They boys are starting their 6th week, supposedly this week is the growth spurt as well, how exciting! Today Michael picked up a rented Medela baby scale so that we could precisely track the intake of the milk, our friends Leslie and Jason liked it and we were able to tell, for the first time whenever we need to, how much they were drinking. We were really surprised that they each took 4 oz on Tuesday in the afternoon 45-minute feeding during Cindi’s visit. However, most of the feedings this morning they took in only between 1.4 ~ 2.7 oz each time, considering these were 3 pretty frequent hour-long meals from 9:30 to 2pm, not too much break time in between. We were a little concerned, since that was not a lot…every time after an hour of eating, they would put their hands in their mouth right away!!! It’s also confusing because they’ve gained at least 4oz each since Tuesday, and they’ve been having pretty frequent wet and soiled diapers being exclusively on breast milk. We will be monitoring their weight and number of wet/soiled diapers for a while to see if this growth pattern will continue. Michael and I took an hour and had dinner at Red Lobster while Mom is watching them feeding them with the milk I expressed (glad that I have extra milk now :)), they each took 4oz! The time alone and just being outside was very much needed since I feel that sitting on the couch most of the day is probably very similar to having bed rest, which causes loss of bone density, so I try to move around between feedings especially I’ve been feeling weak while walking.
Today the boys are so fussy, we wondered if they formed a bad habit of always wanting the breast time, it was almost impossible to soothe them and they cried a lot and really loud, we tried everything we could possibly think of but it looks like offering them the breasts was the only thing that worked. I also noticed they have tears now, although Li’s left eye has some mucus built up, another interesting thing was that both of the boys can hold up their head pretty well when we burp them, Michael put them on their tummy and seems like they can kick their feet and move forward for a foot, pretty amazing.
So here is a video of both boys crying, since we were so tired of soothing them at one point we just let them cry out loud…apparently Li (on the left) doesn’t know how to soothe himself as well as his brother does! It is cute that they almost have their own way of communicating and being on the same pace, including the crying pattern. Twice the fun? Think twice!!!