December 23, 2015 – Mele Kalikimaka

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Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!!!

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Things have been changing around our house. The boys have been sleeping from 1:30 am to 6:00 am giving Mom & Dad a little more (much needed) sleep. We also changed up the feeding times from 3 hours/8x per day to a modified 4 hour/6x per day schedule. Basically they eat at 4 hour intervals 4x per day & 3 hour intervals 2x per day. The reason that we changed the schedule is that I read on a couple of different websites that babies under 4 months should consume a maximum of 40 ounces per day.

As a rule of thumb, infants under six months who haven’t yet started solids should be taking 2 to 2½ ounces of formula per pound of body weight over a 24-hour period. So, if your baby weighs 10 pounds, that would translate to 20 to 25 ounces of formula a day; in a 24-hour period you’ll be feeding your baby about 3 to 4 ounces every four hours.

Kaleo & Makani each weigh about 13lbs. so their consumption was right on par with this suggestion. 32 ounces per day (4oz x 8). However, Keoni (who might be pushing 15lbs.) was consuming a little over 44 ounces per day (5.5oz x 8)!!! According to the recommendation Keoni should be weighing in at 17lbs. – Oh Hell No!!! lol 🙂

Kaleo and Makani each take up to 5 ounces (5oz  x 6) per feeding, while Keoni is up to 6 ounces (6oz x 6). We limited Keoni to 5 ounces last week & he wasn’t too happy with that restricted diet! Now he is at 6 ounces, 6x per day! We will give them more if they show signs of being hungry (we have backup bottles ready) but so far, it’s working out better than expected!

This is what our day looks like now:

  • 600 | 630 | 730 – Wake up baby, diaper change & feed (x3)
  • 900 | 930 | 1000 – Breast feed w/formula supplement
  • 100 | 130 | 200 – Diaper change & feed
  • 500 | 530 | 600 – Diaper change & feed
  • 900 | 930 | 1000 – Diaper change & feed
  • 1200 | 1230 | 100 – Diaper change, feed & get ready for bed

With this new schedule – I take the 6am shift & help out with the 5pm feeding when I get home from work. Rachel has been doing all of the other feedings with help from her mom & other volunteers. During the week, I go to bed between 8 & 9pm, while Rachel is up until around 2am. She sleeps from 2-730am, while I wake up around 3am to move into the guest room to monitor the babies while they sleep. Hopefully we will be able to eliminate the midnight feeding soon and we will both be able to get a couple hours more of sleep per day. On my days off, I try to send Rachel to bed early and do the 9pm & midnight feeds and let her sleep until the 9am feed. I know it is not ideal but it is a lot better than it was! 🙂

That’s it for now.

We wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka…

Until next time – Mahalo Ke Akua

***UPDATE 1/4/2016***

We have eliminated the Midnight feeding and we’re at 5 feeds every 4 hours starting at 6am!

Keoni is still our big boy and is up to 220ml per feed, while Kaleo & Makani are close behind at 190ml per feed…

Family Selfie (sorry, it’s a little out of focus!)XmasFamily2015

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12 thoughts on “December 23, 2015 – Mele Kalikimaka

  1. ljrolo@aol.com says:

    Awww, what a great picture and what a great 2015 it was for you Paul and your family. Blessings for a Merry Christmas to you and Rachel. This 3 week old cough I have had seems to be finally on the tail end, so hopefully Deb and I will be able to give you guys your long needed “date night” soon! Boys are really thriving and looking so healthy!!!

    Personally, I cannot wait to get rid of 2015, too much pain for one heart to handle.

    Ho, Ho, HO, Merry Christmas!

    Lori

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    • Lori,

      Thank you for all that you have done! You are a true friend & I hope 2016 is a better year for you. You have been through so much!!! Hopefully you will get over to Hawaii and root on the Warriors & your son, maybe some sideline passes???

      xoxoxo

      Paul

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  2. toddmazza says:

    Looking good Paul! I like that schedule and it looks like your boys are getting lots of quality sleep, which means you guys are getting **some** sleep. I may steal some of your ideas here. 🙂

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  3. Concerned says:

    I don’t want to cause any undue alarm, but I notice the lack of red-eye in the left eye of your son in the middle (sorry I can’t identify him by name) . This can sometimes be due to an eye health condition.
    I hope this proves to be no problem for your precious baby and I apologize for giving unsolicited advice.

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    • Thank you for the comment. What condition are you speaking of, I would like to ask the pediatrician for more information and to take a closer look.

      I think it was just a weird camera/photo filter! Makani has blue eyes and his two brothers have brown, that may have something to with the contrast in the picture as well.

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      • Concerned says:

        The condition is called Retinoblastoma. I have no medical training, I just recognized what “could be” a warning sign from another triplet blog I read.

        I agree, all kinds of variables can affect how pictures turn out and I certainly hope that is the case with Makani!

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  4. Concerned says:

    I am so happy to hear that he is in perfect health! Thank you for updating so quickly, that was very kind of you considering how busy you are! 😃

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