A little update on little Ela...her crawling skills are improving as can be seen in the video, she's eating almost everything now incl. meat, fish, all kinds of veggies and fruits, she weighs 9.4 kilos and is 71 cm long, she's sleeping much better and usually wakes up only 1-2 times during the night (compared to 3-4 before), her separation anxiety has decreased a bit and she's also better with strangers again, she understands simple instructions, she falls asleep on her own now in the evenings, it's getting harder to keep her busy while doing things like cleaning, cooking or taking shower, her iron levels are normal according to the blood test they did at a 'saglik ocagi' (village clinic) on Fri and I'm glad I followed my instinct and the pediatrician's advice not to give any iron supplements (http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/iron-supplements-for-infants.html )
Talking about pediatricians, I find it very interesting that almost every doctor here has a different opinion about the same subject; one says give your baby everything you eat right away, another recommends ready-made food, one claims that breastmilk isn't enough after intro of solids and says you should supplement with formula, bla bla bla..........very confusing!
Actually I like Ela's current doc because he's very relaxed, never gives medicine unless it's really necessary, doesn't push us to visit him every month, always listens when I call to ask about s.th. and explains everything in detail and he's old and very experienced. Some of the things he said I disagree (like giving water right from the beginning or giving her honey as soon as I introduced solids) but those are just little things and nobody's perfect, right???
For the last few days I've been having the urge to do s.th. for myself...and I'm very happy that I'll be able to start running once a week with a friend at the fair every Wed morning! It's not a big deal but it's a good start for me to feel a bit independent again! I'm also looking forward to our first trip to Istanbul in May where I will throw Ela into my parents' arms and have some fun in my hometown.