Our second son Dodge was born two weeks ago on 3/1/13…an awesome palindrome date if ever I saw one (3113). He joined us at 3:37 AM weighing in at 7 lbs and 9 oz. My wife Kate is a bit of a math nerd and loves the number 3 as well as powers of 3. Our alarm clock is set for 7:11 (7+1+1=9 and 9/3=3), when slicing up the Quiche in the morning there are 9 slices instead of 8, and as we travel along the road she points out how many things we have encountered along the way in powers of 3. So it’s no coincidence that if you add up the numbers of Dodge’s birth date and time (3+1+1+3+3+3+7) it equals 21…which is of course divisible by 3. Stick with me here: 21 divided by 3 is 7…which is how many pounds Dodge weighed. 3×3=9, which is how many ounces Dodge weighed. Okay…now you know a snippet of how my wife’s brain works…if you understand why I love that is how my wife’s brain works then you understand a snippet of how my heart works. Now, enough with the math and on to the cute new baby.
Dodge was a screamer in the delivery room and a crier in the days following. I knew that Max (our first son) had been a “sucker baby” luring us into thinking babies were easy. Max had been calm in the delivery room and spent his first few days flirting with everyone, sleeping in my arms, and smiling. Dodge? Crying. Both boys had been C-Section babies that were two weeks “late” so they were a good comparison. Max was a full pound heavier, quieter, and was happy to be held by others. Dodge was a crier, tiny, but would sleep so long as someone was holding him. As with any baby, they lose weight after birth and the goal of your 2 week visit is to get back up to their birth weight. Dodge weighed exactly 7 pounds when we left the hospital meaning he needed to put on 9 ounces in two weeks. Could it be done?
Kate’s milk came in faster than with Max, most likely because this was not her first rodeo. Both boys were fantastic eaters but Max barely put his weight back on at first and then started growing later – which is most likely why he was able to control his head early and started walking at 7 months. Dodge, it turned out, was as chill (if not more) than Max once he was full. The best part is that Dodge takes a 2-3 hour nap in the middle of the day at the same time as Max! At night…he sleeps in 3-4 hour chunks! Seriously, we have had two super babies (understanding this could all change next week – knock on wood).
This morning was Dodge’s 2-week checkup and we were excited to see if he had put back on the weight he needed. His nickname is “Little Chicken” because he has tiny chicken legs. He pee’d three times before heading into the exam room for measurements. Arg! There goes that water weight. The nurse measured his height and he had grown over an inch! Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. Then she put him on the scale, the numbers beeped around, and “zoink” they stopped on 8 lbs 7 oz. Dodge put back on his birth weight and added on an extra pound for safe measure. Woohoo! Mon petit poulet. Then he wow’d the doctor by tracking with his eyes, something he had been doing at home for the last few days. She told us that was something she looks for around 1 month so it was great to see he was doing it early. I’m not bragging, I’m just happy to know I have a healthy baby boy who is progressing as he should and seems very happy.
Now I’m not going to lie, Kate and I make cute babies. So far it would seem we also make very happy and calm babies which I entirely attribute to Kate’s calm demeanor and the fact that both boys were breastfed. Both births the boys were brought to Kate’s chest as fast as possible and since there were no complications with Dodge’s birth he went from womb to chest in a matter of seconds where he instantly started rooting. Now that Dodge is eating well and sleeping he is putting on weight at an awesome rate. Max would cluster feed which was exhausting. I can’t wait for the point where Dodge will lay off a bit so Kate can pump and I can feed him too…plus we can start getting a sitter. All and all, I am humbled once again by the amazing female body and the things it can do. Everything I can do Kate can also do…plus she can grow a human being inside of her, birth it, create food for it, and feed it. I cannot do that. I can convert food into flatulence more efficiently…but that’s not something to brag about.
Both births we have had great luck with breastfeeding and I understand it isn’t always as natural and easy as we’ve had it. I remember the cluster feeding with Max and thinking, “This is ridiculous, let’s just give him some formula and shut him up!” However, Kate stuck with it and before long we had a great schedule going. If you have a new baby and are getting frustrated with breastfeeding I urge you to seek help and stick with it. With Max we went back to the hospital and met with a specialist who gave us pointers on what we could do better. Kate joined a La Leche group where she really found the info she needed as well as the support group she was looking for. You can find info about groups near you and speak with professionals on your local or the international La Leche League websites. As always, you gotta do what you feel is best so long as it is not endangering you, the baby, or anyone else. I can’t wait to get home from work today and play with my two son’s…maybe the “Little Chicken” will be a crawling rooster before long!
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