Archives for the day Monday, September 18th, 2017

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year : Day 79-Day 81

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 79..

On the day 79, I was happy.

Me and Liam had been doing good on direct breast feeding.

It was difficult for both of us at the beginning but Liam learned the skill for the breast feeding and he was doing great.

Back in July,when Liam was still at NICU, he was refusing my breast and cried loud and ended up bottle with feed tube thing if he could not finish it up…

2 months later,me and Liam finally got hang of it and doing good on breast feeding .

Day 79,, he sucked my breast 24 minutes one side, and 12 min the other side and when he was sucking the last side, he fell asleep.

Guess sucking was such a hard work for him:-)

Usually, he ended up falling asleep on the second breast.I do not know if it is what I read about breast milk ; the book said it got some sort of hormone that makes babies sleepy.

With bottle, his eyes are open and gradually, start to close but not fully as much as he would with direct breast feeding.

The tired little Liam had extra bottled breast milk (as par pediatrician’s recommendation to make sure he still is getting minimum he needs) 60 ml and went to bed at night.

Liam cried a bit one time on the day after he went to bed for the night and, I thought it was cry for “Give me the food” cry.

Therefore,I prepared milk and came back to his crib for the diaper change.

However…what I saw was… Liam’s eyes were closed (could see his white area in his eyeball) and Zzzzzz.

I tried to leave but he woke up and wiggle so, I did diaper change anyway.

After the diaper change, his eyes closed again and started Zzzzz again..

So, I decided it was false alert for the feed time…

I kept the milk still on the counter for just in case he wakes up and cry again within 1 hour but he was still sleeping…1 hour later.

Milk was no longer good for the the end but that was ok.

I am still trying to learn what cry is what.

It was one of the hardest skill to learn what the baby wants when they cry.

Day 81..

I finally had quiet whatever time for the day:-)

Liam had tummy-ful of milk at 4pm and was up vocalizing none meaning sound here and there,looking around, sucking pacifier here and there for a bit and finally he fell asleep.

As he gets older each day,I feel like he is more up in the morning, down in the afternoon.Seems like he slept longer between the meal at night.

So, in the morning, I find what I do is always the same;feed him,pump milk,eat breakfast/lunch, shower,take Palette for potty,go check mail etc.. and soon, sun goes down.. I needed more time in a day!

24 hours seemed not enough for me to do everything I need to do…

By the day 81, I found myself picking real quick recipes for dinner to make and trying to find whatever double duty thing:-)

Really, how I spend my day has changed with Liam (in a good way).

Day 81 was simply roasted pork tenderloin with OJ Apricot sauce served with.. vegetable medley over rice.

It is simple but tasty.

My husband loves this dish (roasted pork tenderloin,that is.I usually switch up the sauce keeping the basic the same) and it makes him smile.Try this to see if you like one too.

For 2-3 servings..

Coat the 1 pork tenderloin with steak seasoning mixed with ground cumin and paprika and roast it at 450F for 15-25 minutes til internal temp reaches at 150F

Let it rest and slice and serve with the OJ Apricot sauce.

With this sauce, I made it up and did not write down how much I used each ingredients but you can adjust to your taste.

Mix Marmalade,Apricot preserve, honey,rice vinegar,ground cumin, paprika,Mexican style chili powder,and bit of OJ concentrate in the sauce pan,

Then, bring it to boil and after boiling, turn the heat to simmer to thicken.

Drizzle the sauce over the pork and serve.

I like the smokiness spice creates.I am a big fan of cumin.

More Liam’s story continue.

Stay tuned.

Sep 18, 2017 | Comments are off | parenting