Ok, she’s not shrinking. But wow, her weight gain slowed quite a bit.
We had our Doctor’s appointment today. One year. Wow.
Well, a week late.
She only gained a little over a pound! She’s a skinny little missy.
Birth: 7.1 lbs, 20 in
2 Month: 10.6, 22 1/4 in
4 Month: 13.6, 24 in
6 Month: 15.9, 25 1/2 in
9 Month: 18.4, 27 1/2 in
1 Year: 19.14 lbs , 29 3/4in
She is now in the 25% for weight and 60% for height. She used to be around the 50% for both categories. The Doctor was not worried about it at all though. He said it is totally normal and natural and then proceeded to go on and on about how it’s great that she is thin and trim now and if she can stay that way she will be more healthy in life.
Nice. I was ‘thin & trim’ when I was younger but then puberty happened. Justin said he was the opposite and really chubby until puberty and now he’s Mr. Skinny.
I am happy she’s tiny and cute though. I am also really glad that she has TONS of clothes for 12-18 months… cause I asked him about her future growth for the rest of the year and he said if she continues on this target she will be (only, says me) 24lbs by the time she is two. Crazy!
So I continue to wrestle with myself regarding my feelings about our doctor. He drives me crazy. He’s extremely knowledgeable and we are definitely staying with him but I feel like I can’t talk to him very well. Luckily Justin is always around to… (as he says) interpret for me. I know, I smacked him too.
My main concern right now is weaning. Sam’s nursing sessions are very soothing and comforting to her. Honestly, she probably nurses for 2-3 hours a day and we only nurse four times! The only time where she is relatively quick about it is at the 7pm feeding where she is awake and alert and it only takes her about 15 min. The other times are right after she has woken up (morning and her two naps a day) so she dozes through it and snuggles in for a relaxing time.
If we don’t nurse right after her nap she is always extremely cranky. I think she just doesn’t get enough sleep sometimes and needs to chill out for a bit (nursing) before getting up and going with her day.
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I’ve been sitting on this post for more than a day now. I could go on and on and on for 10 more pages (don’t laugh, you know I could!) venting about how Dr has no sympathy at all and rolls over my questions. I must admit I am impressed that he is continually able to do that with my ‘but… yes, well… ok, but… right, so…’ and NOT LETTING ME SPEAK.
Blah again. It’s late and I must sleep, we have a big Christmas todo tomorrow.
My main beef was that he totally advocated tough-love for Sam and pooh-poo’d the idea of nursing. He just brushed off the process of weaning… like, well, since she didn’t wean herself by 9 months she is pretty entrenched in nursing so you either have to do it now or do it later and later she is going to be walking up to you and lifting your shirt, so you might as well do it now before she gets to stubborn. And I asked him about the problem that she LOVES to nurse and it is very comforting and soothing for her and did he have any advice or recommendations….
And he said, No, you just need to stop and she’ll get over it in a few weeks! Don’t replace any of your ‘soothing’ or ‘cuddling’ with anything else because at some point she’s got to stop that so it might as well be now!!!
GRRRR!!! No sympathy! I mean, soothing and cuddling crap? Why am I left feeling like a sappy Mom who is coddling her child?
I mean, I understand his point… but I guess I am to emotional about it and I need some emotional support! LOL – and he definitely does not provide it. Then, after he left, darling J proceeded to tell me he agrees and we should stop soothing and coddling because if we don’t prepare her for the real world she’s gonna be in big trouble. WTF? LOL – He wanted me to nurse for a long time, I thought. Gah. So yea. So annoying.
Today however, I only nursed three times and she was eating everything in sight. hehe – We shall see. We had a fun time at the mall today. She did great.
More later. I’m sure I will wean at some point in the next month or two but I will continue to wrestle with my feelings and sadness that we are moving on.