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I have so much on my mind right now. I can’t think of a better place to get it out.
We had Ronan’s 4 month appointment today. He’s almost 5 months old, but I had to postpone it due to insurance issues.
So the doctor, first off, told me that I have lost too much weight, I’m too thin, and I need to start doing something to calorie load and put some weight back on. I agree. Then we got on the topic of sleep, which is a hot topic in the child-care world. There are so many different schools of thought. I had read somewhere that exclusively breast-fed babies don’t need to eat more than 3-4 ounces per feeding, and it’s normal for them to still wake and want to eat all night long. Today, the pediatrician says that, sure it’s normal when you’re feeding him that little amount all day long. He recommended that we up his feedings during the day to 5-6 ounces every 3 to 4 hours, and try to avoid feeding him at night. He also said there is still no need for solids until 6 months old, which I agree with.
This just means now I have to try to figure things out differently. Let him eat more, longer at one time, and then try to hold him off until a few hours later before I let him eat again. I’ve always believed so strongly in demand-led feeding. Doc just said, “You can continue doing it your way, he’s obviously getting enough nutrition. However, if you want to start getting sleep at night, you might want to start feeding him more every feeding. When he wakes up at night, he gets paci, comfort – NO BOOBIE.”
Okay. So we’re gonna try that. Maybe I’ll chronicle how it goes here. Doc said I should be able to get 8 straight hours of sleep without him waking at all.
And now, I have to go EAT something, because I’m too skinny. And I’m hungry.