Monday, September 18, 2006


...weighs in today at 11 pounds, 10 ounces. She's gained a half pound since her last visit to the doctor. She's 23 3/4 inches tall, so she has grown well over an inch and a half. My mom likes to say that babies can't grow in both directions at the same there you are. She got taller this month. Lindsay remains in the 10th percentile for weight and the 5th percentile for height.

The doctor said, "Oh well, your husband is short," as though my genes don't explain both of my daughters' low percentiles for height.

Although they armed me with a sheet of food introduction order, which seems to have relaxed since Lauren was 5 months old, we agreed we'd discuss it again next visit. When Lauren was a baby, food introduction was cereal: oat, rice, multi; orange vegetable and fruit in alternating order, then green vegetables. It was frankly a little like a puzzle we never quite got right, and they'd always say we should've done something else first or whatever. It didn't escape my notice that the food guideline worksheet is published by Gerber.

Unfortunately, Lindsay has thrush again. Seriously annoying. The doctor recommended buying new nipples (I assume he meant for the bottles). I pointed out that she sucks her thumb now and should I worry about her reinfecting herself. So now in addition to yet another round of nystatin for both of us, I have to wash her thumbs several times a day. I am supposed to wash with soap and dry with a hairdryer after every feeding, which just about sounds like the most comical thing ever. Seriously, did anyone else have to go through this? I don't even have any symptoms of a yeast infection...


karen said...

Food guidelines? We started with boxed cereal (barley was the big favorite for both boys) and then moved to jar food when cereal was no longer a novelty. We gave any table food that didn't require too many teeth...although I have cute pictures of Ross devouring an enormous beef rib when he was about a year old. I figure the "food guidelines" are for the good of the makers of babyfood (as you've astutely observed) and those parents wildly concerened about food allergies (which you may have guessed I'm not).

Epiphany Alone said...

Neither Alec nor I had food allergies as kids, so I wasn't concerned with Lauren that I'd tried sweet potatoes for breakfast so I'd know before the end of the day if she was allergic...we fed the contents of an entire jar and then open another.

Mostly, I am delaying so she can benefit from having an all milk diet as long as she can, particularly while Lauren starts school and exposes her to all kinds of nasty germs.

Kicking N. Screaming said...

I made Kate's food. I don't object at all to jarred food, I just really enjoyed making it. I was unaware there were food guidelines, Kate got whatever I could grind up to proper baby food consistancy. So far, she has not up and died. Wish I could help with the there a probiotic you can give babies? Too soon for baby yogurt?

Epiphany Alone said...

I believe that Nystatin is a probiotic. Unfortunately, it never seems to do much for her. Last time, it was Difluccam that knocked out those bad yeasties.

Beyond smooshing up bananas and potatoes ( this day Lauren really hates white potatoes), I didn't make any babyfood. I didn't have any time then. Maybe this time I can do it. We fed jarred through "Stage 3", because after that, it was just institutional veggies in expensive little jars at the "finger food" stage. Lauren particularly liked Indian food then - lentils and garbanzo beans in curry were a big favorite.

Definitely too little for yogurt...milk products are among the last things food tries because dairy allergies are so common. Lauren was about 11 months before we offered YoBaby, which was a huge hit.