April 7, 2009

Due Date Approaching…

Posted in Health, Itty Bitty Baby News, Preemie Development tagged , , at 12:48 am by bk2nocal

M’s due date is approaching and although it may not seem that important, being that she will have already been around for seven weeks at that point, it does mean we can start actually looking for developmental expectations to be met.  With preemies, all development is based on what they call their “gestational age” not their actual age.  Which means M is actually -6 days old right now.  But, as of Sunday, we can start looking at her in terms of her gestational age and she should progress accordingly.  I guess if she were still inside of me, she wouldn’t be doing much, so we can’t expect her to do much right now.  But, once the time comes for her to be outside of me, she should start doing things according to the “norms” of baby development.

I think she is going to be slightly ahead of the curve.  She is already trying to grab her bottle when I feed her and she seems to have very focused eyesight when she is wide awake.  She also picks up her head and throws it around like crazy…although she obviously still lacks a lot of control in that area.  It will be interesting to see whether she is ahead of her gestational age, right at her gestational age or a little behind.  Since she is small even for her gestational age, she may be expected to be behind in some areas, but since she has had some extra weeks of practice, she may be ahead in other areas.  I just don’t know.

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April 6, 2009

Another Week of Weight Gain!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:26 pm by bk2nocal

M is up to five pounds, seven ounces.  Not quite five and a half pounds, but close.  I have been a grumpy Gus for the last day or so.  I am having my first post-pregnancy period and on top of everything else, I think it drove me over the edge.  I had a little breakdown last night thinking of everything I had to do and how exhausted I already was, so when I got up at 5 a.m. to do M’s feeding, I stayed up and started a load of laundry, put the dishes away from the dishwasher, loaded the dishwasher, sterilized bottles, and got through some email.  That made me feel a bit better.  We then had to go to M’s Dr. appointment.  Still not producing enough milk, but they said that it may take up to two weeks to fully get the effect of the drug they have me taking.  I am hoping it happens soon…and I’m hoping M starts to breastfeed soon so I won’t have to pump so often.  Once again, I am trying to motivate myself to be more serious about getting the breastfeeding to work.

April 5, 2009

Buying Organic

Posted in Health tagged at 10:24 pm by bk2nocal

Since my baby is not eating yet, this will not apply to me for a while, but its good information even for adults.  I consider myself relatively aware of problems with food (e.g. antibiotics in meat and milk, pesticides on apples, etc.), but some of the information at Parents.com, “What to Buy Organic” was new to me.  For example, I did not know, nor would I have ever thought that potatoes are some of the most pesticide-laden vegetables and organic ketchup has more antioxidants than the non-organic versions.  Although I have not been concerned about these things for myself (well, I did buy organic milk for a while when I was pregnant, but not for that long), I think I will definitely consider what the Parents.com article said about prioritizing organic until M is 3 years old because this is the most important time developmentally.  I often question the accuracy of information on organic foods – is it really completely “organic”?  Is it really that much different than the non-organic version?  Is this really just a marketing ploy?  But, I think the Parents.com article does a good job of offering reference to the research that supports their advertisements.  So, for these products, I think I will switch to organic versions when the time comes for M to eat.  I think I will also be switching back to organic milk since I am feeding M breast milk (I have started the medication the doctor put me on and my production does seem to be coming up ever so slightly).  I cannot afford to buy everything organic, but I can definitely afford to change products for some of the worst offenders.  I also shop at the Farmer’s Market for as much of our produce as I can…

I know there are some parents who are all organic all the time, but that just is not realistic for us.  And like I said above, I think that some of these things are just marketing ploys and not really that much better for us or the environment.  But, then again, I am jaded!  🙂