Rylan Update

Rylan is 1!  He has been 1 for a couple weeks now, really, but I still can’t get over it.  He is thriving and learning new things every day.  At his 12 month checkup, he weighed exactly 18 pounds (8th percentile) and was 29 inches in length (25th percentile).  He is still on the small end, but looks and acts healthy, so that is what matters.  He isn’t walking on his own yet, but loves moving around the house with his little push toy.  He is definitely what you would call an “early talker, late walker”.  He started saying actual words around 10 months, and his favorite word is “apple”.  Everything is “apple”.  Any piece of round fruit…apple!  When you open the refrigerator…apple!  It’s really cute.  The words he says on a regular basis are:  Tucker, mama, dada, blueberry, puff, ball, balloon, bubble, bye-bye, bird, Ashley (his babysitter), four animal noises (moo, woof woof, oink oink and roar), his latest word: hi, and of course, apple.  He can say a few others like banana and pear, but they haven’t stuck yet- a pear is still an apple according to Rylan.  And they don’t always sound like the real word- for example, Tucker is “er-er” and balloon is “baaoooo”.   I apologize if this is too detailed.  I’m a bad mommy that hasn’t written any of this down in his baby book, so at least it is written somewhere!

In my last post, available here, I talked about Rylan’s dairy and soy allergies.  About a week ago, at the direction of the pediatrician, we went ahead and tried cow’s milk.  Rylan seemed to be fine with my eating some dairy/soy products, and he was ok with yogurt (which we tried a few weeks before that), so cow’s milk was the next step.  He had no problem drinking milk, which was great, as I know sometimes kids reject it.  However, he developed a rash on his body that I wasn’t sure was related or not.  He has had pink, dry cheeks and dry skin for awhile, but he got this sandpaper like pinkish rash all over his arms, legs, and torso.  So, we took him to a pediatrician that specializes in allergies, and it turns out….NO DAIRY OR SOY ALLERGIES!  The doctor said that it is quite common for infants to have a dairy allergy, but they often outgrow it by 6 or 9 months.  Dairy may be a trigger for dry skin/eczema for Rylan (hence the rash), but it doesn’t appear to be a true allergy.  He said, of course, the best test for allergies is parents’ observation, so we will continue to monitor him, but, we have been continuing to give him milk and his rash is going away.  We’ll just have to see how this one plays out.

Lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has supported us over the past year.  From your fun visits and generous gifts to listening ears and words of advice, we appreciate having you in our lives.  We have had our ups and downs like any new parents do, but overall, we are thoroughly enjoying the ride!

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