Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hank update

It occurred to me that Hank really hasn't had his own post yet. Yeah, his whole birth story was posted, but he hasn't had a good blog post talking just about HIM. So here we go.

He's a big kid. 9lbs 4oz at birth is nothing to laugh at, but then 6 days after birth, he was 9lbs 8oz. For those of you who haven't had kids, most babies lose weight after birth and then gain it back after about two weeks of breastfeeding. Not Hank. He lost a few ounces right after birth and then continued to pack on the ounces shortly thereafter. At only 13 days old, he weighed 10lbs 8oz. Even the pediatrician was shocked. He looked at the scale, then at me and said, "Is breastfeeding all you do?" But really? I spend less time feeding Hank than I did Johnny; Hank eats every 2.5 to 3 hours for about 15 minutes or so. Johnny would eat every 2.5 hours for about 45 minutes (dead serious about that). It's crazy that a kid who spends so little time eating would be gaining so much weight so quickly... not that I'm complaining!

We're still in the whole "honeymoon" period of newborn life, so Hank does a lot of sleeping. He has a few alert times during the day and a long one in the evening, but then he sleeps great at night. For the last few nights he has actually slept a stretch of five hours after bedtime... I would be worried about a two-week-old sleeping that much if he hadn't already gained more than a pound since birth. He has been sleeping in his bouncy chair at night and during the day because he has really bad congestion. It may be from the cold we all have, or it could just be a case of rhinitis, but either way he needs to be inclined at night so that his nose can drain and he can sleep. If he lies flat at all, he wakes up because he can't breathe. Therefore, we have a whole system developed so Hank can breathe at night.
And that's pretty much all that's going on with Hank. He eats, sleeps and poops and that's his life! I'm finally recovered from delivery and feeling good. Well, actually, I was feeling recovered from delivery about four days after, but then I got a pretty bad case of mastitis (102.5 fever, excruciating tissue pain, chills, joint aches, the works) and a cold on top of that. Now the antibiotics have taken care of my infection and the cold has run it's course so I finally feel normal. And now, here are some pictures of Hank!

See? Lots of sleeping. For now.


  1. Awe Henry is so cute!! I can't wait to meet him! The pics are wonderful Kelly. I especially love the one in the sleeper with his feet popping out :) See you soon!

  2. "Honeymoon" period of newborn life? Hmmm...we totally missed out on that one with Sophia. Kelly, it's because you have this motherhood thing mastered. Congratulations, Kelly. He's so beautiful.