Archive for August, 2007
So Ian had his first meat- chicken. It smells like cat food. It was also part of his first meal- he had mashed chicken with a side of mangoes and some applesauce with cinnamon. He seemed to like the applesauce with the cinnamon in it- tasted sorta like apple crisp since we thickened it with the oatmeal. He also seemed to like the chicken… maybe a little too much.
The real test will be if he starts trying to chew on the cat’s faces.
Ian had his six month check up today and he is now a total of 20lbs even and is 27 inches long. That puts him in the 75-90 percentile for his weight and the 50-75 percentile for his height; his head is 17.25 inches (which is only in the 25-50 percentile). He received more of the same vaccinations – Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Pneumococcal Conjugate, Hepatitis B, and Rotavirus. The doctor also said that we can start giving Ian three meals a day now. Anything in the 2nd foods from Gerber is okay – even the mixed ones. His suggested routine was cereal in the morning, a meal in the afternoon (like beef and veggies) and then more cereal at night with some kind of dessert. Per Jesse’s instructions, I also asked to doctor about making our own food. He said we really don’t need to stay away from too much, just the foods that tend to have high allergy ratios (i.e. peanuts, dairy) and that we can even use spices as long as we don’t go nuts with it. That means we can convert the applesauce into cinnamon applesauce. We’re also one step closer to a pureed burrito. We’re able to try anything as long as we keep an eye out for an allergic reaction. We were told to stay away from the acidic foods a little bit longer, but we can start incorporating those around December. I was happy to find out that Ian should be sleeping through the night and if he isn’t, then it’s more out of habit than anything. We can start trying to get rid of one of the night awakenings, but I have a feeling it’s going to be harder on Jesse and I then on Ian. I was also concerned about Ian’s eating habits. Since he started getting the solids, it seems like he doesn’t want to nurse as often or as long and I found out that this is normal. On top of that, most infants become such good nursers by 6 months that they generally get everything they want within the first 5 minutes. The sad news was, we found out that the first couple of teeth that come in are not the bad ones. He’s definitely drooling a lot and this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s teething, but that he’s starting to use his mouth more and is getting accustomed to it. Or something like that. But he’s still teething, that’s for sure. I think that’s everything from the doc visit.
Ian is definitely on the move. He’s figured out how to roll over (the whole 360) and that he can change his location by rolling over or spinning his body. He hasn’t started crawling yet, but he can push himself backwards. He is definitely becoming mobile. I think a lot of this is due to the Mom’s Group we joined about a month ago. Ian was the youngest one there, but there are three others between 6mo – 12mos that are crawling and walking and Ian has been watching them. It’s obvious Ian wants to start crawling, and I think he’s learning from the other kids, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to crawl soon.
He is also starting to stand on his own. I can have him sitting on my lap and he’ll hold on to my fingers and pull himself to a standing position. That’s the only time I’ve seen him do it, but it’s a start. He’s also picking up that he can grab things and move them towards him. Jesse has been teaching Ian how to fish by creating a chain with his links and putting a toy at the end. Ian has been able to reel the chain in to get his toy.
Our list of solids have grown. He’s now tried pears, peas, green beans, peaches, sweet potatoes, squash, and we just started mangoes this week. We’re going to attempt to make our own baby food. Not all of it, but just certain foods. Jesse would like to try Avocados and we’re thinking of doing a couple of different fruits (strawberries, raspberries).
We’ve managed to get a couple of “cause and effect” toys for him and he’s been enjoying them. I think the newest toy he likes is the keyboard. Jesse inherited a keyboard that can take on the sound of different instruments. Right now he’s playing the piano, but we’ve had it set to a trumpet, violin, and a harp to name a few. We have also gotten out the Duplos and Ian has been enjoying those. Actually, I think he likes the tub more than anything. Either way, he’s been making a lot of noise and he’s giggling and smiling the entire time.
We found out he was teething a couple of weeks ago, but nothing has popped through yet. I have mixed feelings about whether I want him to have teeth yet or not. While it would probably help with the discomfort, it hasn’t been too unbearable yet. We’ve been using Hyland’s Teething Tablets and they seem to be working. We’ve only had to use Tylenol a couple of times and mainly at night right before he goes to bed. He’s also been sticking his tongue out more and more, but I’m thinking it’s part of the teething process. It’s been amusing to watch him concentrating…he’ll stick his tongue out until he’s finished whatever he’s doing.
He’s still getting up twice a night, but he’s been going to bed easier and easier. Both of us have finally reached an agreement on when he should go to bed. He’s generally asleep and in bed by 9pm every night. By 8:30, if he’s had his bath and is getting a bottle, he’ll start to get drowsy and will fall asleep. There have even been some nights where I haven’t needed him to fall asleep on the bottle to get him to bed. I’ve been able to put him in his crib awake, but drowsy and after a few minutes, he’ll go to sleep. Of course, he’s been moving a lot more and doesn’t always end up where I put him. It’s been interesting because he has also gotten his legs or arms caught in the bars. As I said, he’s still getting up twice a night, but he’s starting to change that a little too. I think the main thing getting him up at night now is his gums. When I give him a couple of tablets before his bath, he tends to sleep longer at night or if he does wake up, he’ll calm himself back to sleep within a few minutes. I don’t want to start introducing the tablets as part of his routine, but if it helps him sleep at night, I may.
Ian is also starting to vocalize a lot more. He’s not talking, but he’s making more and more sounds. Plus his pitch is starting to change a little too.
At this moment, I should be listening to Ian snoring in his crib (not that he actually snores, but you know what I mean). Normally, he gets his bath, changed into his pajamas, and then has a bottle and he is out like a light by 9pm. Yeah, that ain’t happening tonight. Right now, he is happily bouncing away in his jumper. We got through the bottle and he started jumping in my lap. I’m not talking little bounces either. If I hadn’t been holding on to him, he probably would have jumped off my lap. I know I should have stuck with the routine and laid him in his crib hoping he would fall asleep, but something told me he wouldn’t have. I mean, he’s been bouncing for 10-15 minutes as it is and he is still having the time of his life. Hopefully he’ll sleep better tonight since he’s getting rid of all of this energy. I just wish I knew where it came from.
Ian has started a new trend lately. Iâ€™m not sure how I feel about it either. Usually I would nurse Ian when he was tired and that would get him fall asleep for his naps. Lately, however, nursing hasnâ€™t been working. What has been working is rocking him to sleep, but you have to start it at the right moment. It also means he is fussy longer because the rocking doesnâ€™t keep his mouth as busy. This is good because I donâ€™t have to nurse him to get him to sleep, yet itâ€™s not so good because it takes him longer to fall asleep. Although, this is the last hurdle to getting him to fall asleep on his own. Heâ€™s already figured out that he gets a bath, pajamas, and a bottle at night and once the bottle is done, I can generally put him in his crib (still awake, but drowsy) and heâ€™ll fall asleep within 10 minutes. He still makes some noise, but heâ€™s not crying, just making noises. We just need to work on the whole rocking = nap time routine.
We’re getting Ian’s baby pictures done in a couple of months and I’ve been asked to “be looking up ideas of baby photos and what you really want”. Since this is our first child, I have no idea what I want. So does anyone have any recommendations, suggestions, ideas, etc?
Jesse and I want to find a good food processor so we can make our own baby food. Has anyone had any luck doing this? Any recommendations on what kind we should buy or works the best for making baby food?