Yes ladies and gentleman that's right, Aden has begun the solid food adventure. Around 4 months we tried cereal and he obviously wasn't ready. We started oatmeal at 4.5 months and he took it, but didn't love it. Just these past 2 weeks he has been introduced to both carrots and sweet potatoes (we are doing orange veggies first). More on this later...
My nephew, Chris, came July 13 and just LOVED his baby cousin. He always asked to hold him and talk to him and play with him. And let me tell you, entertaining a 12 year old and a 4 month old is hard work. Lots of boggle, scrabble, and root beer floats. Energetic child.
On July 26, Aden, Ryan, and I made our way down to Blairsville, GA. The trip down was not bad at all! We left at noon and arrived at 8 p.m. Aden slept horribly the entire time there, due to loud doors and oh yeah, the noise of 17 people and 2 dogs. He was so tired that the first time I gave him carrots, he fell asleep sitting on Aunt Lizzie's lap. Poor kid! We had a wonderful time and I went white water rafting! Thats right, Mrs. Boring went white water rafting. That water was 54 degrees. And it was cloudy and raining. I can be tough too :) Ryan got to go golfing twice! We split up the responsibilities really well and we each got some relaxation time. I even got some color! Ryan made his first set of bottles and also washed them too, since there is no dishwasher there. The family was great and always helped when he was crying. They took care of Aden for a little so Ryan and I could go out for a little boat ride. It was cut a bit short due to some lightning. We left Georgia on July 31 at 9 a.m. The trip back was just awful. Hearing a screaming baby for 8 1/2 hours (the trip back was 30 minutes longer due to "rubberneckers" as Ryan calls them, who like to look at accidents on the other side of the road and create traffic) is not my cup of tea. I was carsick, hungry, hot, and had possibly the worst headache I have ever had. There was some crying on my end too. But hey, we survived!
Since being back, Aden has been sleeping for hours at a time during the day. He has also developed a new feeding schedule. In the mornings he eats oatmeal and prunes (for his digestive system) and in the evening he eats carrots (well, now sweet potatoes) He actually moves towards the veggies and smiles and eats 1/2 the container! He would eat more but I limit him a little. Along with the oatmeal&prunes he eats 5-6 ounces of formula and along with the veggies he eats 6-7 ounces. Every mother chooses to introduce solids in a different way and at different times. Some babies are ready at 4 months while others are ready at 6 months and some mothers even choose to wait until after a year. This is what I have chosen:
We started at almost 5 months on orange veggies. We did carrots for 6 days. Now, we are on sweet potatoes. We will be on sweet potatoes for the rest of the week. Next week, we will start with green veggies.. peas one week, green beans one week, and avocado another. After green veggies we will start fruit! We chose to do fruit after veggies because many pediatricians suggest that if you start fruit before veggies, many babies will reject the vegetables because they are not as sweet and do not taste as good. We are using gerber organic (who really knows how "organic" it is) 1st baby food. Gerber has different stages (1,2,3). the first stage is for babies who are able to sit with support. Second is babies who can sit up and I believe third is for babies who can pull themselves up. I'm not sure about the third stage so don't quote me on that. We will end up starting fruit around 5.5 months.
**This is just MY plan on solids, I do not speak for any mother but myself. **
My nephew just left today, back to Arizona. He starts school August 10! So early! Speaking of school, in Georgia I got online and registered for my classes! I will be taking Organic and Biochemistry, Dosages and Calculations, and Advanced Medical Terminology. I am taking the Hybrid version of Organic&Bio Chem which means I will do most of my work online and go to an actual class one day a week. My class is on Saturday 4pm-750pm. My Math class is actually at the Dublin center and is only on Tuesdays 6 pm to 750 pm. My Adv. Med Terminology class will be completely online. This schedule works out great for me because I can still stay home with Aden. I am thinking about going back to work at the cleaners one or two days a week, but we'll see how that goes. Jobs are scarce lately!
Ryan is camping for the day and will be going to Orientation for college tomorrow! THEN his birthday is coming up on the 15th. What do you even get a 19 yr old dad? Ideas?