Monday, March 28, 2011

2 weeks old

...and already trying to out-do her big brother.

At one week she had already gained back her birth weight and the doctor told me that I didn't need to worry about waking her up for feeds.  She had also miraculously grown a full inch since she was born.  6 pounds 4 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  Not sure I believe that she really grew that fast, especially since her legs were so scrunched and unstretchable when she was born.  When she was a few days old, she finally stretched her legs out fully. 
{She looks just like Avinash in this photo}

We had to take Nandini back to the pediatrician on Friday, just a few days later. She threw up once in the middle of the night and then again in the morning (all over me, in the middle of a feeding no less).  And, we are not talking about a little throw up here.  We are talking about like 3 ounces or more here, which is a lot of baby spit up to have all over you.  Its not pretty.  

Needless to say, I called the doctor and brought her in later that day so they could check her weight.  Turned out that she had gained weight since Monday!  She went from 6,4 to 6,14!!  I was totally shocked, how did she gain almost a pound in less than five days?  Clearly she is trying to catch up with Avinash as fast as possible.  How else is she supposed to defend herself from all the bear hugs?  

According to the pediatrician she has been getting too much milk and her little stomach can't accomodate it all.  It is apparently abnormal to be able to pump 6 to 7 ounces at a time in between feedings?  I never thought I would be overproducing milk! Or that a baby could over-drink?  Especially when she goes 4 or 5 hours in between feeds.  Apparently all the Indian dietary 'suggestions' are really working this time! 

Of course, we all immediately start noticing how chubby her cheeks are getting now, etc.  But, really she still has pretty skinny legs and arms (like her nana).  And, it doesn't stop me from being incredibly worried every time she spits up now.  Even though she is totally nonplussed by it (non-nonplussed?).  Hopefully she is just a 'happy spitter' as the book says.

Always looking for milk..

Are you my milk machine? 

Her Nana was wondering if she had started looking at us with fire in her eyes yet or not.  Definitely, definitely she does.  For the few minutes a day when she is awake.  Of course, Avinash never fails to announce these times to us.  'Baby wake!  Baby eyes! Eyes ope this!' 
She is a quiet baby generally, but when she's awake she looks at you like she has something to say.  And she sometimes shares a few coos with us too.
Four days old in these photos, I just love the way she looks..

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