The storm before the storm

Man. What a week.

Naps are important for mommies and babies
Logan’s weight took another dip early last week. This was a bit of a blow to everyone. We were doing everything we were supposed to be doing, and nothing seemed to be working. In the middle of the week, we got a call to come into the center to meet another lactation consultation. Our third, if you’re keeping track.

He tries so hard to get his hand in his mouth

She unwrapped our boy from his swaddle, oh’d and ah’d over how cute he was, then expressed immediate concern over how skinny he was. Within a matter of a few short minutes of first meeting us, she noted that his tongue was tied.

Naps are not as important for daddies I guess.

She wasn’t suggesting that he couldn’t turn a phrase, but rather that he had had the congenital abnormality of Ankyloglossia. This evidently isn’t that unusual in infants, and isn’t a big deal if noticed early. It can cause complications with breast feeding though, as the frenulum can prevent proper tongue movement if it’s anchored too close to the tip of the tongue.

Practicising being awake

That alone could have been responsible for the complications we were facing, but she wasn’t done with the miracle diagnosis yet. Less than 10 minutes later, she also noted that Cameron suffered from the congenital abnormality of Breast Hypoplasia. Again, this is something that isn’t necessarily a big deal, but it can prevent the mother from generating an adequate milk supply.

Taking to the bottle

These two minor problems combined to create a complicated situation. Our already advanced feeding schedule was further advanced, and we are now supplementing with formula regularly. The next day we saw a pediatrician who performed a frenectomy, a brief procedure that clipped the frenulum under Logan’s tongue. The day after that we saw the new lactation consultant again.

Mother and Child

The good news in all this is that with an increase in feeding, and regular supplementing with formula has increased Logan’s weight regularly. His appetite has increased and his clothes even seem to be fitting better. We have another followup appointment with the lactation consultant on Tuesday, and everything appears very encouraging at this point.

Mommy is so proud of her pumpkin headed baby.

So encouraging that we were in good spirits for Halloween. Logan is too young and small for a proper costume. Too late I thought of the perfect costume for both of us, the character of Alan from Hangover, who spends a portion of the film carrying around an infant in a carrier. Instead we just but an hat on him that looked like a jack o lantern. I chose to dress up as Adventure Team GI Joe from the 1970s line of GI Joe toys.

Logan's First Haloween

Here’s a photo of me doing a bad Heisman Trophy pose using Logan as a football.

Terrible Hiesman Pose


  1. Shellie
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 11:34 | Permalink

    So glad that you found out what was wrong. I hate knowing that something is amiss, but cannot diagnose it. I think we went through 2-3 LCs too. Keep up the good work, you guys are doing great.

  2. Posted November 2, 2009 at 19:07 | Permalink

    Duuuuuuuuude. I don’t know if you read my blog entries or my LJ at all back in March and April and May, but I had more than my fair share of breastfeeding woes. I will laugh in the face of anyone who flippantly says “It’s the most natural thing in the world.” I supplemented with pumped milk for months and months and months before Paloma ever got the hang of nursing (to the point where she didn’t need supplements), and I think it had more to do with her preemie brain catching on than all the LCs we met with and consulted with via phone/email. If your lady wants someone who’s been there to chat with, she can email me if she likes!

  3. Joel
    Posted November 3, 2009 at 21:06 | Permalink

    Glad to hear Logan is gaining weight. Before you know it he will be twenty pounds and throwing tantrums!

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