Thursday, April 5, 2007

Time for a 6 month check up -- and EATING

Today started out nicely, with Davey softly waking up, not crying but making enough noise to get our attention. I got him out of his crib and was greeted with a big smile. Aww, what a wonderful way to wake up. After a change and a meal, he hung out with Mark and I in the living room. I got some work done for the first couple of hours while Mark took care of Davey. Then it was time for Davey's 6 month well-baby visit with Dr. Lee (after a quick sip of infant Tylenol in anticipation of vaccinations).

And no, he's not 6 months old yet... He'll be 6 months old on Saturday.

Dr. Lee said what we already know: that Davey's healthy and looks great. He continues to meet all his developmental marks and we're just so proud of our sweet little guy.

Davey continues to be a skinny boy, but what can we say? Whenever he's hungry, we feed him and he eats well. Mark was a small kid, so it wouldn't be a big surprise if Davey were to turn out the same. At any rate, here are his latest stats:

Weight: 13lbs - 10oz (+1lb 2oz from two months ago) -- 3rd percentile (skinny!)
Length: 26-1/4" (+3/4" from two months ago) -- 50th percentile
Head: 17" (+1/2" from two months ago) -- 45th percentile

After talking with Dr. Lee, in came the nurse with the expected vaccinations: Polio (oral), DTaP (injection), Pneumococcal (injection) and Rotateq (injection). Ouch! He stopped crying pretty quickly however. It may have been because while we waited for the nurse, Davey decided he was hungry and I fed him a fairly good portion and then I was holding him when he got the shots. He was smiling just a minute after the last shot, so... not so bad. Later in the day he got fussy and we gave him more Tylenol. He seemed plenty happy later on.

So the next big development was that we talked with Dr. Lee about how Davey's so interested in everything we're eating. I told him about giving Davey a little egg yolk within the last week and how he had a slight, short allergic reaction. And how he likes to "drink" out of our water glasses. We agreed that it's time for him to start eating, though the doctor doesn't want Davey to be drinking water yet. If he's going to take in liquid, it should have some good caloric and nutrient content at first. He's a proponent of rice cereal being the first food. Yep, that's what he said to do. We're to pick one meal a day to give him rice cereal mixed with breast-milk. Feed him as much as he'll eat of it at the beginning of the meal, and when he stops wanting to eat the cereal, switch over to breastmilk. Do this for the first week. After the first week, we'll introduce another food such as baby veggies. Okay!

So after I finished working this afternoon, Davey and I went to the store and picked up some organic, whole-grain baby rice cereal. Once home and the groceries put away, I made up a small batch of cereal. Here are the results:

Yep, he liked it! He didn't eat all of it (1 tsp cereal mixed with 3 tsp milk) but he ate several spoons full before he wanted to take over and play with the spoon. I'd say it was a good start. :-)

1 comment:

  1. Yeah! Let the feeding frenzy begin! It only gets better.