Dr. S was kind enough to break it down into teacher talk for me today... he said, "Well, you passed. But it's not an A+." I've always kind of been an A+ kind of gal, but if a C- keeps that ng tube out, I'll take it! Clara weighed in at 12 pounds, 4 ounces, up seven ounces in two weeks. He would have liked to have seen double that - 14 ounces or an ounce a day. But at least it was a gain, so he was okay with us leaving the tube out and continuing to breastfeed like a crazy lady. Because that is in fact what I do. Almost all I do. We're also going to try to start introducing some rice cereal. I can't believe I'm gonna start this little baby on SOLIDS, but if it will help her pack on the pounds, we'll give it a shot. She may not really be ready yet, but hopefully starting to introduce it some now will help her catch on sooner rather than later.
So, she was at about 75th percentile when she was born. After all the medical hoopla, she dropped down to about the 25th percentile. She's been hanging in pretty steady there until these past few weeks and she's dropped to about the 21st percentile. Now, of course she's still on the chart which is good and she hasn't had a dramatic drop, but they'd like to see her continue to track along at least the 25th percentile, or even better start to inch closer to the 50th. It's going to take more than half an ounce a day gain for that to happen.
We're likely going to be battling this weight gain issue for awhile. It seems that this is the last lingering problem for most babies with a diaphragmatic hernia. It's just an indication that although she's healthy in many many ways, she is still a chronically sick baby with a medical history that puts her a little behind. The good news is that she's happy - I mean really happy, that she's growing (I swear her clothes are getting tighter, regardless of what the scale may say), and that she's changing and achieving developmental milestones almost daily. She has plenty of wet and poopy diapers. So the big picture is she's doing okay, at least in my book. We'll be back in a couple of weeks for another weigh in and I'm guessing this feeling of worry and dread is going to continue to hang over us for awhile.
Thanks for continuing to pray for Clara to fatten up!