Thursday, 26 June 2008
by Mama Lion
We had Baby Lion's 9 month check-up yesterday and here are his stats:
- Height: 29" (75th percentile)
- Weight: 21.15 lbs (75the percentile)
- Head circumference: 18" (50-75th percentile)
- Recognizes his name
- Can crawl
- Can grasp tiny objects
- Can sit up unassisted (kind of), but today he actually sat up on his own a couple of times for maybe 10 seconds???
I asked his Dr a few (maybe a lot) of questions:
- Asked about his foot since it's really thick on top and we're having a hard time finding shoes that fit him. She said that it will thin out as he gets older *phew*
- Asked about night time feeding. She said that he should be able to go through the whole night without eating, but if he does wake up HUNGRY and nothing else works, to feed him and it's normal for him to do so. BUT I should really try to cut it out completely because it's bad for his teeth and he might form a bad habit of waking up expecting to be fed. Last night Baby Lion went 10 hours straight without milk. YIPPPEEEE!!!
- Asked about solid feeding and how he gags with thicker textures. She said this is normal as well and some babies have a more sensitive gag reflex than others and to just gradually thicken his food. We're on Stage 3's and I just mash the chunks and he seems to be doing OK with them.
- Asked if he was teething because he's been waking up and STAYING up for like 2 weeks now and it's driving me CRAZY!!!! She checked his gums and confirmed that they are swollen and to give him Infant Motrin. We started giving him the Motrin 2 nights ago and it seems to work about 8 hours and then he wakes up. I didn't ask him if it was ok to give him 2 doses a day. I wonder if that's ok... I swear if I don't see teeth sprouting out from those gums of his SOON, I'm going to shoot MYSELF!
- Asked about his normal night time wakings and she said to do the Ferber Method of going in after 10 minutes, patting, and then doing whatever works if the patting doesn't work and then increase each night by 5 minutes. I asked if it works for ALL babies and she said YES. She told me to NOT sleep with him even though it's the easier thing to do and to stop carrying him to sleep because he will have to be carried to sleep until he's like two! GOT IT! I hope it works. She told me to work on the night time sleep first and then work on the naps after that.
He got an anemia test done and they pricked his finger. I was expecting him to cry, but he didn't. They pricked, I held my breath while staring at him waiting to hear a wail, but NOTHING. He just looked around like "HEY! What was that? What just happened here?" Haha. I was proud of the little booger And his iron levels are really good they said. YAY!!!