Well, today we did it. We introduced Boo to cereal. His doctor had given us the green light at his last appointment a few weeks ago. I wasn't quite ready for it. I was tempted to wait until the Thanksgiving weekend so we'd have 4 days at home to try this. But, I decided that maybe it would be nice if he could have some sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving with the rest of us. (They were my favorite as a baby after all....)
No, Aunt Flauta, we didn't wait until 6 months. I figure 5 months and a week is close enough; besides, the AAP says any time between 4 and 6 months, and this is just about in the middle of that window . He seems happy enough with just nursing, but might as well get him (and us) used to the idea that life is going to get a whole lot messier... and tastier.
For all of the pictorial goodness, head over to my Flickr. There were a couple of priceless ones. He willingly opened up his mouth and even took the slush off the spoon. (I think I mixed a little too much milk with the rice cereal... it was definitely not much thicker than normal milk.) He just wasn't very sure what to do with it once it was in his mouth. He didn't turn away. He didn't scream. He looked quite confused, and even a little worried. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience. We'll see how the next couple of days go. Before you know it, he'll be eating us out of house and home!
The rest of the weekend hasn't been all that exciting.
Well, I take that back. We had a bit of an adventure with getting new tires for the back wheels of the truck, but I'm not sure I really want to go into the details. Suffice to say, it was a more expensive endeavour that we were planning. Oh well, so much in life is these days isn't it?
Today was a pretty mellow day over all. Boo slept a lot today. Gak got a nap in too. (I didn't... I spent the quiet time working on some holiday presents. Can you believe it's November already?!?!) Boo was also quite cranky every time he nursed. He would eat for a few minutes on a side, then howl and be almost inconsolable. I'm wondering if that doesn't mean teeth. I think I read somewhere that biting makes teeth feel better, but the sucking of nursing makes things hurt worse. Although, he did take a bottle for Daddy this afternoon. (I knew he hadn't had enough the rest of the day and wanted to make sure he got one "good" feeding in... even with the handful of extra calories from the cereal....)
Well, at any rate, I've got work tomorrow, but have Tuesday off for Veterans Day. I appreciate the day off, but I'm confused as to why we couldn't "celebrate" a day earlier on Monday? Anyhow, it's a worthwhile day. We really do owe everything to the Vets. I mean, if they didn't stand up for us, who would? (And no, I don't just say that because my husband, father-in-law, and at least 4 of my friends willingly served our country...) So, I get a short week and Boo gets a really short week at day care, only 3 days this week. That'll be nice since next week he'll be there full days for four days as Gak's working open to close while the boss is on vacation.
Well, I'm off to read a few pages before I go to sleep. Here's hoping I do sleep. I've had a very rough several nights recently. I think Friday night I woke up about a dozen or more times in the course of 8 hours. So, yesterday I was working with a sleep deficit. Luckily last night I slept better, but then again, I did spend most of it on the couch so my tossing and turning wouldn't keep Gak awake. (He said Saturday morning that he'd almost throttled me at at least one point in time the night before.... I didn't want to push my luck a second night *grin*.)
Peace to all and may you sleep well and have some messy goodness in your life.