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Kate kate_nepveu
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SteelyKid at six months

SteelyKid was six months on Saturday.

According to the pediatrician this week, she is 26 inches long (roughly 70th percentile) and 15 pounds 10 ounces (roughly 50th). She is quite healthy, though the doctor advised that considering her very slight eczema and her sensitive digestive system, we hold off on giving her nuts for as long as possible. I don't think she's presently allergic to peanuts, as opposed to finding them hard to digest (determined, alas, via Five Guys fries, which are cooked in peanut oil), but much better safe than sorry.

Speaking of food, our introduction of new things was put on temporary hold when she got a cold and wasn't interested in eating solids for a while. (And now she's getting another one, whee.) And then when we did, well, I discovered that I really hadn't been paranoid about eliminating certain foods out of my diet earlier, even though they had seemed problematic before I rigorously cut out every trace of dairy or soy. The current list is:

Absolutely confirmed to give her digestive trouble:

  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Carrots
  • Pears

Not about to seek absolute confirmation after the carrots and pears, thank you very much:

  • Poultry (definitely chicken, possibly turkey)
  • Corn
  • Peanuts
  • Broccoli

Triggers for acid reflux, for which I cannot be medicated while nursing:

  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Mint
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Oral allergy syndrome triggers:

  • All kinds of fresh fruit
  • Almonds
  • Cucumbers

(Soliciting advice: if anyone's kids had trouble with things on the first two lists, and had additional problem foods, I'd be glad to hear it.)

So you can see why the discovery that carrots and pears are bad was frustrating: it would be really nice to wean her now that she's six months (my OB/GYN saw that I was down 20-odd pounds from pre-pregnancy and ordered a thyroid test (which was normal)), but we haven't been able to determine just how well the current formula works with these other problems clouding the data. It's obviously better, but whether it's good enough for full-time use . . . ?

The good news is that twice this month, I was able to put her down in her crib immediately after her 1 a.m.-ish and 5 a.m.-ish feedings and then not pick her up again until her next feeding. It is hard to convey just how amazingly wonderful that was. One of those times was last night, despite her coming down with a cold; I'd propped her head up on a Boppy pillow for her cold and her feet up on a folded blanket for her digestive system, so maybe I'm on to something. She wants to sleep, really, she does . . .

She continues to make incremental but perceptible progress with her motor skills. I forgot to mention, last report, that she'd started reaching out and picking up things off our shoulders, when we'd hold her in a standing position on our laps. She continues to reach for things this month with a charmingly purposeful expression on her face, such as a particular toy out of several before her, my keyboard, Emmy (who continues to be absolutely fascinating), or the dinosaurs in her crib mobile, which as I just now saw, she can touch the bottoms of, though not quite enough to grab. Either we lower the crib mattress or take that out permanently, and not just when she's propped up on a pillow . . . Several times, she has not only picked up her pacifier, but got it in her mouth the right way around (it has a plush little red dog sewn to the handle, to give her something to grasp). She's discovered her feet, which are of course fascinating, and managed a tripod-style sit (using one hand to support herself) several times this month. (Other times she gently lists forward or to the side, and ends up on her stomach.) And she loves, loves, loves bouncing up and down, like so:

Her other favorite thing this month is having raspberries blown at her, especially close to her face. I can't do it consistently, but fortunately even my sputters amuse her.

It's inconclusive whether she's developing stranger anxiety, as the times when she's had the most contact with strangers, she's also been tired. Since she is spending most of next weekend with my parents, who she hasn't seen for a couple of months, I devoutly hope not; but at least she's well-established in daycare now.

The bird-cries seem to have backed off a bit this month. She still gurgles and makes vowel-heavy noises, but I'm not sure that there's been any significant change in that for a while. The hair on the rims of her ears has now rubbed completely off. And she still has the best smiles.

Edit: oh, and I forgot, her new favorite thing to chew on is tags, as in the things that give washing instructions on plush toys. I'm keeping a close eye on this and will cut the tags off and just her give her Taggie blanket if necessary, but so far with only two bottom teeth she's not getting them off.

As always, no unsolicited advice.

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Man, she's adorable!

My youngest niece is just a few months older than Steelykid, and while she smiles occasionally, we have yet to see her laugh. It's baffling. But she's gotten over much of her stranger-fear, thankfully: I was able to spend about 7 hours with her a few weekends ago, with minimal upset while her parents were running errands and so forth.

Babies! Cute!

The weirdest things will make her laugh, like facial expressions of ours that don't seem to be much different from anything we usually do . . .

Do you remember when your youngest niece's stranger anxiety started?

So you and SteelyKid are subsisting on a diet of ... apples and baked potatoes? Poor Kate! I am glad that SteelyKid is managing to thrive anyhow.

Potatoes are better roasted or fried, actually, since baked potatoes without butter, cheese, or sour cream are pretty ick. =>

She eats milk, occasionally topped off with formula; oatmeal; squash; and sweet potatoes. I just gave her peaches, which were a big hit, and which I suspect will be fine since I have canned peaches all the time. (They and Jello are my desserts.) Next will be peas, and then we'll probably stop there for a bit to evaluate her formula.

I eat oatmeal; various pig- and cow-sourced meats; breads and crackers and pretzels that don't have soy or dairy (surprisingly rare, but doable); rice, potatoes, salad, squash, zuccini, and peas.

I just remind myself it's a darn good thing she can tolerate wheat.

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Re: Excema - kate_nepveu, 2009-02-11 12:23 am (UTC)(Expand)
Maybe one reason she likes the bouncer is that it's the closest she can come, at her age, to standing up and even walking. They didn't have such stuff when I was a kidling; jealous jealous.

It looks like a lot of fun to me too.

I'm sorry for all the food troubles. I don't have any experience with that aspect - my kids were never very food-sensitive, certainly no eczema/allergic reactions. Maybe some of their not-sleeping could have been due to digestion/gas, but I never tried elimination dieting. May the applesauce, peas, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal bring you joy! But maybe add a well-marbled steak or two for you (if you eat meat).

Oh yes, pigs and cows are both safe, thank goodness. Fish and shrimp, too. Since I don't like beans I'd be in real trouble without those.

SO adorable. So, so so very adorable.


I love her face at 0:40.

"What? What are they expecting me to do? Oh wait, I know, gotta BOUNCE!"

Yeah, that's one of my favorite bits too.

Ooh! Cute Baby!!

I love them in their bouncers; my niece had a black and red one, if I recall correctly. My nephew was not so much into the bouncer; but he did like 'growly noises' - I'd hold him just in front of my face, and announce,"The world's most ferocious baby" and make little growly noises. He'd just laugh and laugh.

Thank you for the video; it made me happy this morning.

Re: Ooh! Cute Baby!!

You're welcome.

We say "Roar!" to her--Chad found this great book, _Dinosaur vs. Bedtime_, which is full of "Roar" and lends itself well to adaptation: "Dinosaur versus . . . rattly rings! Dinosaur wins! ROAR!"

Which amuses her, probably because of the faces we make.

Y'know, every time one of you younger folks posts a picture or video of an adorable little one (and aren't they all?), the only thing I can think is "want...grandchildren..."

Sorry? =>

(no subject) - cakmpls, 2009-02-09 12:24 am (UTC)(Expand)
She is just RIDICULOUSLY cute. There should be a law against it.

Hey, why would you want to deprive the world of this?

Pears are supposed to be low-allergen, I'm really sorry that it's not turned out that way for you.

I lost too much weight while breastfeeding too but once I hit my low point it remained stable despite continuing with the same number of feeds per day.

I don't think it's an allergy, she doesn't hive or anything; they just give her gas.

Yeah, those last five pounds were the dramatic ones, and they were from the stomach bug. I seem to be pretty stable now, though frankly I'd like to gain some weight back because my suits are hanging off me.

Allergies/Sensitivities - ladyjestocost, 2009-02-08 10:53 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Re: Allergies/Sensitivities - zwol, 2009-02-12 10:59 pm (UTC)(Expand)
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Thank you, but I did speak to my gastrointestinal doctor, and he looked up what I used to be on (Protonix) and all the rest of that kind of thing. Plain old calcium carbonate is it, he said.

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A data point for you... - jerusha, 2009-03-05 06:27 am (UTC)(Expand)
Re: A data point for you... - kate_nepveu, 2009-03-05 04:47 pm (UTC)(Expand)
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Oh, damn. Now I'm going to bed with an inane soppy grin on my face. My reputation is shot, big-time...

I won't tell if you won't!

Oh the cutes!

Mine had allergies to pears and peanuts and watermelon, and nursing trouble with just about all the things in your third list. Grew out of all, tho watermelon took until she was well over three.

The bouncing is so darling!

Watermelon, so noted. Thanks!

Itty bitty baby feet! Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! I could just nom her right up!

Alex was sensitive to pretty much all cruciferous veggies for a good while, almost up til he was enrolled in Montessori school at age 3. He wasn't just gassy, he was painfully gassy. MIL (an RN) suggested Mylicon drops, which we found really, really helpful.

Mylicon maybe-helped when it was in her stomach--I'm not sure if it ever did any good or just by the time we resorted to it, she'd worked almost all of it out already--but it's no good for intestinal gas. Alas.

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