Baby Fiala Update (Skin! Teeth! Chub! Slings!)
Fiala is seven months old on Friday. Ah, time flies.
- She is still having some skin trouble, though not nearly as extensive as it was before I started making my own laundry detergent. So, combined with that, and the fact that she frequently has green poop (which means that the food is passing too quickly through her system, which typically means that the small intestine is having problems absorbing the nutrients in it), she’s probably having a food allergy issue, as well. She is still 99.9% breastfed; she won’t take solids at all, so it’s likely something in my diet. It’s not gluten, because I’m already gluten-free. It’s not dairy, because I’ve already experimented with that, and have pretty well ascertained that she’s not sensitive to it. I’ll likely have to do a food journal, or an elimination diet or something. I’m dragging my feet to do so, because otherwise, she is a brilliantly healthy child.
- In fact, she’s 18 lbs, and now wearing size 12 month clothing. Audrey was 21 lbs at TWO YEARS, and was so thin, most of her clothing was 12 months. Audrey, at a checkup a few weeks ago, did measure at 30 lbs, and was the 50th percentile for weight, and the 75th for height. She’s skinny, but I’m not really concerned any more. I’ve been calling her “Two Feathers” all day because this morning, I picked her up and told her, “You’re no heavier than two feathers!”
- Fiala is teething out of order, too!!!!! It must be genetic. Audrey did similarly. On April 1st, Fiala cut her first tooth, one of her bottom central incisors, and the other one quickly followed. On Saturday, her left lateral incisor (not the middle one) poked through. Funny girl.
- I thought I’d try a baby sling, to help with Fiala’s fussy afternoons. She’s aging out of needing to nap so frequently, but in place of a nap, I usually get an abnormally cranky baby from about 3-6 p.m., just when things are especially busy with preparing for dinner, and Daddy coming home, etc. So, I found a friend who would loan me one that she no longer used. It works well, but it’s hard on my shoulder and back!! They say that if you use a sling correctly, it doesn’t hurt your back. But, really, the only thing that would totally not hurt my back is to leave her in her jumpy, or to roll around on the floor, or in the care of one of her brothers, or something like that. It’s only been a couple of days, and we’re still both getting used to the sling. But, as far as keeping her more content, and getting more done, and not hurting everyone’s heart by leaving her to languish in tears for the entire afternoon, well, that part is working well. “Entire afternoon.” Not really. It just feels like that. Especially when my day, up until 2:00 is taken up with school/meals, then I usually blog, do e-mail, read, etc. from 2:00-3:00 while the kids are in their quiet times… 3:00-6:00 is the MEAT of the productive time of my day, and this is the time that Fiala, bless her dear, sweet heart, is most fussy and uncooperative with the fact that I need to make dinner, and I’d prefer to get all the dishes done before my hubby walks in the door, etc. So, the sling it is. I hope, anyways. I do need to sit down and view a how-to video or something. My friend gave me a few tips, but she didn’t actually use hers much, so I feel like, sometimes, I’m not doing things quite right.