Sunday, November 18, 2007


Last Wednesday, Miss Thang clocked in at 16 lbs, 3 oz. I celebrate every ounce because she will need them when she starts crawling. I remember when Arun began crawling and his weight pretty much stalled for the next 3 months, which freaked me out. That was when I really needed the lactation consultant and her constant assurances that Arun was fine, just fine.

One thing I feel compelled to discuss are bowel movements. Generally, I avoid these discussions because hello! BORING. However, Anjali's frequency of BM is so radically different than Arun's that I am still having a hard time not worrying. Arun had a stool about every day, often several times a day. He had very few blowouts and occasionally a leak here and there. However, my precious girl? Has a stool about once a week. Truly. No joke. No exaggeration. Once a week. At first, it was a constant source of worry for me. I am finally okay with it and have accepted that this is just her body's way of dealing. I am posting about this specifically to assure other parents in this boat that yes, breastfeeding babies can only have stools once a week. It is perfectly okay as long as the baby is not straining as if constipated and if the consistency/color seem normal.

However, it is very frustrating because we are at a point where nearly every single BM is a blowout that leads to a Clothing Catastrophe. Particularly, if she is in the carseat Oh My God...... When we are home, I can usually jump to the rescue and prevent such fashion tragedies.

Overall, I am tired of throwing away perfectly good outfits.


Dooneybug said...

My two are different about BM's too - except my girl goes much more than my boy did. I was just reminiscing with my husband today about a particular blowout my son had that was so incredibly huge when he was about 5 months old. He was sitting in his exersaucer. Poop from knees to ears. How do they do that?

lorib said...

We are having the same challenge with Andrew. Those infrequent BMs come with a lot of force and what a mess! Thank goodness for OxiClean.

I can't wait to see what he weighs at his four month check up. I'm betting on 17 pounds. =)

Kristin said...

My girl had blowouts all the time, and let me tell you, OxyMagic Spray saved every single one of her outfits! As soon as I got her cleaned up, I would rinse the clothing, and if it wasn't time to do laundry, would leave it soaking in the sink so the stain wouldn't set in. Then when laundry time rolled around, I would wring the clothes out, spray with a liberal dose of OxyMagic, and toss it in the wash. Never had to throw an outfit away!