At six months, a weight is lifted.

Stella has been weighed dozens and dozens and dozens of times during her six months here on earth. More times than the average Orange County housewife--nevermind the average baby. Many more times than a parent can reasonably expect to endure while maintaining his or her sanity. For close to three months, we went to the… Continue reading At six months, a weight is lifted.

A freakout. A rant. And endless gratitude.

Early this afternoon, Stella got upset and took only 100 mls from the bottle. It was really weird. All my fears and worries came rushing back. Granted, she took around 180 before and after that. But what a scare. I was so upset, I yelled at Cody like a maniac. He was holding her because… Continue reading A freakout. A rant. And endless gratitude.

Tube-free Stella: Days 9, 10 and 11

Stella is doing well. She is teething, however, which is throwing us all for a drool-covered loop. I can feel the bumps, the beginnings of teeth, in her gums. She cries with a bit more intensity and more often, gnaws on Sophie like she's made of candy, and while she is still her usual energetic… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Days 9, 10 and 11

Tube-free Stella: Day 3

Stella is aptly named. Today we received an effusive outpouring of support. From a stranger with whom we'd never spoken but who'd seen Stella with the tube and couldn't stop gushing about how happy she was to see her without it. From two shop clerks whose eyes brightened at the sight of her tube-free face.… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Day 3

Tube-free Stella: Day 2

Can't sleep so I thought I'd write a quick update. Weaning seems to be going well. Stella is happy and eating pretty often. As is expected over the course of her complete transition from the tube to the bottle, her volume will increase over time. I am struggling to let go of my obsession with counting every milliliter… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Day 2

Tube-free Stella: Day 1

Stella is off and running. I am so proud of her. In short, she is responding well and our confidence is growing. She can do this. It is expected that she will lose a little bit of weight. I am on strict instructions to NOT WORRY about how much she eats or when. To NOT PANIC if she… Continue reading Tube-free Stella: Day 1

The road to a tube-free Stella.

At long last, we see GI! Yesterday, after waiting for weeks, we met with Gastroenterology (GI) at Seattle Children's Hospital. They adjusted and increased Stella's meds, since reflux still seems to be causing some pain and preventing her from eating more. We will also meet regularly with a GI nutritionist who can help us figure… Continue reading The road to a tube-free Stella.

Hold please.

This was a day when we didn't fall behind, or get ahead. For the most part, we were simply on hold. And that was okay. Stella did have a first, and she was delightful company as usual. Stella's first appointment, with our occupational therapist, was cancelled. I was not disappointed to miss it,  as we've been seeing progress and therefore want to… Continue reading Hold please.

Lucky 14?

It's great that my appetite is back. Because I have some words to eat. In my last post, regarding Friday's doctor appointment and weigh-in, I stated, "I’m certain that she won’t have gained the ounce per day that the doctor would prefer to see." Over the two previous weeks, she'd gained ten ounces total, or five ounces a week. So I… Continue reading Lucky 14?