Archive for the ‘7++ mth’ Category

Progress Check: KK Checkup

July 14, 2010

We went for his regular checkup at KKH again. He passed his hearing test and had a lot of gunk cleared out of his ear in the process. (He made the doctor change the disposable ear piece twice for one ear. lol).Seems like he’s still anemic but blood count is higher than the last round. So we’ll still have to continue giving him his ‘chocolate’ milk every day for now. He hasn’t been putting on much weight though even though his milk intake is respectable now. Anyway, there’s nothing I can do to force him to drink more when he doesn’t want to. He’s been rejecting solids as well, so that’s not where I can increase his caloric intake either. Oh well, guess he will grow at his own pace.

Spinning Around

Recently, he’s been moving himself round and round both on his back and his tummy. It’s starting to get dangerous to leave him alone on the bed. Think we might have to ‘downgrade’ him onto a mattress on the floor soon. Does this mean one of us will be sleeping on the floor as well?

Teething?

Now I seriously see the signs of teething. He’s been very eager to chomp on the iced teethers. And I thought my impulse buy was a total waste of money when he showed no interest in it last time. Now it looks like I need more of those since the teethers become warm pretty fast. From the way he puts things in his mouth, he should be able to feed himself quite well if only he were interested to do so. It’s a pleasure to see him gnawing away happily. His stool has also became super watery…. yuck. It’s a big pain when poo leaks out all over the place.

Sitting up

He’s been able to sit up by himself now. He loves playing with the stacking cups when he’s sitting. Not stacking of course. More like banging them together, whacking us if our hand crosses his path or hitting his own thigh. He’s plenty strong and it really hurts when he hits us. I wonder why he doesn’t cry when he hits himself…. He’s also showing great curiosity towards everyday things, like the empty chocolate wrapper, the bed rail, aircon remote control, my hand…… Gah, he loves sucking on my hand and leaving it all slobbery. Add that, together with pulling my hair, to the list of abuses he piles on me!

Starting Solids

June 28, 2010

When I first started Calvin on solids at 6 months of age, he wasn’t overly keen about it. He didn’t take to banana, papaya or sweet potato and I was getting a little put off that my efforts to make him the food were going to waste. (Admittedly, I rather enjoyed the sweet potato myself since he didn’t eat it) When he threw up from gagging on the sweet potato, I stopped giving him solids and decided to wait a while.

Finally, he decided to eat some pumpkin recently so I’m starting again with renewed zest. Today I tried carrot on him but I think it was at the wrong time because he was getting hungry and wanted his milk.

Yesterday, I was also trying to start on baby led weaning where you basically hand over a piece of food to the baby and let him play around with the food and feed himself rather than spoonfeeding him. The first try was a bit of a failure since I was deathly worried that he will choke on the bit of steamed carrot that he gummed off. Many advocates of baby led weaning said that if they are not ready, they won’t be able to use their tongue to roll it to the back of the mouth anyway. I’d still rather not leave it to chance. So guess it’s back to spoonfeeding him soft watery puree for now. But just for good practice, I’ve been giving him uncooked baby carrots to gnaw on. It’s nice and cold so it’s kinda like a teether for him. That should get him used to the taste of carrots? –> wishful thinking 🙂

7 months – Calvin’s Antics

June 22, 2010

Before I forget these cute antics of his, these are the things he has been doing recently

– Pacifier Play

He’s remove the pacifier with his hands. Then put is near his mouth and gnaw on the back of the pacifier. Or put the teat part back into his mouth and chew/ suck. He seems to like to pull it out when he starts sucking on it so it make a loud ‘shoop’ sounds. He can do this for 5-10 mins.

– Laughing at…..

Himself at the mirror. Our faces as it moves closer and then back. We look away and suddenly look at him. His new highchair toy.

– Lie on his side and sleep

– Pull on his cot mobile toys while it’s moving

– Smacking his thighs and flapping his arms when he is excited.

– Rubbing his eyes

– Sit on his highchair for 10+ mins while we eat

– Finally eating some other semi-solid other than cereal. The winner goes to pumpkin! Losers were banana, sweet potato and papaya. I polish up all his leftovers as usual.