Chloe is doing great! She saw the pediatrician today and has surpassed her birth weight already. Sheâ€™s a whopping 7#,12oz. Like her siblings, she loves to eat. She has treated us very nicely. It must have just been the jaundice that made her so fussy and not want to eat in the hospital.
Weight = 7lb, 12 oz
Height = 20.5 inches
Head Circumference = 35cm
Hereâ€™s Chloe in her hospital room. Cute little animal designs on the walls. Chloe was getting so fussy. She had stopped breastfeeding well and wouldnâ€™t take her supplemental formula feeding. Baby Chloe was not a happy camper on her bili-bed. She was driving this mommyâ€™s hormones crazy with all her crying. Thank you, Tom, for watching the kids so Chris could come help me at the hospital. It was such a relief to not be by myself with Chloeâ€™s non-stop crying. I was getting flashbacks of Calebâ€™s colicky cries. Despite Daddyâ€™s soothing and our switch from finger feeding to bottle feeding, Chloeâ€™s still crying up a storm. Finally, the charge nurse takes Chloe and puts her on her tummy. She settlesâ€¦ praise God! This mommy goes to sleep. Daddy goes back home to Caleb and Caris. Chloe starts to feed well again. Yay for pee. Now she just needs to start pooping again. Bilirubin be gone.
Next to my bed is all the breast pump stuff and supplemental feeding supplies. Process of feeding Chloe: Breastfeed on the left side, then the right side. Supplemental formula feed using a feeding tube attached to my finger or my breast. Then pump, pump, pump so I can get my milk supply in.
You canâ€™t see in the picture, but in front of my bed is another table for my computer where I get to do these updates and try to work on my last assignments for a summer class at Fuller.
Thank you, God, for taking care of our little girl and bringing her some quiet moments now on her bili-bed. This mommy is relieved!
Little Chloe is yellow now. Too yellow. She earned herself admission to the peds unit for bili-lights. Hopefully one night of lights will be all she needs. So this mommy will be discharged this afternoon, head home to spend a little bit of time with the big kids, and head back to feed and care for Chloe while sheâ€™s in the hospital. Iâ€™ll take pics of the bili bed when Chloe gets back from her hearing screening test.
Update on siblings: Caris is loving her little sister. Hmm, maybe a little too much, but weâ€™ll work on that. Pray for unusual gentleness from an active 19-month old. Caleb is having some difficulty with adjusting. Heâ€™s excited about Baby Chloe, but his behavior is telling us that heâ€™s a bit anxious about this new addition. Pray for him to adjust well and not need as much attention right now.
Baby Chloe has hairâ€¦ well, at least for now.
Hereâ€™s a link to see some pics of Chloe taken by the hospital photographers. They give us this password, but I didnâ€™t have to use it to see the picsâ€¦. 37101307576184
Chloe Hannah Wong
Born September 2, 2010 (or as Chris likes to point outâ€¦ on 90210)
7 pounds, 9.2 oz
19 inches long
Baby Chloe, you had us so confused as to when you actually might be comingâ€¦ with some preterm labor before 31 weeks, and lots of prelabor contractions from 35 weeks on, we thought for sure you were coming early. But, you came after 39 weeks only 6 days before your actual due date. And, at 7#9oz, you proved to be the biggest out of all our children, nearly surpassing Caris by 2 pounds. Yes, those extra 2 pounds do make a huge difference for delivery. This mommy is a little bit more tired and sore than the last time around. But thatâ€™s ok. Youâ€™re worth it! Welcome to the Wong family.