6 months old
Notes From the Pediatrician
Austin is 18 lbs 13 oz (70th%), 26 inches long (25th %), and 18″ head circumference (98%). We had our first vaccination this round…just one now, one in a month, and the next at his 9 month visit. The shot itself wasn’t bad, I let him nurse during it and he just stopped and yelled at the nurse like, “HEY!” but happily went back to nursing. Then that night he became very fussy and would scream if I touched his leg 🙁 . But it was all ok by morning.
We discussed solid foods – he is currently eating veggies for lunch and the pediatrician suggested avocado for dinner. Since it is a fat and not just carbohydrates, like veggies, it should be more filling for him and help him to sleep longer at night.
I have not yet started making my own baby foods just yet but plan to soon.
As far as sleep, we had another rough couple of months. He got to a point that he was waking up every 45 minutes at night. I had to weigh my sanity against beginning to sleep train. I decided first to night-wean him, which actually only took one night of him crying in my arms for about 45 min, and was over. Then after a few weeks of me just getting him when he woke and putting him in bed with me, I started to just give him back his pacifier and put my hand on his back when he woke, which put him instantly back to sleep. Finally, this past week, I started putting him in his crib with his blanket and pacifier and just sitting with him at bedtime with my hand on his back until he goes to sleep (I was nursing him to sleep then transferring to crib before). This week he has slept for 8-11 hours every night! And I’ve never had to make him cry it out, which was my goal to avoid all along. Such a relief, let’s hope it holds.
The last two months I have really gotten used to my “flexitarian” lifestyle! I’m able to be vegan/plant-based for about 95% of the time. Once you figure out how to make substitutions you can easily modify almost any meal. I will just say that lentils are a LIFESAVER. Ditching the all-or-nothing mentality has really made this change a piece of (vegan) cake. I don’t have to worry about being a social outcast or making others go to great lengths to accomodate my dietary needs, and I can eat out at any restaurant. I could write a whole other post about this subject so I’ll just leave it at that (Unless anyone is interested in how I have managed, in which case I will be glad to write a post!)
Here are my typical meals:
- Breakfast – ezekiel english muffin + almond butter/raw honey, green smoothie with fruit/spinach/celery/flaxseed
- Lunch – salad with a ton of greens (spinach, kale, baby greens), veggies, nuts and seeds, and legumes like chickpeas or lentils, with tahini based dressing.
- Dinner – 2 ounces of lean meat, 1/4 cup legumes OR 1/2 cup legumes only, vegetables and fruit. Example: Lentil tacos (taco “meat” made with lentils and walnuts), avocado, sauteed summer vegetables like zucchini and squash, and watermelon. Whenever it’s easy to replace meat with legumes and avoid cheese/dairy, I sub for myself and my husband.
- Afternoon Snack – oats, raw honey, and peanut butter, or mixed nuts and a piece of fruit
- Pre-Bed snack – Apple and Peanut or Almond Butter
- Prenatal Vitamins – continued as long as I breastfeed
- Cod Liver Oil – still taking this for mine and Austin’s health
- Lavender Essential Oil – I put a drop on baby’s feet at night to help him sleep
- Mega Probiotics – for mine and Austin’s gut health
I am excited to report that I have totally upped my game over the past 2 months and have felt more and more like the old me! This, even after dropping most meat from my diet!
A few weeks ago after some frustration at not making much progress, at my husband’s suggestion I decided to take a week to “de-load”. I hadn’t had a week off of exercise in 4 months, when it is really a good idea to periodize your workouts every 12 weeks or so. I spent the week still working out but with low reps and weight, or just doing yoga. I also took a break from my diet, staying clean and plant-based when possible but higher calorie. The next week I started a new training program and have seen amazing gains in strength and endurance! I also saw my abs and quads for the first time since before pregnancy.
- Monday – high intensity interval training, 30 min + 2 mile run
- Tuesday – strength training yoga
- Wednesday – 45 minute strength + cardio workout
- Thu – rest day (in the future this will be a 4 mile run)
- Friday – strength and cardio circuit training, 30 min
- Saturday – run 5-6 miles
- Sunday – rest
This is all a Nike Training Club program from their app. It’s nice to let someone else write my workouts for a bit as I tend to get into a rut.
In my last update I had expressed concerns about not recovering from my workouts, but as of right now I am feeling great. I think my body just needed to adjust to the new diet.
I am now, at 6 months post-partum, feeling like the old me. It is the first time in 4 pregnancies that I have felt this way so soon! Not only do I feel like the old me, but I am now where I pictured myself being at post-pregnancy. When I began this journey, my goal was to be back in shape within months of delivering. There have been many points along the way when I didn’t think that it would happen. While I’m not exactly where I was, I am very happy with how close I am and with all of my progress.
I recently read my old journal I kept during my youngest daughter’s infant months and was absolutely shocked at how sick she had been. By Austin’s age now of 6 months, she had already had the flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and stomach bugs. By a year old we were having her kidneys checked because she was getting a mystery fever every month for no reason.
In six months, Austin has never been sick. Never. Not so much as the sniffles.
Genetics? Maybe, but I doubt it. He is still half me. I have to believe it’s our lifestlye. I don’t believe in regrets, but man, my life would have been so much easier and less stressful had I just known how to eat and feed my family back in those days.
Which just brings it all home for me – while it’s fun to see my abs and fit into my old clothes, this is just one tiny part of the journey. This whole thing is about living my best life, feeling my best, taking care of myself so I can get the most out of my days, and doing the same for my babies. It’s all about quality of life, feeling great, and yes, reaching goals too.