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Food belly = bliss

Our kid is an eating machine. He’s up to 9+ lbs and is quickly outgrowing newborn sizes. His pediatrician didn’t need to see him at 2 weeks because of how quickly he’s gaining weight and how well he’s eating, so I don’t know what his official weight is quite yet – we’ll find out at his one-month appointment.¬†Wes is going to be a chunker, for sure. He’s already developed a little poochy belly. Adorbz.

At first I was concerned that I wasn’t producing enough “food” for him, since he has been eating every 40 minutes. After doing some research, I’ve found that he’s right on par, eating between 12-18 oz per day. I’m sure every mom reading this can relate to an extent, but it’s just so strange and foreign to us – no one has given us advice or told stories (amazingly enough) about the frequency of nursing when they’re so little. You hear all about the aches & pains of breastfeeding, of course. But every 40 minutes? And some feeding sessions lasting 2-3 hours? Geez. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that we’ll probably have to supplement with – GASP – formula. Oh, the horror! The fact is, my husband, his siblings and many other babies & toddlers I know were/are exclusively bottle fed for various reasons, and they’re all fine. I know, “breast is best,” but sometimes you have to use other means necessary when there’s a desperately hungry baby and your body just can’t keep up.

I probably won’t continue doing these weekly updates, just so I’m not held accountable. But here’s what DID happen this week. I feel like there’s so many new things happening in his life at such a rapid rate in his first month of life!


  • Second trip to Joy’s House! Plus a fun lunch with coworkers.
  • SS card and birth certificates issued and on file! He’s now a true citizen.
  • Aflac monies issued. Score.
  • Bought Apple TV. Now we can watch Netflix without using a laptop or the Wii.


  • Stayed awake & alert the majority of every afternoon.
  • Followed my hand with his eyes as I moved it in front of his face.
  • Consistently slept 4-5 consecutive hours each night. He deserves many kisses for this accomplishment!
  • Moved up to Size 1 diapers. Too many blow outs…
  • Took a bottle with ease.
  • Almost, but not quite, has a schedule that we all can semi-guess if it’s a good idea or not to have visitors or go out.


  • Watched Wes twice for at least an hour as I ran errands. And he survived the desperate cries and hunger pains!
  • Finally figured out how to button those silly sleepers. Why on earth would someone design newborn sleepers with such complexity? The poor babe is aghast and annoyed beyond measure by the time you get the diaper changed and the ridiculous pattern up the legs snapped and ready. Ever heard of zippers?!


  • Figured out the pump. I won’t go into more detail. It still grosses me out.
  • Survived (barely) errand trips with and without baby.
So far, Wes has had 3 long afternoons out and about since birth. They have been within an hour of home – mostly around town. We’re going to take it to the test and drive to Columbus, OH, later this week, which is about 2.5-3 hours drive. My mom rented a van so that we can bring all her grandkids plus myself, sister and mom. I think it will be fun to visit my aunt and cousins – one of which just had a baby in June! We may also visit with my grandparents on the way if we have the time. I suppose my biggest concern is how to deal with the likely event that Wes will get severely hungry several times, some of which may be while he’s in the car. I’m trying to get my supply built up and I’ll probably bring formula, too. If I can survive this trip without being too anxious, I know I can handle going back to work armed with bottles.
Posted: August 9th, 2011
Categories: Leah
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Comments: 2 Comments.
Comment from Julia - August 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

How can you tell how many ounces he’s eating each day?

Comment from steven - August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

I’m pretty certain he’s eating up to 18 oz a day. He usually eats around 2-3 oz at each feeding (I’m estimating based on how much I’m able to pump and how much formula he’ll eat in one sitting.). I weighed him yesterday – 9.5 lbs! Holy cow.


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