Archive for September, 2012

San Francisco

The last weekend of September we decided to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary by spending the day as a family in San Francisco. We had a great time! We met Pam, Gary and Lauren for lunch at Roam and enjoyed some delicious burgers. We walked around our old neighborhood on Fillmore Street and checked out the new and old shops. Then we walked down to Union Street and met Ian, Karen and Miche at Perry’s for a drink. It was good to see them and Ian FINALLY got to meet Eliza. After that we walked to Chestnut Street to have our anniversary dinner at Izzy’s, our favorite steak place.

Eliza was SO GOOD the entire day. She really LOVES being out and about. She liked to look at everything and all the people and she loves riding in her stroller. I don’t know how long all of this will last but we are definitely enjoying it for now. And given that this love of being out and about is probably her personality, we’ll definitely be busy as she gets older! Already if we haven’t left the house by 11am on the weekends she starts to get cranky. Even if it’s just a walk around the neighborhood she really just needs to get out!

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Eliza is 6 months old!

Eliza at 6 months:

Weight:~14.5 lbs
Clothing size: 0-3 months but moving into 3-6 and 6 month sizes
Diaper size: Pampers 2
Likes: smiling, laughing, sleeping, reading books
Dislikes: lying down on the changing table
Naps: short morning nap and sleeps 2 hours in the afternoon

6 months old: 9-24-12

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I haven’t written about this yet but I’ve been dealing with an issue with Eliza that has been consuming a lot of my time. Eczema! Back in May, Eliza started getting a red rash on her cheeks. It seemed to get worse over time and I had no idea what it was. We had countless trips to her pediatrician and she said it was eczema and she didn’t know what was causing it and there wasn’t anything we could do. That wasn’t a good enough answer for me. I kept going back and at one point she had an infection on her face from scratching her eczema. She was on antibiotics and that didn’t work. She was on topical steroids and that didn’t work. I tried over the counter stuff and California Baby cream with calendula gel seemed to work but not all of the time.

One day in early August I went to Target in Walnut Creek with Eliza after work to try to find some more cream that might work to help her face clear up. I was desperate and trying to find my own answers. While I was in the baby aisle looking at creams, a woman who was also in the aisle stopped me and told  me that her baby’s face used to look the same as Eliza’s. She said she found out that he had all of these food allergies and once she figured out what they were she eliminated them and his face cleared up. She gave me the name of her pediatric allergist and also recommended cetaphil because it worked wonders for her son. I was so happy to have a glimmer of hope, even though it would be another 3 weesk until I could get in to see Dr. Lodewick.

On August 28 we FINALLY had our appointment. He tested Eliza for allergies on her back, the same way adults are tested. Poor baby screamed the whole time we were waiting for a reading. It was hard to see her in pain but I kept telling myself and her that it was going to be worth it because we would finally figure out what had been bothering her. Well, come to find out, she was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, dust mites and cats. Everything was easy to eliminate except for the cats. Well, and the dust mites but who cares about them. It was tough but we knew it was best for Eliza so we sent Grimsby to live with our friends Laura, Isidro and Sebastian and we sent Orange and Banana back to ARF, where we adopted them from. ARF charged $100 per cat and with having to pay for the carpet to be cleaned it was going to be a stretch so I did a fundraiser on Facebook and managed to raise the $200 to be able to send Orange and Banana back to ARF. The day after they went back we had the carpets cleaned. The carpet looks brand new and our house looks great but we do miss our furry friends. But seeing Eliza’s eczema-free clear face reminds us that we made the right decision for us.

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The end of an era

I’m a little sad tonight. I think that after 5 months I am done breastfeeding. It’s so ironic because I absolutely hated it for the first few weeks. But then I grew to love it and the bonding that it provided. For the first 4 months of her life, Eliza was strictly breastfed. But after I went back to work I couldn’t pump enough to feed her while she was at daycare and I had to start supplementing with formula. I absolutely hate pumping and so I hadn’t pumped enough to have a stock of frozen milk to feed her. 

Then earlier this week we found out that she has food allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts, dust mites and cats. Given these new findings, I was going to have to eliminate milk, eggs and peanuts from my diet. I’m no stranger to diet eliminations and it’s something that I am willing and able to do. And then we also learned of a special formula for infants with allergies and when I checked online it was $60 a can! I am hoping we can get it as a prescription and save some money.
In light of the price I was fully prepared to continue to pump as much as I could so that we would use less formula and save some money. But this week at work I all of a sudden went from pumping 6-8 ounces a day to 1 ounce per day. It could have been from the stress of the week with learning about her allergies and realizing that we had to get rid of the cats. And then one night after work I nursed Eliza for an hour and then she still wanted a bottle and she drank 7 ounces! It started to make me realize that maybe I wasn’t enough anymore.
And I HATE pumping at work. I’ve been pumping at 10am and 2pm and it gets in the way of meetings and doing my work and I think I’ve just had enough. Andy and I went out for pizza tonight and now I can’t even feed her because I had cheese. And I really, really, really don’t want to pump and dump just to keep my milk up. I know I can drink those Mother’s Milk teas or take fenugreek to try and increase my milk supply. I just don’t have the time, energy or inclination anymore. So I think I am going to let my milk dry up this weekend and give her formula from now on. I keep going back and forth in my head thinking that I could still change my mind and only nurse her in the mornings when she wakes up but I think it’s time.
I will miss the bonding from nursing but I am looking forward to a little more freedom for myself. I do love the fact that giving her a bottle allows Andy time to bond with her as well and gives me a break. I’m sure this is the first of many milestones that will make me both happy and sad.

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