20

Oct

how to know when

baby food

Elizabeth posted a little “how to know when your baby is ready” question in her 10 Ivie Things today and it got me thinking about baby’s first food.  lately, I’ve been thinking Wolf might be close to being ready for a little intro of solid foods.  Wolf is no longer being breast fed, he’s exclusively on organic formula.  {when I went back to work, my already low supply just disappeared but that’s for another post.}  so I’m wondering… would he be ready to start solids a little early?  he’ll be 5 months old next week and I know most sites say to wait until they are 6 months old but he’s been reaching for our food for weeks now and he’s had a few tastes.  it’s been fun to watch his reaction on little tastes of our morning smoothies and last night’s tongue-on-the-pickle was the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen.  from what I’ve been reading, he’s not quite physically ready for solid foods though.  he’s still thrusting his tongue a little and he’s not sitting up by himself yet, but he’s so close!

baby led weaning?  what’s your take?  I guess the main concept is that it allows the baby to eat however much he or she wants to eat.  it encourages the baby to lead the way.  but there’s something so traditional about purees and mashes that makes me long to create tasty little blends for Wolf.

so let’s talk babies and food.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and when you started your wee one on solids.

17

Oct

the weekend of firsts pt. 1

wolf photobooth1

Wolf went to the photobooth for the first time this weekend.  obviously he was more interested than anything other than the lens: the blinking lights from the credit card machine, mom, the shiny stuff above the lens, mom’s credit card waiving above the lens, you get the idea.  none the less, here his is in all his 4 and half month photobooth glory.

photobooth wolf

sigh.  I love this boy.

7

Oct

the 4th month sleep regression

wolf sleep regression

Wolf has been a good sleeper for as long as I can remember.  honestly, I can’t even remember when he first started sleeping through the night, it was so long ago.  first it was 6 hours – yahoo!  then 7, 8, 9 and even one night he slept for 11 blissful hours.  like whoa.  he would fall asleep anywhere from 8:00-9:00, and stay asleep until I woke him up at 5:30-6:00 in the morning.  but recently, he’s begun waking up in the middle of the night again.  I feel kind of like we’re back at phase 1 in the newborn-itty-bitty-baby days where he’d wake up numerous times in the night.  except now I’m forced to get out of my bed as the sun peeks over the horizon to start my day and sleepily head off to work.

I was doing some research today and came across a blog post where someone made a comment about “the 4th month sleep regression” and it was as if someone smacked me.  I read her comment and could feel my head nodding in agreement.  3 month old baby sleeps through the night then WHAM that 4th month hits and something changes.  was it his vaccines last week?  or the fact that he just got over a little cold?  is it the change in the weather?  is it his desire to test out new tricks?  is it a growth spurt?  what gives?

I’ve just recently started a semi sleep routine.  we play after I finish eating dinner, then wind down with a little baby massage while I sing songs to him {mostly made up, they are pretty hilarious}, then it’s story time, bottle time, swaddle time and ocean noises that lull him to sleep.  but I admit, we don’t do it exactly like this every night.  {hello return of Dexter!!}  so I guess I’m asking your advice on a few topics.  the 4th month sleep regression – does it exist?  what could it be?  and I’d love to hear your thoughts on sleep training and how important is a routine?

last night however, I’m happy to report that Wolf slept from 8:45pm until 5:30 this morning.  thank you, Mister.

{picture by levi}