Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby food update

So I have been working on Libby's pureed baby food for about a month now. I am shocked at how easy it is to whip up some pureed whatever and have it ready for her. Our freezer is full of little containers of veggies and fruits.

So far we have tried..... apples, pears, butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, zucchini, and avocado. Not too bad on the variety!! My initial fears that I would turn her orange have resolved and she has begun exploring lots of green vegetables too.

The only definite reject has been avocado. We have tried it twice now and there was no question she HATED it! But, I didn't put it through the food processor either time - just mashed it with a spoon. It could still be a texture issue. We will try again next time I make guacamole.

As we approach Libby's 7 month birthday I am really pleased with how open she has been to all the fruits and vegetables. I don't think I am going to try to puree meats in the processor. I'll just buy jarred versions. But I think we have made good progress and I'm looking forward to getting her introduced to more complex foods and food combinations!

Its sad but I officially love my Babycook food processor and my WS Baby food cookbook. Never thought I would be a make your own baby food kind of mommy but so far it working!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Babcia and Opa visit

Our monthly visit with Sue and Al! Typically this involves food, activities and Sue "working out" with Libby. However, this weekend was very very mellow by previous standards. Except for lunch at Mellow Mushroom and Saturday night church, we pretty much stuck to the indoors. It was cold, rainy and just plain gross outside. Plans for family work outs and 5K runs were washed away and instead, cozy family time occurred. Libby got to play with her grandparents all day and they enjoyed getting to see her in all her wiggly glory.

On Sunday, Libby and Sue played and played and played and played. Libby rolled and rolled, then she did v-sitting with Sue and lots of wiggling and squealing.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Why don't they come with a manual?

I question each decision we make for Libby, weighing the options, relying on my training and my mommy instincts. For several weeks, it felt like we had a good system going. We had a happy, developing, sweet baby. But then, as it always happens, things changed. And it sent me spiraling trying to figure out how to restore peace, harmony and parenting confidence in our house.

Recently, Libby has had new sleep issues. My once predictable sleeping child was waking up in the middle of the night (multiple times) and refusing to nap. Then there was the 6 month well child check. Her weight percentile slipped from the 80th to the 60th. Nothing to worry about or a small red flag? Its been nagging at me for two weeks now and that coupled with the sleep changes have me questioning everything.

I have finally blamed these changes on her eating habits. Namely, my error in not feeding her enough. So I did what I always do - research.

Today, I was going through some of the literature I carefully tucked away over my years of residency, looking for a how-to guide for how much she should be eating and how often. At the end of the stack, I was more confused and less confident than I was at the outset. According to one source, she is grossly underfed and should be getting at least 2 servings of fruits, 2 servings of vegetables, 1 serving of meat and 2 servings of cereal along with 6 milk feedings daily. Umm.... we don't come any where close to that!!

I don't think I would worry as much about it if her weight were remaining steady on her growth curve but as I said, she's changing curves. Despite a scrawny 6lb 14oz start in life, Libby quickly gained weight and remained at the 80-90th percentile for weight and height at her 2 week, 2 month and 4 month check ups. But, at her 6 month check up, she was 60th percentile. Then our baby sitter quietly asked one day, shouldn't we be feeding her more milk in her bottles? Then the question from a friend, you are only giving cereal once a day and a puree once a day? Is that enough? These little, innocuous questions stick in my mind for days. Have I made a mistake?

If Libby were my patient, and I could be objective about the weights and eating habits, I would probably reassure her mommy that she was doing a great job and 60th percentile is still a wonderful weight and Libby may be settling into her new growth pattern. We see that all the time.

Its tough to take your own advice sometimes...

Growth curve changes, innocent questions from friends and changing sleep habits in the last few weeks have sent me running to my parenting books and pediatric literature - searching for how to get my baby back to sleeping through the night and restore my mommy confidence. We'll try a change for a few days and see if it makes a difference and then try again.

Now the flip side.... its the teeth. Its a growth spurt. Its just a baby being a baby. They can't be predictable all the time right? Libby is happy and silly. Her development in all areas is ahead of schedule. I'm sure that the world does not hinge on whether or not I give her an extra 1oz serving of pureed sweet potatoes. For today, we'll just blame the teeth instead of mommy.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Libby's 6 month pictures

We went to Old Salem on Wednesday May 16th to have Libby's 6 month pictures taken. We used the same photographer from her 3 month pictures - which as some of you know did not go well. I was a little nervous and of course when we got there Libby appeared to be in a frowny mood. Only slight degrees of panic at this point. But as soon as we got set up to start taking pictures, she flashed her sweet smile and the rest of the shoot was wonderful!

The photos are amazing and I am so thrilled with the few that I have gotten to see!! I have no idea how I'm going to chose between the pictures when they are all available.

Hope you all love them as much as I do!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Libby's 1st St. Patrick's Day! Our little leprechaun enjoyed the beautiful weather outside and made an art project with Miss Shannon. After work, Libby and I spent the evening outside playing in the yard. When Craig got home, Libby was so happy to see him - as usual!