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2 Month Check Up

Desmond had his check up this afternoon. He is 21 3/4 inches long and weighs 10 1/2 lbs! He's growing very well and the dr said he looks perfect! yay!

He got his shots too (so sad!) and they gave me Tylenol for him. They gave me children's instead of infant (do they still make infant?) and I gave him less than what they recommend, JIC. I always have hated giving my kids medicine, and when I do I constantly check up on them!

Also, they dr wants me to give him Vitamin D drops when I BF. Has anyone else heard of this or been told this? It's a first for me. I haven't yet today, and I guess I'll start it tomorrow?

Ah and now a vent...DD2 has been driving me crazy these past few days. I love her to death (of course!) but she has been acting horrible in public when it'd time to go back home. I had to football carry her 3x today because she refused to get in the car (while I also had Des in his carseat) and my arms feel like they're gonna fall off lol. But she screams and tries to throw herself backwards on the ground (I stop her so she doesn't hit her head) and it gets embarrassing after a while. Mostly because I'm so tired lately. And all these people stare...usually I ignore them, and DD2's fit throwing, but in the parking lot today I couldn't. She was refusing to leave the drs and I had to carry her across the parking lot (we were in back, of course!) and this older woman (in her 50s or 60s) kept staring at me. DD2 kept saying down down down so I put her down and she'd throw herself to the ground and scream, refusing to walk. DD1 helped carry the diaper bag (she was a trooper!) and I about broke down into tears. I sent her to her room when we got home and she's back in there for being too rough with Des (she hit the bouncer really hard and screamed "Super Baby!" which of course scared him. And that reminds me...they made me another appt to talk to someone about PPD. So I'll see how that goes.
Right now I'm so exhausted and stressed and I still want to cry thinking about it. Gah!

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Also, they dr wants me to give him Vitamin D drops when I BF. Has anyone else heard of this or been told this? It's a first for me. I haven't yet today, and I guess I'll start it tomorrow?

We did a LOT of research about Vitamin D with DD1. They started recommending Vitamin D for BFing because there were a few populations of infants at risk for rickets from Vitamin D deficiency (such as people with dark skin and people who live at high latitudes), and to minimize risk of skin cancer later in life.

We found out that as long as babies get about 17 minutes of filtered sun with clothes on per day (which they can get easily if you simply go for a walk), or 4 minutes of full sun in diaper only per day, their bodies will naturally make enough Vitamin D. DH and I decided that to completely eliminate natural sunlight to maybe reduce risk of skin cancer later, then replace the natural Vitamin D with more artificial vitamins, made very little sense. We tell the pediatrician that I'm taking Vitamin D supplements instead. Research has shown that 10% of mom's Vitamin D intake transfers into breastmilk. I take the big 2000 IU/day pills, which gives DD half of the recommended 400 IU/day. She gets the rest from sunlight.

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Good deal on Des' weight and length! I'm so sorry DD2 is giving you hell! I hope it gets better. As for the Vitamin D supplements, my Dr has had me giving them to Cammi since her first appointment. I guess breast milk doesn't have enough in it? I know that of you formula feed the formula has the right amount that babies need. My advice on giving it to Des is to give it in small squirts because if it tastes like it smells, then it can't taste good!

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So I used those drops today...and MAN do they smell horrible! I opened it and all I could think of was "WTH is that smell?" lol.

I was also told to put it in Desmond's mouth WHILE he's BFing...yeah that didn't work lol. And he did not seem to like it at all, but then again he was probably mad I took him off the boob to put that in his mouth lol.

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The drops the pedi wanted us to give DD1 had sugar and artificial cherry flavoring to mask the taste. One taste and she was like "What the yuck?!?" One look at the ingredients list and we decided there had to be a better way to give her Vitamin D. Going for walks outside in natural sunlight worked just fine for us.

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Our ped has always recommended the tri-vi-sol (at least I think that's what it's called).. it has three vitamins in it, and I guess tastes much better. I've only given it to my babies a few times each. I figure they get a little bit of sun every day or two, I am taking multivitamins & nursing, and he's otherwise healthy.

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I have given both my daughters the vitamin D drops (almost) everyday for a couple of reasons. There is so much researching coming out about the importance of vitamin D, that we have decided to give it. Also, since my kids are darker skinned (my husband is First Nations) it takes longer sun exposure times for the same amount of vitamin D to be produced in the body. The kind of Vitamin D I have is only a single drop each day, and it is only vegetable oil... no additives besides the vitamin D of course. To use it, I just drop one drop on my nipple and then nurse Heidi and done! She doesn't notice at all and it seemed weird the first time, but now it is simple.

Way to go Des on growing so well!!!

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I wish mine was that easy! I have to give a whole dropper full. I don't remember how much it is, but it's a lot (or at least it seems like it to me!)

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The ones I have are called Baby D drops. They are easily available here, but not sure if they are found in the states since they are made by a Canadian company.

I've had to give other medicine which was larger amounts (like a dropper full) and I used a little medicine doser that had a nipple on it... ok.. that wasn't a good description... it was like a tiny bottle, it could only hold maybe 15mL, but then had a normal nipple on it and so you put the medicine in and baby sucks on the nipple.. quick and easy... I've also seen ones with a pacifier with small holes for the medicine to get sucked out of instead of a nipple.

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Yeah I have two little Medela bottle ones for medicine. But when I squeezed it into his mouth he had a horrible look on his face like "Why are you giving this to me?" lol. Then it also made his lips real sticky and yellow ha ha. I also hated that it got all over my bra and nursing pad so those clothes reek now (until I do laundry tomorrow) ha ha.

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Sounds like he is growing great!
Yeah, the doctor recommended the drops with DS2 and will likely again with DS3 at our 2 month check. I skip them personally since we get a lot of vit. D living in Ca. I recently had my vit. D tested and it showed that I had really high levels of it. I only take my prenatal vit. and get some reg. protected sun exposure. DS2 was tested somewhere after the 6 month mark and his levels were good as well despite not taking the drops. If I lived in a state with less sun exposure and or long winters indoors then I'd probably give them to my LO's.

ETA: oh yes, your DD sounds a lot like my DS2. We've been having things like that happen at home. Usually at the top of the stairs while I'm holding DS3 which results in the football hold going down the stairs with baby in the other arm. I've been lucky to just have it happen behind closed doors. Wink We've also been working on gental hands and not violently rocking the baby carrier :roll:

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

ETA: oh yes, your DD sounds a lot like my DS2. We've been having things like that happen at home. Usually at the top of the stairs while I'm holding DS3 which results in the football hold going down the stairs with baby in the other arm. I've been lucky to just have it happen behind closed doors. Wink We've also been working on gental hands and not violently rocking the baby carrier :roll:

Lol does your DS2 also insist on touching Archer in the face all the time? DD2 always has to put her hands on his head and his face which irritates him after a while lol. It's kinda funny but at the same time not.

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I'm glad Des had such a great appointment and is growing so well. My pedi told us we needed to buy OTC vitamin D supplements to give Kole. I remember her mentioning it with DD too, but never got them then and won't now. They get their vitamin D from sunlight.