So we’ve had some exciting moments around here with our little peanut. First was her first Halloween. Our little ladybug went out in the cold and rain and came back with some pretty good loot. Our neighbors were so thoughtful and provided some non-candy goodies for little E. My parents came by as well to see their little ladybug as a….well ladybug.
E also had her 4 month checkup. I mentioned to the doctor that I thought she might be teething. I hadn’t felt anything to that point, but she had been a little more fussy than normal. The doctor told me, “Oh, she might be acting like she’s teething, but she won’t actually get teeth until 6 months”. She checked in her mouth anyway and exclaimed, “Oh my, there are two teeth”! Sure enough, we looked in her mouth and you can see and feel two tiny little teeth. That toothless grin I’ve fallen in love with is now slowly transforming into a toothy grin. I’m a little nervous of nursing as she continues to get teeth (and what she does with those teeth during nursing), but it’s exciting to watch this little girl change daily. Guess her two front teeth decided to come before Christmas. Apparently someone else can’t wait for the holiday! :)
Being that E is cutting her first teeth and she is 4 months old, the doctor gave us the go-ahead to try solid food. I was told that single grain cereals, fruits and veggies (one at a time) were ok. I did a little research and started finding quite a bit that discouraged rice cereal (due to the way it is manufactured), so I went ahead with some fruits and veggies.
When I found out that I was pregnant, there were certain things I knew I wanted to do. Things like cloth diapering (check) and breastfeeding (check). Another was making my own baby food. So this past week, I spent an hour or so during someone’s nap time pulling out the wonderful machine (the Infantino Fresh Squeezed system) that a former co-worker gave me for one of my showers and a couple of sweet potatoes. To the right, you can see the result. I love the little bags. Easy to make, easy to freeze. This was all from 2 sweet potatoes and an hour of time (all total). 4 2oz containers and 9 squeeze bags. Much better than paying over a dollar a piece at the store for those bags. Plus I know exactly what’s in them.
So far, E likes sweet potatoes (I, after trying them again, still do not) and has taken to solid food eating quite well. At first, she wasn’t sure about the whole “spoon” thing and what she was supposed to do, but is now learning to open really wide when it comes near her mouth. Once it’s in her mouth she wants to chew on it more than get the food (another sign of teething) but she’s getting the hang of it. It’s a messy messy process still. Now I know why I have so many bibs! :)
Now on the horizon is our first Thanksgiving with our new addition. With any luck, at dinner, E will be able to have both sweet potatoes and green beans (just a little mashed up) with the rest of her family!