Ok, I warned you. In my last post I mentioned that MC has been having some difficulty "getting things going". My pediatrician said this was common, especially when using the Isomil soy formula. Anyway, as I also mentioned, since she has rebelled against drinking her juice we opted for prunes as her first baby food. As you can imagine from the pics and video, I was expecting to have a HUGE surprise waiting for me at some point in the evening. However, I waited... and waited... and waited.... NOTHING! I thought to myself, ok, surely this prune-filled baby will wake up at some point during the night with my long awaited surprise. I slept. She slept. I awoke the next morning fearing that my sweet darling had spent the entire night in her not-so-sweet prune poopy. I leaned over the crib and did the sniff test. Hmmm, I smell sweet baby, not poop. I took her to the changing table and changed her pee pee diaper wondering "where's the poop???!!!" I thought she might be saving it up for today, however, NO POOP! It is currently 9:30 pm and even after a second dinner feeding of prunes, MC won't let it go. I am stumped. Severely stumped. How does one make a baby poop normally???
Speaking of night number two of baby food, here are a few more pics... (I let her play with the spoon this time after she ate and she LOVED it! As you can see, the spoon even made it to her right eye a time or two and left its prune-y mark on her eyebrow haha)
In addition to being baffled by my child's stools, I am also completely confused by this whole "introducing solids" thing. I mean, I started putting rice in MC's bottle at about 2 1/2 months to help her sleep through the night (Surprising I know. I am typically so worried about doing things perfectly, that I rarely veer from mainstream opinions about child rearing - and as we all know, rice in the bottle is not reccomended. However, I was raising this baby alone for the first three months and when you are doing things alone, you HAVE to get some sleep. Granted, the rice didn't help her sleep any better, but that is another story) Wow, that was quite a long tangent. Anyway, as I was saying, I started putting rice in her bottle so now I am concerned that with the rice and the baby food she is getting too many calories. I am also confused about how much and how often to give her the baby food. And do I decrease the amount of milk now that she is getting baby food? And, why did he not have us start with rice cereal? Is it because we were already doing that in her bottle? Ah, so many questions. I LOVED my new pediatrician but he is very laidback about everything. I am more of a "specifics" person and he is more "go with the flow".
At our appointment he said we could start giving her baby food now. I said "oh great, how much how often, what kind, etc". His response was "Oh you'll hear/read all kinds of things about starting with vegetables,starting with yellow things, etc, but really it doesn't matter. Since she's staying constipated you might want to try some prunes or something, but basically just give her whatever you want whenever you want. You can feed her three times a day or just one time. She may not drink as much milk, but still just continue giving her the bottle as you have been doing." Not so great for me who would like to hear "Well, give her X amount of milk X times a day and give her X amount of baby food X times a day". I know babies don't come with a handbook or specific guidelines, and that makes me super nervous. I don't want to screw up. The point of this rant is I would love some input from those of you who have or have had babies. How does this whole solids thing work? I appreciate any knowledge you might be willing to share! Thanks!!!