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The Mom Thread

skyparty

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20 pounds isn't off the chart for a 6 month old - it's more like 75th percentile (see here: http://www.dietitians.ca/Downloadable-Content/Public/LFA-WFA_Birth-24_BOYS_EN.aspx). At 6 months you should definitely be doing bottles first and then food, since food at this stage is for practice, more than anything.
Oh, I didn't know I was just going by what my doctor said. Obviously he wasn't paying attention lol My bad! but he does have a pretty big round head. haha

Either way. I always feed him his 8 oz bottle first, then feed him his food.

I finally found a cereal he will eat! So breakfast is back on the agenda. Yay for Oat cereal! Just tried that one today, so that made me happy. I tried a small amount and he was looking for more. Sure beats trying to shove rice cereal in the guy.

I just had to ask because I really didn't think cutting my kids bottle amounts down was the best idea, but I wasn't sure what was normal for a kid his age either. It made me uncomfortable to try and cut down what my kid was drinking, just because he has some baby fat thighs lol

Thanks guys.
 

skyparty

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p.s. rave! my kid just got a 2nd tooth today! it wasn't there this morning when he was chewin on my hubby's fingers, but it's there now! surprise! love it.

I love how 6 month olds are full surprises.

If I could pick my favorite month so far, 6 would be it! Baby is happier, and funner, and maybe the fact that I'm getting more sleep helps! but I'm enjoying this stage!

I know I'm in for it.... So much more fun to come!!!!!!
 

rubytuesday

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L was 21 lbs at his 12 month check up (23rd percentile). He hardly gained weight in the last three months of the first year, but he's grown in height steadily, he's long and skinny now. He's gotten a bit of a belly lately because he's eating more solids and still having bottles at night (my freak out about bottles at 12 months was all talk, he's getting bottles until 18 months or whenever seems like an easy time to reduce them, ha). We feed him on demand including 2 night bottles but he's so active I figure he just burns everything off, he's meeting all of his milestones so that's what I focus on.

skyparty just feed him on demand and don't worry about your mom, you can bet if he was a smaller baby she'd have something to say about that too. ;)
 

Cri

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Weight and height are always such an issue.

Kinley was 23 lbs at her 2 year check up. 3rd percentile. So of course, we had to do the bloodwork, check her thyroid etc..to make sure there was nothing wrong with her growth hormones etc..
BUt everything has turned out fine, so chances are she is just destined to be a small person. (from short parents surprise surprise :p) Every kid grows differently and people can get so crazy about it.
 

Metal Morphosis

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Every kid grows differently and people can get so crazy about it.
true dat.
elliot has always been a slight kid, below the 10th percentile for weight, but he's totally fine. we didn't have to do any extra testing - his ped isn't at all concerned about him. he was 27 lbs on his 3rd birthday.

quick question for the moms with school age kids... i know that school is a month away but, what the hell do i send with my kid on his first day? i assumed i'd be able to find a helpful checklist on the TDSB website, but no such luck. i'm guessing just a backpack containing a lunch box containing a nut-free lunch, 2 snacks and a water bottle. Anything else?
 

mcbee

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Brooklyn is almost 25 lbs, and is almost 15 months. She was tiny when she was born, and had such troubles gaining weight at the beginning (stupid tongue tie and stupid low milk production:() that its still so surprising to me that she's now quite solid!! (heavy to lift in fact!) She's gained almost 3 lbs since her 12 month checkup! Every since she got on the solids, she's really ramped up in her weight gain. I continue to have faith that she is the best at regulating how much food she needs. I offer and re-offer when she signs more, and she chooses how much. Remind myself of a mama mantra a mom friend of mine taught me helps me when I start to stress out about her eating.....'we provide, they decide'.

:)sarah
 

stargurl*

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true dat.
quick question for the moms with school age kids... i know that school is a month away but, what the hell do i send with my kid on his first day? i assumed i'd be able to find a helpful checklist on the TDSB website, but no such luck. i'm guessing just a backpack containing a lunch box containing a nut-free lunch, 2 snacks and a water bottle. Anything else?
We also set a change of clothes along with Elise, but she was only 2,5 when she started school - might not be necessary for an older kid. She also needed a pair of slippers because all of the kids at her school take their shoes off when they go inside.
 

mariazmess

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i'd say a change of clothes is pretty useful, in case of accidents and/or big messes.

also, something in the lunch to "share/trade". making new friends at lunch is fun!

did anyone start their kid in school early? Mine will be 3.5 in September 2013, and I'm wondering if the school will even consider putting him in Pre-K?
 

barkley

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did anyone start their kid in school early? Mine will be 3.5 in September 2013, and I'm wondering if the school will even consider putting him in Pre-K?
I was under the impression that kids have to be turning 4 by the end of December of the year that they start school, so he wouldn't be eligible to start until Sept. 2014. We're in the same boat, I am pretty sure Zoë's going to be ready for school in Sept. 2013, but unless there's some secret we don't know, she's going to have to wait the extra year. The one bonus is that our local school is starting full-day Kindergarten in 2014, so she'll go right into that (she's already in full-day daycare at a centre, so I expect it'll be a similar day for her).
 
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geminigirl

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Maria, I'm pretty sure since you and I have February babies, our kids will be the older ones in jk. So, I think it would be the following September.
 

geminigirl

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Lilah and I are back from our trip home. All that worrying about the flights, and of course it all worked out just fine! She was such a good baby :)

I can't believe how much of a difference 3 weeks can make in a baby at this age.
So glad the flight and trip went well! I was feeling for ya.

And totally, so many changes in just 3 weeks. Presley is just getting happier and happier. Lots of fun over here. :)

While we are not sleeping through the night over here yet, I do get 2, 2 hour naps. No complaints!
 

rubytuesday

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I introduced yogurt around 9 or 10 months, egg yolks around then too, but no egg whites until a year, it's the whites that are more allergenic I think.
 

Penny Lane

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I did egg yolks at 6 months, whole egg by 9 months.
No allergies run in either family, so I introduced everything pretty early (except for honey of course).
 

KillaLadY

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I have a question re breast pumps. Now, I have faith that I will have milk (of course, God-willing, because you never know)... so let's assume there will be no problems.

I want to breastfeed exclusively until at least 6 months, however I also plan to travel to expand some of my business, which means that I may leave my bean with my in-laws. Which means I will have to get my bean used to how the bottle feels, not just the nipple. I have been reading up regarding how to keep the milk fresh and how to save enough milk for a certain amount of days away... but

Has anyone does anything like this?
 

SJN

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I did egg yolks at 6 months, whole egg by 9 months.
No allergies run in either family, so I introduced everything pretty early (except for honey of course).
we were really lax the second time around as well.
Thomas had yoghurt around 6 mos and i didn't even bother separating the eggs - just started with whole egg probably around 7 mos.
we didn't do any of that try something new for 3 days bullshit. we give him anything and everything, i.e. last night he had chicken risotto with mushrooms, the same meal that we had. he eats like a champ, i really hope it lasts.

lisa posting under SJN
 

OutcastTO

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I have a question re breast pumps. Now, I have faith that I will have milk (of course, God-willing, because you never know)... so let's assume there will be no problems.

I want to breastfeed exclusively until at least 6 months, however I also plan to travel to expand some of my business, which means that I may leave my bean with my in-laws. Which means I will have to get my bean used to how the bottle feels, not just the nipple. I have been reading up regarding how to keep the milk fresh and how to save enough milk for a certain amount of days away... but

Has anyone does anything like this?
Freeze it in glass bottles. Warm it up by placing the bottle in hot water from the tap.
 

mariazmess

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For some reason I was always worried that glass bottles would explode in the freezer. Guess they only would if the bottle was ridiculously full? Maybe they wouldn't. I would only freeze plastic bottles, but maybe only because I'm dumb.

I had a good variety of bottles though. I would put the glass bottle in the fridge (it was the biggest bottle I had, too) and would pump breast milk into it over the course of the day until it was full. Then my mom would use it the next day.

La Leche League says this about milk storage:
LLLI | What are the LLLI guidelines for storing my pumped milk?

Note: If I only stored 2-4 ounces, my kid would have STARVED AND FREAKED OUT. For him, it was a 6 ounce minimum. It'll take a few bottles before you know how much he eats.

Preferably, human milk should be refrigerated or chilled right after it is expressed. Acceptable guidelines for storing human milk are as follows. Store milk:

- at room temperature (66-78°F, 19-26°C) for 4 hours (ideal), up to 6 hours (acceptable) (Some sources use 8 hours)
- in a refrigerator (<39°F, <4°C) for 72 hours (ideal), up to 8 days (acceptable if collected in a very clean, careful way)
- in a freezer (-0.4 to -4°F, -18 to -20°C) for 6 months (ideal) up to 12 months (acceptable)
 

Jennika

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I used milk storage bags and always froze it.
keep in mind that sometimes your supply won't always let you stockpile. I found in the first few months I barely was able to pump more than an extra ounce or so per day. around 2-3 months my supply ramped up and I could get an extra 4-6 oz. but it does take a while to stockpile for an extended time away. the good thing is you can pump and store while you travel and bring back lots of frozen milk. I went to LA when Andrea was 4 months old for 3 nights and came back with a cooler bag full of milk. super awesome
 

jocelyn dee

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I use the Medela milk storage bags for the freezer and the small plastic bottles that came with my pump for storing milk in the fridge.

I had an ameda electric pump, but it kinda broke shortly after I started using it for baby #2 (after only about 1 year of use with baby #1). It still kinda works if I hold it a certain way but that is a pita.

Now I mainly use a Lansinoh manual pump. It is also kind of a pita, but in a different way. However I usually manage to pump about 5 or 6 ounces when I pump, which is enough for me, since I don't give R bottles every day.
 

Metal Morphosis

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I would put the glass bottle in the fridge (it was the biggest bottle I had, too) and would pump breast milk into it over the course of the day until it was full.
I thought that you are supposed to keep milk separate from different times of day since it changes over the course of the day - so you would have morning, afternoon and evening milk labelled? I don't know why I think that this is the case, maybe i read it somewhere?
 

rubytuesday

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I thought that you are supposed to keep milk separate from different times of day since it changes over the course of the day - so you would have morning, afternoon and evening milk labelled? I don't know why I think that this is the case, maybe i read it somewhere?
I read this too but found it way too complicated, I was just happy that L's caregivers were willing to deal with defrosting breastmilk and storing it correctly, nevermind worrying about when I pumped it.
I think that research about the levels of things in the milk is really neat but I question whether there is a huge effect on baby's behaviour in contrast to the signals they get about sleeping and waking from the light outside and their body rhythms. Once they have their days and nights straight I think it would be hard to mess with via occasional pumped milk.

I used several storage systems but ended up preferring the milk storage trays that freeze milk into 1 ounce sticks. Really compact storage, really easy to use, and less wasted milk. Once a tray is full you just pop them out into a good freezer bag and date the bag, I would keep 2 weeks worth of milk in at a time and then get a new bag, and I would transfer it to my mom's or MIL's by using the medela insulated cooler with their

L never needed more than 3-4 ounces at a time when he was under 6 months old (he reverse-cycled so he would nurse all evening/night) so I would also freeze my milk in 2 and 4 ounce sizes when I was using the playtex drop-ins, those are the next most affordable, and again I would just freeze the bags with the caps on and then transfer to a freezer bag so I didn't need as many sets.

Once breastmilk is frozen, if it's thawed it needs to be used that day, so until you know for sure how much milk your LO takes in at each feeding it's best to freeze in smaller quantities, otherwise you end up choosing between throwing the leftover milk away and pumping at home (you're supposed to throw the milk away and nurse your baby because nursing is better at keeping your supply up than pumping, so sad to throw away milk though!). The book "nursing mother, working mother" has some great information in it. Ideally you can pump milk and send that milk with the baby, because whatever doesn't get consumed can be frozen, and the caregiver doesn't have to worry about defrosting anything. I would take my pumped milk from the day before and send that, and use the freezer stash for when I hadn't been away the day prior so had nothing fresh.

I started pumping about a month postpartum before my supply had regulated, I think it helped ensure I had enough pumped milk for him in the first few months. My pumping mistake was that I didn't pump long enough once I was away from L all day, my supply gradually dwindled because I only pumped once a day.
 
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