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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Be Careful What You Wish For

Please don't hate me or throw anything at the screen for what I am about to say...



Baby doesn't cry.



Sure, she makes noise. She squawks and grunts but she doesn't yell and scream. Instead of crying to get our attention, she'll squawk a few times, getting louder if we're not reacting as quickly as she wants. Now, normally, this would be the stuff of dreams, the hope and prayer of every mother.

But I gotta say, it ain't all it's cracked up to be.

Let me explain: she doesn't cry. Nearly every time I went to check on her after she'd been asleep for a while, she'd be laying in her crib, wide awake and looking around, but not making a noise. Since she wasn't crying, I didn't know she was hungry and she slept sooooo much. At her two-week appointment, she hadn't gained any weight since leaving the hospital. Also, there's some confusion as to how much she really weighed when she was born. Since she wasn't breathing all that well, there were lots of hands and other oxygen-related paraphernalia when they weighed her. She might not have weighed as much as 7 pounds 8 ounces, like it's listed on her paperwork. We do know that when we left the hospital, she was 6 pounds and 15 ounces. That's quite a drop. So when we met with the doctor for her check-up, he sees her birth weight and her current weight. "Freak-out" doesn't quite fit his reaction. Let's try "really, really concerned to the point where he gives me his I-am-extremely-disappointed-in-you look." Yeah, that's a better description. I was given a checklist of things to try to get her to eat more. Since she is such a sleepy baby, keeping her awake long enough or ever trying to wake her up was a nearly hopeless process. Basically, any time she's awake, we were supposed to be feeding her. So we try it. The following week, she's gained four ounces. Two weeks after that, she's crossed the 8 pound mark. And guess what? She's not sleeping as much and is eating a lot more. Turns out she was so sleepy because she was hungry. Go figure.

Baby still doesn't cry (unless I'm in the shower and don't hear her crying until after I finished shaving my legs and using that special conditioner that has to stay in my hair for a long time). We have to use a timer to see if it's time for her to eat because she won't tell us. I wonder if this is just a taste of what she'll be like as a teenager and we can't get her to say more than two words to anyone.

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I'm sure she'[ll be screaming her head off in no time.

Jessica G. said...

Thank you for those reassuring words, Kristina.

:P

ramsam said...

My brother dated a girl that was anorexic for a while, and she slept all the time. Game night, movie night, pot luck...she found her way to the couch and slept.

But she had a great body.

Janell said...

You knocked on wood, right? 'Cause now you've doomed yourself to have a babbling child and a teenager who never, ever, ever gets off the phone.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

seriously, don't count on that quiet teenager bit, but enjoy the quiet while you can. :)

Mary said...

You are not the only mom to go through this...it was even mentioned in my Maternal-Newborn Nursing classes! So don't feel bad!!!

Every child has their own schedule, and I'm sure she start being vocal as soon as she is ready...then you won't be able to stop her ;o)

Kristie said...

Glad to hear that she is gaining weight. I hope that she continues to do well. I am in need of another picture of that little cutie!!!! :)

Jo said...

Isn't weird how different each kid is??? Our first was soooo easy. We thought it was because we were good parents. God sent us our second to humble us. As long as she is gaining weight, all is well!

Jillybean said...

When we took CJ to his two week old check up, he weighed over a pound less than his birth weight. Our Dr was VERY concerned.

Now, at thirteen, he's almost six feet tall and can (and will) eat an entire pizza in one sitting.

Amanda said...

wow--I am glad she has gained weight now:) P was the same...he didn't want to wake up and eat b/c he had not fat and no energy to stay awake. he was 5 lbs 15 oz when we left the hosp. We had to wake him up to eat all the time...undress him use a wet washcloth --anything to get him to wake up and eat! I am glad baby is doing so well:) And no crying---???!!! WOW!

Heidi said...

I had a no cryer, and I was always like, "Really?" and I felt like I was two minutes away from finding out she was actually brain damaged. But no, just quiet. Now I say, enjoy it!

::Jan:: said...

That is so great. Don't cry for me Argentina.

Mary said...

Congrats on the new baby! She sounds so sweet! My baby doesn't cry yet either, I love her!

Luv2run said...

Sounds like a really good nature baby. You are so lucky.

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