Thursday, August 19, 2010

moving on up.

When we went to Baby Girl's four month appointment, we were given a schedule on how to introduce solids and juices into her diet.

At first we were to start with two tablespoons of rice cereal at dinner and about three tablespoons of juice diluted with water about two hours before dinner.

I was kind of on the fence about adding solids in already. I just don't feel like she personally needs them. I know that its okay to let babies live on formula/b*reastmilk alone until they're about six months old. I know that most of the time people do start introducing solids at about four months, but there are studies saying that's good as well as bad. I don't judge. Do whats best for your child I say.

Mr. Perfect and I let her have some rice cereal for the first time on the fourth. At first she really didn't get it, but eventually I think she got the hang of it enough to at least swallow a bit of food.

Our general consensus that night, was she just didn't seem completely ready for the food. She pushed out more than she got, it didn't seem to make her any more satisfied, and she already was sleeping good, so no change there. We just didn't feel she was quite there yet, so we decided solid wise, to stick with formula for the time being.

The next day, we tried the juice thing. Our pediatrician wants us to juice in a sippy cup, not a bottle.

My child sees the sippy cup as yet one more toy.

She did not get it. She banged it on the tray, threw it on the table, and got really frustrated when she'd tip it back and get nothing out. I'd show you the video, but it's really just three minutes of me staring at the cup to see if anything was coming out.

It wasn't.

So a bust on the juice as well.

Then last Wednesday, we decided to give the juice another try.

It went ten times better. She literally sucked down her cup of juice and was looking for more. I don't know if it was the difference in sippy cups or what, but she was hooked.

Now she gets juice about 4:30 every afternoon. Two hours before dinner.

I'm thinking of adding a juice in the morning too. I've completely veered off my pediatrician's schedule. Just going by what I feel she needs.

Which led me back into the world of rice cereal.

This past week, BG has fought us tooth and nail at bedtime. I can't figure it out. She has been such a great sleeper for so long, that this is throwing me for a loop. So I thought maybe she was still hungry or not satisfied enough or something.

So I brought the cereal back out last night...

It went great.. until you took it away from her.

I tried it again tonight. I guess we're officially "on rice cereal" now. Tonight she loved it. I personally understand the love of food completely, so who am I to deny her?!

Although I do have to wonder... what the heck happened to my baby?!? Who is this big girl eating from a spoon?!


Kara said...

I really enjoyed that! All of it! As usual, we are behind, LOL.

Bonnie said...

What a sweet angel! Your right - you should do what you feel is best for your child. We started on stage 1 baby foods with Jarrett at 4 months, but we also started rice cereal earlier. I just recently got him a sippy cup & he also thinks its a toy! He will stare at you, laugh & then drop it to the ground. I'm not going to spend all day playing that game, haha! Our babies are growing to fast :(

Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...

Oh, this photos were so cute! Thank you so much for sharing! It gives me stuff to look forward to whenever we decide to start a family of our own :-) She's adorable!!!

No Longer Newlyweds. said...

Great videos. It's like watching a prettier version of Jude. =)
Great job on being persistent and revisting the juice and rice cereal until you had success. I've done a lot of research on juice since Jude's stomach was killing him after just an ounce of apple. It turns out that apple is the WORST juice you can give a baby because it causes tummy cramps, bloating and gas...all that Jude was suffering from. It has an indigestible carbohydrate that causes all that pain. So, white grape is the way to go. We are trying that this weekend. Just wanted to pass on the knowledge in case E was having some of the same problems as J.

A.B. said...

Love these stories and pictures. And I believe you know your BG better than her doctor :) She's on her own time.

Laura said...

Such cute pics and videos! By the way, I agree, you probably know your own baby better than the doctor. I mean, they know what they're talking about, but not all babies are the same (I'm certain you know that). I'm sure its just another motherly instinct or something. Its good that she liked it all the second time around though! Glad you kept trying. :)

Carrie said...

I am so confused on what to do!?!? My ped said start rice cereal(we had her 4 month yesterday)I was going to wait until 6 months, but she said it could delay motor skills? Then I told her that I wanted to start juice and she said no juice until 6 months!?!? Its like you are darned if ya do, darned if ya don't!

Miss Jody said...

Look at those cheeks!!
How cute!!

You know your baby better than the Dr.
just saying.. xoxooox


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