Here is a quick recap of our last 6 months,
Zoe dropped down to the 3rd percentile for height and weight at about 6 months. We couldn't figure out why. I mean the kid would breastfeed for 45 minutes and then eat 1 or 2 jars of babyfood after that. She was meeting all of her milestones on time or early, and seemed to be doing fine as long as Mom was holding her. The doctor assumed that she was just petite, but decided to run a battery of tests just to be safe. Everything came back perfectly normal, so he decided to monitor her weight with monthly weight checks. At 8 months she fell off the charts. The doctor said not to worry and just to up her calorie intake. Yeah right, that doctor obviously had NO idea who he was dealing with. Me, not worry? Please. I freaked out, called and harassed every nurse in the office until I got someone to recommend that I go to the Primary Children's Food and Nutrition (FUN Clinic) for a second opinion. So without a doctors referral I scheduled an appointment, begged the nurse in charge to squeeze me in the second that they could and had an appointment scheduled for the next day. It was amazing to pull that off, the office was booked out for a month. They had me put Zoe on a special diet, had me quit breastfeeding so that we could monitor her calorie intake and sent me to a Feeding Specialist. She watched Zoe breastfeed and finally told me what was going on. Zoe had a case of acid reflux that was so bad that it was painful for her to eat until she was full. She was intentionally doing 10 sucks to a swallow, tricking me into thinking she was eating longer and only getting 1-2 ounces of breastmilk a feeding. Even with the babyfood she was only taking in 500 calories a day, 200 calories shy of the 700 that she should be eating. She was intentionally eating just enough to get by. So we treated the reflux, powerpacked her diet with Pediasure, butter and cream and in one month she gained 5 pounds! The nutritionist said she was cured : ) And after months of not being able to cook, clean, shower, eat, or do anything fun (at least until Jake came home from work) I suddenly had a life again! I could cook! I could clean! I could function like a normal human being because I could put my baby down! I was in heaven! And Zoe was much, much happier!
We moved out of our gross and ancient rental into a beautiful brand new house of our own. Which is beautiful, clean, much bigger and mouse free : ) We love it! Zoe is much happier now that she is allowed to crawl on the carpet, Jake and I are loving having an immaculate house with lots of extra space in a great location and I am sleeping much, much better without the stress of little Mickeys running around. *shudder* Uggghhhh! So glad to get out of there!!! We love our new place!!!!! : )
Zoe pulled herself to standing at 10 months and was an expert cruiser by 11 months. She's had a blast exploring her brand new house!
Zoe was a skunk for Halloween. Ridiculously cute, I'll have to post a pic!
I started painting again after a 10 year hiatus! I'm having so much fun! I really missed it!
I cut my hair short! Well actually shoulder length, but that's short for me!
Zoe tasted Thai food and loved it! Along with salmon, wild rice, pickled beets, mashed potatoes and yams. She loves bananas, cheese and anything spicy. She is definately Jake's baby!
We had our first Christmas as a family together! I was sick but it rocked! Watching a baby's first Christmas is just the sweetest thing ever!
Jake is taking Portugese classes, before I know it he'll be teasing me in a foreign language!
Well that's about it for the recap! I'll try not to go so long between updates next time!
Hope everything is going great for all of you guys!!!