So today, my son, Oren, is six months old.
He’s happy, healthy and a pleasure to be around, even in spite of his insistence on going to bed at 5am.
He has recently begun crawling in earnest (still a little clumsy, but it’s true crawling, up on hands and knees) and can pull himself to a stand, provided he has sturdy enough support to hang on to. He’s started solids in the last week and is taking well to them, even though they’re mostly just for exploration, fun and nutritional supplementation at this point.
My son officially turned 5 months today, and over the last week I’ve noticed him trying to go longer and longer between naps, and resisting the temptation to doze off during feeding sessions at the same time. Just yesterday, he violently and vocally fought back when I tried to get him to take his usual 4pm nap, and I eventually gave up and let him have his way. Once we stopped insisting, he was content and eventually dozed off on his own as he was siting propped up next to me on the couch.
And right now, he’s completely shrugged off his usual 10:30ish pm nap and is batting at everything he can from my lap. Thankfully, he’s still sleeping through the night, except for is 2-3 feedings, so there’s that.
It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.
Breastfeeding was easy for me, thankfully. However, my baby and I did eventually infect each other with thrush, and that wasn’t easy to deal with or treat.
The nystatin ointment we got for his yeast diaper rash didn’t work on me and was useless for his oral thrush. I didn’t want to stain everything with gentian violet or the harsh effects on the tummy of diflucan unless 100% necessary. I read about grapefruit seed extract being an effective fungicide and ordered some.
I diluted about 15 drops of the concentrate in 1 oz of filtered water and swabbed it on myself and the inside of my son’s mouth where the white patches had appeared. His thrush disappeared in a couple of days and never came back. Mine, though it took longer to clear, felt relief after just a few applications.
Who knew grapefruit was more than just tasty and good smelling?