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Monday, November 29, 2010

Oh really?

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother asking questions about babies. Like, really, what's the point? They're always changing and redefining their schedules and what they like or don't like. It's exhausting to keep up!

And since I'm the only one who's with Aspen all day long, I'm really the best person to ask about her. Meaning, I know when she's behaving differently than "normal" and can usually go through a few remedies to soothe her if need be without much trouble.

At Aspen's four-month visit (she's 12lbs 10oz, 25 inches for those who are interested), I did bring up with the pediatrician my concern about her disinterest in eating over the last week. It's usually during the day, and that's what lead the Dr. to believe that perhaps Aspen is just distracted. It makes sense, but it doesn't help. I've tried covering her head while she eats but she still pauses more times than I can count to just smile or talk to herself when she should be eating.

I do believe part of the problem last week was my poor diet. I didn't drink a lot of fluids, nor did I take time to eat good food. I'm surprised at how little time I feel like I have to eat when I'm usually home all day. So after Wednesday (the night before Thanksgiving) I resolved to drink a lot more water and to eat throughout the day. I think that's why she nursed better towards the end of the week.

She still acts disinterested during some meals, but her feeding times aren't getting closer together, so I guess I'm not going to worry about it. If she only wants to take a sip instead of chug back a full meal, then fine. She can be that way. If it starts to leave her fussy and hungry more often than usual I'll consider alternatives. I don't plan to breastfeed Aspen past a year (because I personally am grossed out at the thought of her being able to ASK for my boob) but I do want to continue through the winter at the very least. The Dr. assured me that since Aspen's growth trends are healthy, I'm doing what I need to be doing, regardless of my worries.

I'm really grateful that this little eating problem occurred right before an already-scheduled well-check. Otherwise I'd be pissssssssssssssed about paying an additional copay to be told my kid's distracted. Whose isn't?

4 comments:

  1. It's true! Mama knows best! I really felt like Rock was getting teeth because of how he was acting. I was texing my Mom about his fussiness and how I thought he was teething and she was all like "Oh no dear, Grandma thinks he's too youg for that" and 2 days later he got his first tooth! I win. Also my MIL was freaking out because she thought Rock had pink eye and I'm like "No he doesn't he's fine." His eye was just a little red because he use to like to hit himself in the same spot all the time. Sorry this comment is too long.

    But it feels good to be the know it all when it comes to the babe. We know best!!

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  2. I hate going to doctor to be told that. Sydney woke up every hour at night when she was 6 mos. old for a few weeks. I took her to the doctor. They told me to let her cry it out. Tried that before I came to see the doctor, and she cried for almost 2 hours without letting up. The dr. told me she was colicky or teething. Oh really? I had no idea. I was hoping to hear something new or something I hadn't already tried, but I heard the same things that I had already done from the Dr. Eventually it passed, but it really sucked in the mean time and there was nothing I could do to help.

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  3. Maybe she is ready to go longer between feedings. I think a lot of kids get distracted during nursing at some point. It is super frustrating and annoying. Why can't they just get down to business?! You could try to make a nursing necklace. They are necklaces made of lots of different objects, textures, and colors for her to touch and look at while she is eating. Maybe that will help keep her eating while she has something to look at. I never had one, but they sound like they might help. Good luck.

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  4. My daughter was like that at that age. She nursed just enough to get her by so she could go on about her day. There was too much to do to worry about spending any time on her back staring at one spot.

    Actually, she's 12 and she's still that way.

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