My MIL wanted a picture of Rowan with her eyes open, but Ro looks very unhappy every time we try to take one.
So today was Rowan's 2-day (post-discharge) check-up at the pediatric clinic on base.
As most moms know, a baby loses some of their birth weight in the days following their birth. The medical norm is for them to gain it back by their 2-week check-up.
Rowan lost 7% of her birth weight, so she dropped from 7 lbs, 4 oz, which means she left the hospital at roughly 6 lb, 12 oz. That was Sunday morning.
Today's check-up went quite well. It's really an informational visit combined with a baby well-check to see how both mom and baby are doing. I liked the Major very much and enjoyed talking with him. Everyone starts off treating me as a first-time mom, but then when they hear I already have a 10-year-old son, or see how I am (such as in labor or feeding the baby), they immediately say things like, "Of course, you already know this stuff. We just have to go over it anyway." I smile and nod. I don't mind them going over "stuff".
So he stripped Rowan down, and she was very cooperative for him as he assessed her. Then he weighed her and was very, very, very pleased with the result.
Chubberella is up to 7 lbs, 8 oz.
Pardon me, but this is her 2-day, not her 2-week, right? Did I lose a week in there somewhere? Because I could have sworn her 2-week check-up is January 16... *flips through datebook*
She peed for him, and I showed him the record I've been keeping of her wet and soiled diapers, and her feedings. He was impressed with how prepared I was and how well Rowan is eating, excreting, and gaining weight. He went back to his office for a phone number he needed to give me, and when he returned told me, "My staff and I agree you need to join our staff as a breastfeeding expert."
We chatted a bit more about how what matters is breastfeeding support for the mom, but also support for bottle-feeding moms; as great as breastfeeding is, all moms need encouragement, no matter how they feed their child.
He walked me to the front door of the clinic and asked me questions about homeschooling. He was just really amiable and Rowan liked him. How can I tell she liked him? She didn't scream when he undressed her. She hates being naked. She also didn't pee on him - just for him on the little blue and white sanitary/medical mat that was under her. And, yes, I know from personal experience that she is quite capable of peeing on people.
Either she is becoming more comfortable in this world, or she's a good judge of character when it comes to strangers. ;)
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