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Late to the Party- Introduction

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Hi everyone!
My name is Stephanie and I am new to this site! My DS Declan was born May 6 (my mom's birthday) in RI. I am elated to have found a community of like-minded moms, and even more so to have a whole group with children of the same age. I looked at the "Welcome" thread but wasn't sure if I would be able to get involved by starting there, and y'all are already very well acquainted with one another I didn't want to 'interrupt' in your October updates.

I must say that I have learned a great deal just by reading past threads... I started D on rice cereal just this past week since he has been trying to steal whatever I am eating for a few weeks now, but from reading others' post I am wondering if cereal was the best choice?

He has also started giving kisses (which is just delightful!) but any sort of sleep has become a battle. Little man will be a skunk for Halloween smile.gif

More about me (us) since I have at least 5 months of familiarizing to catch up on: I am 23 and D is our first child. My husband was medically retired from the Army and we moved back (read:drove) to RI from Louisiana where he was stationed at 36 weeks pregnant. We have a two year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who gets along very well with the baby, even though he can get jealous at times. Thanks to the unexpected departure from military life, we are currently living with my parents while I work part time and my DH goes to school full time in Boston.

Can't wait to get to know everyone here! joy.gif
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Welcome Stephanie smile.gif Congrats on the birth of Declan, can't wait to see pictures!

Regarding baby cereal, I gave DD1 some (she is almost 4 now) since she would have it at daycare and since she actually liked it, I gave her more. Fruits/veggies I think are better starting options, but a little cereal won't hurt anything either, but if your babe doesn't like cereal then I wouldn't worry about giving more. Pediatricians used to (and still do) push cereal really hard because of the iron and vitamins and whatnot, but the iron is not well absorbed from cereal, so there really isn't much value to it except the value of trying a variety of stuff. I'll give my twins cereal too when I start solids in a couple weeks (they were a month early, so they will be 6 months in a couple weeks), but I'll probably start with banana and then follow with avocado in a few days as both are easy to mash by hand and feed without much fuss. I also do some jarred/container food too just for convenience and because they get it at daycare as well, but again, no need to do the jarred food if you don't want to.

Feel free to join in any of the threads, don't feel like you are interrupting smile.gif
post #3 of 10

Welcome!  I also wanted to reply since "Declan" was probably our number 1 boy's name...but we had a girl.  :)

 

As far as rice cereal, I totally agree with Katie.  With DS, I delayed all solids until closer to 7 months.  But I had a sample packet of organic rice cereal so I mixed it with breast milk and offered it to him just so he could practice with solids.  After a few days, I changed to mashed banana and avocado.  He preferred food with stronger flavors...and still does to this day!   He never had jarred food either as he much preferred whatever I was eating to purees.

 

DD will be 6 months in a week or so.  I might delay solids for a few more weeks as DH is traveling and I don't need another chore to do by myself.  :wink

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Hi Stephanie,
My DS was born may 6 as well. I've been thinking of starting cereal soon as well. I have frozen breast milk I want to use before it goes bad. So cereal seems like a good option. I want to get his weight up and my supply up first. He's a little peanut.

How was the birth?

Excited to get to know you.
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Welcome Stephanie!  Feel free to jump in on any of the threads!  I love retrievers.  I had a golden retriever from the time I was 12 until I was 26 (he had a good, long life!) and he was my best buddy.  He was amazing with kids, I hope your guy will be too!

 

As for solids, we did Baby Led Weaning with DS1 and are doing the same with Sander.  I did try giving DS1 cereal a few times but he didn't really like it.  I only tried it because my SIL gave me an unopened box she had on hand from her DD who was 4 months older than my DS.  Anyway, we probably won't try cereal at all this time, but I don't think it hurts if baby likes it.  With BLW you skip purees or mashed food all together.  We start with banana, avocado, and toast "fingers" with spreads like hummus or mashed avocado.  It means that baby isn't actually swallowing much for the first month or so (depending on the baby) but the idea is that most of the nutrition should come from breastmilk (or formula, if that is what you are doing) before 1 year of age anyway.  "Food for fun before one" I think goes regardless of how you chose to feed baby.  Although that being said, Sander is on like day 2 of food and is bonkers over banana and toast fingers so far.  I put blackstrap molasses on the toast fingers (high in iron) and of course he loved it, and was trying to chew.  Don't know if he got any down, it was pretty soggy and all over the place by the time he was done with it! lol.

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Wow! Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!

 

You have all made me feel better about the cereal... he absolutely LOVES it and is the neatest baby I have ever seen- even when I hand him the spoon! We are going to switch over to more finger foods once I get my head together. I just left my job which has given me two whole weeks of partially baby-free time (since I didn't cancel our child-care arrangements) to get caught up on cleaning, laundry, and trying to remember how to use a computer (its been so long!). 

 

 

Kate&Joey- Declan is one of the most popular boys' names this year and I don't know how it happened!! I had only heard of the name on the TV show Degrassi almost ten years ago, but nothing recently. Everywhere we go now people are telling us about the other Baby Declan's they know- I just want to stuff my fingers in my hear and yell so I can pretend like he is the only one.

 

FarmerMomma- I need to get my supply up as well! I have been making "milk cookies" and I'm not sure if they are actually working or if it's just psychosomatic, but it certainly helps! (And I'm not going to say no to a reason to eat cookies!) The birth was an.... experience. We moved here so far into my pregnancy that we weren't able to get with the practice I had really wanted, which has access to the only birth center our health insurance covers. Long story short, my water broke, and they let me go 24 hours without inducing, but I wasn't having any contractions. So 20 hours of pitocin, an epidural and a total abandonment of our birth plan later I woke up feeling "funny" down there and threatened to start pushing since nobody would get a doctor to actually look between my legs. Turns out Declan had been crowning for who knows how long. I had a panic attack, they made me spend the first night in the cardiac wing since my heart rate was over 225 bpm for 40 minutes, and nobody was able to tell me where my baby or husband was until 3pm the next day. In the end, we were both fine and healthy which is all I could really ever want... but we immediately switched practices after I had my 6 week postpartum visit.

 

Nstewart- Our dog is wonderful with DS! So much so that I don't think he will ever crawl since our dog brings him toys whenever we put them out of DS' reach. They are already the best of friends =)

 
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I know when I have a bowl of oatmeal in the morning vs. not, it makes a significant difference in my pumping supply, so I don't think it is all in your head on the milk cookies. I should make some of those again, just need to get some brewer's yeast!

hug.gif to you regarding your birth, I'm glad everyone is ok, but that sounds really tough. I'm glad you were able to switch practices right away after at least! I am stunned at how you were treated, especially not being told where your DH or baby were for such a long time, ugh! I started getting a little panicky after my birth (c-section, baby girl was jammed into my pelvis at a bad angle and they came at 36 weeks because of pre-e, so, yeah...) since we were in recovery for about 45 minutes with no babies. I knew they were fine, they were fine at birth with no issues, but I wanted to see them but didn't want to be a pest. So next time a nurse came by I'm like "Where are my babies, can they come here now?" and they brought them right away, I think maybe they didn't bring them sooner because they thought I would want more time to recover first or something, I dunno. I can't imagine if they didn't bring them or wouldn't tell me where they were, OMG! And my DH was with me in recovery too, so I wasn't alone.
post #8 of 10

Stephanie, that sounds terrible.  I'm glad you have another practice now. 

 

I love the milk cookies too!  I don't know if they work, but they can't hurt!  What recipe did you use?  I tried this one, for Major Milk Makin' Cookies and they were really yummy, and turned out well even with gluten free flour which I haven't worked with a lot (I was making them for a friend who had just given birth and she tries to be GF).  Her milk came in right away.  She had trouble with that last time, and this time it came in right away.  Who knows if the cookies made any difference or not, but hey, they were yummy and good handy snacks!

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Originally Posted by nstewart View Post

Stephanie, that sounds terrible.  I'm glad you have another practice now. 

I love the milk cookies too!  I don't know if they work, but they can't hurt!  What recipe did you use?  I tried this one, for Major Milk Makin' Cookies and they were really yummy, and turned out well even with gluten free flour which I haven't worked with a lot (I was making them for a friend who had just given birth and she tries to be GF).  Her milk came in right away.  She had trouble with that last time, and this time it came in right away.  Who knows if the cookies made any difference or not, but hey, they were yummy and good handy snacks!

The recipie was actually given to me by a store cashier as I was staring open-mouthed at a bag of already made milk cookies that was TWENTY DOLLARS FOR 24 COOKIES. It is on my fridge, I will compare it to the one you linked when I get a chance!
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