Monday, June 21, 2010

14 month updates

So little J turned 14 months old yesterday. He is now 25 lbs (50-75%), is 31" tall (50-75%), & had a head circumference of 19.5" (>95%).

He is walking really well now, rarely crawls at all these days. He is also starting to learn how to run.

He still loves to eat grains, but we have gotten him to eat some meat & eggs as well finally. We have discovered that a big part of it is that he likes his food to be very flavorful. So as long as we do that he will eat almost anything. He still basically eats 3 meals each day, although occasionally there's a 4th meal, some days he's just a little extra hungry I guess. He is completely on his own with the sippy cups now. He still drinks goat milk with his breakfast & dinner. He has goat milk kefir with lunch. And he always has water available (he drinks a lot of water), & I usually give him one sippy of diluted juice each day, which he loves.

He still takes a 2 hour nap in the afternoon & a shorter morning nap, although some days he skips his morning nap completely. And he still sleeps through the night each night.

He has all 8 incisors (4 top & 4 bottom), & now has 3 of his first molars coming in. So he's chewing quite well. He just needs the cuspids (eye teeth), & the second molars.

A few months ago I started some natural asthma treatments for little J. He was showing some signs of asthma & I had also read that kids with pumpkin allergies (which he has) are very likely to have asthma. So I had started doing some research, I decided I would rather treat him (naturally) for it & not have needed to than to have needed to & not have done it. So I first found in my research that high doses of vitamin B12 & transfer factor are good (transfer factor is from colostrum, it's the beneficial immune building part of colostrum--it's great to have it in this form if you can't tolerate dairy, I've never seen goat colostrum, only cow, which little J can't tolerate, so this was a really good option for us. Next I found that vitamin D3 is also good for this. Then I consulted with Doug Kaufmann, the fungus guy. He had us do a mold test in our home to rule out fungus being the asthma trigger. The test came up clean, so he presumed it was probably pollen type allergies triggering it. For this he recommended local honey. So I did a little looking around & found a source of local honey (& boy is it good tasting honey!!). He also recommended giving him beta glucan, which I personally already take. Each source I read said to do this for a couple of months. So I decided to do all of these together for 4 months. We are more than halfway through & he hasn't shown ANY signs of asthma now for well over a month, with the exception of last week when we went to the pool. But we aren't sure if he was playing around making that sound or it was really an asthma attack. I plan to finish out the 4 month plan of this & continue to monitor him.

I do recall that I had a breathing problem that I couldn't control when I was a kid. I remember my mom would get mad at me & insist that I stop doing it, but I couldn't control it at all. I now wonder if it was asthma (or possibly something else that maybe is also what little J has). If that is the case then mine went away as I got older & I would expect that little J will do the same.

That's all the updates I can think of for now..........

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