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post #61 of 244
Rf- that post about citrus reminds me of this time last year when I walked into a citrus stall at a San Francisco farmers market and had a grapefruit, blood orange, naval orange buying accident. I just remember standing there taking deep breaths and smelling those tables of citrus. People probably thought I was nuts... But then it was San Fran after all.
I ate them nonstop the whole flight home.
post #62 of 244
I've taken a step back from solids, just because I am feeling really overwhelmed and it's easier to nurse, though I crave the freedom solids will bring my body.
post #63 of 244
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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post

Ruby has been working on her pincer grasp today.  She managed to pick up a crumb that big brother dropped by her.  Seriously...pincer grasp is the most adorable thing to watch.  She's sitting up on her own as well (as long as she's not distracted by something out of her reach).  So I think we'll start sitting her at the table with us in the next few weeks and giving her a few things to experiment with during meals.  

I'm loving catching up with you all. Finally time to comment, I get to 3 or 4 thoughts & then I think OK already. Thinking of signs of readiness & understanding poop sprayers, but....what about if my daughter only has two "toys". She plays with lots of things around but shopping/making toys struck me as a little odd. I went for sonethibg soft &a beadwork braclet I have, thatshe may end up chewing on if I dont keep an eye on her. So will not havibg enough practice with the right toys effect her skills? Or will it just make her grab my hair more greensad.gif lol!
post #64 of 244
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

I've taken a step back from solids, just because I am feeling really overwhelmed and it's easier to nurse, though I crave the freedom solids will bring my body.

Me too. I'm so ovrrwhrlmed to attempt it. I want to know how long I can do only nursing but then again I think a bigger baby will need more milk or maybe not, maybe it'll be fewer times a day& adjust on its own? Or maybe it'll make my baby always want to nurse frewuently for a longer time.
post #65 of 244
Juli has been nursing every 1-2 hours for weeks now. Her never ending hunger made me think she needed solids. And she does wolf them down. I just don't know... She is still so uncoordinated so it means tons more laundry, wrestling with bibs and bowls or full body changes and slippery finger food once it's all slobbery. The mess! Ugh!
post #66 of 244
Cynthiamoon, I feel the same as you. Exactly the same.i feel totally overwhelmed. It's like I don't know where to start with the whole thing, how much to give, what to give etc. as complicated as nursing has been with the SNS, it seems to much easier than solids!!
post #67 of 244
Let baby eat naked! Saves on laundry! wink1.gif
post #68 of 244
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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post

Let baby eat naked! Saves on laundry! wink1.gif


that's what my mom did.  I think that's reason enough to wait 'til warmer weather!

 

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 Rf- that post about citrus reminds me of this time last year when I walked into a citrus stall at a San Francisco farmers market and had a grapefruit, blood orange, naval orange buying accident. I just remember standing there taking deep breaths and smelling those tables of citrus. People probably thought I was nuts... But then it was San Fran after all.
I ate them nonstop the whole flight home.

east coasters are just a liability in California in the winter.  sounds like a great flight, though!  the last time we were in Modesto for the winter, we bought a roll-on bag at a thrift store, filled it with tangerines, and flew back through SFO.  the TSA agents laughed when they put it through the scanner, but like you said, it's San Francisco, so I know they'd seen worse.

post #69 of 244
Thread Starter 
My husband's golf bag is going to be full
Of citrus and dates!
post #70 of 244
But if she's naked then I just have to bathe her (or very thoroughly clean her with a wet towel). IMO, that's even more time consuming than more laundry and inconvenient since I don't love our bath situation.
post #71 of 244
Currently she gets a toweling down every night and a bath every 3-4 days, unless there has been a poop explosion.

And food dries super crusty in our weather, so it's gotta be an intense toweling or bath after food!

ONE day this week, I succeeded in getting myself fed, feeding her, and getting us both baths before her morning nap, but it was like a sprint!

Maybe I am just too lazy for this mothering biz. Gah. Too late now wink1.gif
post #72 of 244
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Currently she gets a toweling down every night and a bath every 3-4 days, unless there has been a poop explosion.

And food dries super crusty in our weather, so it's gotta be an intense toweling or bath after food!

ONE day this week, I succeeded in getting myself fed, feeding her, and getting us both baths before her morning nap, but it was like a sprint!

Maybe I am just too lazy for this mothering biz. Gah. Too late now wink1.gif

Cynthiamoon, I will never forget how proud I was the first time I bathed, dressed and fed both myself and my first baby in the same day, (much less the same morning) I actually called my husband at work to tell him. Eight years later I haven't forgotten that day. That is a very real accomplishment. Good job!
post #73 of 244
Callie has been sitting at the table for a week or so with toys to chew. She's not quite sitting independently yet and no pincer grasp but she loves to interact with us so high chair it is. It's either that or I have to hold/wear her. My first had a more independent spirit as a baby and I'm finding this a wee bit tiring with a not-quite 3 year old to chase. I'll take a happy baby off me when I can get it smile.gif
post #74 of 244
Thread Starter 
Iris only seems to want what's going in my mouth now--and everything makes her gag. Everything. Including cereal. 'We were doing so well...
post #75 of 244

After my discouragement period, I got back on it, and I am getting better at managing the mess! What we are doing is eating at least one thing ourselves in each meal that she could eat or at least taste, and then something that's more suited for her specifically. So like I made butternut squash soup and parsnip soup and give it to her right from our plates with her own little spoon. Or, for finger food, I might cut a long strip of steak that she gnaws on while we have ours. She is most interested in food when it's offered to her BEFORE nursing and when it's the same as I am eating, at the same time. If i sit her down with her own food and I have none, she has ZERO interest. Sometimes nibbling her food helps, but it's best when we all eat together. 

post #76 of 244

BTW, she gnawed the heck out of that steak! It was a thick slice of London Broil with garlic, a little soy sauce, and pepper, and it looked like mushy jerky when she was done sucking out all the yumminess and nutrients. The lactation consultant I am seeing recommended it as a good food for being so nutrient dense! 

 

And this is is just me speculating, but I think gnawing is better than a puree because she just gets the easy to digest stuff, not the tough muscle fibers. 

post #77 of 244

cynthiamoon, that all sounds great!  I agree with you regarding the ease of digestion of finger foods versus purees - I had the same kind of revelation when I watched Oliver demolish a wedge of orange.  and I know I enjoy eating more when I have company, too. 

post #78 of 244
Thread Starter 
Totally makes sense. Means I need to actually eat before 8pm though.
post #79 of 244
Yeah, I feel like it's a miracle when I have decent meals at normal times.
post #80 of 244

I don't know if y'all are into granola bars, but I had one of these for breakfast with a tall glass of milk every day for the first three months of Oliver's life!  they're the best recipe I've ever made, and all the variations I've made have held together equally well (which is the problem I usually have with granola bar recipes).  I've got some in the fridge now, and because they're so hearty, they make a great mid-afternoon snack.  if you can find time on the weekend to make a double batch (in a 9" x 13" pan), you'll have enough to last a couple of weeks or so.  they helped me feel like I was eating decently well without having to put the effort in early in the morning. 

 

P.S.  some of the best versions I've made: peanut butter chocolate chip, maple syrup with blueberries and walnuts, gingerbread (molasses, crystallized ginger, and winter spices), and the cranberry with macadamia nut and white chocolate drizzled over top that are in the fridge right now. 

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