Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pass the Bottle

For the past 2 months we've tried sporadically to get Kaylani back on the bottle. We've tried different bottles, different nipples, formula, breastmilk (both warm and cold), and anything else we could think of. We even told our pediatrician that it would be great if we could get Kaylani to take one bottle a day so Daddy can help out with the nighttime/early morning feedings and she actually laughed at us and said "good luck!" But 2 months of failed bottle attempts, and a doubting pediatrician weren't enough to keep us down. Yesterday, Kaylani made all our hard work pay off.

Our pediatrician actually was a bit more helpful then "wishing us luck" and laughing at us. She did say that we could try and completely distract Kaylani with new environments, loud noises, or maybe even TV. And once again, our pediatrician was right on the money. It was around 2pm and Mommy was home with Kaylani. She decided to give bottle feeding a shot while utilizing the pediatrician's latest advice. So on came the TV (George, George, George of the Jungle was on), out came the bottle, and wouldn't you know it, Kaylani took it!

It started off pretty slowly, and not just because we were using the slow nipple. But after about 20 minutes, Kaylani finished an ounce of milk. Now, 20 minutes to take 1 ounce of milk isn't something to be happy about normally, but when it's the first ounce of milk that Kaylani has taken from a bottle in over 2 months, you bet your butt we're gonna celebrate it! Daddy got the call in the office and the excitement was clearly evident in Mommy's voice! A few hours later when Daddy got home from work, he caught the live show! Another 20 minutes and another ounce of milk gone. We were off to a great start!

Today, Daddy gave it a shot for the first time this year. We moved up to the medium nipple to see if we could speed things along. It was slow going at first and we watched about 15 minutes of Dora (D-D-D-Dora! Excellente!) and Kaylani was about halfway through. 10 minutes later, she was 3/4 of the way through, and starting to get fussy. Mommy took over from that point, and there wasn't much more progress after 5 minutes. But the last 5 minutes was like a whole different Kaylani. All of a sudden, she was like a vacuum, and before we knew it, the bottle was empty!

So it looks like Kaylani is well on her way back to taking a bottle. And that means soon enough, Daddy can take over a feeding, and more importantly, Mommy can get some time to herself with a massage or a hair appointment or really anything she wants! Tomorrow we'll try 2 to 3 ounces of milk and see if she's any better. And once she can do that, then we'll really celebrate! Maybe Daddy will have to take a bottle too...for celebration sake of course. For now, check out pictures of Kaylani from the last few days, including some of her taking her bottle! Enjoy and wish us luck!


Rina said...

I'd like to see a picture of Daddy taking the bottle. We actually tried it at our baby shower- it's really hard!! No wonder Kaylani didn't want to do it for so long!

Mayte said...

Great news! I am happy for all of you :) Cheer!

JonnyTam13 said...

Thanks! She actually didn't do the best today, so it's still a work in progress, but at least a step in the right direction.

As for Daddy taking a bottle, I actually meant a bottle of beer, but we too did the baby bottle thing at our baby shower (and at a friends). Both times I cheated and ripped the nipple out of the bottle to make it go faster. Maybe Kaylani should try that :)