I had planned on renting a shelter at a local park for MG's birthday party (August 10 is the big day, but it's a Friday, so I was thinking August 11), but the shelters at the two parks we love are rented for that day! Who knew that you had to schedule these things 6 months in advance??
So, do we have the party here? Do we have it at the park without a shelter, and just take a card table for cutting the cake on? I hadn't planned on a meal, mainly I had planned to do cake and ice cream and drinks at a park (near the play equipment) so the kids would have something to do (and I won't have to clean my house! Ha!) I mean, she's going to be two. We don't need to get all crazy about things, right? No pony rides necessary... If we go to the park where the train is, and buy enough tickets for all the kids to go a couple of times (how cute would that picture be, all the kids hanging off of the train?), that's all she needs.
We certainly don't want to get into one of those situations where we're trying to out-do ourselves year after year, and then find that there's nowhere left to go.
But all the shelters close to the playground at that park are already reserved. There is plenty of wide open space, though. We could just stake a claim on the grass, put up our cake, have everyone bring camp chairs, and watch the kids go nuts. What do you think? Sound like a plan, or should I just suck it up and do it at the house?
By the way, if you're reading this and you know us, you're invited. :) I'll put up the details as they become available.
In other news, I was incorrect in the video when I said Claire was 11 pounds 8 ounces - she was weighed today at the doctor's office and they called it 12 pounds 10 ounces. She's 4 months old, and apparently you're supposed to double your birthweight by 4 months, so he's "a little" concerned (she'd be 14#6 if she had hit that mark).
Am I the only person who thinks that all the problems with childhood obesity may be related to these ridiculous recommendations for babies (including the whole "whole milk until you're two" thing, which we're doing, grudgingly)? I mean, she's a perfectly healthy kid. She is getting tons of milk - trust me on this. She's not hungry. She sleeps wonderfully. She has rolls of chub on her thighs (someday she's going to hate me for broadcasting that to the world!). So, what's the problem?
I'm just saying that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to cram food down a kid's throat for X number of years, and try to get them to gain weight, and then to turn around when they're heavy and put them on a diet.
As long as she's clearly happy and comfortable, I'm going to trust that my body is giving her what she needs, and if she wants to weigh a bit less than she's "supposed" to, I'm not going to freak out about it. I think freaking out about breastfeeding caused many of the problems we faced the first time around.
Then he tells me that we should start solids. At four months. Now, I love our doctor, so don't get me wrong, but I am not starting solids. She still has a tongue thrust reflex. She doesn't sit up yet. She isn't ready for food - she'll choke. I'm not giving it to her. In one breath he says, "Go ahead and start food," but in the next he says, "She really only needs breast milk until she's one, the food is just for practice..." Then he says that maybe she'll gain the weight she should once we start solids. I didn't point out that breastmilk is more calorically dense than anything we're going to feed her (unless we lose our minds and share our cheesecake with her or something). Breastmilk has 20 calories per ounce, and is 50% fat! I'm pretty sure that rice cereal and pureed peas are not going to pack on the pounds the way Mommy's milk will!
Am I the only person who thinks that maybe all the allergy problems kids have these days may be related to these stupid recommendations for babies? I'm not a doctor or anything, but it seems pretty interesting, to me. I read someplace that the intestine in a newborn actually has larger pores to absorb nutrients through than an adults (they called it an "open gut") and that's why you don't want to give them food too early - because things will get in through those holes that aren't supposed to - proteins that the baby may be allergic to (or develop an allergy to). But what do I know? I'm just a mom. These are things that I really don't want to debate while Mary Grace is sticking things in her mouth that the last kid through that exam room had in his mouth, and he probably had bubonic plague or something, so I just smile and nod and then come home and do what I want.
(I just remembered that I gave Kathy at the doctor's office the address of my blog today, so um, yeah. Hi Kathy. Shhhh!)