Monday, March 16, 2015

Living with soy and dairy allergy

I've met a lot of women who are starting a journey I never wanted to take, one of living with kids with allergies. So, I thought I'd write down my insights in one place to refer to them later, so I don't have to type them out multiple times.
The eczema that covered his body from his diaper area up to his head about 2 months old here

My son was never officially diagnosed. When he was just 4 or 5 days old, I noticed he was different than his sister. His poops were green and watery. He would wake himself up in the middle of the night crying and grunting and pulling his legs up to his stomach. He seemed to be in a lot of pain, and I didn't think it was normal. The pediatrician wasn't concerned at all. He was gaining weight just fine. But then he developed a rash all over his body. He had terrible cradle cap, too.

I voiced my concerns to my doctor, and she rolled her eyes at me. Then she told me I should try eating yogurt because the cultures in it may help heal his gut. (never mind the fact I had just told her I thought that he was allergic to dairy!)
terrible cradle cap

In my research, it seemed that dairy and soy were the most common things for babies to be allergic too. So, I took them out of my diet. I wasn't very strict though. I would have goats milk. I would eat Snickers candy bars (give me a break, it was just after Halloween!) I have a food diary I kept, and one day my husband went and got me a soy chocolate latte from Starbucks. Titus had a terrible day, and I kept thinking that the chocolate sauce in the latte must have contained milk, never even thinking that the soy was actually the cause of all these issues we were having. I ate lots of little bits of soy lechtin because I had read that it shouldn't be bad because it was processed.
"raccoon eyes" face rash - symptom of allergies

As you can see from these pictures, his allergies weren't getting any better. So, I finally got strict with myself. He was sleeping terribly and seemed fairly happy, but his body was looking terrible. Rashes, dry skin, red eyes, etc. I stopped eating eggs, gluten, oats, dairy & soy. I only ate what I cooked. If we went somewhere, I would ask question after question about the food. I learned my lesson after eating something that had been cooked using Pam Spray.

Slowly, I added things back into my diet. Eggs, gluten & oats were all ok. After looking back on the first few months of his life, I think all his problems were originally caused by dairy & soy, but because I wasn't strict enough with my diet, he was having reactions to the dairy and soy but I thought that the trace amounts I was eating wouldn't hurt him.
Around 4 months - something obviously caused this reaction around his lips
Dairy stays in the digestive system for a long time. It can stay for 2-3 weeks, and so if you're nursing you'll need to wait a full month to see all the benefits of removing it from your diet (2 weeks in your body, then another 2 weeks to clear out of baby's body). That being said, you should see some sort of improvement within a couple of days. From my personal experience, soy seems to have a shorter reaction time. It seems fairly immediate, strong and quick. It seems to be more of a 1-2 day sort of thing.

His current reaction is lack of sleep. For example, if he eats something with soy in it at dinner time, he will wake up 9-10 times at night. He has trouble settling down, he wakes up crying. He will nurse and fall back asleep, but then will be up an hour later. Or he may be wide awake from 10pm-2am before finally falling back to a fitful sleep. In the morning, he will seem happy enough, and he will even take a decent nap (probably tired from lack of sleep the night before!). The next night he will wake up 4-5 times, doing the same thing. For the next 4-5 days, his diapers will be mucousy. Sometimes he gets a diaper rash. 

He has had trace amounts of milk (for example, taking a sip of his sister's milk cup) and not had much of a reaction at all. I wonder if he is outgrowing his dairy allergy, but I don't have the energy for trying it - bracing myself for 2-3 weeks of bad sleep. It just doesn't seem worth it to me. 

What to do if you suspect an allergy

- Talk to your doctor! Hopefully they are more helpful than mine was. 
- If you want to use formula, you will need one free from soy and dairy proteins. (although some kids can handle some small amounts of soy or dairy proteins). The fully free-from formulas are big bucks - around $500-$600/month. 
- So, breastfeeding is the cheapest (and healthiest for everyone!)

To eat Dairy and Soy free, you need to avoid: 

- soybean oil (this is the most processed of all soy products. Most children are okay with consuming this. There should be no proteins left in the oil after its been processed). This is also known as Vegetable Oil. Titus is very sensitive, but is okay with this. 
- soy lecithin (Titus reacts to this). This is the protein found in almost all processed foods. Sauces, dressings, spices, seasonings, PAM spray, breads, cereals, Oreos, canned tuna, etc. Not all kiddos react to this. Once you have a good baseline for your child, you can try this to see if there is a reaction. 
- bean sprouts - most often these are soybean sprouts. Unless you grew them yourself (from alfalfa or something else), its not worth it!
- soy sauce, edemame 
- hydrolized plant/vegetable/soy protein (another word for soy)
- miso, teryaki sauce - from soy
- Caramel coloring - can be made from dairy
- sausages - look carefully! Many have soy proteins in them
- MSG - can be made from soy
- wine - some can have dairy proteins in them. They are used to filter the wine. You can visit the website and they list vegan wines 
- PAM spray - just going to list this again since its so widely used. Soy lecithin is an ingredient
- butters and margarine (even many buttery spreads contain dairy & soy proteins)
Ghee (a dairy product, not supposed to have many dairy protein, but can cause a reaction)
Breads - look at labels carefully. At most grocery stores there is only one or two brands or types of bread that is safe to eat. 

What Can You Eat? 

Right now, I cook mostly normal foods, just using my dairy/soy free substitutes. The good news is that most of these foods are sold at my normal grocery store! You can also find all or most of them at Sprouts or Whole Foods. 

Butter: Earth's Balance (click for their website, use to find stores). They make a butter spread and butter sticks that you can use in place of butter. This is easily substituted in any recipe for butter. One of the kids is made without soybean oil, but my child can handle the regular yellow tub that is made with soybean oil. The red tub is completely soy free. 

Bread: Eureka Baking Company makes their breads soy/dairy free, as does Rudi's. Even when buying these brands, look at the labels as I'm not sure all their types of breads are dairy and soy free. 

Milk: We have tried lots of types of milk. Rice milk has less flavor. Almond milk and Coconut milk are stronger, but creamier. There are milks you can buy that are boxed and on shelves (non-refrigerated) and some that are refrigerated and have shorter life spans. Try to get ones with added calcium since you won't be getting as much calcium in your diet. When I do baking, I try to use a plain, rice milk (unsweetened, no vanilla). It has little flavor, so won't add extra flavors to whatever you're baking or cooking. 

Chocolate: Guittard Chocolate chips. They are made from Sunflower lecithin! (But again, check the packages - I have accidentally bought some from Guittard that still had soy lecithin. So, depends on which type you buy!) 

Cheese Daiya Cheese - There is a vegan cheese made out of tapioca starch I believe. I don't really like it that much, but have heard its good on pizza and grilled cheese. 

Coffee Creamer/Ice cream - all made from coconut milk. There is a company called So Delicious that makes these. I really enjoy the French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. Their ice cream is pretty good, as well. 

Trader Joe's does a good job with allergens, too. You can request a print out list of everything in their store that is allergy friendly. They also have some different types of cookies and snacks that are free from the top 8 allergens. When I first started this journey, I ate their Snickerdoodle Cookies a lot because they were one of the only things I could find that was dairy and soy free. (For the record, its much cheaper to buy those cookies in the store, rather than through Amazon).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Georgia's doings - age 4

Sledding in Wisconsin in November

Well, Georgia's fourth birthday has come and gone. About three months ago now. Really life is busy and I don't understand how some people have so much time to blog. Or do anything else that they do like folding laundry or washing dishes. There is just not enough time in the day for everything I'd like to do, so things just don't get done around here. Here are some things about Georgia and hopefully some sayings that she says.

Georgia's Dinosaur-themed Birthday Party

Height: 45 inches - above 99%  (when we were in Colorado, we compared Georgia to Teresa - my tall sister - Georgia is about 1.5 inches taller than her at the same age)

Weight: 45 pounds (90%)

Clothing: size 6 mostly, some 7s
Shoes: 12 or 13

At daddy's work

Georgia is all about "favorites" lately and most of the time Daddy is her favorite (or as she says, "Daddy is the best today!"). He does get the fun job of parenting - by the time he comes home, he has just an hour (or less) of time with her before bed, so they will have fun wrestling and reading and playing pretend. The plus side of this is that she always wants him to put her in bed. I get to put my feet up while he's busy brushing her teeth and reading her books. It is fun to see them together. (and Dave has admitted that that's the best time of day for him, too)

Georgia at her dance recital - looking so grown up!

Georgia is also pretty much done with naptime. We still have quiet time every day, although I don't know I would use the word "quiet" to describe it. I'm surprisingly not too sad about this, as she goes to bed earlier and easier now. It makes our evenings a bit more relaxing, which is always good. She probably takes a nap once every week or two, or if she's had a particularly long or eventful day.

I think the shirt and her expression capture her can-do attitude

Georgias favorites:
Food: macaroni & cheese
TV show: Paw Patrol
Dinosaur: T Rex
Color: purple
Clothing: red twirly dress (or anything that gives a good twirl - I have to take a video on my phone to show her how much it twirls)
Word: "dinosaur" (she says this whenever she doesn't know what to say or how to answer)

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So Georgia has been hilarious lately! I've noticed that kids her age get more and more verbal and just say what they're thinking. Some gems:

I have chocolate chips I'm eating. After dinnertime she had a bowl of ice cream (and quite a large bowl) so when she asks for chocolate chips, I tell her no. She knows that I eat dairy-free, so I am unable to eat ice cream, therefore I'm eating my chocolate chips. Georgia goes on to say, "Well, when I have my baby I can eat chocolate chips." Dave and I start cracking up, and I ask her when she'll have a baby and she says "soon!.....  maybe when I'm 10!"

She likes me taking her picture and will make faces for me. This is her favorite outfit to wear. 

We were at the grocery store and there was a rather large man in the same aisle as us. Of course she waits until we are standing right next to him and asks (rather loudly of course and pointing directly at him), "Mom, why does that man have a big tummy?"

"Titus was doing a brussel sprout and I walked over him!" A what, Georgia? "A brussle sprout!" As she showed me, I realized she meant a somersault. Titus loves putting his head on the floor and having one of us roll him over, the beginning of a somersault.

"Mommy, you're my best mommy ever!" (this hardly ever happens! Daddy is usually the best. I think she said it that day because I was letting her watch TV while I put Titus down to nap and did some stuff around the house).

Georgia was sick yesterday and was up a lot of the night coughing. Because of all the water she drank, then she also had to get up to go potty. Needless to say, she slept until 9am this morning. She normally wakes up between 7 and 7:30. I told her, "Wow you slept so long!" and she said, "I didn't sleep. I was awake all night until morning."

Georgia also has some struggles with food. By struggles, I mean that she doesn't like food that most normal kids like. For example, she would eat carrots, artichokes, peas, corn, apples, edamame, or pretty much any fruit (but not bananas) until she was full. But offer her pancakes, waffles, or any dinner food and she doesn't want it. The other day she wanted to make waffles. She helped and when she finally ate one she said, "Mommy, I don't like it. It tastes just like a pancake!" Other foods she doesn't like: potatoes (any kind, mashed, baked, cut into home fries), and applesauce,

She was a little sick the other day (just for the day, nothing serious) and she said, "I need to go to the doctors so I can find out what sick I have!" For the record, she loves going to the doctor & dentist. She loves meeting new people and getting lots of attention, so any sort of appointment that is all about her makes her happy!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Titus at 15 months

Titus is now a happy 15 month old. This last month was a painful one for everyone, filled with teething mostly. He now has all of his teeth (until the 2 year molars come). Praise the Lord!

This month was also a month filled with "conquering", our first trip to the ER (well, second if you count that one time we thought he may have eaten a battery and when we got there realized that no, he hadn't eaten anything so we left), and a little bit of talking.

Weight: around 23 pounds
Height: around 32.5 inches
Teeth: 16!!!! (never been so excited about this!)
Shoe size: 6
Clothing size: mostly 18 months (some 12month pants still fit)

We had our first trip to the ER - like I mentioned up there. It all started at the park when I was trying to wipe his nose (runny from all that teething I mentioned). He jerked his head away from me, and ended up falling sideways onto the cement ground. Pretty hard, right on his head. He took one of those deep breaths and just passed out. Never got the cry out. He was out for maybe 10 seconds at the most, and I was pretty sure it was just because of shock and the whole not breathing thing. The other moms at the park freaked out, and after finally getting a hold of our new doctor/insurance (this was the first Monday of the year after we changed insurance, and didn't have any cards or anything yet), they wanted us to take Titus in to the ER. By this time, it had been over an hour since he passed out and he was seemingly fine. No bruise, no throwing up, no confusion. Completely normal. But, I complied and drove him to the ER where we sat for three (or maybe four) hours. We got checked in, but waited and waited and waited. There was too many people there (probably because it was the first Monday in the new year). After all this waiting, we finally just left. Titus was acting completely normal (still), and mind you normal for him is crawling on the ground, climbing on chairs, touching everything and putting things in his mouth. None of those are great in an ER. I'm hoping we never get a bill for that terrible day!

I also mentioned "conquering". Titus is a boy. Boys like to do things just to see if they can do them. They climb, they jump, they explore, etc. Titus has a face of determination when he tries to do all these things. When he finally does it, he has conquered! And then its time to find something else to conquer. He loves walking on the cement edges - around the park, in the parking lot, etc. Its much like a balance beam. He climbs on the table and chairs. He loves trying to build with duplos. He gets that same look of determination while he stacks the pieces together.

Titus is finally done teething. He had a rough go of it. Seven teeth in about three weeks. He is not a fun teether. Whiny, feverish, runny nose, sleeps poorly, etc. He is finally back to normal (although he has a slight cough at night - I think he has Dave's cold!).

Titus has been talking a bit more than previous. He now says "up" a lot. He says when he goes up the stairs, when he goes down, when he wants to be picked up.... basically he says it for movement. His other words include "dada", "eh-ma" (mama), "up", and "ah!" (hi). He also sings the phrase "let it go!" almost perfectly. He just started saying "na!" (no) and "eese" (please). He is also randomly using sign language - more and please and eat. He basically uses any of those signs anytime he wants something. For example, yesterday he brought me his sock and signed the word "more". I knew that he wanted me to put his sock on, although technically the words he used weren't correct.

Other stuff: He is a book lover, nature lover, and animal lover. He pulls all the books out of his boxes and brings them to me, especially the books that have animals in them. He can make many animal noises - cow (his favorite), duck & chicken (which sound very similar), fish (puckers his lips - super cute!), pig, birds, horse and sheep. He absolutely loves watching the garbage truck and any other truck. He could spend all day outdoors. (Thankfully we live somewhere with nice weather and he can spend lots of time outside!) He loves rocks and sticks and dirt.

One of his other favorite things - playing in daddy's car

His sleep has been really rough this month, mostly due to the teething. He had two nights in a row where he slept 11+ hours straight (amazing!) and I was sure he was done teething..... then the next night he was awake 7 times. So I checked, and sure enough there was one lone tooth struggling to make its way through. It took a couple nights, but it finally came through. He is sleeping better, but has been waking himself up with coughing fits. I really do think once this cold of his is gone we're at the end of the sleep-deprivation tunnel!
The reason why he has so many bruises/bumps/scratches - he has to conquer everything!

The other thing that has been difficult with his sleep is that he transitioned from two naps, down to one. He usually takes one long nap from about 10-12am. If I try to push that nap later in the day, he is overtired and sleeps poorer or takes a shorter nap. This makes for a long afternoon, and an early bedtime. Hopefully as he gets more used to his one nap-a-day, he'll be able to handle the long stretches better.
After a year of bath-hating, he finally likes bathes! 

He is an eater! He out-eats Georgia every day. He always amazes me at how much he eats. Since he still has some allergies to soy and dairy, we have to be careful with what he eats. But, we went to In-N-Out last weekend and he ate 2 1/2 hamburger patties (plus quite a few french fries!). This morning for breakfast he ate two fried eggs (along with some oatmeal). He eats mostly fruits, veggies & meats, although one of his favorite foods is salsa.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Two months later....

So I did have a blog post that I started for Titus' 13 month birthday. And that was the end of November. Just a day before Thanksgiving, and two days before Georgia turned four, and then life happened. We've been really busy. Gift-buying, creating a photo book (for 2012.... I'm a bit behind!), starting a photography page and having a few Christmas photoshoots with friends, celebrating Christmas with Dave's family, and then traveling to Colorado to visit my family. What I'm saying is that we've been busy. I think this is probably our busiest time of year. So, I haven't blogged in two months. Here's a quick update on Titus. I'll try to get another blog post for Georgia since she just had a 4-year birthday.
Eating at a Mexican restaurant - he loves the salsa and will eat it plain

Weight: 22.5 pounds (around 25th percentile)
Height: 32 inches (around 90th percentile)
Shoe size: 5
Diaper size: 4
Teeth: 9 (8-front ones and one molar), another 7 have almost cut the skin - the other three molars and four incisors.
Clothing: 18 months, some 24  (and surprisingly wearing some 9m pants still)
Looking hot and handsome when picking out a Christmas tree

Titus has had some rough weeks. He's had a couple colds/sicknesses. He had roseola the week before we left for Colorado and had a really high fever - around 103 and 104 (and that was after giving him Tylenol). We had one night where he would only sleep if he was being held. I held him from 2am-5:30am, and then Dave took the early morning shift so that I could get a solid 2-3 hours of sleep. In Colorado, he had another sickness with a really stuffy nose and cough. He had another couple rough nights of sleep, but don't know whether that was more from being in a new location, the teeth that are cutting, or his cold. Last night was the first night back home and he went to bed around 7pm, woke up once at 8 or so (he was overtired - I rocked him) and then was up at 10;30 for a nursing session, then slept until 6:30 this morning. This is about back to normal, so lets hope he keeps this up!
His new eating position

He is all boy. I know I say this often, but he spends most of his day climbing on things, trying to throw and hit things, and generally plays very rough. He loves being outside (but only in California - he hated the cold and snow in Colorado). We've taken him "hiking" once and he loved it. He is all about the sticks and the rocks and the dirt.

He is beginning to "talk" a little more. He says "dada" now more regularly. He says "AH!" for hi. He also says "aaaah" for hot and blows on things or waves his hands to cool off the food. He has babbled the ma-ma sound, but doesn't say it to me yet. He pants for dog, and says "moooo" for cow. He understands what we say and will follow simple instructions (if he wants to!). Hes still not super verbal, but I feel like he's made leaps and bounds in the last month or two.

Right now, he loves reading books (he will find a book and bring it to me to read, then back up until hes sitting on my lap), playing outside (especially playing in dirt or sand or at the water table). He loves his two grandpas - both of them he is super close with and loves to be held by them. He snuggles in close. He also loves his blankies. We have three aiden and anais blankets that he's used since being a newborn. He will drag them around the house with him, especially if he's just waking up from a nap or tired. He also has to hold them on his lap while he nurses. All of them (that he can see - he doesn't notice if there is one in the wash or not in the room).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My little one year old

Although he is not truly very little, this is the littlest he will ever be. So sad to think that in a few short years he will start growing a beard and talking with a low voice. I wish I could just pause time because it moves too fast.

Height: 31.5 inches (96%)
Weight: 21pounds, 3oz - less than 50%
Shoes: squeezing into size 4
Diapers: 3 during the day, 4 at night
Teeth: 8, feeling some molars getting close
Clothing: mostly size 12-18 months

Titus loves: opening and closing things, filling and emptying things, playing peekaboo, his big sister, climbing on anything he can, playing with the cords on the blinds, eating spaghetti, most animals, being outside, eating dirt or rocks or chicken food, going for walks and exploring outdoors.
Looking so big!

Titus hates: bathtime, new people, new situations, sitting still, diaper changes, doctor appointments, riding in the car.
Yup.... hates bathtime. 

This month, we had a few rough sleeping nights. We've hit a sleep regression or something. Who knows - maybe some teeth coming in? Anyways, Titus has been waking up 2-3 times a night again. Yawn. He'll have a couple good nights thrown in there, just to get us excited. Stinker. Before the sleep regression, he was pretty much sleeping through the night or would do an 8-10 hour stretch, wake, eat, and sleep for another couple hours.
Another love: playing in his Uncle Matt's old cars (he likes Daddy's car, too)

He is napping great, and will either take two good naps or one long nap and go to bed early. He likes his sleep! I do nurse him before naps and bed, but he rarely falls asleep while nursing. When done nursing, he arches his back and wiggles away from me. I set him in his bed and he promptly rolls over, butt in the air and closes his eyes.
Rough when mommy wakes you up from your nap

Titus has hit an extreme whiny phase. Most of his life is spent pointing and grunting or whining or shrieking at stuff. I am trying to teach him sign language and simple words in order to make both our lives happier. So far, we're not getting anywhere. He knows "uh-oh", sometimes will say "dada" and that's still it. No mama from him yet!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Titus at 11 months

This month has been a hot, sticky one. We had a week of over 110 degrees, and our air conditioning broke on the first day. Thankfully we have grandparents who have a nice large house and live close-by, because it took 4 nights until our air was fixed. When the man came to fix the air conditioner, it was 95 degrees in our house. Titus this month has been expanding his skills. He loves to climb onto anything he can reach. He is also an excellent eater, and many meals he out-eats Georgia. Him and Georgia get along so well, and it brings joy to my soul to see them playing together.
Eating some beets

Weight: 21 pounds
Height: 31 inches
Shoe size: 4s!
Diapers: 3s during the day, 4s at night
Teeth: 8 still. I've noticed he has a severe lip tie, so am thinking about having it fixed.

Food: Titus is eating a lot. Seriously. So. Much. In the morning, I've discovered he likes oatmeal. I make him a 1/4 cup, and many times he eats all or most of it. He nurses an hour or two later, before his nap. At lunchtime, he eats whatever we have: leftovers, slice of bread, hunks of chicken, puffs, rice, applesauce, whatever. He likes to feed himself, and uses a spoon and a bowl for a while (before ditching the spoon and digging in with his hands). He is fairly messy, but I stick him on the tile floor for an easy-er clean up. Again, he nurses after lunch and then takes a nap. When often eats several times in the evening. He gets hungry around 4, so he will eat either what I'm making for dinner, or have a snack. Then when we eat dinner closer to 6, he will have another meal. He likes flavorful things - pico de gallo and brushetta were big hits with him.
Going shopping is difficult. He doesn't like to sit in the cart.... then there is lots of climbing and pulling things off the shelf when he gets down

Sleep: Our schedule is much more routine these days. He usually wakes up around 6:30. He naps around 8:30, then has another nap around 1pm. He likes to be in bed around 6:30 or 7, although there are several nights during the week where this isn't possible. At night, he usually wakes up once. Last night he gave me a 9-hour stretch. He normally wakes up to eat around 10pm, then will sleep until morning or close to morning (getting up at 5am, then going back to sleep for an hour). It is nice because his long stretch is when I am sleeping, so I mostly feel rested these days. A funny thing about his sleep is that he is very active. Georgia was never this way, but he moves from end to end of his crib (in his sleep). He faces one way, then the other, rolling around, changing directions, but almost always keeping his butt up in the air.
This was one of the first times that he fed himself. He has gotten a lot cleaner, thankfully! Also, he is signing "all done"

Activity: climbing, walking, getting dirty, carrying sticks and rocks around, wrestling with Georgia, playing hide and seek with her - she will run and hide somewhere and yell his name until he comes to "find" her. He loves playing outside (so great that it is starting to get cooler and now we can go outside) and will climb on our slide that we have. He walks around in circles, picking up sticks and rocks, and often eating them. He splashes in our water table, and tries to climb in and out of our cozy coupe car. If he can, he will climb on top of tables, chairs and anything else that is reachable. He loves the blankets that he sleeps with and will drag them around the house. When he gets tired he will curl up on top of the blanket.
Lots and lots of wrestling in this house

Another favorite game of his is putting items into a container and then emptying it. He does this with legos, toy cars, dominoes, etc. Basically anything small enough to hold!
The only picture I have (so far) of his lip tie. I'm going to need at least three hands to take a real picture of it
He is barely talking, although he has a few ways to communicate. He pulls on my legs and yells, "ah, ah, ah" when he wants me to pick him up. He does say da-da. He will mimic things such as "tank-oo" for thank you. He says "uh-oh" perfectly. He seems to understand much of what I ask him, and will answer by his facial expressions or his frantic "uh-uh". He is such a joy to have around. We all love him. Georgia will always beg (when she is doing something she doesn't want to do) to "go play with Titus" and I have to admit he gives the best cuddles. Dave loves coming home from work to see him - Titus will lumber over and hug his legs tight and want to be picked up. Usually hes so excited, his arms end up hitting Dave in the face.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Titus at 10 months

Well this month has seen the departure of my little baby and the arrival of my toddler. That's right. I have a toddler now in the house. The end of last month Titus learned how to walk, and he has just taken off! As of three or four days ago, he decided walking was better than crawling. And that was that. He now walks maybe 90% of the time. He does fall quite often, but its controlled (most of the time) and he picks himself back up and starts again.

Height: 29 inches
Weight: 20 pounds
Shoe size: 3
Diaper size: 3 (although I was thinking of putting 4s on at night for more absorbency)

Titus had a bit of a cold this last week that made life more miserable. Other than that, our days are very scheduled. He wakes up around 6:30. Naptime is usually from 8-9:30 or so. Sometimes a bit later depending on when he falls asleep. Then his second nap is usually around 12-2. I am trying to push it back because then he has a long awake stretch and bedtime is around 6:30.

He has a love/hate relationship with eating. He has a couple foods he really likes: watermelon, beans (refried or pinto) and puffs - the baby food variety. He also will sometimes eat coconut milk yogurt, meat (whatever we're eating), fruit - strawberries, banana, and peas. He will only sit still in his high chair for about three minutes (what can I say? I have active kids).

During the day, he is nursing quite a bit less than previously. He will nurse before his two naps and before he goes to bed. He wakes usually twice to nurse at night - once around 10pm, and then once sometime before morning. He falls asleep really easily for his naps and bedtime. He is so cute and sleeps on his tummy, with his but up in the air.

Like I said at the beginning, his activity level is extremely high! He is walking everywhere. He refuses to sit still in grocery carts - and can stand up (even with the belt fastened) in about 3 seconds. Grocery shopping with two kiddos is a challenge. He loves climbing and will practice going up and down stairs. He climbs onto chairs, and one of his favorites is climbing on the couch cushions. I'm sure one of these days he will figure out how to climb out of his crib (okay, I hope we have a couple months before this!).