We’ve had a busy couple of weeks in the Jackson household that it has taken me a while to get this post written.
Recently April hasn’t been wanting her milk, so I thought it was a good idea to go and get her weighed just in case she had started loosing weight or had stopped gaining weight. I had no need to worry as she was 16lb 9oz. It seems so big for how small she was – but she’s filling out in all the right places. She has recently gone into her 3-6 month outfits, but I think by Autumn she’ll be getting into 6-9 months.
One of the reasons the Health Visitor said she might be going off her milk, is because i was still giving her premature baby milk and we should have stopped at 6 months – but hey it was free on prescription. It’s expensive stuff! She said it was like giving her a glass of double cream as it is very calorific. No wonder she was refusing it. So, we’ve changed to follow on milk, but she’s not too keen on that now either. She must just be loving her food too much – just like Mammy & Daddy!
On the weaning side of things, I still think it’s one of the most confusing things when you have a baby. I started following books, but then just went off my gut feeling and if you read my post here about weaning, I’d decided to ditch the food processor and embrace jars.
However, now April has started eating more lumpy foods and will pretty much eat anything I give her, I’m starting to make home cooked food for her again. This time I’m either giving her things off my plate (she loves eating my poached egg and toast in the morning and my jacket potatoes at lunch time). I’m also planning what we have for tea and then using the left overs, mushed/whizzed up for her the next day.
I’ve been on slimming world recently and have started making a lot of food from scratch. previously I used to make a lot of things with jars. I feel if I’m making it from scratch for us, I know exactly what is in it and I may as well then give it to April too. I definitely think this will be better for her, then just using commercial baby food all the time…and cheaper. I’ve not quite mastered it yet, so am using a lot of jars, but so far she has had beef stew, lasagna and curry!
April hasn’t been so well recently. It was like she got a cold, but there were no other symptoms other than being very wheezy and chesty. I got up last Tuesday morning and she could hardly breath, so I took her to the doctor. He listened to her chest and he said he could really hear the crackling in her lungs. He gave her antibiotics and also an inhaler. He said they don’t usually diagnose babies with asthma until they are 18 months old, but wouldn’t rule it out. it doesn’t surprise me as I have asthma and then all the respiratory problems she had when she was born. However, I can cope with asthma if she does have it compared to some of the things she could have had. And she was a little angel taking her inhaler…antibiotics was a different story!! Mostly we get away with adding her meds to her milk, but we couldn’t with this. it was a battle every time! We ended up buying a little dummy, which you add the medication to. i thought ‘great’ after the first time as she took it no problem, but she got wise and knew what i was doing. next time I think we’ll just have to put it all in the bottle. it was fun juggling all her meds though and she was having something at every feed!
Good news is that I am also on less medication now. My doctor has reduced the dose of my blood pressure pills which is great! Another couple of months and we’ll see what he wants to do, but it would be nice not to have to take them any more; although i think it is something I will always have to watch now!
April’s development is really coming along nicely too. She can almost sit up by herself, though she till needs a tiny bit of support. She is rolling over and attempting to crawl. Shen is constantly wriggling and trying to get away from you, so I think she is going to be one of those babies where you need eyes in the back of your head as she’ll be off exploring! She is so alert and nosey! She is babbling away loads, is always smiling and giggling and still just has the 2 teeth!