It took eight weeks and a LOT of perseverance, but Claire is finally breastfeeding. She hasn't been fed from a bottle for over 24 hours now, and judging by the number of diapers I've changed she is getting plenty of food. This makes life easier on me because now I can just feed her without also having to pump and wash bottles. This is especially more convenient in the middle of the night!
I'm not sure exactly how much Claire weighs now, but I know it is over 8 lbs. She is getting chubby cheeks and her arms and legs are starting to get little fat rolls. She has outgrown all of her newborn-sized clothes and is now wearing size 0-3 months. We go back to Children's on the 16th for follow-up appointments with the surgeon and pulmonary doctor, and they will x-ray her chest and weigh her. I bet she will be over 9 lbs by then. The pulmonary doctor said that her gaining weight is a good indicator of lung growth.