Friday, May 26, 2006

A Tooth!

It's barely there, you can hardly see it, and you can barely feel it but the first tooth is definitely beginning to poke its way through! It's coming through on the bottom center left. There's been no real fussing about it so far -- except for one mysterious Saturday afternoon where she was miserable but we're still not 100% sure what that was about -- but she has drooled like crazy. I think I would rather have the drooling than the fussing any day of the week though!

More to follow!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

6 Month Check Up

Yesterday was Katharine's 6 month check up with the pediatrician and she "passed" with flying colors! Her weight is now up to 16 lbs, 12 oz (70th percentile) and her length is now 27 inches long (90th percentile). I think the doctor actually used the word "perfect" to describe Katharine (I already knew she was perfect but how validating is it to hear it from a medical professional!).

Here is what we learned at this visit:
* We were given the go-ahead to move on from stage 1 baby foods to stage 2 baby foods. We are also going to be introducing a "sippy cup" to give her some water. Just water; juice is "evil" says the doctor. Not only does it rot babies teeth but it also sets up their metabolisms to crave sugar.
* Katharine's develomental progress is good. It is pretty common for bigger babies to dislike tummy time and to be a little slower with the physical things like sitting up and rolling over.
* In the next few weeks Katharine should start to use some hard sounds like "dada" and "baba" in addition to her currents sounds, she should start crawling in 6-8 weeks, and teeth could appear at any time.
* Research shows that once babies can crawl they have the gag reflex which means you can start to introduce soft solids. So, once she is crawling we can give her small pieces of bananas or well-cooked carrots. The introduction of these solids is about more than eating. It also helps her work on her grasp (she should grasp the food with a rake -like grasp), bringing the food from her hand to her mouth, and enjoying the texture as well as the taste of foods.
* It is time to baby-Roof-proof! We are so not ready for that so I guess we have to get down on her hands and knees and check out the house!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

6 Months Old

Boy have I slacked off on my blogging! I hope folks are still checking in and I apologize for the increasingly infrequent entries! I guess "mommyhood", full-time work, and the rest of home life are keeping me pretty darn busy!

Anyway, Katharine continues to grow and amaze us everyday! She is still lots of fun and we just can't seem to get enough of her. Here is the latest and greatest in our world:
          • Tuesday is KK's six month check up and we can't wait to see how much she has grown. We just love our pediatrician so it is always nice to go and get our questions answered and hear what is coming up next. I'm also looking forward to the official "weigh in" to see how much bigger Katharine has gotten. I'm going to guess somewhere between 16-17 lbs. But, she will get some more shots and none of us are looking forward to that!
      • Food is still a pretty good thing in Katharine's life. We are trying more and have many more successes than failures in terms of her tastes. We started with rice cereal at about 4.5 months and she liked that. Then we added in peaches (good), bananas (good), pears (good), applesauce (good), sweet potatoes (good), peas (good), carrots (so-so), butternut sqaush (good).
      • Her feet are still really entertaining to her and she loves to get those PJs off in the morning so we can tickle her toes!
      • Our pediatrician told us that a child gets 8-12 colds in the first year that they go to daycare and she sure was right on. Katharine has another cold now and has had them off and on since starting daycare. It is a nuisance but we have been lucky that so far they have been fairly mild.
      • She rolled over again! Just today she rolled over after not having done so for about 2 months. This time she went from her back to her belly, which I think was largely accidental. She was also pretty unhappy with this accomplishment as being on her tummy still makes her ticked off.
      • She has "discovered" the dogs and she thinks they are pretty cool. They seem to be really fascinated with her too. Once a day or so we let her get up close to the dogs and they sniff her and lick her hands and faces. She laughs and reaches out to touch them. She has also starting watching them a good bit more whenever she realizes they are within her line of vision. The dogs are pretty tolerant of her and seem to know that they need to patient and gentle with her. Good dogs!
      • She loves to giggle now and it is so fun to tickle her or smother her in kisses to make her giggle. It is a very cute sound!
      • No further signs of teeth yet but she is drooling like crazy so something must be happening underneath the gumline.