December 17, 2012

1/3 of the Way There!

I’ve always said that when I had kids that I wanted to breastfeed for the first year.  I’m so excited that I’m 1/3 of the way there!  I’ve been breastfeeding Munchkin for 5 months (ok, so this post is a little late!)

She hasn’t had any formula since those first few weeks.  I know breastfeeding can be hard and I’m kinda surprised that it’s gone as well as it has.  I guess I expected to have more problems.  I’m thankful I didn’t!

There are two issues on the horizon.  One is that Munchkin is teething.  Both of her bottom teeth are coming in.  They are sharp little suckers.  She’s been understandably fussy and nursing has helped.  I haven’t felt the teeth yet while nursing but I’m sure that’s just a matter of time.  I’m hoping she’s not a biter!

Second, Munchkin has started to show an interest in food.  She’ll watch you like a hawk while you’re eating.  It’s funny how intent she is when she's watching you.  We were out to eat and The Man got a steak with fries.  He had Munchkin on his lap and when the plate was placed in front of him, the fries were closest to Munchkin.  She reached for them and grabbed 4 or 5 of them!  2012-12-08 11.43.15We took them away but we did give her one little one to see what she would do.  She put it in her mouth and immediately took it back out again.  She made the cutest yucky face.  She’s not a fan of French fries just yet.   If I’m holding her and I take a drink of water, she reaches for it and pulls it to her mouth.  She really wants a drink of my water.  I’ve given her a sippy cup with a little bit of water in it and she’s not sure what to do with the water.  It ends up down her front.  Since she really doesn’t need the water it’s ok!

I’ve been set on waiting till she’s six months old to start her on solids.  I’m starting to waver a little but am holding off until we see her Pediatrician.  I know they often say to start them earlier than 6 months.  From my reading I’ve learned that starting earlier than 6 months can lead to digestive issues later in life.  As for solids, I’m planning on making her baby food and also doing a little bit of baby led weaning.   We’re going to skip rice cereal and oatmeal.  We’ll start with veggies and fruits and then probably move on to meat.  At least, this is what I’m thinking.  We’ll see what ends up happening!

 

When did you introduce solids to your little one? 

What was first?

10 comments:

  1. Something interesting I've learned about babies is that once they start getting teeth in is usually when their digestive systems can start handling some solids. It's really interesting to me that she is getting seriously interested at the same time she's getting teeth! Funny how our bodies and minds just know when to take the next step :) She is growing so much and just keeps getting cuter and cuter!!

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  2. She is absolutely adorable! :)

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  3. We did pretty much everything in your plan with C, and he still nursed until 2 years! We didn't have an issue with biting, but I know that's different for everyone. :)

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  4. I started V on pureed foods at 4 months using a spoon. I made them myself. She ate Earths Best cereal because she never liked the homemade ones.
    Also, we did BLW when she started grabbing and picking things up. She never had a sippy cup- we started her on a straw cup around 9 months.

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  5. We did BLW and LOVED it! Totally worth it. Let me know if you have any questions about it. Also, my baby has 9 teeth now and rarely bites. She did a few times but you just stick through it.

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  6. I keep going back and forth and Munchkin will get food eventually:) I'll let you know if I have any questions about BLW!

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  7. YAY for two years! I think that's my new goal, as long as Munchkin agrees:)

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  8. That is interesting! And thanks:)

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  9. Honestly, my baby bit me more in the first two months (when she didn't have teeth) than she has since she got teeth. Well, I take that back, now she has started biting my arms and stuff, but teeth haven't affected nursing much. Also, nursing became so easy after 4 months or so--easy breezy (and rather quick) from here on out. Have fun starting solids--whenever you do it! Our baby made the funniest faces for the first month or so of it.

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