Fiona had her 6 month check up and all is good.
The Dr. was again very impressed with how active and alert fiona is and VERY happy to hear that Fiona was now such a happy baby.
She was very impressed that Fiona is already saying “ma ma ma” and “da da da” and told me that that is a 9 month old skill. After a few minutes trying to check her out on the table she finally decided to have me hold fiona on my lap…again she said this is how she has 9 month olds do it…
Fiona showed off her down dog stance…and AGAIN (o.k., I know, I’m bragging but it’s MY blog and I could do what i want to! ), Dr. Larsen said wow…again this is a 9 month old skill!
Fiona weighs in at 17.12 pounds (90%) and 26 1/8″ (75 to 90%)
She gave the o.k. to take her off the zantac…which I had already done a week ago and she agreed….if it seems like fiona is crabby or having any of the old symptoms I can put her back on it….how nice to be down to just one medicine a day…especially since now she takes that in her bottle or straight from the dropper!! No more sneaking it in or crying fits!
All in all Fi is a very healthy, happy, smart little girl. And again…the word “precocious” was used repeatedly =)
I love her Doctor…i asked her about sleep and to weigh in with her opinion on it. All the books say that by 6 months they should be able to sleep through the night and start falling asleep on their own. We are NO where near that…Fi gets up anywhere from 2 to 5 times a night. Dr. Larsen said that she thinks the books are off. That especially with breast fed babies she thinks they still need to eat during the night…maybe when she’s 9 months or even closer to a year she might be able to make it all the way through without eating. And that babies with working mothers definitely do seem to wake up more and want to spend time with their moms and that there isn’t anything wrong with that as long as I am able to function during the day…that babies should get all the love and
nurturing they want and/or need. She agreed that this sleeping through the night thing is really a cultural thing and that we are one of the only cultures that puts any value on it at this age…everywhere else in the world babies sleep with their parents. She was happy to hear that we co-slept until we took the cue from Fiona to give her her own space and that if given time fiona might give us the clue that she can fall asleep on her own and sleep through the night…to follow her lead on this one…She told us that she just
attended a talk on sleep and that for the first time they are finally thinking about breaking up “sleep training” to go along with the nature of the individual child…not the age or the size…and that everyone pretty much agreed that if your child is in the 10% of highly active children…like Fiona is…that the “cry it out” method would most likely never work. These kids are just way too emotional and way too reactive to actually ever fall asleep that way…that the best thing to do is to respond to their needs. The thought was that these kids do take longer to sleep through the night, but that trying to change that can at times do more harm then good (again as long as the mom is coping well…). She also warned me of the 9 month stage that most babies go through where they wake up and are afraid because mom or dad isn’t there…their brains have developed to that point…and that it’s always hard on parents who have put in a lot of time to get their kids to sleep and now they are starting from scratch again.
Whew. I know that’s a lot on sleep for any of you that don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it…but it’s a big weight off of my shoulders. I read a lot of books…and though I try and just get little gems of wisdom from these books that fit our family and not take any of them to heart…it starts to get a little confusing and it’s easy to lose your way when all these “experts” are telling you differently. I think we are really lucky to have the pediatrician that we have, it was really good to hear that from her. And though I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for fiona to sleep more then she does…I feel better about letting things ride for a while longer before we “do” anything…I’m coping just fine….I’m sure some people would call me a wimp when it comes to this subject but I feel like this is the right way to go for us for now….ask me again in a year =)
So our next appointment isn’t until 9 months…seems so far away! I can only imagine what she will be able to do by then!