You know how everyone always talks about how kids should come with a manual? I couldn’t agree more. I mean, I KNOW that every kid is different so the crazy large guidelines they have are there so that type A parents like myself don’t freak out too easily. And to be honest, I only freak out a little bit (Jamie might disagree) and only about a few select things.
For example, I never really worry about germs. We took K out for walks the second day we were home (once the painkillers from the C-section were less necessary). We went to Costco when she was six days old. Now that’s a germ factory if there ever was one! But there are two areas that I tend to freak out about: food and development.
First, food. In fairness to me, K has had slow weight gain from birth, so from the very beginning, we’ve been told to keep an eye on her eating patterns and go in for frequent weight checks. We’ve added formula to her food and extra to her bottle at the nurse’s suggestion. And for the most part, I’m cool with this -as long as she’s not crazy light and continues to be active and interactive, I’ve told myself not to worry.
But I confess that the whole solid food thing has always baffled me. First it was a question of how much how often with the pureed food. But of course, shortly after we started solids, K started her little vomiting episode where she vomited every 1-2 days if not more…for THREE months. Really, it’s amazing that I was as calm about it as I was!
While she seems to have grown out of the vomiting thing (thank god), I still struggle with the how much how often thing – particularly when it comes to finger food. How the heck do you know how much a small 11-month old is supposed to eat? And what are you supposed to give them? Given K’s weight history, I hesitate from cutting back on the pureed food as long as she’ll eat it (same with the formula volume), so it’s led to some confusion. Since the GI exams have been clear, and K seems to be gaining weight again, I’m only sort of concerned, but there really should be a chapter in a book to go over this.
I’ll go over the development thing in my next blog because that’s “a whole nother” thing.