Kayla Mae Olmstead

Kayla was born with Left-sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (LCDH). When she was born she was in the NICU for a total of 55 days. She reherniated two years later, had her repair surgery in May 2011 and spent 11 days in hospital recovering. She is a tough little girl and we are truly blessed to have her here.

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Ok so most parents may not see this as a dilemma, but a blessing... ha not me! Kayla sleeps too late in the a.m. We put her to bed just after her 7:30 p.m. feeding. We then "wake" her up at 10:30-11 p.m. to feed her one more time. And I say "wake" bc she doesn't really wake up- she just goes through the motions. Around 7 a.m. she wakes up... quietly- so I don't wake just as she does. She is a great sleeper and a great morning baby. However, if she wakes up that late, it is very difficult to get the amount of ounces in a day that she needs into her. Which is also the reason we do the 10:30-11 p.m. feed... bc I'm still trying to get her 25 oz in. So I was thinking we'd cut out the late night feed in hopes she'd eat more during the day- but how do I do that? What if she doesn't eat more during the day and she doesn't get the 25 in..
For example, she has 20 oz in her right now- she will need to take 5 oz at 10:30... which I doubt she'll do, she usually takes 4 oz and quits. 24 I can deal with, but 20... eh. But if I don't do this late feed, she'll wake up at like 4 a.m.... (maybe!) does that count towards the day before, or is that the start of her day then?! haha I'm so confused on what to do!
How do you get the oz in your baby?
Also- when you hold your little cutie- do you ever feel crackling on his/her side? I feel it often on K and I am VERY nervous about that!!!!!! I mean is it gas- she has been farting, and stinky too, or is it her stomach that is gurgling- they sound way different though. I don't know- does it mean her patch isn't in place... I have no clue as she is my first baby and have no clue if babies just do that?! ahhhhh!!


Sands Family said...

I don't know about your situation because I don't know what NEEDS to be done for CDH. When Alaina was around 6 mos old, she started eating only 3 times a day--- but at the same time, she would 7oz in one sitting...and that was after eating a bowl of food. So I don't have any suggestions for you...SORRY! :( I'd call the Ped...or in your case, find a new one!!!

Vince and Patty said...

I would have to say that if you are seriously concerned about the volume she in intaking, your best bet would be to do what we did for the first couple months we were home... set your alarm throughout the night so that you can get her to take something every few hours. His night feeds were never as good as day feeds, but it was something and I think it gave him the edge he needed to put on weight. It is exhausting, but effective!

Vince and Patty said...

OH, and I always feel/hear something funny and crackly on Charlie's repaired side. It makes me nervous, so I try to ignore it! :-)



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