(John after eating his Thanksgiving Meal!)
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, spent with family! It was so much fun to get together, play games, eat tons of food and take turns cuddling with little Gabe. Drew loved all the extra attention as well, Daddy brought home a huge box from Home Depot and made Drew his own fort, equipped with a window, door, and lighting system (flashlight). Drew has been enjoying all his family, especially his Grandma Patti and Tio! Grandma Patti has captivated little Drew with her songs and Tio has been Drew's personal playmate for the weekend. It has been so much fun!
Little Gabe had his first checkup on Friday, he was a little jaundiced, but nothing the Doctor was too worried about. Gabe weighed in at 6 pounds 4 ounces - he lost very little after birth (1/8 of an ounce) and has maintained his weight all week. The doctor said my breast milk must be made of butter - most babies take 2 weeks to get back to their birth weight. Gabe;s eating style is very different than Drew. Gabe is a very slow eater and is lazy to latch on. I finally started pumping - which has been wonderful! Gabe's feedings were taking 1 hour, but with the bottle it only takes him 10 minutes to down 2+ ounces. Just today he ate 3 ounces in one sitting! Hopefully once he reaches full term (2 more weeks) he will be able to stay awake enough to nurse faster. Right now Gabe has a very hard time staying awake longer than 30 minutes and then he will sleep for another 4+ hours. Last night I had to wake him at 4am which was near impossible to do, I think he nursed for 5 minutes and then fell fast asleep again. Finally at 6:30 he woke up enough to eat 2 ounces. The past 3 days all Gabe has done is sleep! He is so relaxed and laid back compared to Drew. We shall see if his personality changes a lot in 2 more weeks. Tonight I took a shower and held Gabe in the water, he was so cute! He immediately relaxed and started moaning with his eyes closed. It was as if he remembered life in the womb and thought he was back there. His little hands went up to his face and slowly touched the water and his chest. So far Gabe has been way too easy of a baby, I really hope he stays that way!