Bringing Audrey home was both wonderful & nerve-wracking. We have had quite a few different doctors’ appointments as they want to keep track of Audrey’s weight gain.
On Friday the 18th of November which was the day after Audrey came home we went to her pediatrician & she was weighing 4 pounds 12 ounces. The pediatrician said that she would like to see her gain an ounce a day. Audrey was allowed to nurse 3-4 times a day & take a bottle of breast milk with a bit of formula in it the remainder of her feedings.
Ezra loves being a big brother. Sometimes I’m a little worried that Audrey might literally get ‘loved to death’ by all the hugs & kisses. We are working on him putting both hands on the floor when he wants to hug her rather than leaning on her stomach with one hand!
On Monday the 21st of November a nurse came to the house to visit Audrey. She weighed her & she was weighing 4 pounds 12.5 ounces, but assured me that each scale was different so we’d have to wait & see what the pediatrician’s scale said.
That Friday we were back at the pediatrician’s office & Audrey weighed 5 pounds exactly. That means she had gained 4 ounces in one week, which was good, but not good enough, so Audrey was put onto a stricter feeding schedule. She had to eat every 2 hours during the day & every 3 hours at night. It was pretty miserable at first. It felts like we were force feeding her at every feeding, but eventually she got into it & started eating.
On Monday the 28th the nurse was back to check on Audrey & she was weighing 5 pounds 6.8 ounces, so Audrey had at least gained some weight since the nurse’s visit the week before.
The next day Audrey had an appointment with the doctor who deals with her monitor. Audrey was weighed again and was 5 pounds 7.8 ounces. The doctor downloaded the information on the monitor & felt that the alarms that she had had were normal & were not harmful to her in any way. He wanted to keep her on the monitor until she was ‘full term’, so we’ll find out in early January if we can get rid of the monitor. Although, we were given permission to take her off the monitor for periods of time if we are watching her continually or holding her.
On December 1st we were back to the pediatrician & Audrey was weighing 5 pounds 10 ounces, which meant that Audrey had gained 10 ounces in 6 days! It had seemed like she had been getting ‘chubby’ & was starting to outgrow some of her smaller preemie clothes. In fact, this little froggy outfit is a newborn outfit that Ezra wore when he was little. With all of her weight gain, we were able to relax her feedings to every 2 1/2 hours during the day & every 3 1/2 at night.
One week later when Audrey would have been 38 weeks & 1 day if I had still been pregnant we were back at the pediatrician for another weigh-in. She weighed 6 pounds 8 ounces! That means she gained 14 ounces in one week!!! I am now allowed to start decreasing the number of bottles that she gets each day and increase the number of times she nurses! I am pretty excited by this weight as Ezra was born at 38 weeks & 1 day and weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces, so my little preemie is now heavier than her ‘normal’ brother was at the same age! Thanks to everyone who prayed for Audrey to gain weight – it obviously worked!