February 12, 2010

Eating It Up

At Luke's 4 month appointment, our pediatrician recommended starting him on solid foods. I had read a little about solid food introduction and knew it was in our future, but I wasn't sure if we'd start it as soon as possible, or if we'd hold off until 6 months. So, when the doctor brought it up, I decided we could give it a try and see how it went, but I wasn't going to stress out about it. The first day, we were on our way to a conference at the beach so we only had a few minutes to try a few bites. Luke wasn't so sure at first, but we managed to get a little down. The next day, though, he gobbled it up and had no trouble figuring out how to swallow it.  

It's been great to hand off a feeding to Travis and it's been fun watching them bond over it. They have a system down pat that seems overly messy to me....but it works for them and I have to remind myself to just butt out of it. We did rice cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula for almost a month, and we are now in the process of adding in fruits and veggies. We've tried applesauce, green beans, and prunes. So far, he doesn't seem to be too picky. Although, on the first day of a new flavor, he seems skeptical.

Prunes and rice cereal. Yum. Errr. Maybe not.

Adding the solid food in has helped with lengthening his sleep at night and helped stretch his naps out. Things still aren't consistent, but we've had a few better nights recently, so I am more hopeful than last time I wrote. Last night, he only got up once to eat between 7PM and 6AM. That's all I'm really asking for at this point. I'm thrilled by that and it doesn't even bother me that I know he's getting old enough to sleep longer than that. I don't mind one feeding a night....for now. I'm sure I will change my mind about that soon enough.

In other news...we are getting another pretty snow here in North Carolina. This one has come more as a surprise which makes it more fun to me. Luke wasn't so sure when we took him out in it for a few seconds before bedtime.

Henry, however, is ALL about the snow. As soon as an inch or two is on the ground, he is out there, begging to play. Playing fetch with a snowball is by far his favorite and this just happens to be great snowball snow.

He is now wiped out in his chair and we are getting ready to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Go USA!

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