Saturday, November 17, 2012

C's ninth month

C's 9-month-day was in September. Photos of her on that day, plus other favorite photos from her ninth month, are here.

The new foods she tried during this month were: yams, zucchini, steel cut oats, blueberries, broccoli, and papaya. She loves to nurse, and she started to move her body to let me know that she wanted me to let her nurse. I guess it usually happens when I'm holding her and sit down. I feel her trying to lie down to be in the nursing position. By her ninth monthday I noticed that her smile is sometimes a cute squinty smile, probably mimicking me. You can kind of see it in one of the photos of her in the white floral dress.

At her 9-month appointment she weighed 15 lbs 10 oz -- barely less than Second Girl was at 9 months -- and this makes Third Girl in the 5%. She was 26 1/2 inches tall (16%) and her head was 99% again. The nurse tested C's hemoglobin level and found that it was pretty low. I haven't taken the time to find out what the numbers mean, but she was 6ish and should have been 11ish. So the pediatrician wrote a prescription for Tri-Vi-Sol, since the supplement I'd been giving C, called D-Vi-Sol, didn't have iron in it. I also started feeding C infant cereal twice a day, more often than I had been.

The only other information I can think of right now is that she can pick up small objects and transfer an object from one hand to the other. Her development is good. No crawling or pulling herself up, but she does somehow get from one place on the floor to another. She's a sweetie!

1 comment:

  1. FYI: I know the language of hemoglobin quite well! Hemoglobin is 1/3 a person's hematocrit, which for an average adult female is anywhere between 35-45. Did you find out what her MCV is? Hematocrit (or crit as we call it in my world) is the ratio of red blood cells to plasma circulating in a person's system. I know infants tend to be higher (which, by the way, is why many become jaundiced in the first few weeks of life--the baby is trying to dispose of it's extra red cells and the liver can't keep up.) I don't know at what point an infant's crit becomes more like an adults, but I'd be willing to bet C is close to that age. Iron is a main component when it comes to red-blood cell production. It makes sense she'd be iron-deficient from an exclusively breast-feeding mom (infant formulas usually compensate for iron loss) but it's pretty easy to fix that. Anyway, a bunch of unsolicited advice, I know, but I'm kind of a geek when it comes to this stuff :)


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