I have been itching to write this article for a long time but the excuse of being too busy shames me effortlessly. Anyway, here it is:
For the first time mother I was going to be, I was held with the million superstitions and hundred dos and don'ts that came from generations across. Obvious to the fact that a mother would want nothing less for her child, I in my own ways of protection wanted to reserve the best efforts in bringing up Lolo.
Lolo today is almost 15 months, 'very healthy' as everyone remarks and 'the most amiable child', says my parents who nurtured seven children of their own and fourth grandchildren in the row. Lolo's journey so far has been a blessed one (touch wood!) and we are very grateful for her kindness in being a nice girl.
1. NO Lactogen or Cerelac!
- I was warned and cautioned against feeding supplements, with weird reasons like they burst the child's physic and weight without much retentivity and also that the baby tends not to taste anything else after them.
No - my Lolo proves this wrong. I breastfed her exclusively for five and half months until she showed healthy signs to intake solids. To prepare her digestive system, I began with porridge form of cerelac and gradually added vegetable, fruits and cereal flavours. She was also introduced to Lactogen formula after her 6th month, in events I couldn't go to feed her.
This variety of tastes has in fact given Lolo a good range of choices and it also proves easy to feed her when she gets too tired with the same taste of good. For instance, when we travel she is on cerelac and Lolo shows no problem unlike other babies who are struck to their routine diet.
2. Single Teething is Perilous
- Indeed it was, the first time Lolo started teething. She had loose motions for three days in row and she was totally deflated. It worried us so much. But well, that was it - from next time onwards, her single tooth, one at a time, shot out without any change in her mood. This proven myth is therefore not applicable for a child like Lolo.
3. NO Bottle Feeding - Loose Motion?
- Yes, this is what everyone says. But I think it depends on what level of hygiene you maintain. Now that Lolo is completely weaned, she is on bottle feeding and she is doing absolutely fine.
4. Tough to Wean, is it?
- I was to go for a week's trip and everyone worried how Lolo would manage. I fed her the morning I left with the biggest worry in my heart (keeping the promise that I shall not travel until Lolo completed her first birthday). When I came back after a week, Lolo showed no sign of any pain in her eyes. Not even for a moment she had given any trouble to anyone in my absence. My mother in her words explained, "Your daughter is a Buddha!" (She truly is :)) I had dreaded this transition based on most of the hilarious stories I had heard - like mothers applying bitter juices around the nipples, or making scary cotton faces on the breasts. My efforts were nowhere near them, it came very natural.
5. Fat Babies don't walk so soon
- Lolo's road to health chart shows she is on the border line - the upper line. Her weight has been progressive over the months, meaning she is a healthy child. Everyone predicted that fat babies don't walk so soon, yet Lolo began to sit at five months, crawled at ten months and two weeks later she started to stand on her own. By her first birthday, Lolo was on her feet. Drop by one of these days to our house, and you will see what mess our house is in!
6. Babies lose weight once they walk
- Lolo hasn't! My Hubby's Maymay Lama lifted Lolo and exclaimed, "Are you sure she is NOT made of lead?" Lolo continues to enjoy the title of being a chubby child, despite the energy bomb that she is. Her excitement of being able to stand on her feet is expressed with the total freedom to keep walking around even if the situation doesn't demand her. She is the most restless child I have seen seen so far!
7. Weak mother, weak baby
- Talk of it and tell me now. For some reasons, I haven't been able to gain weight since years ago and this might partly explain why I stopped feeding Lolo. But my Lolo - she keeps herself good. She sleeps well, eats well and is super-duper active. Certainly she is not a weak baby. But she is twice my face! Ha-ha.
As she grows, I hope Lolo will prove wrong to all the fallacies of the world. She is the chosen one and she makes me feel so fortunate to be her mother. Watching Lolo grow has given me the best meaning of my life. I owe her one, very very much.