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Mon, 10-05-2009 - 8:47pm

I think we need an updates thread, because I miss hearing about how everyone's babies are doing.

So for us, James is 4 months now!! I can't believe how fast it's going, I was looking at him the other day and wondering where my little baby went, it's crazy how fast they change!

We went for his four month appoint last week, and I was really unhappy with the Dr. so I think we'll be trying to do some insurance adjustments and find another one soon. At this appointment James was 15lbs 14 oz, and 25 in long. Which I think makes him about normal. The new dr. didn't tell me what percentile it is like the old one did.

Has anyone else had a baby that dropped drastically on the percentile chart? Like I'm sure James is doing fine, and he still seems big and healthy and everything, but he's gone from the 93rd% percentile to like the 60th or something.

Anyway, everything is going well, we're still not sleepign through the night, but he does (typically) only wake up once in the middle of the night around 5am, so that has been nice!

James still doesn't roll over, but he's getting very close, and he can tripod sit for a minute or so before he leans too far one way or the other.

How are all the other WTT babies??

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 6:35am

Grace, thanks for opening this thread, I was just thinking the same thing, we don't really get to chat much anymore!
For percentile charts, here you can find various ones from the WHO for breastfed babies:
http://www.who.int/childgrowth/standards/chts_wfa_boys_p/en/index.html
They're in kilograms though so you have to convert first. As for dropping on the chart, do you feel he is still feeding enough or does he seem hungry? If he seems happy and content with what he gets it might just be a case of levelling off (though I agree, it seems to be a very steep drop). As I recall you are quite petite so maybe he was born big, but "meant" to be smaller as he grows up?? Just as another theory!
The sleeping sounds good, waking only once per night is just right for his age, he'll soon be sleeping through!

AFM I have a similar problem with Teddy regarding the weight. In the last 4 weeks (between 6m and 7m) he only gained 2 oz which is like nothing. I know it's down to his refusal to eat solids, as I've cut his milk feeds by 1/3 following my Health Visitors recommendation. So I think he just about gets enough to maintain his weight, but basically stopped growing which I find rather concerning. My HV wasn't too bothered and said as he's such a big boy he can afford to lose weight, but quite frankly I thought babies were supposed to grow, even when they're high up in the centiles?! On the chart it doesn't look too dramatic - from 97th to 93rd centile - but still it worries me.
Other than that Teddy's doing very well, he's improved his daytime sleeping a lot so now he has a morning nap and an afternoon nap totalling 2 hrs EVERY day. He's moving about a lot and loves to discover new things, i.e. take stuff out of the shelves and drawers! I've made sure that everything that's dangerous is well out of reach, and the rest I can deal with (it's mostly books, CDs and DVDs that attract his attention). He mastered standing up on his own only a week after he started crawling at 25 weeks, so it was quite a shock when his "radius of destruction" got so much bigger so quickly, but now we've adjusted!
He's also shuffling along the furniture but very slowly still; and I've bought him one of those push along trolleys (like a walking aid for old people, only in primary colours) which he loves to whizz around the room with.
He finally got his first two teeth at 6 1/2 months, and I think another one is coming soon (the gum around it is all red and I can see it underneath the skin).
What is really sweet is that he's recently started to initiate games with me, like playing peek-a-boo or giving me toys. It's unbelievable how quickly he's grown up and what a proper little person he is now!
I've been trying to teach him the meaning of "no", but so far it's not really working (he stops what he's doing, then smiles at me at which point my resistance crumbles, and he continues doing what he's not supposed to do, like ejecting DVDs from the DVD player!).

Can't wait to hear what all the other babies are up to!

P.S. I had a really weird dream last night where we all met up with our babies. I remember saying to Joelle, "Oh, Daphne's eyes are starting to change colour! They look a lot more green now!" Kim and Megan were sitting next to me and we were talking about SLR cameras. Funnily enough Ash (traeumwasschoenes) was also there with her baby girl - do you know what you're having yet, Ash?!

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 10:35am

Anna - when they start getting mobile then they often level off weight wise/stop growing for awhile. For instance Desmond gained 12 pounds between birth and 6 months and then only 3 1/2 pounds between 6 months and a year.

Also I won't actually worry about pushing solids, they really are just for exploration at this point. Eloise maybe gets a mouthful of food a day if that. They will start eating when they are ready as long as the food is available for them to play with/eat. Plus your breastmilk has more calories then any solids you are going to feed except for avocado.

Glad to hear he is cruising and walking and pulling to stand, finding everything that needs to go away takes awhile sometimes, we still find things now with Desmond *grin*.

Grace - I am glad James is doing so well. I won't really worry about the weight drop, he may just be dropping into his correct percentile. Desmond dropped percentiles around 9 months/1, but I was really expecting him to drop earlier, plus an empty or full belly can make a big difference in percentiles, so if he hadn't eaten in awhile that could have caused it as well.

So glad to hear he is tripod sitting it is fun isn't it?

As for us, Eloise is hands and knees crawling, pulling to stand, cruising and putting herself into a sit. She doesn't cruise much yet, but will occasionally. She loves pulling to stand, but will sometimes fuss because she isn't quite sure on how to get down other then falling, which she doesn't like at all. She is always standing though. We have also started to have to close the gates again because she is fast, and ends up by the stairs if we don't.

She has also started solids and really enjoys playing with them. She really likes bread and pancakes and pumpkin soup a lot. She also loves roasted artichokes, she isn't as sure about celery or carrots, she does like broccoli and fish though. We are a lot less cautious about what we give her then we were with Desmond. She basically just eats off our plates, with us declining to give her a few foods just because they don't seem baby safe/they are cheese/milk which she is still sensitive to.

We are no longer sleeping through the night, she tends to wake twice, once around 3:30 and once around 5:30, and then again around 7:30 when Desmond comes to bed with us, so I guess technically it is 3 wakings, but I tend not to count the last one. She is sleeping in till around 9:30/10am though which is nice.

All and all everything is going great with her and she loves playing with her big brother.











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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 11:16am

Good idea, Grace!

Rylan will be 1 year old on Friday! I both can't believe it and can't believe it's taken this long to get here, haha. I've been praying for this day. I have to confess something: I am not really a baby person. I am a toddler/child person. I've never been the one to beg to hold someone's infant. I'm the one down on the ground playing made-up games with the 2 and 3 year olds. Now, my little Ry is getting closer and closer to being in that age group and the closer he gets, the more fun it becomes!

He's doing well. He popped another tooth yesterday, for a total of 6. He popped the first 5 very close together, but then it took 2 whole months for him to get another one. I'm hoping some more come in soon so he can eat more big people food.

In the eating department, he is almost weaned off formula. He's on fortified soy milk because of his dairy allergy. He's also eating whatever we eat now for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He much prefers that to the tasteless baby food I carefully pureed and strained for him, haha. He really likes garlic, haha. The only issue we're having is that he won't feed himself finger foods. I know he can feed himself. I've seen him do it, but most of the time if I hand him something, he looks at it, and promptly drops it on the floor. We need to push more finger foods I know, but it's so inconvenient and wasteful to be constantly picking stuff up off the floor and since he can't have dairy and wheat, his options are severely limited.

His gross motor skills are speeding along nicely considering they stalled for awhile. No independent steps yet, but he's crawling like a maniac and pulling up on anything he can (furniture, people, animals, boxes that frequently then fall over on him and he falls and hits his head and cries...sigh) and then cruising along the furniture. He easily transitions from sitting to crawling and back again. He can stand unsupported for a few seconds. I'm so proud of him even though I'm sure the ped is going to beat that pride out of me next week (milestone-hugging bastard).

He still loves books, and he's been really focusing on words lately. He's even memorized what some words look like. If you ask him to point to the word, "Max" in Where the Wild Things Are, he can. He can also point to the words "and" and "another". The funny thing is he's not talking at all. No "Mama", No "Dada", nothing. However, he clearly understands a lot of words and if you say "RyRy point to blank", if it's something he knows, he can point to it. I'm not sure what's up with the verbal thing, but I'm sure he'll get it eventually.

That's long...sorry...but that's how my little guy is doing these days :). How's everybody else?

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 11:27am
Aww, I love hearing updates on all the little guys. You guys should totally have a regular chat thread, I long to stalk it!

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Tue, 10-06-2009 - 2:56pm

Not yet! We find out in 2 weeks. I just have no clue, no dreams or feelings- nothing LOL. So we'll see.


I also love reading these updates ladies- they are so exciting and nice to read:)



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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 4:20pm

Great idea Grace! I miss this too!


Elena's 4-month appointment is tomorrow, so I'll update with weight and measurement stats then, but as far as everything else goes, she's rolling up onto her side from her back now, though not yet completely rolling over. She doesn't sit at all, not even tripod sitting, and everytime I try to prop her up she doesn't seem anywhere near ready for it. But there's still plenty of time for that of course. She is getting really good at bearing weight on her legs when we "stand" her up, though only for a few seconds at a time. We bought her an exersaucer on the weekend and we think she'll be ready for it soon.


She is slowly figuring out how to grasp toys - I've been giving her more hand toys now and sometimes she gets them to her mouth, but most of the time she doesn't. She's so much more interested in just sucking/chewing on her hands than actual toys. She is laughing a lot more now - so much more fun than just smiles, although the smiles are awesome too! She's still STTN, has been since about 2 1/2 months. She gets up for a feeding usually between 8-9 am, then will often go back to bed for another hour or two.


On a bit of a sadder note, I'm still EPing but I'm fearing the end may be near. I got some really bad clogs in my right boob last Friday, and by that night's pumping,



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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 10-06-2009 - 5:40pm

Thanks for the link Anna! I think I'm having trouble reading the chart tho, can any one help me out? If he's 7.2 Kilograms, what percentile does that make him?? It looks off the chart the way I'm looking at it, but I'm sure that's not right.

I looked in my Dr. Sears book and according to that chart he's 75th for weight, and 50th for height. Both of which seem respectable.

I'm a little concerned though, I went for his weekly weight check at the hospital breastfeeding group today, and he didn't gain any weight this week. He went from gaining 5-8 oz a week,then 3-5 then 2-3, and this week none. I wouldn't be concerned except he doesn't exactly seem to be his happy little self lately. Any thoughts or advice anyone?

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Tue, 10-06-2009 - 6:38pm
Ok I figured it out!! I was looking at 4 weeks, and being sooo confused!! He's right between 50 and 85th, so that looks good...
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Tue, 10-06-2009 - 7:12pm

As a former EP'er, I just wanted to send you lots of hugs and anti-guilt vibes. What you are doing for Elena is amazing and very few people have the patience or fortitude to do this. Whether you decide to quit or not, you have given her a fabulous start and at a great cost to your own personal comfort (as I well know), so please don't beat yourself up about it.

I had insane oversupply for the first few months and then it started to drop. The thing is, though, you'll probably plateau again at a lower level and then drop some more later on. I freaked out when my supply first dropped from like 36 ounces a day to 26 ounces a day, but it stayed right around there for awhile. It wasn't until 8 or 9 months that I started to drop down into the low 20's and then the teens and that's when I decided it was time to start the weaning process, because it hardly seemed worth it to me to pump 9 times a day for 16 ounces.

Anyway, if you want to continue, I would suggest adding another pumping session or two. None of the herbal supplements helped me at all. The only thing that worked was Guinness, haha! Go figure. If you don't want to continue, please don't feel guilty. EP'ing is a tough, sometimes painful, and thankless task, and nobody who's ever used a breast pump would blame you!

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Tue, 10-06-2009 - 9:14pm
I *heart* this thread, girls - it is so much fun to read about all your precious LOs. Can't wait to join you in only a few (or more) short weeks!

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