May 2, 2011


Going to the hospital to have my baby, I didn't have a pediatrician picked out. 
I didn't grow up here so I couldn't use the one my mom used for my sister and I. And I don't have friends here to ask for a referral. So the day we were to head home, I had to hurry up and pick one before they'd let us leave. They gave us a two-sided sheet practically overflowing with the names and numbers of all the doctors in the city. I had no idea what to do so I pretty much just closed my eyes while pointing to one on the page. The only things I knew I wanted ahead of time was for the doctor to be a woman (so that I could easily talk to her about breast feeding) and I wanted to be able to pronounce her last name. 
Not knowing anything about her at first I have discovered that she's been more than I could've hoped for. She, like my childhood doctor, wasn't born in the states. She was born and raised in El Salvador. 
Do you remember when I blogged about her suggesting giving my son tea to ease his tummy and his digestion? When I lived outside the country I was always hearing about some home remedy and so when my husband told me about some of the things (one of those being the tea) she suggested to do instead I couldn't help but wonder why. Well, now I know. I found out that in many Latin & South American countries they give babies chamomile tea to ease their little systems. They even give it to them in the hospital before their first feeding. Weird, right? I also found out that it's 100% natural unlike the gas meds most U.S. born doctors would prescribe. For some reason I have much more respect for this doctor. 

Today we saw her for my son's four month check up. Four months. Can you believe it? It does feel like just last week that we were there for his three month check up.
What's new this month? Well a few things.... 
  1. Solid foods!!! I have been counting down the days for this. I can't wait to see what foods he loves and which ones he hates. So today was day one. We introduced the spoon and ate rice cereal. More about this to come later! 
  2. We were told to buy a bouncer/entertainer, one that he'll be standing up in. Yes. Time to work on strengthening the legs and lower back. I came home and ordered one. It should be here no later than the beginning of next week. (Yeah, it's kind of a long wait for something so exciting but I didn't want to pay the extra shipping costs.)
  3. Thrush. A little bit of it. The medication he has for it now... he thinks tastes gross. If only you could see his face!  [Thrush can cause a painful mouth rash & diaper rash. Sadly he has a little bit of both.] 
  4. He's growing, longer. He didn't gain weight this month [but she said not worry]. He's just at the top 10% of the growth chart in his length. Holy smokes. Does that mean he's going to be giantly tall? [Just kidding!]
It was a greatly exciting day for us. I'll try posting more about solid foods this week. 
Oh! Happy May!

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