Sunday, August 24, 2008

5 Months Old....and 2 New Teeth!

I usually try not to read into things too much....okay, I guess that's an outright lie. I probably read into things way too much. But shouldn't teeth at five months mean I have a good eater on my hands?
A keeps asking me, "Doesn't it hurt to breastfeed him now?" But I don't think he realizes when E sucks he sticks his tongue out so it is covering his teeth. He must notice it when he gives him a bottle but maybe not. I think it is why we haven't had much luck with the rice cereal yet. E just pushes it right back out at us, which is discouraging for solids but encouraging for breastfeeding. Hopefully he'll breastfeed for at least a year. We'll see. I was up with him every two hours last night. Not his usual routine but I'm guessing it doesn't feel too good to have two little sharp objects cutting through your gums. I think we'll put the rice cereal on hold for now. Besides, it comes from a box. I've searched for recipes that I can make myself but it is hard to get the iron that babies need when you make it yourself. Any suggestions?


sarah k. said...

I think as long as YOU are getting plenty of iron, he'll get it from the milk just fine. Humans survived for millenia without rice cereal. I think babies have a pretty good built in system for getting all that they need.

You could try some of the traditional baby foods: mashed, soggy mung beans or lentils, white rice cooked for a long time in tons of water, with milk added (congee?), oatmeal ground into a flour and then cooked.

I think babies need practice at swallowing mushy things, and experimentation with slight texture, but small ones get their nutritional needs met with milk.

ABW said...

I agree 100% with the comment above. As long as you are able to breastfeed E, he will be good to go and the rest will just be fun for him. Try to smash up a banana, I think that Wy ate that before anything else and he still loves them.

sarah k. said...

Oh yeah, now's the time for pears and apples! Peaches, apricots, plums, all those things grow in Salt Lake County, and I tell you, when Noah was a baby, I would just peel a peach, mash it with a fork, and he would slop it down like there was no tomorrow. I canned plums, peaches, pears, and apples that summer, and then I would get out a jar and puree it with a stick blender before giving it to him. He loved them all. And plums have lots of iron!

Micah said...

Sweet! I was afraid to do fruit first because I've heard they might not like veggies if you do the fruit first but my plum tree is about to go off! And the peaches are SO good right now. I bought three boxes at the FM Saturday.

The Stubbs said...

I cannot believe that you have a BABY! I know that I am totally blog snooping, but I couldn't help it! I hope that life is tearting you well!... Mindy Stubbs