Weight - Henry
At birth on 06.07.11, Henry weighed 3010g/6lb 13 oz. It is normal for babies to lose weight after birth, but when Henry dropped to 2720g/6lb on 11.07, the midwife expressed her concern. From that day on, I had to really change strategies and then just tried to stuff the boys full with as much formula as possible. Weight gain was then rapid - by 13.07, Henry was 2800g/6lb 3oz; 19.07 - 2940g/6lb 7oz, and then on 26.07, he weighed 3260g/7lb 2oz. This last weight gain was the most astonishing - in three days - ie by 29th July, Henry had gained 220g/8oz to weigh in at 3480g/7lb 10oz! He really does feel different to how he weighed at birth - and that is why I am so anxious to record details without going into minutiae - I find it difficult to remember from day to day what has happened.
Weight - Lewis
At birth on 06.07.11, Lewis weighed 2520g/5lb 9 oz. He then dropped to 2340g/5lbs 2 1/2 oz by 11.07. When weighed two days later, he had gained 60g/1 1/2oz - or weighed 2400g/5lb 4oz. In 6 days, Lewis seemed to make a major leap and go to 2620g/5lb 12 1/2oz - so he was the fastest to gain weight past the birth level. Then on 26th July, Lewis was 2940g/6lb 7 1/2 oz. The last day he was weighed, ie 29th July, he was up to 3230g/7lb 2oz. So big, healthy boys, both of them.
So thus far, it seems to be that demand feeding is the routine that we are following - though I do try to feed them at the same time if possible. I haven't yet mastered the art of tandem feeding, but I will have to rely increasingly on this technique once Mum goes home. It's not so easy, but I did have beginner's luck the first time I tried after being shown how by the health visitor on the 23rd July.
Photos were taken by Mum, who doesn't tend to worry about backgrounds, lighting etc - but I will still scrapbook them, I think!
I don't think it has been so easy since! The positioning is definitely the worst part - especially when dealing with such wrigglepots. I suppose it can only get better from here!
And whilst I realise it is still too early, it really does seem as though Henry and Lewis DO look at me when I am feeding/cuddling or generally interacting with them. I am currently trying to grab some space to read the baby development books to work out when they do what - but we will take it one step at a time!