March 15, 2007

Two-Week Update

Kenna turned 2 weeks old on Tuesday and had her check-up that afternoon. Her weight was 6 pounds, 15 ounces (compared with 6 pounds, 5 ounces at birth and 5 pounds, 14 ounces 48 hours later), and her length was 20 1/2" (compared with 19 3/8" at birth). I thought it was interesting that her stats were so close to Charis's birth stats. (Charis came 2 days before her due date.) Here's the comparison:

Kenna at 2 weeks: 6 pounds, 15 ounces, 20 1/2"
Charis at birth: 6 pounds, 13 ounces, 20 1/4"

The doctor had to cauterize Kenna's belly button, as part of the cord was apparently still deep down inside and oozing a bit of blood. I have some antibiotic ointment that I have to rub on it 3 times a day, and I can't give her a "real" bath until it's healed. Other than that, she's looking quite healthy! She did great at the hospital, especially considering we were there far longer than I anticipated. I nursed her right before the appointment and had to finish up right afterwards--they actually called me to come back 20 minutes EARLY, would you believe! Then it was off to the pharmacy for her ointment, followed by a stop at the lab where they had to do her heel prick again (she did NOT like that but promptly fell asleep after the trauma was over), followed by a trip to Labor & Delivery to get the hearing screening done. Normally it would have been done after birth, but they didn't have the necessary equipment when we were there before; hence the extra trip.

Whew. We were at the hospital a total of 2 1/2 hours, which I guess isn't too bad considering all that we had to do there! I'm just happy to know for sure that Kenna is gaining weight. She has continued to nurse well, and I am very thankful for that.


Megan said...

Sounds like she's doing great!! It's always such a relief to know they're gaining weight, especially when you've had nursing difficulties. I remember those days of DREADING having to feed Evan in public because of all the trouble he had.

Amos said...

It is amazing how much a weight gain can put a nursing mother at ease! Sounds like she is doing great! What a sweet little one, and a sweet BIG sister too, Charis with her story. How fun to see things like that.