Quail Day: Cease & defluff…

Our marching orders are in. As of the Quail’s 15 month appt last week we are to cease and defluff. Contrary to the inquiries since our bird’s last showing we have not been giving her IV milkshakes. She just recently transitioned from Momma milk fully to cow milk- wholly. I’ve always been told/read that until age 2 when you transition to whole milk ( for those so lactosely inclined) that babes under two get whole milk and we decrease the fat percentage after age 2. I thought it was common understanding that the extra fat is needed for good brain and bone development. And we don’t want to skimp on either of those. But since her surgery the bird has gained 1 lb 10 oz- in a little less than a month…oops..

Frankly, I’m proud of her fluff. The girl has had multiple barriers to being able to put on and maintain good growth. After hearing the size of the opening in her intestine, I’m shocked that she didn’t ever end up with a Failure to thrive diagnosis. Between that, the heart defect and the growth expectations for a child with Down syndrome; I’m still blown away by her blossoming. Since she was able to flourish under so much adversity, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that now that weight gain can come a little easier; it’s coming a little too easy. Her pediatrician likened her 20-24 ounces a day of whole milk to the equivalent of feeding her 6-9 strips of bacon a day. To quote Cathy, “AAAACCCKKK!!!!”

I really didn’t think anyone could make bacon intake sound deadly to me. But since I can now hear her little arteries clogging up in my sleep we’ve decided to head his advice. In the meantime we’re looking for ways to increase the good fat in her daily intake without increasing meal portions too much. Currently she eats 3 meals a day- with a meal consisting of a Stage 2 food pack with DHA in it. She does also get 1 ml of fish oil daily. She has to have to have her drinks thickened, so when she isn’t slurping up Kefir, (low-fat, plain) in her straw cup, we thicken her milk with either baby oatmeal or “thick-it”; depending on how easily things are coming through on the other end. She drinks a 4 oz cup at each meal and then one at bedtime and one during the night with the one time a night she wakes up. It really doesn’t seem like a lot to me- nor do I see obvious ways to cut out calories other than skimming the fat out of the milk. She also has recently started showing little bumps on her face- so we may be switching over to a non-cow milk soon as well.

I’m sure once she gets up and running some of the fluff will naturally fly off. I know growth slows down after the first 6-9 months dramatically and calories get burned up quicker when kiddos get mobile. The same happened with Zuzu who was told at her 2 year appointment that she was at risk for obesity. I guess most kids have shed their baby fat by age 2, for Zuzu it was closer to three even though she was pretty physically active. We’ll just keep pushing the baby yoga for now.

Maybe my lil personal trainer can consider a refocus of her energy on the Quail and back off of me a bit!

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The Girls: Pushing past Smart Cat

Everyone’s healthy! So it’s time to get fit. You know something more than just, “Hey Zuzu, Smart Cat’s on PBS right now- quick let’s do a jumping jack with him!” Zuzu has always been a bundle of energy. So for her the more active we all are, the better she does. It’s hard to find time for organized activities with her on a daily basis though. Most park going, rec-center-swimming, bouncing like a Tigger & playdates are reserved for weekends. Fortunately her little school encourages a lot of free play time- to just run, jump, slide,swing. They also take the 3 year olds that are interested to Dance Class. She’s looooooovvved that. At home we’ve started spending time with some work-out DVDs. Yoga for kids- since yoga is my go-to activity. We have a few different versions and generally the rule is if Zuz is up when I’m doing my work-out dvd on a weekday morning and she brings it up- then we’ll switch over to her YFK. But lately- she’s not so into actually doing the workout. More into critiquing my ability to follow along. Which let’s face it is not so good.

But in order to set a somewhat decent example of caring about my health & fitness level I get up and try. Zuzu lies on the couch watching and coaching, “Momma, Jillian says to lift your arms up higher!” “Momma, Jillian says not to stop moving!” I will say it’s as good a motivator as any though.

Zuzu naturally is able to get her energy out. You know when you’re 3; and good at it, you run everywhere, that is when you aren’t skipping or jumping:

And our lil personal trainer keeps an eye on everyone’s activity level. Including the baby:

Who is usually thrilled to see her sister coming for her if there is a parent nearby to intervene when the weeble’s wobbling sets in. But sometimes not so much:

Mostly they work it out though. And because of Zuzu’s high level of energy we all follow suit.

Gratitude: For Lovey on Father’s Day

1. your patience

2. your tenacity

3. your ability to remain non-judgmental and get the feel of people, places & experiences for what they are, not what someone tells you they are, or what one might pre-judge without really knowing

4. your thoughtful soul

5. your creativity

6.  your wackiness & deep appreciation for humor

7.  your renaissance spirit

8. your sentimentality

9. your genes

10. the pure trueness in you

11. your way with yeast: pie-crust, home-brew, donuts, beignets, fried pickles and bread alike,

12. your willingness to try anything and keep an open mind

13. your ability to read a manual and then do what it says

14. your kindness to all things living- be it a hop or geranium leaf, a kitty-cat, a firefly or our children

15. your love & earnest interest of all things that came before you be it a newspaper clipping, a wool shirt, a longboard, a deep fryer or 3, the Fairlane, your ancestors, your specs, a flour sifter or the Magic Chef

16. your thrill &  dive-into-I’m-researching-it-right-now attitude with all things that come into advance in our lives, the world and our future

17. your ability to predict where we are going in our lives with your appetite

18. your mechanical mind

11. your family

12. our family

13. your interest and perspective on the community, culture & world around us

14. your trueness to your friends & self

15. your ability to bend with what is needed at a given time, but still not break or lose yourself in the process

16. your culinary sensibility

17. your gentle, tender nature that nurtures our home, heart and family

18. the way music moves your soul

19.your strawberry locks that now don the heads of our little ones

20. your day-to-day, as well as future-minded sense of  and follow-through with responsibility to yourself and your family

21. my luckiness in getting to love and go through life with you.

Thank you- truely…I love you so…

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