I'll start with our baby stats :
- Baby Colette or John weighs 3-3.2 lbs!
- The size of a head of lettuce!! (one site says 15.7 in. long another says 18. Sounds like a pretty big difference to me!)
- As of today we have roughly 9 weeks and 1 day to go!
- Brain development is HUGE right now; as of this week our baby can perceive info from all 5 senses.
Last week was a pretty busy week baby-wise. We met with our future pediatrician AND had a breastfeeding class (well, I did, John was exempt).
Interviewing the pediatrician was awesome!! Not necessarily the interview, but finding someone like-minded to be our baby's doctor was wonderful! The doc specializes in pediatrics and preventative medicine. He believes in treating illnesses naturally before rushing to prescribe antibiotics; the idea is to prevent diseases rather than create immunity to medication. He also has a wonderful schedule for vaccinations and pointed out that they are negotiable and that we should decide as parents what is best for our children.
I already know what you are thinking and before you flip out, yes, we are going to vaccinate our child. (Well, except for the Chickenpox vaccination, that seems unneccessary to me) We are, however, going to follow a more extended schedule. Especially since I have a close family member with arthritis. (Vaccines are linked to autism, ADHD, and rheumatoid arthritis). Research has shown links to autism and vaccines, and after working as a behavioral therapist for children with autism, and witnessing how hard life can be for them and their families, I just can't justify the risks. I realize that this could just be one small portion of the equation, along with eating food with pesticides, watching television before the age of 3, giving an infant Tylenol, or taking it while pregnant, having a large number of fetal ultrasounds during pregnancy, etc., etc. Children in the military have the highest rates of Autism (I believe 1 in 8 boys now), and no one is sure why. This tells me that I should just take more precautions.
He also gave me a list of supplements to take and things to not use. The list of items to avoid include:
- Chlorine bleach
If you don't know yet why I LOVE this doc, then I you haven't been listening to my rants for the past couple of years :) These are the same things we outlaw in our house, except aluminum, that's a new one for me.
Anyway, on his list of supplements he suggested that pregnant and nursing mothers eat 2 eggs a day (among many other things). I mention this because, the idea of eating eggs is the most difficult for me. I don't think I've ever eaten an egg not hidden in a chocolate cake or something. Besides the fact that they are nasty chicken abortion, the smell and texture make me gag. But as John reminded me (with a devious smirk), it's for the baby. So far I have gotten up to one egg actually eaten alone. I tried scrambled, but half-way through I just about tossed my cookies. The next day I somehow managed a whole hard-boiled egg (strategically washed down with a giant gulp of juice after each bite). I'm sneaking them in more and more with fried rice, baked goods (such as lemon bars- which was the recipe that used the most eggs in my cookbook), and french toast. I'm open to any suggestions you may have!! I have deemed this one of the biggest challenges of pregnancy I have faced thus far. Yes, it is right up there with the carpal tunnel and surviving migraines with no pain meds!
This weekend we are celebrating our birthdays and baby moon (ie. one last getaway as a 2 person family) in our old stomping grounds, Mammoth Lakes!! I can't believe we're already at 7 1/2 months!!