Friday, February 6, 2015

Preemies are exhausting... Cardiac babies are super exhausting

Baby Girl hit 10 lbs!! 

Baby Girl has nothing on C4 when it comes to exhaustion.  Trying to get a cardiac kid up to 10 lbs for surgery is far more difficult in my experience than keeping this preemie gaining weight.  Baby Girl hit 10 lbs today at 19 weeks, 4 days.   C4 was 11 or 12 lbs when we had surgery at 15 weeks old. The thing is, C4 was 6lbs 4oz at birth and Baby Girl was 1 lb 10 oz.  She's gaining weight by leaps and bounds compared to him.  She LOVES eating, is almost entirely breastfed (we do 2 fortified bottles a day to boost some nutrients preemies need) and will eat practically anytime food is on offer.

 C4 is on an appetite stimulant to this day.  He's never had fat rolls like Baby Girl. We used to spend 30 minutes coaxing 2.5 oz down C4, Baby Girl takes 3 oz in under 10 minutes and then cries to go back to breast and top off.  So very different!

C4 has yet another sinus infection, poor kid is always sick... I still hate winter.

C4 has been doing very well in his preschool.  He's made leaps and bounds in imaginative play and social skills.  Yesterday when I was feeding Baby Girl, he brought down his baby and fed her in the seat next to me.  Academically, he continues to startle and confound us.  We caught him multiplying 2 digit numbers last night.  It took us a minute to figure out what he was doing, the first "number sentence" we realized he was creating was 18x22, he did the math in his head, school is going to be an interesting mix of problems for us.  We will be learning about our Kindergarten options next week.



  1. Wow she is growing so well. I love the pic of C4 feeding his baby. Its so cute when he copies what you do.

  2. Groovy mirror shot :-) and 10 pounds?! Holy turkey baby! I can't wait to hold her!

  3. Oh, my goodness, the cuteness of those two photos! I love that he wanted to feed his baby alongside the two of you :)