Baby's First Year: Week 17 (Well-Baby Visits)

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Meet first-time mom starburst1680 . She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up to Kathryn Grace's first birthday.

Week 17:

It has been kind of a rough week. Kathryn has been sick since last Friday.

We took her to the pediatrician Sunday -- I love that our pediatricians have one of their seven offices open 365 days a year! They said her ears, throat, and lungs were all fine and just to keep an eye on her.


Then she had her regular well-baby appointment on Tuesday. By then she had a little rash, some diarrhea, and "sick eyes" -- all red and puffy. Her doctor said it was RSV. Since she was full term, had no other medical conditions and it had already been a few days, he didn't think she would get much worse. So he said the same thing: take her home, keep an eye on her and she would probably start feeling better by the weekend. She never got a fever and now her rash, diarrhea, and sick eyes are gone. I think she is coughing less today, too. So she is on the mend. Yay!!

Other than the RSV, her four-month well-baby appointment went well. She is right on track and doing everything she should. I believe her head is now 75th percentile, weight is 13 lbs. 9 oz. (between 50th and 75th percentile) and height is 24 inches (around the 50th percentile). She is short with a big head, just like me! LOL

The doctor also said once she gets better we could start her on rice cereal once a day for a little while and then add solid food. I'm excited to start solids and see how she likes them!

Challenges & Concerns:

I made one big mistake this week. Since I was coming down with something, I took some cold medicine. I didn't realize it had Sudafed in it before I took it, twice. Well, Sudafed does the same thing for breastmilk that it does for mucus: dries it up.

Before this Kathryn was still getting mostly breastmilk with about a quarter of her feedings each week being formula. My milk is not completely gone but almost. I am still trying to nurse twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening), but she hasn't been satisfied with those feedings even though those are the only two I'm doing. I'm not going to completely give up just yet. I'm going to try to keep up with those two feedings and see if I can get my supply up just enough to not have to stop completely. If I do have to stop completely I'd be sad but at least I made it to four months (with the first two months being exclusively breastfed). That is better than not making it to four months!

Are you back-to-work and breastfeeding? If so, are you pumping to keep your supply up?

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)


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