I had this elaborate post that detailed everything but my computer decided that it would be a great time to freeze, so I lost it. Here's the short and sweet:
Mila's not sleeping anymore and waking up crying every 1-1.5 hours at night and it's making me crazy. She's (freshly, as of Monday) 5 months now and, according to the lists online, she has all the characteristics of a baby who's ready for solids (able to sit unassisted, reaches for things and puts them in her mouth, more than doubled her birth weight) and is giving me cues that she wants to, like mimicking chewing motions while we eat and trying to swipe my food. However, when I emailed the public health nurse about it, she advised against introducing any solids (even runny cereal) before 6 months and getting in to my doctor in the summer is like trying to catch a unicorn.
I'm having some difficulty understanding what the problem might be in trying her out with some cereal drenched in breastmilk and I feel like it might help her lack of sleeping at night. Is there some kind of special fairy that comes at night between the baby's last day of 5 months and first day of 6 that changes everything? I've heard about potentially causing allergies by introducing solids too early but I don't plan to start out with peanut butter or anything. Obviously, I'll suffer through the sleeplessness if introducing cereal is hazardous, but I'd hate to think of being miserable for a month without needing to be.
As an aside: it says "Welcome to the April 2013 DDC" in the new heading... whoops