—back to the regularly scheduled post 🙂
At Jackson’s 4 month check-up, his pediatrician suggested we start slowly feeding him some solid foods. She made it sound so simple. What I heard was: some rice cereal, throw in some pears, some sweet potatoes– easy peasy. Maybe I should take better notes next time, because I know she told me more steps than that. Maybe they should write these things down for parents?
We tried offering him some organic rice cereal the next day and it did not go over well. We tried three times. He hated and seemed to kick his little legs in agony all night, causing me to believe he had a stomach ache. I was also alarmed by the drastic change in his poop from his exclusively breast-fed days. I decided to call it a day and try again at his 5 month birthday.
As I pulled out his box of organic rice cereal on his birthday, the phone rang & it was my Mother-in-Law (always good timing). I briefly told her about my plan of re-starting the rice cereal and she kindly mentioned that the rice cereal gave Greg wicked stomach problems as a baby, but oatmeal worked great. As I was forging ahead with my plan of rice, I noticed the box said to not us after 30 days of being opened (it had been 31). Maybe it was a sign he shouldn’t be eating the damn rice cereal, thus a trip to Target was now in order. (I can pretty much come up with a reason to go to Target any second of the day, ask Greg)
While at Target I managed to fill my cart with God knows what, but I picked up some organic baby oatmeal per my Mother-in-Law. I also bought some rubbery baby spoons that appear to make it much more difficult for Jackson to poke his own eye out. Once home, I mixed up the oatmeal and mentally prepared myself for another sleepless night with an angry-tummy baby.
Much to my surprise, Jackson could not get enough oatmeal! I wasn’t feeding it to him fast enough so he would grab the spoon from me and feed himself. Twenty minutes and the both of us covered in oatmeal later, we had our first solid food success! Now that he has been eating solids for a couple weeks, he enjoys his oatmeal, pears and sweet potatoes.
I’m not sure what our next food is going to be (again, I should have paid more attention at the Dr’s office); but I can guarantee you it will be MESSY!