|At a wedding earlier this month|
I have one of those! Baby is nearing 5months old and is about 20lbs and over 27in. If I were
|Taken just before he turned 4m|
Does anyone ever have it easy? I mean, is any one's breastfeeding journey everything they hoped it would be from the very beginning to the very end? LOL. Like most bf'ing stories, our journey has had it's ups and downs, and if I were blogging I'd chronicle our trials and tribulations. We started off wonderfully with a great latch and oversupply. I was able to build up an enormous freezer stash of about 500oz, and then slowly cut out pumping's as my supply regulated. At 6 weeks I was able to utilize the childcare center at our gym, and that's when baby started getting regular bottles. It didn't take long for him to realize he preferred the bottle over the breast. It became a battle to get him to breastfeed at all, and I was dipping into our freezer stash all too often. In early May we went to the beach and he didn't get any bottles for a whole week. That week fixed him! I don't know how or why, but when we returned he was able to switch back and forth between breast and bottle without issue. Silly baby! Last night for the first time he refused the bottle and would only nurse. Are we headed in the other direction? While baby is very cuddly and loving, he's never used nursing as a form of emotional attachment like some baby's do. It's always been just about food for him, and because of that I've always had the feeling our nursing relationship could end at any time on a whim. I believe we will make it to 6 months because we're almost there. I hope we'll make it to a year, but we'll just have to see.
Yep, another kiddo with food allergies. While I did do a series of posts on my older son's food allergy journey, I wasn't blogging during most of the time we were actually experiencing it. If I were
|No more hard boiled eggs for mommy|
If you'd said that to me two months ago, I'd probably have thought you sneezed. My baby's feet are crooked, pigeon toed, intoed, or any number of other nicknames, but the medical term is metatarsus adductus. Around 3 months I started to notice his feet weren't identical to each other. I thought it was cute how his big toe on his left foot was so flexible. When he strained, he could nearly point it sideways! But, the cuteness wore off quickly at his 4 month appointment when the pediatrician told me both his feet took a C shape so his toes pointed at each other instead of straight ahead, and the condition was much worse on his left foot. He referred us to our closest teaching hospital, UVA medical center, to see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. PANIC! I was upset at first, but after researching it a bit I realized how common it was, and that most cases self correct in the first few years. Our appointment is May 31st, and I'm hopeful we will be told to monitor it over time. There are little to no blog posts on this condition even though it's fairly common at 1 instance for every 1 to 2 thousand births. I've already done a tremendous amount of research on it and, if I were blogging, I'd write about the condition, provide links to the most recent studies, and document our journey.
It was our plan with this baby. We briefly introduced puree's too early with my older son and easily decided to go to BLW with him. He played with food a few times until he was 10 months when he began to eat for real. I intended to withhold food from this baby until he was ready to eat it himself. Ha. My baby had other plans. If I were blogging, I'd blog about how hungry he was, and how I struggled with the decision to go to purees. I knew he wasn't satisfied, but I also knew he was already displaying food allergies and that his risk of developing even more allergies would increase the earlier I introduced foods. It's now not recommended to give food until they turn 6 months, but there I was feeding my baby a home made avocado puree almost 2 weeks before he turned 4 months old. It was WAY earlier than I had planned, and it made him so happy :) All I needed was to see my baby's smile to know I'd made the right decision. His daily fussiness and frustration ended and he returned to his happy self. Food makes him so happy! He's almost 5 months old now and we just went up to eating 3 times a day. We're introducing foods extremely slowly since he hasn't been through allergy testing yet, so he's eating avocado, sweet potato, and applesauce. Next I'm thinking about green beans or butternut squash.