Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Joseph Jr. - 8 Months Old

A lot has happened in the 3 months since I updated here and here on the little man of the house.

Joseph has had 2 teeth pop through in the last month or so.

He is talking up a storm, not really sure it's real words but it sure sounds like 'dada' sometimes.

He is crawling(sort of) all over the place and getting into all kinds of things. It's funny how you have to re-babyproof after just having babies not that long ago. It is constant reminding the girls to pick up things from the floor...food, little toys, etc.

We still really don't have a schedule but he is sleeping better at night and for naps, though his naps are not very predictable. He almost always nurses to sleep for both naps and bedtime.

And some times his sisters just wear him out and he falls asleep in the middle of the floor.

He pulled himself up a couple of days ago for the first time.

We have still had issues with his skin over the last few months, but it has gotten so much better. As of now, he is pretty much clear. He has a few spots on his legs and chest but overall is looking wonderful.
The end of May, he was looking rough still...pretty sure due to a reaction to dairy that I had eaten. It sort of cleared up in June, but there was a spot that was pretty bad on his right cheek. We ended up taking him into the pediatrician and did get an antibiotic. I ended up at the pharmacy for over an hour waited because I didn't want a bright pink antibiotic. I didn't think it was necessary to add Red40 into the little guy since he seems to have so many issues with foods and skin breakouts already.

The antibiotic seemed to be clearing up the rest of his cheeks. But he also started a new breakout while still on the antibiotic...pretty sure from some beef I had eaten. Funny side note, the pediatrician just can't believe it has anything to do with food or food allergies. She is wrong, we have noticed pretty easily when I have tried a food that I had been restricting and thought bugged him...he would break out.

I have decided that it has already been months of watching what I eat to help the little guy out, so what's a few more months. I've always intended on nursing until my babies were at least a year old and that doesn't seem that far off anymore.

Besides getting a ton of his food from me, he has been eating up a storm too...chicken, rice, sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas, and a ton of other fruit and veggies. He loves chicken broth (which is good since I usually have a batch going in the crockpot)...actually all my kids love soup and broth.

As of now, we are doing no dairy, no eggs, no beef, no corn, no potatoes, no tomatoes, no green peppers, no wheat, no gluten and limited sugar. We know for sure he does not tolerate dairy, eggs or beef. I would like to test wheat again, but at the same time it is nice seeing how wonderful he looks and don't really want to tempt it either.

He is all boy and a wonderful additon to the screeching little girls around here. He will probably out weigh his sisters soon. He weighs about 19 lbs. Cori and Charlie are not too far ahead of him at 23 lbs and 32 lbs.
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