This is it – he’s half-way through his first year of life as of yesterday! Not to be too cliche, but where did the time go?!? On the one hand, we’ve done so much in the last 6 months – on the other hand, it feels like only yesterday that we were driving to the hospital knowing we would meet him face to face that day. Every parent goes through this and can describe it .. yet you can’t understand it fully until you experience it yourself.
The next big step will be starting solids – not because he’s showing any signs of wanting to eat, but because his iron stores will now start to deplete. We’re going to start with Organic Brown Rice Cereal and introduce a new food every 5 days (we’re spacing it out a bit from the recommended 3 days – he has a higher risk of developing allergies because I have some). The books we ordered from Amazon are great reads and have some tasty recipes that Mummy and Daddy will enjoy just as much as Nicholas.
The guest speaker at Baby Talk today was Jerry, the Nutritionist from the Health Unit. I’ve done tons of reading about starting solids, but Jerry managed to get across something that I hadn’t really understood clearly before … foods for the next 6 months are NOT about nutrition! He’ll get all the nutrients he needs from breastmilk – the next few months of solids are just to help him learn about textures, flavours, and learn how to swallow food. I’ve never been a big fan of the commercial jars of baby food (even though I don’t have a good reason why) – Jerry explained that they were created in the days when babies were introduced to solids between 1 and 4 months old and that we don’t have to puree all his food – mashed and chopped are actually more beneficial to him. It sounds like our hand blender will become a very important tool in our kitchen for the next few months.
His weight gain has really tapered off – he only gained 2 lbs in the last month. He’s become super active in the last few weeks, so I’m not surprised at all. Between wiggling around like he’s got ants in his pants, jumping and spinning in the exersaucer, and rolling over, he’s burning off the calories much faster. Combine this with spacing out his feedings (usually 3 – 4 hours apart now) and he’s going to start slimming out now.