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Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year:Day 92-Day 97

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 94..

Liam started stir and then crying and I remembered the youtube video of decoding baby cry

Decoding baby cry..

I listened to his cry very carefully and tried diaper change (he had his milk not too long ago so,I thought it was something else or simply got hungry again).

Once I started trying to change his diaper, he was laying on the bed calmly and let me change his diaper and got quiet down:-)

Did I do what he wanted me to do? I hope I did, but not sure.

Day 95..

I am happy to report that Liam has been doing great job on head up exercise on tummy time;he be on his tummy and hold his head up and stay.

Since he does not go down after one second,I have been counting and today, he kept his head up for 200 seconds!!

Maybe his head/neck might become stable soon???

He is happily sucking his pacifier after the short nap, and talking to himself .

Oops,he started crying for help;missing pacifier??

Just passed 7pm, Liam has just finished another tummy time exercise,and held his head for 260!! I am getting tired counting,lol.

Day 97..

Liam is getting pro for breast feeding. Today, he spent 20 min on one, 13 min on the other and by the time of last burp time, his eyes were already closed (although I could see his white parts of the eye a bit) but head down on my shoulder and started Zzzzzzzzz…

Must have been such a hard work to eat,lol.

Our pediatrician told us to give him supplemental dose of milk to make sure he is getting what he needs;after the each breast feeding time give 60ml of milk,I was told.

So, I was debated if I just simply cuddle then and let him snooze a bit and give him the milk more.

Well,I decided to let him decide so, I prepared 70ml (when 60ml, in the past, he seemed wanted more) and tried to give him.

His eyes were wide open, flapping his hands with wide open mouth as if to say “Hurry up,I can drink more!”

So, I gave him that 70 ml milk.He then gave me a big man burp after that.

He is now peacefully back to sleeping… Zzzzzzz

Liam Day 97 in the swing..

I was reading mayo clinic book (I read it like a textbook because I know nothing and want to study on them) and amazing thing I read today is that, babies can distinguish mother’s breast milk from other baby’s mom’s breast milk because of sensory skill.

I was surprised. Wonder if Liam could do blind tasting and pick my breast milk from the bunch,lol

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story..

Jan 30, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year:Day 89- Day 91

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 90…. Liam has been doing tummy time exercise everyday; a couple of times a day, and he seems to be able to hold his head higher,longer than before.

Longest time he hold his head high is 124 seconds so far. This is something he does good on.

I was reading Mayo clinic book that I got to learn more about baby care (Liam slept better during daytime on the day 90),and it mentioned that the babies who does tummy time tend to crawl,,roll over, and sit up earlier than the ones who does not get to do the tummy time exercise.

I do not know if it is true or not but, when I try to set him up for tummy time exercise and let him be on his tummy,he did not need much push from me anymore.

I still did gently help him roll onto his tummy but he is on his tummy mostly on his own.

Maybe he will roll over soon,much sooner than 6 months old time…

Anther big thing might be that he has got a huge balance ball and he did ball exercise with me.

He enjoyed tummy massage after that. Side of his body seems to make him feel tickle and he twitches and he is so cute!

Worth the wait for 10 long years… Really, impossible dream made possible:-)

Day 91..

When pacifier is not near, Liam has figured out that he could suck on his hand. If not, suck my hands while trying to burp him at milk time:-)

Since he started putting his hands in his mouth, I am wiping his hands and drooly face all the time.

This also means that I have to make sure that all the family members and visitors wash their hands thoroughly so whatever they touch would not be transferred to his hands and to his mouth.

Maybe I should put “Liam’s law” on his crib side:-)

Liam day 91 years old.. fingers in mouth..

Liam liked talking to himself softly like eh,eh. Sometimes, it sounds like saying “hi”.

He likes to talk after his milk time.He burped like a man,lol.

Day 92..

Liam has breast fed, and in the middle of being fed, he fell asleep with the milk drop on his cheek,lol.

So precious looking but since I could not move,I did not get to take a picture of it.

After a while, he woke up,wiggling so,I put him on my chest facing toward me and he went to deep sleep ZZZZZZ

Then, another hour later or so, he cried out loud and had another milk and he was content,making sound eh,eh and flapping hands looking around,yawn… in his crib.

He has been active ..

When he started liking pacifier, we got him wubba pacifier,the one with stuffed animal on it.

He can hold it while sucking but he has not being able to grab and bring it to his mouth yet.

He can suck his finger though.. When he loose the pacifier,he cries…….He tries to search with his mouth but not yet with hands..

Bath time came..

He used to cry out loud like screaming cat,but now, I let him hold my body and talk to him whole time singing jabu jabu jabu (Japanese) with made up tone and he has being quiet:-)

I think having something to hold onto might have made him feeling more secure and I can bath him alone,without my husband’s help:-)

Anyway, just about being ready to bath him, he started turning his face red,which I now know that he is working on something from rear end..

He did that for a couple of times and heard some wet sound and, yes, I knew poop was coming out. So, I waited out a bit and then, I peeked through the diaper first.

Wow, it got so much in it and he was still producing green tooth paste texture poop….

I have cleaned his rear end nice and clean first and then bathed him.He should be feeling clean and fresh.

Even if I did not plan to bathe him today, he needed one after the big poop time.

After the bathing time, he drunk his favorite mama’s milk and took a bit of nap.

However, he was already up talking ehh..

Feeling more milk time coming on his way soon:)

Milk time came..

He burped like a man, real real big one.

I was happy (not sure why I get satisfaction out of his burp but I do,lol) and realized that he missed the whole burp cloth spot and burped onto my shirt,lol.

I wore burp cloth big enough space but guess he needed more:-)

And… we got size 1 diaper, graduating from newborn size one.

When we visited baby store on the day 91, we got him elephant wubba (pacifier with elephant on it).

We got 2 already (dog and monkey one) but last time we visited hospital, on the way to the hospital,we realized we forgot pacifier to bring and had to turn around to home to get it because he needs it to calm down.

So, we decided to get the 3rd one and keep it in my diaper bag so we know we always have one whenever we go and no more missing soother.

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Jan 10, 2018 | 0 | parenting