We visited the WIC office
today yesterday. I love the county health department, awesome folks! I also like WIC for the services they provide – weight & measurements, answering basic questions that your doctor never takes the time to address, etc. Not a huge fan of the coupons, mostly because there isn’t much we can use & I tend to buy non-WIC stuff… like almond butter* v. peanut butter (though sunflower butter* is far better & hella cheaper) and absolutely no hydrogenated anything. I also forget to take the packet with me & just end up handing the coupons back. I’m lucky if I remember to bring my cloth bags when I shop, heck, I’m lucky if I remember to put my wallet in the diaper bag. I do like the produce coupon, $10 can go a long way for fresh fruits & veggies if you buy smart.
*You can basically make nutbutter from any kind of nut/seed if you just chop it & grind it enough to make the oils come out and emulsify. You don’t have to add anything. It’s a lot of work, which is why we don’t really do it much today, but Once Again Nutbutter is local – and NOM! How to make it You do need a good food processor, which I don’t have, which is why I buy the jars.
Anyway, he’s at 8% for weight & 10% for height, and on the breastfeeding charts he’s 50% height-for-weight, which is awesome.
His now former doctor had me absolutely freaking out about his weight, even though I knew he was on his curve & perfectly fine. Hopefully NewDoc will be better.
WIC dietitian was thrilled with our food intake. She says she wishes all her clients would eat the way we do. She also reassured me that the baby weight will eventually come off, and no, I don’t need cholesterol medication, just go for a walk with the kid every day and eat sensibly; no I’m not going to drop dead tomorrow. Apparently FormerDoc is horrible for ALL of her breastfeeding mommies and apparently we’ve all been frustrated/infuriated rats jumping off that sinking ship. So, stay on course with the breastfeeding and homemade foods & maroon the doc on a rock. My husband has a bit of a joke that goes “What does Dr. — say? Quack! Quack!”
The kiddo is also talking, a few words here & there – so WIC lady says – because we don’t employ the mouth plug. His binky is a toy, like all other toys, not a pacifier. We do use the binky on long car rides, but he’s actually happier with the Links attached to his straps because he can’t lose them. He also likes having a cup where he can reach it to drink.
The MommyWalkMe thing is good exercise. He’s really REALLY crawling as of this morning. Not just 2 scoots & done, but distances of 2-4′ then a sit-down, then 2′ more. Easier on the knees with pants, so I’ll have to make sure we stuff him in them, not just a onesie or diaper cover.
WIC – totally awesome program. Have I mentioned how awesome WIC is? WIC is awesome.
At 7 months, here is his food list: (we’re at 8 months now, but this is what I had typed out).
JR’s Food List
Prunes (1 tbsp ONLY)
Cream of Wheat
French toast bits
Green beans (mixed w/ other)
Beets (mix w/ applesauce)
Salmon (oat cereal & carrots)
Turkey (mix with veggie)
Chicken (mix with veggie)
Egg yolk (whole eggs are fine, mix w/ banana)
apple juice w/water
butter is OK
Avocado (2 yrs- allergic)
Berries (1 yr – safety)
Grape juice (Puke)
Rice (9 months – tummy upset)
Peanuts (2 yrs – safety)
Yogurt (allergic – 1 yr)
Honey (2 yrs – safety)