Today Bobby is two weeks old. At his 10 day appointment, he weighed 9 lbs 7 oz. At his two week appointment he weighed 10 lbs 7 oz, so he just made it one ounce past his birth weight. Although he initially had no problems with latching and nursing, once my milk came in on day 4 he developed some problems with latching. He would scream and scream when I tried to get him to nurse and then suddenly he would just latch on. So I was still getting him to nurse every time, but it would take a while. "A while" turned into sometimes as much as two hours after a few days of this. At first it was only happening in the evening, but it turned into an every time we had to nurse thing. I was starting to get worn down, but after talking to a couple friends of mine we decided that he might have a mild tongue tie that was causing this and the doctor confirmed that his frenulum is shorter than usual, but it isn't enough to warrant clipping. So I tried many different things until we figured out what worked best for him. I nursed him sleepy, swaddled, and pumped some milk first. I had to drip milk in his mouth before he would latch on. This was a pain, but it was more than worth it to stop the screaming and struggling to latch every time. After a week of that, he is finally able to just latch normally with minimal to no struggle.
Bobby is doing good at night. Most nights he goes one 6 hour and one 4 hour time between nursings. After a couple nights of that he goes to 3-4 hours all night. He's still impossible to keep awake during nursing which is what I need to be able to get him on a "schedule." I use that term loosely because all I really mean by it is that he is sleeping, waking and nursing, and then starting the cycle over again during the daytime. I feel like a schedule naturally follows once I can establish that routine.
The siblings are constantly asking to hold him. He gets very overly stimulated so I am having to limit their holding time so he doesn't get so worked up and awake that he can't fall asleep for a couple hours. They are not happy about this, but I promised them in a couple of weeks things will most likely be different and he'll be able to handle more holding.