Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Luke, Patty, Anna Kate, Caroline, and Eleanor

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

18 month check-up!

Sweet Anna Kate had her 18 month doctor's appointment this morning and she did great! I can hardly believe that my little girl is a year and a half old! Since we now live literally 2 blocks from her pediatrician's office, we had some extra time this morning and thought we would take some pictures out in the yard before we left. Maybe it's just the mommy in me, but I just can't stand her cuteness sometimes!

So you want me to just stand here and look cute?

How about a cheese face?

Are we done yet?

Ha ha ha, you can't catch me!

So back to the doctor's appointment...Anna Kate seems to be growing strong and healthy and we are so grateful for what a blessing that is! Here are her stats and percentiles:

Weight: 26 lbs. 4 oz. (75th percentile)
Height: approximately 32 inches...she didn't cooperate extremely well for this one. So technically that's the 55th percentile, but our doctor said she didn't think that was very accurate!

Other than the height check, Anna Kate was actually much more cooperative than I thought she was going to be! She really didn't fuss too much when the Doctor wanted to look in her eyes and ears and mouth and listen to her heartbeat. She even wanted to give the doctor a hug after it was all over!

She only had to get one shot and one finger prick today, so that part went pretty quickly and she calmed right back down. Here she is being a little dramatic about it though, and showing off her wounds:

Can you believe they did this to me?

And this here too...the nerve...

The only not-so-good part of the check-up was that the Dr. confirmed what I had suspected about some dry patches on the back of Anna Kate's legs...our blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned baby girl has eczema that will probably come and go especially when it is very hot or very cold out. So we now have some special soap to use for her, but if any of you all have any home remedies that have worked well for you or any of your kids, please let me know! We would love to try to go that route and avoid ongoing prescription ointments if we can. My first project is going to be making my own laundry detergent, so we'll see how it goes!


  1. my sister in law has a baby the exact same age as Eowyn, and both she and he have had really bad eczema off and on. Just before they did some huge allergy testing (eczema is a big warning sign of food allergy, especially gluten!), she got herself skin tested and found she is allergic to formaldehyde (I mean, who wouldn't be, seeing as it's used to preserve dead things?), which is in overwhelming amounts of skin products. I know Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Wash has it for sure. She switched to natural products like Burt's Bees. Natural shampoo bars are great for avoiding this. is a great company! (good post full of links:

    I do make our detergent (super easy) but it doesn't work long-term for diapers in our area's hard water, so I'm thinking of trying soap nuts. I've heard they eliminate allergies too. They're fairly economical and totally natural!

    Another friend was controlling her eczema with a gluten-free diet, then found she was actually allergic to soap itself-- I forget which chemical compound. She switched to Cetaphil and it totally cleared up. I'd try the natural stuff first, though, because it still contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which I try to avoid.

  2. Thomas has eczema too. Our doc recommends the plain Dove Beauty Bar for baths every other day and Eucerin lotion daily. I only use the medicated lotion on breakouts. For detergent, I use All Free and Clear, but I would like to hear more about making your own!