Thursday, December 6, 2007

6-month appointment update

So we had my 6 month appointment today. For those of you who are keeping track, I am now 27 1/2 inches tall (putting me in the 75th percentile), weigh 17 pounds (50th percentile) and have a head circumference of 17 1/4 inches (they didn't give a percentile for this one.)

I got some shots today, but we held off on 2 of them until next month so that I didn't have to get 5 different shots today! One of the shots I got was the flu shot, so hopefully that will keep me healthy this winter. I'm on track with all of my developmental milestones and everything else looks great.

Here's my monthly "pose with the bear" shot. Enjoy!


Here's a cute pic of my first time eating rice cereal. It was pretty good, tasted suspiciously like Mom's milk ... I wonder when I get to eat something that tastes different! I went shopping with Mom this week and she picked up all kinds of baby food but I haven't seen it since. What is she waiting for?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Wow, all this for ME?

Well folks, it is my half birthday today and Mom arranged for it to snow as a special treat. We didn't get more than a dusting but it was really pretty watching it fall outside our window today. I'll post my official 6 month pics, as well as pics of our lovely snow as soon as Dad gets home and loads them up onto the computer. Tomorrow is my 6-month check-up and I hear that I have to get some shots, again. But we'll see how much I weigh and where I am on the growth charts, which is always exciting!

In the meantime, enjoy these "then and now" pics of me:

In the hospital on my Birth Day, and just the other day in my "Nolan's First Christmas" onesie.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Who needs a medicine cabinet ...

... when you have a freezer full of breast milk?! Mom and I came across this list of interesting alternatives to breast milk the other day and thought it was really funny. Kinda reminds me of the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who believed that Windex could cure anything from psoriasis to poison ivy ...

And speaking of breast milk, Mom and I are going to hit a very important milestone tomorrow: 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. With the exception of the rice cereal I tried for the first time last night (don't worry ... pics are coming soon), I have had nothing but breast milk since birth. And I'm above the 75th percentile in size, too!

some of the many
holistic uses of breast milk

(other than your child's most important food of course!)

*Eye infections: Squirt in an open or closed eye. If the eye is closed have the person lie back, squirt it, then open his or her eye. Do this four or more times per day.

*Plugged eye ducts: Squirt into the eye crease at the nose. Do this four times one day and two times the next.

*Conjunctivitis ("Pink Eye"): Same as Plugged eye ducts, but continue with four times daily until the crust is gone.

*Sties: Same as Conjunctivitis.

*Sore/cracked nipples: Rub into nipples and air dry.

*Scratches: Squirt and air dry, bandage, etc. as normal.

*Scrapes: Same as scratches.

*Burns: Same as scratches.

*Gouges: Same as scratches.

*Diaper rash: Squirt and air dry.

*Mosquito bites: Squirt on bite and rub in. Stops the itching.
*Ant bites: Same as mosquito bites.

*Ear infections: Squirt or pour into sore ear. Can also then follow with warm (not hot) olive oil and garlic.

*Acne: Wash face with water, then follow with breastmilk squirted on to a cotton puff and apply all over face.

*Sore throats: A squirt of breastmilk, either directly or applied from a sterile plastic cup.

*Stuffy noses: Squirt into nose and suction or squeeze out as you would with saline.

*Contact lenses: If you have an irritant under your lens and forgot your eye drops, take it out, hand express to get a nice little stream going to rinse contact off.

*Eye puffiness and redness: Express breastmilk and pour over eyes. Does as good of job, if not better, than tea bags!

*Cold sores/Fever blisters: Express a small amount of breastmilk onto clean finger and apply immediately to cold sore. Ends pain and helps speed the healing process.

*Chicken pox: Use as you would Calamine Lotion or other ointment.

*Chapped lips/skin: Express a small amount onto fingers and wipe over lips or skin. Do not rub it in...leave a little wet. (This feels great on chapped lips and it normally only takes a day or two to clear!)

*If you have an older child/spouse who is ill, give them some breastmilk.
It's a great immunity boost!