harper’s HALF YEAR checkup

we took miss harper to her 6 month well-visit on december 3rd.
even this week i am still wrapping my head around the fact that my baby is half way to turning one year old.

we met with miss elaine, one of the sweet nurse practitioners in the practice. (i have no idea why they call her miss elaine – she’s definitely at an age you would think would no longer constitute “miss”, but whatev. yet i have started calling her that too.)

harper loves her…

for the last month or so, we were noticing she wasn’t putting on weight like we thought she would be, so that was something we brought up in the appointment.

after weighing the little girl, we saw that she had actually lost weight since her last visit.
yet as we discussed, harper is very alert, responsive, joyful, curious, developing well, and doing things a 6-month old should be doing – all the things that i know would not be there if she were sick or malnourished.
so we talked with miss elaine (who would consult with the doc) about how we could remedy this.

if that wasn’t enough to handle that day, poor harper had more shots:(
but we were so glad to hear she doesn’t have more shots for at least another 4 months. thankya jesus.

after her shots – during which she was a champ… and cried her eyes out – daddy soothed her.
we started rice cereal this past weekend (which y’all already read up on) so we are hoping that will help the girl pack on a few lbs.
past that, we covet your prayers for harper. we pray that it is not any type of bigger issue or problem.

i hope this post wasn’t too all over the place and disorganized.
well, it was and i know it.
i wanted so badly to write this post better. 
i feel a bit scattered and off as i write this about my little girl.
i know she is ok.
i know that she is going to gain weight and that geoff and i will do whatever she needs to make that happen.
nonetheless, we would be so glad to know you are keeping our baby girl in your prayers.
who knows… in two months she might look like a little caucasian sumo wrestler.
just like her mommy once did…

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9 Responses to harper’s HALF YEAR checkup

  1. dad says:

    Wow! I guess you just can’t improve on PERFECT !!!!!!!!!

  2. Shelly says:

    hey linsday
    harper sure is precious, what a doll! I wanted to tell you that, although we don’t go to the dr. unless sick…which means Champ hasn’t been since his 6 wk check up…I have seen the same fluctuations with his weight as well. he was steadily gaining, then kind of stayed around 14-15lbs, and now has actually not gained any weight in quite a while, even though we’ve started solid foods (veggies only,) anyway, Canon was the SAME way. I know my milk supply is not enormous, but Champ is happy, alert, never starving, and developing normally and not ahead, but just like his siblings did. When Canon stopped nursing I started him on Goat’s milk, like the girls had been on, and he started bulking up. I just thought I would share. my heart goes out to you, and I hope the rice cereal and extra food (maybe some extra nursings each week) will do the trick!
    Blessings to you all!

  3. Caroline says:

    Praying for harper right now, lindsay! She is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Seriously. precious!!

  4. Leah says:

    So sweet! Noah didn’t gain any weight between in 9 month and 12 month check ups. We had to go back for a weight check and 13 months and he’d gain 2 pounds. I made sure to feed him avacados and yogurt every day. (Don’t know if Harper is old enough for yogurt, but she will love it if she is!) Praying for some weight gain. It’s so funny how every baby is so different.

  5. LSP farm says:

    Our little girl is almost 17 months old and only about 25 lbs. some nurses acted like there must be something wrong with her, but the doc assured us she is fine, just a little petite girl. Neither her mother nor I are giants, so the doc said she is prob not gonna be big either. she has met all her milestones ahead of time and and has never been sick to this day.

  6. team us says:

    thank you all so much for the encouraging comments. friends and new friends, you have blessed my heart with your shared stories and encouraging words. thank you. we love you!

  7. B Hesson says:

    My niece was the same way. I’m sure everything is fine. In the meantime, we’ll be praying 🙂 She is such a cutie. SUCH a cutie. Melts my heart!

  8. Pat Chapman says:

    Love and 100% agree with all these precious encouragements. Love the goat milk/goat yogurt idea too! 😉 Avocado–beautiful.

    I especially love that you included (still laughing……….) your baby pic in contrast. Beautiful.

    Harper…..what can I say, you are beautiful, darling, adorable, perfect, etc., etc., (spoken like a true g’mahm!)

  9. team us says:

    Lindsay Smith Loucks commented on your post.
    Lindsay wrote: “that pic is amazing! Very impressive rolls! :)”

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