Wow! Happy five months to my beautiful baby boy! I cannot believe he is already five months old. Time has flown by, but at the same time, I feel like I have known him my entire life. Like we were two souls just waiting to be united. At JoAnna’s birthday party a few weeks ago, I was telling her how I feel like I have been waiting for him my entire life. Since about age ten, I have had baby fever. I remember thinking how I wanted to have babies as soon as I became an “adult”. Of course, by the time I turned 18, babies were not on my agenda. But, I always felt like there was something missing in my life. My son completes me. My cup is overflowing and I could not be more grateful to have such a joyful little baby in my life.
Ant is doing amazingly well! But, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to take him to see a GI specialist at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter, which sucks a lot. He had an appointment on the 29th of January, however, our medicaid application hadn’t processed yet. So, his GI specialist wouldn’t see him. We had to re-apply because my case worker never sent the necessary documents to me. So, medicaid didn’t get Anthony Sr.’s income information on time and they denied us. I was so fuming mad when this happened. I called my case worker’s supervisor and he was just as incompetent as my case worker! He was extremely rude to me and told me that even though there was nothing in the computer about her sending any information to me (they have to keep a record of everything they send out), and the income information that Anthony faxed to them got filed into the wrong case, and everything was THEIR fault, we still needed to re-apply and wait another 45 days for our application to process. After Anthony completed the new application, we contacted the regional office to see if they could expedite it because of our situation and they refused.
In the past few weeks, I have tried multiple times to get in touch with Ant’s previous GI specialist at Tulane Hospital. I have called several times and have not been able to get in touch with the doctor or a nurse. Apparently once a child is no longer their patient, they stop caring about that child’s well being.
So, I made an appointment with Ant’s current pediatrician, Dr. Sreramen. She is going to run some labs to check his liver, and let me know if she thinks we should go ahead and pay for the GI visit out of pocket, or if we can wait until the medicaid application goes through. I’m sure that Ant’s liver is doing just fine, because last time we checked, his billirubin was completely normal and his liver enzymes were only slightly elevated. It would totally suck to pay $500 or more for a GI visit, but we need to do what is best for our son.
Okay, enough of the bad stuff! I have to say, I am very proud of myself for continuing to breastfeed, despite the difficulty we had in the beginning. I’m so glad Ant’s dad has been supportive and helpful. When I nurse Ant before bed, Anthony Sr. fills my water bottle and brings it to me. Whenever I need him to turn the TV down, check on the food I’m cooking, or turn a light off, he doesn’t it gladly. He is the best!
Toward the end of Ant’s third month, he weened himself from night feedings for the most part. Then, a couple weeks ago, he started going through a growth spurt and teething AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Wooo-wee! That was a difficult couple weeks! It’s just now winding down, right in time for finals week! I spent a lot of time wearing him in his Balboa Baby carrier and pacing around the house while he chewed on the strap or on my shoulder. I ended up having to leave him in the carrier for fear of him waking up and being in pain again. That means I had to either nap with him or chill out and watch TV, which is fine with me! Especially since I have been staying up late and waking up early.
Now that Ant’s growth spurt is winding down (his two teeth haven’t come through yet, but it looks like they’re getting there), he is sleeping through most of the night again. Usually I put him to bed at 9 PM. Most nights, he wakes up at 12 AM and cries. I try to nurse him, but as soon as I put my boob in his mouth he falls asleep! He cracks me up 🙂 Then, he sleeps until about 5 or 6 AM. After that feeding, he sleeps until 9 AM. Of course, when he wakes up, he cluster feeds until about noon time, then his feedings start to even out to once every three to four hours.
Since Ant is in his 5th month now, we may be able to try solid foods! When I spoke with his nurse yesterday over the phone, she said starting him on some rice cereal may be a good idea because he is getting so big and just finished this major growth spurt. I don’t really feel comfortable feeding him rice cereal because I have been told that it can be hard on a baby’s gut, and since he has liver problems, I don’t want to take any chances. Plus, rice contains measurable amounts of arsenic, and I don’t want his liver to process any extra crap. I spoke with his pediatrician today, and she agreed that rice cereal was not a good idea for Ant. She suggested starting him with bananas. My amazing aunt sent us a Cuisinart Baby food processor that I can’t wait to try out! I will probably start with some pureed foods diluted with breast milk, but I want to try out some baby-led weaning too. I’m thinking that once he has had some practice with solid foods in the form of purees, I will give him a carrot stick to suck on, or a slice of avocado that he can just pick up and figure out how to eat.
In addition to trying solid foods soon, Ant has lots of new exciting things going on in his world now:
- He can stand with me just holding his hands!
- He is a pro at rolling over both ways.
- He is quite the little talker, no consonant sounds yet, but he loves to have conversations with Mommy and Daddy 🙂
- Last week, he got to see his first snow fall!
- When he is feeling yucky, he likes for me to sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider to him.
- He can sit with very little support.
- He loves to snuggle his bunny and elephants.
- He now picks up his teething ring and throws it! (But of course he doesn’t use it for its intended purpose!)
- He has two teeth coming through
- And he loves to smile at the cute boy in the mirror 😉
I would love to hear your stories and advice on teething, growth spurts, introducing solids, and baby-led weaning!
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