|Ollie is 12 weeks now, decked out in a|
shirt crafted by our friend Kate Coventry.
Because then it happened. Ollie just said no to the bottle.
After a few tries & rejections, we went to the internet & our lactation consultant to get some help. The frustrating thing is that the most frequent & stressed suggestion is that Mom needs to absent herself. Spending my days with Ollie, I feel like I'm best placed to work with him, but I did it.
And it helped. Ollie took a bottle from my mom. We thought that we were in business. And then he rejected it from us (me and Logan).
So, we spent the week working with Ollie. This stuff is really hard because the last thing in the world anyone wants to do is see their baby cry. And that bottle could really make him cry. I would try and give it to him, not pushing it for feeding, but just trying to get him to take it. There was lots of cooing and cajoling and congratulations every time he would take it. Logan continued to try and do feedings, but didn't have great success.
We were working hard because Logan's parents were coming to visit and Logan and I had planned a night out for our anniversary. I was so reluctant to leave Ollie if he wouldn't take a bottle -- I didn't want my little guy to go hungry -- that I cried on the way to meet my husband. It was purely emotional. Intellectually, I knew Ollie would be fine, but apparently, my brain doesn't win in every situation.
Needless to say, I was so relieved to get the text that Ollie took a bottle from Logan's mom and was snoozing away. In fact, he bottle fed a few times during their visit! Since, he's done a couple of short feedings with his dad. Not major eating, but it's progress. Hopefully, in a few weeks, he'll be a bottle feeding pro again. It's important because we're hoping to start daycare part-time in the next couple of months. I've been told that tenacity is the name of the game. Let's hope we can keep it up!