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Old 01-16-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
 
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First of all, I can't believe it's been 4 months already (Friday is his actual 4-month birthday). He is 24" long (25th percentile) and 12 lb 8 oz (10-15th percentile). He was 25th for both at his 2-month, but I'm not freaking out about it because he eats great so I won't worry unless his growth continues to slow.

I wanted to nurse him while he was getting his shots, after having read about it on here. I wanted to word it in such a way so the doc didn't think I was asking permission to do so, so I just said "I'd like to nurse him while you give him his shots". She got a little uncomfortable and stammered a bit, but said okay. Small victory for me! But... when she went to get the shots, I thought she'd be super-quick so I got him latched on, and he was already done eating by the time she got back . It had only been a few minutes but he's a super-fast eater and very efficient sucker. So, I just held him close against my skin. He cried pretty bad when he got the shots, but it only lasted about a minute and then he was all smiles again.

The doctor said I can start him on solids anytime - cereal, fruit, and veggies, but I have no intention of doing so anytime soon. He's not even sitting up on his own yet! Plus he's shown no interest in "real" food. I'm waiting until at least 6 months, and even then I'll wait longer if I don't think he's ready. And I'm considering skipping baby food or purees and just letting him have at it with (appropriate) table food, as I've learned some other moms in my local LLL have been doing.

I can't believe my little baby is growing up so fast.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
 
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I'm glad to hear things are going well and that he's growing so fast.

I don't know why some doctors always push solids at 4 months.

Up here, doctors don't administer the vaccinations - the Community Health Nurses do. They tend to be a lot more up to date on infant/toddler health issues.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:58 PM   #3
 
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I'm glad to hear things are going well and that he's growing so fast.

I don't know why some doctors always push solids at 4 months.

Up here, doctors don't administer the vaccinations - the Community Health Nurses do. They tend to be a lot more up to date on infant/toddler health issues.
Interesting - for me, my family doctor does them.

Glad everything is going well, Pixie! I agree about not rushing solids - it annoys me when people push that. I am going to skip the infant cereals/purees/foods too and just make my own.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:05 PM   #4
 
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And I'm considering skipping baby food or purees and just letting him have at it with (appropriate) table food, as I've learned some other moms in my local LLL have been doing.
I've been reading about this in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, and that's what I plan to do too. It sounds so much simpler!

Glad your little guy is doing so well!
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:08 PM   #5
 
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sounds like he's healthy and growing - good for you on deciding when your baby is ready for anything besides breastmilk.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:32 PM   #6
 
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Wow, he's growing up so fast! It sounds like everything is well and kudos to you for being informed and questioning what the doctors are telling you.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:40 PM   #7
 
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And I'm considering skipping baby food or purees and just letting him have at it with (appropriate) table food, as I've learned some other moms in my local LLL have been doing.

That's what I did with my younger 2 kids. It works great. Babies don't need that pureed slop, and they never need baby cereal at all. When they're old enough for regular food, they can just eat regular food...cut up small of course.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:44 PM   #8
 
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Awww...4 months already!!!

Good for you for you for making up your own mind. I plan on trying the no baby food thing for my next kiddo.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:02 AM   #9
 
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, Brooklyn was that size at her 2 month appt! I estimate she is about 17lbs now. We have her on small amounts of cereal right now.
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