Our little darling turned four months old on Sunday. I was so excited to take her to her check up on Monday, I was hoping to hear how great and healthy she looked, and that I am doing a good job. Instead, the doctor told me she is concerned about Audrey's weight. WTF? She is 17lb 5oz and 25 inches long (95% for weight, 75% for height), which is exactly where she's been all along. The doctor feels that if this continues then she'll end up being 5'10" and 200lbs. Doc wants me to introduce solids now and start replacing some of my time spent nursing with solids, because my milk is "too high in calories". This has nothing to do with my diet she says, but just that some mothers have fattier milk than others. I thought that was a good thing? I politely declined, saying that I intend to nurse Audrey exclusively until she is 6 months old, or until she appears ready to start solids (as this is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization, ACOG, and every other major health organization). At this point, Audrey shows no interest in food and still has the tongue thrust reflex. Besides, I'll admit it - I love breastfeeding. I love the bond I have with her, I love that I'm the only one that can do it, I love the convenience, I love that her poop doesn't stink, I love it all. So no, I won't introduce solids now, and no, I won't cut out her nighttime feedings THANKYOUVERYMUCH. She also is concerned that Audrey isn't sleeping through the night and that she isn't able to self-soothe herself back to sleep when she wakes at night. She suggested I let Audrey cry, even if she gets herself into a full on screaming session. When I asked how long I should let this go on, seeing as Audrey is a very intense and persistent baby and will not just give up and go to sleep, the doctor said that some babies will cry for an hour or more, but I should just let her cry because she needs to learn to sleep on her own. Again, I politely said "ok", but I have no intention of starting any form of sleep training now - especially one that involves my baby crying hysterically for me. Don't get me wrong - I can let Audrey fuss for a while and even cry because I know her cries. But I cannot and will not let her carry on a full blown meltdown while I sit downstairs and ignore her. Many people would disagree with me, but I don't care. They aren't her mom. I am. And I can do whatever I please with my child. :) During most of the appointment with the doctor I felt like saying, "You realize she's only four months old, right?". It seemed like the doctor was getting ahead of herself in some regards.
She did say that Audrey is completely 100% extroverted. She was hamming it up - smiling, cooing, kicking and talking throughout the whole appointment. She would get really loud while the doc and I spoke until one of us looked at her and spoke to her, then she's smile and wiggle. Doctor says Audrey will be one of those energetic kids that talks to everyone in the grocery store and for the second time in a week, I was told that I'm gonna have my hands full with this one. Bring it, little girl. Bring it.