Friday March 27th 2009

Eva is busy being very cute and commanding lots of attention from the 4 adults of the house.  Of course she clearly knows that we are all here to love her and uses every opportunity to have a cuddle.  It would be nice to get her into some sort of routine for my improved sanity but with her still needing 8 feeds per day and her reflux requiring 20-30min upright time post feed it’s hard.  Eventually when she is bigger it will be easier.  The past few nights Andrew has bathed her and then settled her into bed.  This has been a good move.  We have eaten without a screaming or sleeping child in our arms.

Nikki from the Community Team came to see Eva yesterday.  Nikki thought that Eva looked very well and happy but was concerned about only 100g weight increase in 6 days.  Eva is now 2.76kg (6lb 1oz).  The dietician has decided that Eva needs to commence a different feed for her 2 bottles per day.  Eva will now have Infatrini which is a ready made enteral feed in a bottle.  This feed is high in calories and protein so that she can gain muscle and fat stores.  Eva is growing we can see that as she is growing out of her clothes lengthways and her face shape is changing.  As well she is having more awake time each day but she still tires very quickly.

Nanny is being a magical fairy taking care of the household chores with the help of Grandpa.  Of course they are always available for cuddles as needed.  They visited a renowned pigeon flyer near Bath today for an adventure.  We have been getting out each day for a walk and coffee.  Sometimes Eva goes in the pram and sometimes the sling.

We have bought a doll that is the same weight and approximate size of Eva at birth.  This is to remind us of just how small Eva was because we are sure to forget.  The arms and legs are much bigger than hers were but the weight, length and head circumference are close enough.  The doll can be seen on Flickr dressed up with Eva’s old wires and then also Eva’s clothes (that she has grown out of).

This week Eva had Cranio Sacral Therapy, an alternative therapy that uses touch to help the body to heal itself.  Of course this was my idea and has yet to prove fruitful with any improvement in her reflux.  Hopefully we will see an improvement soon.  

We hope that with this new feed in her bottle Eva will gain weight and continue to have her breast feeds for the rest of the day.  Weigh day is Tuesday so send some heavy thoughts please!


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