Settling In

Milo is Five Days Old

Things are finally getting normal around here. Sure, Jennifer is still basically two halves of a lady sewn together at the waist. And sure, my head hurts. But baby-life finally resembles what I had imagined.

We figured out how to sleep

Since he was born, Milo basically would not sleep unless he was literally on the boob. So we started letting him sleep on boobs. We had already decided we would be co-sleeping with him in the bed, but to have him actually sleeping on his mom’s chest was something that came to us after many attempts to get him to sleep on his own. At least while he was “cluster-feeding” he could not be off the boob long enough to let us sleep.

“Cluster Feeding,” as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, is where the baby sucks and suck in so many ways. The contact of saliva and the sucking sends hormones to the mom that trigger milk production. Seems to have worked. Prior to milk production, it is a thick, concentrated type of milk called colostrum. They are only able to suck a few teaspoons of colostrum from Mom, but that is all they need because newborns have a stomach the size of a cherry. They have never used their stomach before. In the womb, they are fed pre-digested goop through their belly button or something like that, so they don’t really use it. Soon after birth, the baby’s stomach expands to the size of a golf ball or something.

Somewhere around that time is when the cluster feeding begins. For Jenn it was almost literally non-stop feeding for an entire 24-hour period. He would nurse for an hour or two at a time with perhaps (if we were lucky) a 30-minute break in between. All normal stuff, we’re told.

Also during that time, Milo finally pushed out all his meconium.

What’s Meconium? A precious mineral?

Yes, it sounds like a precious gem. If it was, them Milo’s butt would have been a great source of wealth. 15 or 20 karat meconia! But alas, meconium is the left-over umbilical-fed contents of a newborn’s digestive system. In the womb, the nutrition provided to Milo was a tarry, sticky crap. Upon birth, it can take a few days for the baby to eliminate all the meconium and start making real poop.

Meconium looks like fudge. But it doesn’t taste like fudge. It is poop. And it is tarry and gluey and sticky and really a treat! We were advised to use olive oil on Milo’s butt to keep it from sticking and it worked like a charm. Of course, it is difficult to guess all the places poop will end up on your newborn. Especially for new parents. So he got to wear a little bit of dried-up meconium on his feet and thighs until I noticed it. Sorry, buddy!

Anyway. . .

I started off this post by saying things were settling down. And they are. Jenn is camped out in bed because there is not much she can do and really needs to rest. Milo spends most of the day with her because food comes out of her and now that she is producing satisfying amounts of milk, Milo will actually sleep after he eats. Sometimes he is chilled out and happy enough to let me hold him and hang out with him. Ellie the dog loves him already and when she hears him cry she will try to give him doggie kisses. Unfortunately doggie kisses are gross. Thanks anyway, Ellie!

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