Sunday, June 19, 2011

A weighty tale...

Ethan is now 26 days old and is sitting in the 97th percentile for his age/weight at the moment... here are his weight stats:

  • Birth weight - 4.14 kg
  • Day 3: Discharge from hospital - 3.87 kg (- 270 gm)
  • Day 5: First home midwife visit - 4.03 kg (+ 160 gm and 40 gm above birth weight)
  • Day 7: Child Health Nurse visit - 4.18 kg (+ 150 gm)
  • Day 14: Child Health clinic - 4.762 kg (+ 582 gm)
  • Day 21: Child Health clinic- 5.14 kg (+ 378 gm)
  • Day 25: Hospital visit (just a small viral infection for Ethan) - 5.5 kg (+ 360 gm)
I am pleased to see his weight gain and is makes all the regular feeding worth it to see him thrive (he sometimes feeds as much as 1-2 hourly during the day and around 2.5 - 4 hourly overnight). To those of you that haven't had kids, feeding is counted from the start of one feed to the start of the next feed... so say Ethan feeds at 1am it means he could be ready for his next feed at 3.30am. Now Ethan takes around an hour to feed, burp, change and re-settle, so this means mummy is back in bed at 2am and then woken again as early as 3.15 - 3.30 ish for the next feed (or if we are lucky and get one of the rare 4 hourly feeds we have until 5am till the next feed).

All this feeding and small sleeps in between mean I am a very tired first time mum at the moment and I now have bags on the bags under my eyes hahaha. To help with my sleeping I try to get to bed straight after he's down for the night (usually around 8pm as I'm generally up again between 11.30pm and 1am).

But all this feeding means that little Ethan has now filled out those wrinkles that he was born with, see the difference below:

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