so, it was very apparent from your facial expressions yesterday evening that Farex (rice cereal for babies) mixed with breastmilk is NOT as appetising as avocado. In fact, I think your Aunt and I can quite confidently say that you thought it tasted disgusting and weren’t at all sure why the hell we even tried to feed it to you. Screwed up your face and pushed it out with your tongue and gave me a “what the hell do you think you are doing to me, Mum?” look.
Righto. So I adjusted. And mixed some avocado in with the disgusting-smelling mixture. There was no way I was going to taste it myself (which doesn’t vouch for me feeding it to you does it? Maybe I should have a rule that if I wouldn’t eat it then I won’t feed it to you? Sounds fair – though at some point I will feed you meat that your dad has made, but I won’t eat). Anyway, you did decide to eat the mixture of rice cereal, breastmilk and avocado. Not as voraciously as you attacked the plain avocado. But you got a substantial amount down. In fact, at least a quarter of an avocado and maybe two tablespoons of rice cereal and boobie milk mixture.
We’ve also been experimenting with sippy cups. C told me that you are supposed to try to drink 30ml of water with each ‘solid’ foods meal. First cup was insulated and you have to suck on it pretty hard to get the water to flow out. It will be fantastic when you’re a bit older and used to a sippy cup, but for now it was a bit too big of a learning curve. Next cup was just a tip and the water flows out the three little holes without having to suck at all. Your bumbo ended up with a pool of water in the bottom of it. Good thing you were naked. Third cup was a winner – a soft rubbery part for your mouth, that you have to suck on a little to get the water to flow out, but not too much. Still a lot of water spillage, but less choking-action (cup two) and more drinking-attempt-action. So you managed to get some water down too. You preferred it when the water was warm.
Otherwise? Well, I haven’t been to mum’s group for weeks due to the lack of ability to walk/drive, but have kept up with the emails. It seems a few of the four-month-old babies are going through a whingey, unsettled phase. You are a little. Trying to get you to sleep at night has become a battle where you scream for a good half to full hour each night. So two nights ago your Dad and I instigated renewed effort to settle you into a night-time get-ready-for-bed routine. I’m not the best at routines, so it’s not 100% the same each day, but better than before. New tip, back to swaddling you and having lots of quiet, ‘chill-out’ time in the hour leading up to 7pm. So far, SUCCESS! A little grizling but not the screaming tantrums of the past week. I think we were just letting you get too tired before putting you down.
righto. Must run. you have awoken and need to eat some food.