Miss Zoe is six months!
I continue to be dairy and egg-free because it seems to help Zoe's skin quite a bit. I actually think the eggs are worse and still haven't tested if it might be egg whites or egg yolks. I think the whites are the more common allergen. I have noticed that after Rose ate eggs for breakfast and touches Zoe, that Zoe's skin seemed to get rashy. I've been trying to do a little dairy here and there, especially drinking some kefir to get probiotics. It doesn't seem to make her skin react too badly. We usually treat the breakout spots with a "sensitive skin" 0.5% hydro-cortisone.
Another major milestone this month is that we have started introducing Zoe to solid foods. So far, she's only had steamed carrots and sweet potatoes, avocado, cooked oatmeal, bananas, ground beef, and soup. She isn't that excited about eating table foods, but does seem to prefer feeding herself than being fed with a baby spoon. She also seems to like the soup and beef best. We are choosing again to do a combination of "baby-led weaning" and spoon feeding. In baby-led weaning, we let Zoe grab food on her tray and feed herself. With the carrots and sweet potatoes, we steamed them and cut them in long sticks so she can grab them. Avocados and bananas are a little more difficult to hold because they are so slippery. It's been difficult to spoon-feed Zoe the oatmeal. She seemed a bit more receptive when we added banana to the oatmeal, so it might be the flavor. Because of Zoe's skin rashes and my impression that they are related to my diet, I will likely save eggs and dairy for among the last of the foods to introduce. I'm nervous about all foods, but those in particular. One night when Zoe ate sweet potatoes, her hand turned very red and blotchy. Darwin had been licking the sweet potatoes on her hands, so I assume the reaction came from his saliva and perhaps something he had eaten (food is often dropped on the floor with a toddler). There have been other times where he has licked her hands without problems. I will continue to try and figure out what may trigger her reactions. I'm hopeful Zoe will grow out of it and have been reassured this is normally the case by the pediatricians.
|Trying a carrot baby-led weaning style|
|Carrots are okay, but I prefer mommy's milk|
Zoe continues to receive most of her food/nutrients from breastmilk and has increased her intake over the past few weeks or so from 16-20oz of milk during my workday to 20-24oz. Unfortunately, I have not been able to increase my production through pumping, so she had to take a previously pumped and stored bottle. Since I was not egg and dairy free when I first started pumping, the milk she took on the days she drank brought back the rash. It was only a few ounces, so it hasn't caused the rash to be too severe.
This past month we also swapped out all the 6 month clothes for 6-9 and 9 month clothes. I'm sad we didn't get to use many of Rose's beautiful 6 month dresses, many of which Rose barely wore. Unfortunately, it was too cold for Zoe to use the dresses. We do have some cute 9 month clothes for Zoe to wear, and some of the 6 month dresses will likely fit Zoe for a few more weeks (I hope!). With the weather shifting here in North Carolina (and practically skipping spring), there might be more opportunities for the dresses.
Here are a few additional updates about Miss Zoe:
- A typical day includes the following: wake up at 7am and bedtime at 7:30pm; naps at 9am (1 hour), 12p (2 hours) and 4pm (30-60 minutes); milk at 7:30am, 10am, 2pm, 3:30pm, 6pm, and 7:30pm; playing in the exersaucer, jumperoo, on the floor, or sitting in the stroller during a walk.
- Zoe loves watching Darwin and Rose, and gets excited when seeing mommy, daddy and avo.
- Zoe enjoys sitting upright in the big girl stroller, but doesn't mind the carseat. We recently introduced her to the swings and she seems to enjoy it.
- Zoe's eyes remain blue and her hair is light brown
- Zoe is a serious girl and might not give you a grin unless she knows you. But if you do get a smile, it lights up the room. She's a little shy when people give her attention.
- Zoe's belly and armpits are very ticklish. She can't control her joy when tickled.
- While the jumperoo is a little bit fun, Zoe enjoys all the things to see and play with on the exersaucer much more. She loves standing and does a little pitter-patter dance in the jumperoo.
- Zoe is so observant. She loves paying attention at storytime and watching other children, especially her sister. She is very calm.
- Zoe only needs and likes her pacifier sometimes. It can be a calming agent when she's fussy, but mostly she prefers to chew on it.
- Zoe doesn't love sitting in her highchair at the table, but can tolerate it better if she has a toy to play with.
- Zoe still loves to cross her feet/legs when she is sitting in the stroller.
- Zoe's still not a big cuddler. She prefers to see everything going on around her. She reaches for all the new objects she sees and they often go to her mouth first.
- Zoe has a bit of a witching hour between 6-7pm when she doesn't want to hang out in her high chair for dinner. She's usually okay in someones lap, but really wants to be put in her pajamas.
|Chewing on her pacifier in the exersaucer|
We had to delay Zoe's 6 month wellness visit/checkup at the doctor because she came down with her first illness. Since traveling mid-February, our household had a cold/virus that kept being passed from person to person. I think we all felt sick on and off for a solid two weeks. Zoe seemed to be doing well, but just as she turned 6 months, she had a fever that hovered around 102-103 for 2 days. On the third day we went to the doctor and sure enough, Zoe had her first ear infection. The 10 days of antibiotics were rough. Zoe hated the medicine and it caused her to not want to be spoon fed either. I couldn't be the one to give her medicine so that she would continue to nurse.
|6 Month photoshoot at 6.5 Months|
Photos taken too late in the day - Miss Zoe is tired and ready for PJs
|No photoshoot is complete without big sister|
We finally had her wellness check up around 6.5 months, once she was finished with her medicine. At 16lbs, 10ounces and 25.5" she is at the 54th percentile for weight and the 31st percentile for height. Though she started out on the heavy and tall side, she seems to be getting on the same pattern as Rose, who has always been on the shorter and lighter side. I looked at the growth charts for both girls and they are about the same height and weight at 6 months.
|Enjoying daddy's shoulders|
|Hanging out in the jumperoo|