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Friday, August 7, 2009

8.15

sorry for the rather quick & sudden disappearance. being a mom to three can sometimes be just a wee bit stressful and overwhelming (but so, totally, totally worth it). so, when life gets crazy & hectic, little things start to drop... the laundry, showering, making dinner, & unfortunately blogging. but i'm back, at least for today.

so, by now, you are probably wondering what today's title means. any guesses? 8.15... is it a date? a measurement of time? perhaps it represents a distance of some sort. actually, it's a measurement of weight: 8 pounds 15 ounces. that's how much charlie weighs today. woot! woot! confused? wondering what all the excitement's about? well, to make a long story short-ish, little baby charlie has what's called "failure to thrive." never heard of it? basically it means that she is having a hard time gaining weight. maybe now, you can better understand, that all-too-sudden & definitely unexpected blog vacay... finding out you're practically starving your baby, tends to leave a mother feeling like a complete & utter failure.

at birth, charlie weighed 7 pounds even. definitely not huge, but she wasn't exactly tiny either. unfortunately, battling an awful case of thrush & taking some heavy-duty antibiotics. (the side effects of which include: nausea, stomach pain, low fever & loss of appetite. all of which charlie experienced on daily basis for about a month, which resulted in one very, very un-happy baby doll.) well, all this drama, caused little charlie to slowly eat less & less, which resulted in me producing less & less milk, unbeknownst to me. so, at 2 1/2 months charlie weighed just 7 pounds, 11 ounces & was taking in only about 1 and 1/2 ounce, of the suggested 4 ounces needed at each feeding. ay crumba! upon learning the news, that not only was charlie teeny tiny for her age, she had completely fallen OFF the growth chart, suddenly we went into survival mode, as you can imagine... feeding her every 2 hours, round the clock (sorry charlie! no more sleeping in for you!), nursing her, & then supplementing her with formula. oh heavens! i feel like all i do is feed this poor child! now, at 3 whole months, charlie weighs a whopping 8 pounds 15 ounces. still really, really small. & i still need to closely monitor her eating & feeding. but, she is once again, back on the growth chart. wahoo! don't believe me? here's the proof.

so, while we aren't completely out of the woods, yet. i can safely say, we are on our way. i hope you don't mind if we celebrate the little weight gains along the way. next week are hoping to cross the 9 pound mark - now that will truly be cause for celebration. one day, i'm sure, little charlie will complain about how hard it is to lose weight. i'll just have to remind her of the days when we were absolutely thrilled to hear she had gained a pound.

22 comments:

Always Blabbing said...

What a poor little girl. At least it sounds like she is on the right path. Thank heavens!!!!

mama turtle said...

Congratulations! We had similar with my first baby, and I understand that desperate need to feed!

Lene said...

Yay to making it on the chart! Poor thing. Who wants to eat when you don't feel well?

a little twig birdhouse said...

Good thoughts being sent your way, gain Charlie, gain!!

Trac~ said...

Aww.. poor thing - thank goodness she's back on track - no worries - how could you possibly have known? Don't beat yourself up about it! She will be great and of course we'll celebrate the milestones with you as they come! Big Hugs, Trac~ :o)

Angry Julie Monday said...

Poor little girl, yet she is adorable with her little mohawk.

My son was a puker and what a mess that was.

I hope everything gets figured out and she starts gaining.

and like you said, someday she will be complaining about gaining/loosing weight.

Alison said...

Sounds scary and hard all at the same time! Can I help you with anything? Watching the boys or something?

Tori said...

Sounds scary but I am glad to hear you guys are getting there! Charlie is an absolute doll, where her weight was lacking her looks were picking up the slack :)

The Roberts' Report said...

Maybe it's that INSANE diet of yours!!?? I think you'll just have to eat loads and loads of ice cream!! ;) Darn!

The Shabby Princess said...

Oh gosh--how scary--glad she's doing better and puttin' on the pounds :)

She's a cutie!

April said...

So sorry Kelly. My little Hudson went into failure to thrive as well. He was 7 bls 6 oz at birth and at 3 weeks he was 6lbs 10oz. Opps, what a horrible mother i was I had no idea that I didn't milk. Poor guy it was a struggle at the beginning but once we figured out the problem and got him on formula with in a few months he was back up and doing well. Hang in there, its tough.

ItsKelly said...

That must have been so scarry for you! I'm praying that she keeping eating and gaining weight.

Travelin'Oma said...

She looks happy with her new double diet. I failed to thrive as well, in my early days. The doctor told my mom she was starving me to death. But with time I gained . . . and gained . . . I am SO THRIVING now!

Lynn said...

maybe she'd like some of that cheesecake you were making. miles fell off the growth chart at one point too, then on and off. he's perfectly fine, as Charlie will be too I'm sure.

Kristen said...

just found your beautiful blog and wanted to say hi. congrats on having her grow! the chart doesn't lie!

Kelli said...

Well let's hear it for 8.15! I hope she starts to feel better soon.

Suz Broughton said...

That Charile is such a doll! She is going to be just fine. Ben had the same thing and though the name "Failure to thrive" seems scary (and kind of judgment, no?) it is just a passing issue that is one of a million passing issues.
Keep us posted on her progress. Hang in there Kelly.
Suz

Shannon said...

o yes! I can totally understand why you were missing... I would have been too! I'm glad she's back to eating and gaining weight again! She looks so healthy! Keep up the good work, mama!

Amy said...

We had similar issues with my little and I can remember my tears of relief when he finally made it back up to his birth weight. Very stressful! Glad Charlie is doing better.

-Amy
(Crafting by Candlelight)

Amy said...

oh poor girl! Glad to hear the weights going on again... hope to hear about the 9 lb mark soon!

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