I know I'm probably going to say this every week, but I can not believe we are already 3 weeks in to parenthood.
We took Keaton back to the doctor for another weight check on Saturday and I'm happy to say he gained 7 oz. and was up to 6 lbs 11 oz. Since he has now surpassed his birth weight we are all done with weight checks and don't have to go back until March for his 2-month check-up. We also had the lab repeat his newborn screening. I'm not exactly sure when we'll have the results back but we did ask the nurse what test was coming back "not right" and she said she thinks it was something to do with an enzyme definciency (though she wasn't absolutely certain). She did say again not to worry that sometimes this happens and that when they repeat the test the results come back normal. So, for now, we're not worrying.
Since he finally put on some weight Keaton has really started to fill out in this past week. He doesn't really have baby chub yet but his belly is not as skinny as it used to be. As you can tell from the photo above, he has also become much more alert in the past week. He stays up now after his feedings for a good half hour 40 min. - sometimes longer. He is still pretty content during the day and only really fusses when he has gas or needs to poop.
Our nights have also been going better. We've kept Keaton on a strict 3 hour feeding schedule during the day in hopes that if he gets more calories during this time that he will sleep better at night. It is working but I think his better nights have more to do with the fact that I have taken to sleeping with him on our fainting lounge for a portion of the night. I know it might be a bad habit to start, but for now it is getting us sleep and I've decided I'll deal with the downfall later. It just dawned on me one night that he only crys after his nightime feedings and, coincidently, that is the only time he is being layed flat after eating. During the day he usually goes in his swing and is sitting more straight up. So one night I took him out of his bassinet, sat with him on the fainting lounge and patted him back to sleep. As we sat there I could hear the gas in his tummy - so I'm pretty sure that is what is making him crabby after eating at night.
We are still getting up for 2 feedings during the night, usually around midnight and 5 am (though those times aren't set in stone :) ). After our first feeding Keat is usually up for a good hour and is typically fussy but after the second feeding he zonks out and sleeps until about 9 am. We've also been using his co-sleeper more than his bassinet lately. He seems to sleep better if we are close enough to touch him if he squirms.
In other news - that picture that I posted on Friday.....that was ME!! I was getting bummed because noone commented and said he looked like the old baby picture so I was thinking, crap, maybe I was wrong. But then, THEN, I got an email from Ember tonight and she said she thought the old baby picture was Collin because it looked like Keaton and I about died. YES!! She sees it!!
I still think he looks mostly like Collin, but when my Dad pulled that old picture of me out of his wallet Friday night I was shocked to realize that, oh my God, maybe this is my kid! Once Keaton's birth announcements are out I'll repost that picture so, hopefully, you can see it to.