I still remember Benjamin's four month checkup at the pediatrician's office near Wymount. He was a chubby baby, measuring around the 90th percentile for weight, but he was exclusively breast fed, so I wasn't at all concerned. Since he was my first, I was really excited to start solid foods with him. But at that appointment, our pediatrician told me to hold off, noting that he "didn't need the extra calories." I was really bugged about that, and I still am. I mean really- was a tablespoon of rice cereal or a bit of mashed carrots really going to push him over the edge?! But I digress.
I took Lydia in for her four-month checkup this week. I was ready to hear the same old bit about introducing solids (and possibly a caution not to feed my already chubby baby any more!), but what I got instead was a go-ahead to give her any food our family eats- in fact it's now encouraged to give allergy-causing foods before she turns 7 months! Totally backwards! Totally mind blowing. And it totally makes sense to me.
My pediatrician is one of the top ranked in our metropolitan area, and affiliated with the best Labor and Delivery Hospital in the state, so I trust that their recommendations are well backed up by research. I know I've read before that most cultures around the world just give the baby whatever they're eating, and it's not uncommon for the mom to chew up the food before putting it in the baby's mouth. I don't think I would ever go as far as to masticate my baby's food for them (gross.), but no wonder the US has so many food allergies. We're babying our babies way too much.
So basically once I introduce foods slowly like wheat, peanuts, berries, milk, shellfish, eggs, etc, I could feed Lydia a mashed up PB&J sandwich, sushi, or even an omelet. I think the one thing that's still off limits is honey. Maybe I'm the only one who will get excited about this (or maybe this is old news to everyone else...I know I haven't paid much
attention to baby feeding practices for the past three years...), but I think it's crazy! Suddenly I'm excited to introduce her to all the wonderful flavors out there!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Four month stats: 16 lbs. 4 oz. (85%), 25 1/4" long (78%), and head circ. is 16 1/2" (83%). Pretty darn proportionate!
Silly Sally Sarie Sue
Took her baby to the zoo
There she lost her bright red shoe!
Silly Sally Sarie Sue
Nora seems to have inherited this shoe-losing trait. This summer, she's lost one or both of FOUR pairs of shoes.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
After a few days of this, I decided to forget the naps and just get out of the house. I took the kids to the zoo, even though it was a sweltering hot day with about a thousand percent humidity. :) I'm glad we did.
I think I really need to enjoy this time in our "snug" house more too. I often find myself on Remax, "just to see" what's out there. I found the perfect house this week- well within our price range (as in we'd be paying the same as we are now), SIX bedrooms, in our dream neighborhood and at the same school as many of the friends our kids go to church with, a beautiful private backyard, and built in 1986 (ours was built in 1950, so that feels pretty new to us!). It would have needed a little love, but I actually enjoy that part of making a house my own. So I contacted the realtor, and almost scheduled a showing. That is until Paul and I stepped back and decided we're just not there yet. Our current house still has a lot that needs to be done to get it ready to sell, and we'd like to aggressively pay it down a little longer so we have a good solid down payment on our next home. Plus, we've felt really strongly all along that this is where we're supposed to be. So here we are, and we really do feel blessed. We really are. But sometimes it's good to write it down, just to remind myself.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Here's the last set of pictures from the trip. It's sort of become tradition to do the Fourth of July in Provo. There's the hot air balloons in the morning (we missed them this year), the parade a little later on, and the Stadium of Fire, which we usually watch from a distance. Someday when our kids are a little older, I'm sure we'll actually go to the Stadium.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
More trip pictures! After about a week with my family, we headed down to Provo to spend time with Paul's parents and a few of his siblings. Lydia met her cousin Lincoln, who is about two months older than she is.