Saturday, January 23, 2010

First night

Well we have officially survived our first night at home with 2 children under 2. It was a success, almost to good to be true! First, let me tell you about sweet, sweet Eli. He is a complete joy!! He looks around, tracks objects, smiles, bats at toys and is content swinging in the swing.  We have a lot of work to do on his sucking, he can barley finish a 2 oz bottle, hence the reason for the NG tube. We are going to be working with him so he can feed all day on a bottle and the just use the ng tube at night. Got any tricks for sucking? We never had the issue with Malachi. Eli is 7lbs 10oz at 10 weeks old, hes a little guy but oh so cute!! Its hard not to just hold him all day!!

Last night Malachi went to be around 9 and Eli finally feel asleep around 10 (he was WIDE awake for 5-10). Both boys slept through the night which is AMAZING!! I even said to Josh "this is easy" I think I might have jinxed myself!! We will see how it goes the next few nights. The NG tube is WONDERFUL at night! We just set the pump to feed every 3 house, put enough milk in the bag and hook it up. I did learn this morning that he can not be moved after he eats or he will loose everything! He is currently hooked up o the pump getting a feed to cover what he lost, he is skin and bones, we need to thickin him up a bit!! Well I am off to shower and get ready for visitors!!


Lacey said...

Oh he's adorable, and I bet Malachi is a great big brother!

Kristin said...

Oooh - what a sweetie. A perfect fit for your family! Congratulations!!!

Emily said...

Yippee for a good night! I hope you have many more like that!

Alan Anderson said...

Congratulations on the arrival of baby #2 - he is so sweet. Does he also have DS - he doesn't look like it. So glad the first night was great.

A great sucking tip we were told when we were trying to teach Carter to drink from a bottle for a long period of time is to squeeze their cheeks up and in towards their mouth (with pointer finger and thumb) and then to hold their chin with your ring finger so they can get a really good seal around the bottle nipple. This helps them not get so tired as easily and then they can go for longer periods of time. It is kind of hard to get used to holding everything perfectly and still hold the bottle right - but it works! Good luck!

ds.mama said...

Before you feed him, you might try giving him some oral stim. Rub your finger over his gums, gently pull your fingers over his lips top down and bottom up, tap the center of his tongue. This might help him organize himself and get his mouth paying attention. Bet you can't wait to get that toobie out.

Can I do a birth/adoption announcement for you on my blog? Email me at ds.mama at yahoo dot com and let me know :-)