Since being home, things have kind of been a roller coaster! The first day, Easton was nursing like a champ... he took to it right away and was eating well. But in the last two days, he's really been struggling. He is having a hard time latching and when he finally does, he falls asleep after about 2-3 minutes of eating. I have to constantly poke and bug him to get him to stay awake to eat.
We had a routine check-up at the doctors on Monday and Easton has already lost a pound!! It doesn't seem like a lot but relative to their size and entire body weight, that is a ton of weight to lose! The doctor is a little concerned but told us to just keep chugging along. So, that's what we've been doing. I have been feeding him every single hour. But it is really overwhelming because he's struggling so hard to figure it out, I feel so bad for him!!
Thank goodness I bought a pump because I would be so bad off right now otherwise! At about 3am last night we finally gave in and gave him a bottle to see if he'd at least take milk out of a bottle... and he did. It actually made me both sad and relieved. I was super sad because I REALLY want to breastfeed him, but happy to know that at least he's getting food -- and it's my milk.
I realize, though, that he's only 4 days old - so we have PLENTY of time to get the hang of breastfeeding. It will come. I just need to be patient and keep at it!! Any tips you might have on either helping him get the hang of latching, and/or keeping him awake for longer durations during feedings would be much appreciated!!
Also, Easton is a pretty good sleeper. He gives us 2-3 hour stretches at night (though not last night since I had to spend more time trying to get him to eat). He very rarely cries unless you're changing his diaper. Overall, he's just the sweetest little thing!! I just love him to death!
On another note, Bennett has been up & down since we've been home. On one hand, he's so sweet with his little brother. If Easton is crying, Bennett will run around and look for a binkie, or a blanky, or a toy.... or something to help him feel better. Bennett is very interested in him, and will give him hugs and kisses. We're just working on being gentle and soft :-)
But on the other hand - he has been throwing more tantrums and acting out a little more. I'm guessing this is normal. I feel super bad about all the time I am spending with Easton because I think Bennett is a little bit jealous. He's so used to having me all to himself during the days that it will definitely be an adjustment. I think it might be a bigger adjustment for me, than for Bennett actually. I have another blog post coming about Mr. Bennett and some pretty emotional feelings I've been having.... just need to find the time to sit down and get my thoughts out.
Thank you all so so much for your continued support!! I
have gotten so many wonderful e-mails and messages since the birth of
Easton! If you want to follow along a little closer, you can find me on facebook, twitter or IG (username: mandychiappini)! It's much easier to send a quick update or photo to one of those social networking sites than to sit down and blog! :-)
I have so many blog posts I want to write, hopefully I will find some time here soon!!! I'm working on my birth story - it's just taking a little while but it's coming!