It’s taken a while but I think we are getting back on the weaning track with Josiah.
I took him to get weighed on Tuesday and he has dropped on his centile chart again. One of the HV’s made me feel a bit upset about it, but she was a visiting one, and my normal HV was lovely and said it wasn’t too bad. He’s cutting a top tooth at the moment so that could have hindered things. and he’s been rolling around like a trooper so burning more energy now.
Anyway, it’s taken a while and he still won’t eat puree, or breakfast mush. I try to offer weetabix and he’ll take about 3 spoons then clam up. He won’t hold cooked vegetables or fruits, but will hold dry finger foods like breads and baby snacks. However, he will eat mashed ‘proper’ food. It takes a bit of distraction but I feel I’m getting food into him now. It’s not really baby led weaning any more as I am feeding him but we have skipped the puree stage.
Today I cooked some ‘eggy crumpets’ (like the bread but with crumpets obviously and fried until cooked through!) and he ate a few chunks of that, then some grapes (peeled and halved) and a couple of slices of nectarines and that was lunch. I’d put a fruity beef casserole in my slow cooker this morning and made mashed potatoes with cheesy swede puree and we had that for dinner and he ate a good few spoons of mash with beef gravy (baby stock cubes) and swede. I was really pleased.
He seems to be feeding less from me which I guess is a good sign he’s getting enough from his food now. But he is still wanting his nighttime feeds and I’m sure I’ll miss our quiet feeding cuddle times when they’re gone so although I’m tired beyond belief at the moment I shall try to enjoy them whilst they are still wanted.
Here is Josiah munching and being messy with blueberry drop scones 🙂 There are lots of ways of hiding fruit and veg into what he will eat 🙂
Joel was a dream to wean. He just opened his mouth and beamed at me pretty much as to whatever went into it! He cleared bowls of pureed vegetables, fruits and happily moved on to lumps and finger foods.
I naively assumed the same would happen for Josiah! It hasn’t!
Toast and plums
I carefully prepared some different purees and in his first week at 23 weeks he had roasted butternut squash, pear, apple, carrots, baby rice but each one seemed to go in ok at first then get rejected with lots of crying until he could latch on for my milk and glare at me with his perfectly formed eyebrows.
He seemed to like the flavour but bnot the mush or spoon.
So after seeing the HV last week (he weighed in at 24 weeks 17lbs and 14oz) she suggested starting some vegetable and fruit fingers for baby led weaning. So I dutifully steamed broccoli, peppers, sweet potato and green beans. And he loved picking it up, putting it in his mouth and nomming it. But again, once it got time for him to swallow he got stressed and upset. This part is taking its time and not coming very naturally. He can do it. But it’s taking its time.
He seems to enjoy sitting on my knee and eating whatever I’m nibbling on. He loved sharing my plum and nectarine today. I gave him a slice of nectarine and he nommed it, and some was going in, and I assume going down as he didn’t spit it out. He’s had cucumber, bread sticks, rice cakes and some baby corn rings. But he still prefers mummy milk. I will be trying him with pasta next week and other soft food like that. And maybe some proper food on a spoon again with lumps since he rejected the puree’d version!!
But here’s some pics of him enjoying the new tastes before he gets to the stressy bit…
So I’m perservering with it all, and hoping that he gets the hang of swallowing soon. He gags a lot but that’s normal. He had a little choke last week but was sick and fine afterwards. It’s all so stressful watching him like a hawk in case he gets into difficulty. Breast fed babies are meant to take to it better as they use the same muscles for feeding whereas bottle fed babies don’t. So he should be ok. Maybe I’m expecting too much of him. I really hope it clicks soon and we can enjoy meals. I know he’s still not quite six months so it’s more about exploring tastes and textures at the moment. Time will tell!! He’s certainly not dropping any milk feeds yet!!!
For teachers! And no playgroups or things to occupy us. Not that I’m resentful against teachers at all!! I know teachers deserve all the holidays they get, but they do leave a big gap to fill!!! Joel has got to the stage where he really needs the extra stimulation. It reassures me that pre-school will be good for him. His last days at nursery are this week. He has Wednesday and Thursday morning left. He keeps saying he’s not sad and he wants to go to school! On Thursday we are going to visit Steve’s grandparents in Kent for a couple of nights as they’ve not yet met Josiah so we’ll drop Joel off for the morning and take him away from everything he knows and loves. I wonder whether I’ll be emotional. Josiah will be starting after Christmas. I guess it’s just growing up.
Joel was a very cute boy this morning. I passed him a t-shirt to put on and he said ‘oh, thanks Mummy. Is this a new one? It’s lovely’ and it made me laugh!!
Then we walked to the shops to go to the post office and we saw a new Thomas magazine, so we bought it and once home and Josiah was asleep we sat down to work through it with lots of counting, drawing numbers and sticking. It’s a nice way of having some quality time with him.
Josiah now has two teeth. We’ve had a couple of upset nights, mainly due to the nasty nappies he’s been producing every couple of hours, but they are through and they are little pearls!! He’s trying hard to sit up, but throws himself forward too much. He is such a happy baby and whereas Joel was always placid and good, if Josiah is happy he’s extremely happy. If he’s grumpy he’s extremely grumpy and lets us know about it! He takes things to the extreme!! Walking back from the post office this morning he was just shouting, he loves the sound of his own voice and a fellow walking behind us commented on how loud he was! I think this is a sign of things to come!! 🙂
We are heading off on a holiday with my in-laws to a caravan in Wales next week so that will be a nice change, and we have a day out planned for my sister’s 10th wedding anniversary first at Portmerion where we’re having a sort of wedding breakfast meal! I’ve bought a new dress which should be boob accessible and hope it’ll be ok. Breast feeding is still going well. Josiah doesn’t seem to want to start on solids yet. We’ve tried a few different purees, and he just rejects them all apart from babyrice with expressed milk. I think we’ll keep on with that for now, then we can have a go at baby led weaning in case its the mush and spoon he’s anti. Although it is nice that I feel needed by him. Joel began weaning, loved it and soon didn’t want breast milk either, so I’m hoping to go past 8 months with Josiah.
As we didn’t have any holiday plans just the four of us this year (at least none that worked out) we’ve booked a cheap break at Centreparcs for November. I can’t believe how expensive the place is, but by going the week after half term the cost goes from £1000 for 4 nights to £350. Plus we’re looking at an abroad holiday next year for us. I quite fancy Greece.
So that’s a bit about where we’re at! This blogging lark and entertaining two children of different ages is really taking its toll!
Cod and Spinach
Lentils and Tomato
Cod and Butternut Squash
Chicken and Parsnip
Baby Beef Casserole
Water from a cup
Joel is not too sure about:
Joel does not like:
After the teething issues of last week which made Joel not want much food, this weekend he’s really come back to being a hungry little man.
It’s got me wondering about food quantities. He’s having 1-1/2 cubes of puree (and they’re the Annabel Karmel ones which was bigger than a normal ice cube tray) and then having some savoury finger foods, then having a fruit puree or yoghurt, then having a rice cake or biscuit or fruit fingers.
Having just read that, it sounds like a lot, and I guess he’d stop when he was full? He sometimes gives up on the rice cake!!
Finger foods seem to be working really well for him. We started with some steamed carrot fingers and apple slices and not a lot seemed to be going in, more on the floor around him, but having mastered the art of toast, nothing stops or phases him now! We’ve had more carrots, green beans, brocolli florets, various corn snacks for babies, steamed fruit pieces, small fingers of mild cheddar (he loves cheese!) bread fingers, tortilla wraps, cucumber, dried apricots (not too keen on these yet) and eggy bread and he’s tackled them all head on and it seems to be eaten rather than discarded.
I guess he’s getting enough food, and he’s still on about 4 milk feeds a day from me although he loves water after his meals! Whether it’s the novelty of something to drink that isn’t milk, and isn’t from me I’m not sure but I just have to say ‘water?’ and his head snaps round and his eyes widen and his mouth opens ready for the cup!! He can’t yet grasp the concept of sipping so he tips it all over himself but he seems to enjoy the process!
I’m going to give him some pasta pieces for his dinner as the finger food and maybe just a vegetable puree for his tea (he had beef casserole for lunch) and he can have some steamed apple for pudding. Since finger foods seem more popular, I’ll let him lead where he’s at for now!
Of a morning, when Joel has gobbled his porridge up faster than you can say ‘porridge’ he likes to spend a bit of time munching on toast with unsalted butter! This morning he pretty much ate a whole slice ( minus crusts!) so I’m not sure where he was putting it!! Here’s some pics:
I can’t believe this day is already here.
My baby boy is half a year old today!
He is able to sit up on his own for a little bit, but with his cushion sits and plays for a while before toppling forward! Toppling doesn’t phase him, he just pushes forward so he’s on his tummy and flips himself over to his back again, grinning as he likes it on his back!
He sits up in his high chair now for meals and is now on meat dishes as of this week, all of which are going down pretty well. He’s enjoyed chicken and parsnip puree, spinach and cod puree and baby beef casserole puree (all from Annabel Karmel’s weaning guide) but today’s salmon and sweetcorn wasn’t received as well! Whether that’s because he’s a bit off his food with his toothypegs or he just didn’t like the taste I’m not sure but we’ll try him on it again next week! He did eat his dinner of butternut squash and pasta, and he loves yoghurt now. I’ve been giving him full fat natural yoghurt with fruit puree in (today was pear) and he loves that!
His hair has grown lots on top and is a dark blonde whereas round the sides and back it’s a very white blonde so how it’s going to turn out I don’t know! He’s my stripey badger at the moment!! And his eyes! They are so unique, somedays blue/grey, somedays green and somedays gold!
He has two bottom front teeth trying to come through. His second one has also cut, but both are just sitting there and keeping him up in the night. I do hope they come through soon as they’re really bothering him 😦 I am glad that he’s got some teeth before his 6 months though!! Mind you, when he’s feeding it’s ok until he’s full and then he just does a little chomping so I feel the bite and tap his nose to indicate he needs to not bite me!!
He loves playing ‘this is the way the lady rides’ on my knee and being jumped about. He loves the pirate song (when I was one I learnt to run) and doing the actions. He loves Izzy and watching her, and going out on walks where she gets to run and he leans forwards in his buggy to catch all her antics!
He has such a little personality, and is such a happy and content baby, and we’re so blessed to have him.
And he’s halfway to one year old! I’m going to have to start thinking about his first birthday party!! Hah!!