Yesterday was Daniel’s 6-month wellness check and vaccination. He’s 17.9 pounds, and he got three shots this time. The main pieces of advice the good doctor gave this time were 1) upping Daniel’s solid food consumption to three times a day, and 2) child-proofing the house.
Right now, he’s bearing the side effects of the vaccinations: low-grade fever, crankiness, redness and swelling at the injection sites (the top of both thighs), and some dehydration (from the fever). So even though it’s a damp, cool Saturday, he’s in a onesie, and I’ve been plying him with extra formula and some baby Tylenol as needed. He’s not hankering for solid food at all (I tried giving him rice cereal and squash — a combo he ate with gusto Thursday afternoon — but he pursed his lips and scrunched his little nose today). So it’s definitely extra formula today.
As for child-proofing: I’ve been kind of dreading that day, for the house is *not* child-proofed in the least bit. Open bookcases, little knickknacks and clutter pretty much everywhere, exposed electrical outlets, easily opened cabinets and doors with not-safe products behind them — this is the household of two busy college professors who don’t employ housekeeping service. Even the nursery isn’t childproofed (except for the crib, of course). So, time to upgrade the bookcases that’s been around since my earliest grad student days and procure baby gates and other materials to make this house safe for a crawling baby and — eventually — a walking toddler.