Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Seventeen Months Old Today

Genevieve Rose is 17 months old today. In one more month, we'll have to go back to the pediatrician for her next well-visit and say, "Nope, still won't drink milk of any sort, and oh, she's pretty much off cheese, too" and see what Dr. K. has to say about THAT.

Yep, she's still stubborn, and still nursing. In recent weeks I've contemplated starting the weaning process, feeling frustrated and depleted, but right now I'm back to feeling fine about it once more (maybe because we got to go out to that movie! again, we love you, Connie and Todd!), and I don't really know how long I'll keep nursing. Maybe to 18 months, maybe to two? Not sure. Regardless, it's clear that we have to make peace with the fact that Genevieve might never drink milk of any sort. The nutritional factors concern me (lack of calcium, protein, etc.), but what can I do about it? Nothing.

Genevieve geared up for her 17-month "birthday" by sleeping 14 hours on Sunday night. She had skipped her nap that day--I guess all the better to test the sitter--and conked out cold by 6 p.m., which was not surprising. But she ended up sleeping until 8 the next morning, which was just insane--but, you know, fabulous (especially since she still napped yesterday afternoon). But then she got us back last night by inexplicably waking up and crying from 2:30 to 4:30 a.m. Sneaky, that one.

The biggest news is that yesterday Genevieve finally added two new words to her repertoire: "Nonna" and "Boppa", her maternal grandparents, who are coming to visit on Thursday. We weren't even coaching her to say them; Julia and I were discussing the visit and, on her own, Genevieve piped up from across the playroom, with perfect enunciation: "Nonna! Boppa!" Probably what will happen is, one day she'll just open her mouth and start reciting the Gettysburg Address. Or, you know, the text of The Going to Bed Book. One or the other.


Cathy said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, Anya is lactose intolerant. (As is roughly eighty percent of the world's population, especially in Asia.) It's not easy for Wisconsinites to accept this. "Have you tried chocolate milk?" She can handle very small amounts of ice cream, cheese, and thankfully lots and lots of yogurt; otherwise calcium and protein come from broccoli, kale, beans, nuts, almond milk, etc. And she certainly didn't eat these right off the bat. It has taken me until the age of 4.5 to get these foods into her. But she seems to be growing regardless. Still only weighs 26 pounds, but she's developing beautifully, has plenty of friends, and does well at school. So I'm not going to worry too much.

Shan said...

That does make me feel better. I do worry about her intake of "good fat" (for brain development) if she stops nursing and won't take any dairy. She can't eat nuts or nut products yet b/c Julia has a history of peanut sensitivity so both girls have/had to wait until 2-1/2 or 3 to eat those. She only occasionally eats yogurt and cheese. And the last time we offered her a bite of ice cream, she turned it down! Sigh... And of course I'm worried about her bones. She doesn't eat enough broccoli etc. to get anything more than negligible amounts of calcium, I know that. But I guess my hope is that with time she may start eating more foods than she does now.

Christopher Tassava said...

Happy birthday, Vivi! I think we should put you on an all-pizza diet: cheese pizza with broccoli one night, cheese pizza with peppers another, etc. etc.