6 Month Check Up!

Can you believe our little pea is 6 months old?!?!
This was taken on May 6th (which was my birthday) at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. She was so excited to see the penguins! She nursed/slept through the shark exhibit. She liked the jelly fish too. Do not mind the horrible mustard yellow finger nail polish I have on – it was a horrible idea. Never buy yellow nail polish. Ever.

My nails are pretty pastel pink now. Much better.

Anywho – Keira’s 6 month check up was this past Thursday on the 17th. She got three shots and an oral vaccine. I had the daycare give her some Tylenol before I took her and she didn’t have any reactions this time like she did last time. Thank goodness! She did scream and cry though when they gave them to her – what baby doesn’t?

They measured her and it was shorter than last time so they remeasured her and she is 26″ long. About 1 1/4″ longer than the last time she was there. She weighs 14 lbs. 1 oz. Her doctor said she was slightly below average on her weight but that it was nothing to worry about because she was on the high-end of average for her height. That just tells me once again that she will take after Jeremy’s mom’s side of the family – they are all about 5′-5″ and little – like twigs.

He said she could start eating the stage 2 baby foods now and that when she’s 8 months old we can give her finger foods like the little puffs of fruit and grain they sell. We had only been giving her veggies for the past two months and are slowly introducing fruit to her. She’s had bananas, apples and this week – pears. We went to the store and looked and most of the second foods are mixed. Like two fruits or two veggies etc. She LOVES sweet potatoes but didn’t like sweet potatoes and corn.

He also said that within the next two months she will be crawling. She is getting up on her elbows and knees and rocking back and forth – then she falls over. We’ve already discussed getting our carpets cleaned and her starting to crawl makes it a must do soon. I so wish we had hardwoods. In our next house for sure!

I went to Gerber’s website and went to their link on making a meal plan. I had the thought yesterday that maybe her getting up more at night being hungry was because she wasn’t getting enough for dinner. I was glad to see that I wasn’t too off what Gerber said she should be eating.

Here’s what she gets: 4 tablespoons of rice cereal for breakfast, a tub of veggies and a tub of fruit for lunch (she usually doesn’t eat all her fruit so what’s left over she eats for snack) and then for dinner more veggies and fruit. In the evenings we switch it up from what she’s had during the day.

Gerber says: 4 tablespoons cereal and 1/3 tub of 2nd stage fruit for breakfast, 2 tablespoons of a meat (like turkey and gravy) plus 1/3 a tub of 2nd stage veggies for lunch, 1/3 tub of 2nd stage fruit for snack and for dinner 4 tablespoons of cereal plus 1/3 tub of second stage veggies.

So we were missing the fruit for breakfast, the meat at lunch and cereal at dinner. Our bad. It’s been 10 years since we’ve had a baby – we are a little rusty. Back to the store I shall go then as we have no meat dishes for her. I’m glad I bought those little canning jars at Wal-Mart. I can divide up everything for daycare the night before. We have to label EVERYTHING with her name, the date and what it’s for (breakfast, lunch, snack). I bought a pack of 12 jars for about $6 (I think they are 4 oz. size) – that should be plenty.

I can’t believe she’s growing up so fast. Kind of makes me sad but happy at the same time. I know she will grow up to be an amazing woman. Hey – she could be the first lady President. 🙂

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