Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rice cereal for everyone

Sara finally decided last night that she wanted to try rice cereal! Instead of pushing it all out with her tongue and playing with it, she swallowed and opened her mouth for more.




After just 3 bites, she had to take a little cat nap. But then woke up and took a whopping 7 teaspoons! She turned out a little messy but not too bad. Her preference was to take a few bites, then suck her thumb to get all the good stuff off, and she would pull it out and open up for more. I am wondering if hunger has been the cause for her fussiness lately. We are getting close to the timeframe for a growth spurt. So far it has perplexed me why she has crying fits, and I mean crying that comes on quickly to the point that she has tears and is choking. That is so not like her. At least she continues to sleep all night.

A few nights ago, Adam and I had quite the go-round with the cereal. After every bite he wanted to put both hands in his mouth, along with the bib. So I have tried a new approach - holding both his arms down! It's just a matter of figuring out the best way to rest the bowl on the table, spoon with one hand, while blocking his chest with the other arm. Works much better! He must be going through a growth spurt as well. 2 nights ago during a 5-hour span in the evening I nursed him 2 different times, he took 3 teaspoons of cereal, 9 oz from a bottle...and still got up at 2am for an extra meal. Last night I nursed him 2 times, he took 11 teaspoons of cereal, and 5 oz from a bottle. At least he didn't get up at 2am...it was 1:45! He has only had 2 nights in the past 8-9 days that he hasn't gotten up for an extra meal!

Can you see the cereal on his right eyelash?

1 comment:

Angie said...

JoLynn, I remember rice cereal being an interesting stage. Both my girls were thumb suckers too and they always wanted to pop it in their mouths immediately after each bite. So, you're right, it becomes a challenge, holding their hands down, balancing the bowl and spooning out their bites. And you get to do it times 2! :) I love your pics, your kids are growing so beautifully and I can't wait to meet them! And ignore the guy at the store - whatever!