – I got up at 5AM and actually had to wake her up to eat. Of course she’d sleep once we rearranged her schedule… But I fed her at 5, then rocked her back to sleep and layed her in her crib while I got ready for work. I was actually able to get ready and eat breakfast without her crying. I went to tell Nolan bye and he was standing at her crib in the dark, patting her trying to get her back to sleep. I asked if she was crying and he said no, but that she was just rolling around in her crib. She does that when she’s sleepy, but can’t get settled. So I flipped her light on and we sat there and talked to her for a little bit before I had to leave. She was so smiley and happy, just babbling away. That was much better than hoping she sleeps until 6 and having her just want to be held. Because trust me, if I have a choice of getting ready for work or loving on my girl – bet you can guess what I’ll choose. Every time.

So hopefully this schedule works a little better. She seems to enjoy daycare the most but it’s probably because there are other babies and lots of toys and fun things to look at. We’ll see how it goes the rest of the week before we call it a successful week. If things go as smoothly as this morning, I think we can do this. Otherwise, I was seriously questioning whether I was doing the right thing by being away from her and jacking with her morning routine so much.

Tomorrow is my Friday so I’m counting down until my 3 day weekend with the little munchkin!

Daily Rituals

Nolan and I are pretty steady creatures of habit, him more so than me, but our days are normally pretty much the same every day.

Now, life with a 2 month old is a far cry from any resemblance of a routine but I try to stay on course for the most part.

Right now our day looks like this:

Whitlee wakes up for the day around 6:45 to 7:30. If she wakes up before Nolan leaves for the day around 7:15, then we play with her in the bed while I heat up her first bottle. Then I feed her while I watch the Today show.

She goes to sleep for a nap around 8ish and sleeps until 10 or 11. During that time I usually clean the house, do laundry, and get a shower. I also watch The Price is Right while I’m doing some of that… ya know, that game show addiction I mentioned. 😉 I’ve also started working out again during that time.

My shower routine is exactly the same every time. I turn the shower on and while it heats up, I brush my teeth. We have old cast iron tub that is freezing if you get right in it. Then I do normal shower stuff, but I only wash my hair every three days. If you haven’t experienced the magic of dry shampoo, you’re missing out. My fave is the Garnier Volume Boost. I’m telling you – must have for new moms! I’ve always been a quick shower-er, but not washing my hair every time cuts wayy down on my time. And it’s actually healthier for your hair.

Whitlee eats again around lunch sometime, then I eat lunch, and she naps again. Sometimes I nap with her. She eats again later in the afternoon.

Nolan gets off work at 5 and calls us every day on his way home. He gets home about 5:45 and we play with Whitlee for a little while if she’s awake.

Then I cook dinner and we eat. Whitlee gets a bath every other night and we try to plan it for before her feeding at around 8 or 9. We’ve tried to get some kind of bedtime routine going so she’s used to it, so we bathe her, get new clothes on, new diaper, eat a bottle, swaddle her up, and let her lay on one of us for a little bit until she’s basically settled and drowsy. I have a post in the works soon because at 8 weeks old, our girl is sleeping in her crib! She’s even napping in there.

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So I’ll go into more detail separately about the how’s and why’s but the gist of the situation is that she now kind of gets that her crib is for sleeping and whether she’s awake or asleep, once she’s laid down in it, she’s usually asleep in less than 5 minutes! She’s not sleeping through the night or anything but our goal was to get her used to her crib and not being held to go to sleep every time. I still hold her sometimes because I want to and she’s my baby, but for the most part she gets the whole crib thing. She’s growing up so fast!

Nolan and I are usually in bed by 10 and through the night Whitlee typically wakes up twice – once around midnight/1 AM, and again round 3/4 AM. Occasionally she has gone longer without eating but I don’t push the issue too much since weight gain is such a high priority. I’ve been toying with the idea of a dream feed but I try not to change her routine until we have a weekend to dedicate to it.

Then around 6:45 to 7:30 we start it all over again! So that’s our daily ritual.. not quite as concrete as it was pre-baby, but it’s not too shabby, all things considered!

Whitlee | 1 Month

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Our sweet little Whitlee was a month old on Christmas day! I can’t believe it all flew by so fast! She is adjusting well at home and we’re thrilled to have her there. The first couple of nights were a little rough while we found our groove but we’re definitely getting there now. She is so much fun to play with and everyone comments about how alert she always is. She makes the funniest faces and I love talking to her when she’s awake.

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Stats:
The last time we went to the pediatrician she was up to 5lbs 7oz and was 18 1/2″ long. They didn’t tell me what percentile that was but I don’t think they put preemies on that type of chart until later. The goal is for her to grow and she’s doing that nicely now. At our first appt, which was only 2 days post nicu, she hadn’t gained any weight at all and they were concerned. They had me rearrange our feeding schedule (more about that later) and said our goal was 20 grams per day of gain. At our next appt 6 days later she should have been 4lbs 14oz to have gained appropriately but she had exceeded that at 5lbs 7oz. So I was a proud momma that we’re doing good in that aspect.

Eating:
Whitlee left the NICU eating 40-50 ml (about 1.5 ounces) every 3 hours. She was taking two feedings by breastfeeding and the rest were bottle feedings. They told us we could continue to breastfeed every other feeding but that the other times needed to be breastmilk with an added fortifier. Breastmilk is typically anywhere from 19-20 calories and they have us adding Similac Neosure to make it 24 calories. The first couple of days we continued her normal schedule. She was breastfeeding well, but I have an over supply so she wasn’t emptying me and I was still pumping after each feeding. For her bottle feedings we were using the Avent Natural bottles and she just would not finish a bottle. I was so upset thinking she wasn’t getting enough to eat. When we went to the pediatrician we talked about it and they wanted me to feed her every 2 hours. We also visited the NICU to take them some thank you goodies and they gave me some of the bottles and nipples that she was used to. I also stopped breastfeeding so that I could measure everything she was eating and be sure that she was eating enough. We fed her every 2 hours for a few days and now she’s on a routine of eating 2.5-3 ounces every 3-4 hours. We’ve swapped over to the Parent’s Choice bottles from Walmart and using the Gerber latex nipples. We’ve determined she doesn’t like silicone nipples at all to eat from, but oddly enough doesn’t mind a silicone pacifier. (Idk.. makes no sense to me?) I’m sad about not actually breastfeeding but I’m still pumping so she’s still getting breastmilk exclusively with every other bottle being fortified with extra calories. The good thing is she’s growing, so that’s what I focus on!

Sleep:
The first couple of nights home were a little rough. The NICU kept telling us it’d be a breeze “because she’d be on a schedule”. Pffttt… that did not happen. The first couple nights she would only sleep if I was holding her. So that’s what I did. I slept sitting up with her on my chest.  The third night got a little better and the night after that was even better. She sleeps anywhere from 2-3 hours at a time now. She normally eats, then stays awake for about an hour and is adorable, then goes back to sleep for couple of hours. I’ve gotten a few glorious stretches of her sleeping for 3 or 4 hours and I was able to sleep too. Right now she mostly sleeps in the Rock & Play, sometimes I let her nap on me and sometimes if I’m able to keep an eye on her I let her nap on her belly on the couch. I don’t let her sleep like that if I plan to sleep at the same time because she has gotten strong enough to lift her head and I get worried she’ll smother herself.

Milestones:
Whitlee can lift her head up and look around when she’s doing tummy time. I havent really pushed tummy time a lot get because she’s still so little but in the past couple of weeks she has gotten much bigger and much stronger. She’ll lay on my chest and pick her head up and look at me. If I put her on her belly to sleep, she can pick her head up and swap sides depending on what she feels like looking at.

She also looks at us a lot. She’s so alert sometimes and will just stare at something or someone forever.

She smiles sometimes too. And she does this little thing where she breathes kind of fast and then smiles really big… it sounds and looks like she’s laughing but it’s probably just gas. 🙂

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Whitlee had her first Christmas and it was pretty low key. Some of the family was sick, so we’ve actually postponed some of our get-togethers until everyone is well. I really wanted to get her first Santa Clause picture, but was concerned about the germs of the mall. Thankfully, Whitlee’s great grandpa plays a pretty good Santa and he came to visit on Christmas Day! So sweet!!

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Likes:
Being held
Baths (unless she gets cold, which I try to prevent)
Her rattle elephant she got for Christmas
Eating, of course
Being talked to, especially by mommy and daddy

Dislikes:
Diaper changes
Waiting on a bottle
Being put in or taken out of the car seat (she’s fine once she’s in or out)

Thankfully she’s not really a fussy baby. She basically cries when she’s hungry or when she needs a diaper change. She does grunt a lot but I’ve read it’s pretty common and she’ll outgrow it. We’re trying some gas relief drops to see if that’s what’s causing the grunting.

Being a mom for this first month has been both challenging and extremely rewarding. I am sleep deprived occasionally and rarely wear more than a t-shirt and yoga pants but when that little girl falls asleep snuggled next to me or smiles (even if it’s gas), it is SO worth it. We love her more than the world and can’t wait to see more and more of her personality to develop. Our hearts are so full! ❤

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