Thursday, January 8, 2009

I love healthy baby appointments

I know. How sad is that. But today was Finn's four month healthy baby appointment. I love his doctor, Stephanie Bergstein, and was excited for her to see Finnegan. Given the problems we had early on getting Finn to gain weight (I know, how can a kid of mine and Spencer's have trouble GAINING weight?!), I was eager to know how his weight was coming along.

His stats:
Weight: 14.4 lbs (50th percentile)
Height: 25 3/4" (75th percentile)

Good stuff. Don't know where the average weight comes from, but Spencer and I are hoping the height is the best of both of us. Spencer is all body and short legs, I'm long legs and short body. I hope the boy can stay long and lean. I don't want him to struggle with weight the way his mom and dad have.

And starting today, we have more input in that. The big news from Dr. Bergstein is that today is the day to start solid foods. We got the go ahead to start cereal and in a month, to introduce veggies. Going along with the granola cloth diapers, I'm planning on making Finnegan's baby food. Unless I'm missing something, it's just steaming and pureeing fruits and vegetables. And my good friend Christy, a pediatrician, gave me a great baby food cookbook for Christmas that I'm excited to try out.

But his first meal included a sushi bib and lots of slurping sounds!I am most excited to start the cereal as an attempt to get the boy to sleep better. Though our bedtime routine is wonderful with Spencer giving a bath and my reading a book and then feeding Finnegan, the boy isn't sleeping through the night. He's up at 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. to eat. As much as we've tried "cry it out," I always give in and feed him. But Dr. Bergstein says its got to stop. So I need to buy some ear plugs.

Developmentally, outside of sleeping through the night, the milestone we're working towards is rolling over. The next appointment isn't until 6 months, but we've got lots to work on before then.

1 comment:

  1. Great update Alisha! I made baby food too - I'd say at about 9 months, my kids ate whatever we had for dinner, just pureed to heck. I recommend the Magic Bullet (the one for the kitchen!) Another tip is to take either a banana or avocado when you go out. Those are both items you can just open and smash so there's no worry about finding a fridge and/or warming up the food.

    Don't get frustrated about the sleeping through the night. Sometimes there isn't a thing you can do about it. Miles didn't sleep a full night until he was 2!

    Have fun! Document everything because it goes by so fast!