I had so many ideas about how I was going to parent. Charlotte, of course, threw all that straight out the window.
I never planned on having a baby that I left at the hospital in the care of strangers, but I knew once that happened that any pretense of being in charge was gone.
I’ve been agonizing over starting “solids” for months. Most babies are given the go ahead to start rice cereal at 4 months, although the WHO recommends waiting until 6 months. Our pediatrician wanted us to wait until 6 months (4 months adjusted), but I really wanted to wait until 8 months because we also have severe food allergies in the family.
I resisted, but lately we cannot get Charlotte’s reflux under control. She’s had a dry cough for weeks from it and she can’t keep much milk down at night. She’s been soaking through 2 bibs every evening. Her Zantac dose is beyond maxed out, so we decided to try solids because they do usually help with reflux. She’s 6 months old on Wednesday, so it was close enough. I’m still pumping a ton. I’m sort of over pumping, but I know it’s better for her and I’m quite firmly under 200 pounds for the first time in a very long time, so I’m sticking with it.
I can’t say for sure if it was a success since it’s only been an hour, but she’s barely spit up any of the 2 ounce bottle we fed her after the oatmeal. We decided to start with oatmeal because I was uncomfortable with some of the current literature on rice cereal. It’s hard being overeducated.
Other best laid plans that have failed around here? The half marathon in October. It’s the end of August and I can’t do more than 4 miles without excruciating pain in my IT band. My longest run this season was 6 miles and that was a month ago. I don’t think I can properly train for a half in this short a period of time, especially considering that my leg isn’t really healed yet. So, I’m pulling out. It sucks and I’m pissed that I paid for this race AGAIN and can’t run it AGAIN. And no, I’m not registering again next year.
Frankly, the Affordable Care Act actually made out health insurance so expensive that we can’t afford to use it. I don’t think it was supposed to work that way, but that’s where we are, so PT is not an option. I’m just going to have to be smart and not push myself too hard. Also, I have to be of sound body to take care of the baby. That means nothing over four miles for now. I’m hoping that I can do a 10K in November, especially since that’ll be a new distance for me. I am also doing a four mile race on Labor Day cause it only cost $5.
By the way, tricep and shoulder DOMS after weight lifting make it rather difficult to carry around a baby. Just a little FYI for you. 10.5 pounds of baby feels wicked heavy after lifting weights.
So, dear internetz, what should Charlotte be for Halloween? I want to do something themed with the dogs. I thought about dressing her as a puppy and them as babies, but putting a diaper on the dog sound like a mess. Delilah already has a shark costume and a pig costume and Rufus already has a bumblebee costume and a boat costume, although I’m willing to make new ones for them. Oh, and we can’t keep Rufus in his boat with trick or treaters around. It’s a logistical nightmare. Thoughts?