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C# and C++ developer at a software company. On the weekends I spend a lot of time fixing and remodeling my 1926 foursquare house.

comment Is it normal for an infant's weight to fluctuate?
Yes, measuring "output" is one way to make sure they are eating enough (in the hospital/NICU they do this with every diaper change). Another option to figure out how much the baby is taking in a feeding is to weigh the baby before eating and after (subtract after weight from before wait to give you the amount of milk the baby took). Weighing diapers is easier than weighing babies so it is used more often.
comment Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?
It sounds like this doctor was worried that jaundice might develop (when the body has too much bilirubin that it cannot get rid of). For jaundiced babies the simplest/first solution is to increase feedings (so they poop more, the bilirubin leaves the body with the poop). It is pretty easy to test a baby’s bili level to see if this is a concern or if it needs treatment.
comment Are outlet covers needed with tamper resistant electrical receptacles?
We have a number of off-white receptacles with white face plates (and white trim in the whole house). After this and the previous responses, I will likely be replacing these with white TR receptacles so they look better and are more "baby-resistant".
comment Is it usual to meet with a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor for a first prenatal visit?
Just a nitpick, RN stands for "Registered Nurse".
comment At what age should I enroll my child in dental and vision plans?
I would add that if you may be able to find an eye doctor who bills under medical (insurance). I don't think optometrists will do this but many doctors are have an MD in ophthalmology will. This way you can even get the exam and just pay a medical doctor visit copay (though they may do eye tests that are not covered under medical insurance but might have been if it was vision).