Our Princess went to see the doctor today (with my assistance, of course). Overall she is doing great! The doctor was impressed with her weight gain - almost 4 pounds heavier since last visit - making her total weight a whopping 15.7 pounds. (She's come a long way, baby!) She's 24.25 inches, so she's short for her age, and her head is....I forgot, but it's big. (Just don't feel like running back up the stairs to check the slip of paper with her stats. Ran up there once to get her length, not going back up for head measurements!)
Anyway, the majority of the time the doctor and I chatted about her sleeping habits, or lack thereof. He said she's a young 6 months, however even young babies have no real physiological need to wake every 3-4 hours to eat (or snuggle!) during the night or during a time they should be sleeping. He said I have two options: suck it up for a week or so and let her cry it out during the night, provided she's in a place where she can't see me, or co-sleep. Hmmmm...Co-sleep...let me think...NOT. I did that when she was super little/young and it was great, but now she needs to learn to sleep on her own. I thought giving her rice cereal would help too...but nope.
He also said to start giving her more variety in her diet - veggies, fruits, and eventually meats. He said rice cereal is very boring so if she wants something new, give it to her...just allow 4-5 days between introducing new foods. He also said (and this I didn't know, or at least the "rules" have changed since William was young(er)) that she can have eggs, nut products, and shellfish. He said there's no scientific evidence that says babies must avoid those foods due to allergies. So...pureed shellfish here we come! Okay, maybe not...
William was a big boy during the check-up, even prancing on his toes to show the doctor his toe walking. The doctor examined his calves and heel tendons, and everything is fine. No worries in that department.
Yeah for healthy kiddos! (Yes, I'm tired and can't think of a creative way to end this post!)