I got two words for you: Brush yo teef!

(for you Tank Girl fans out there. Ahhh…I love Lori Petty.)

This is actually what I have actually been teaching my son.

He took to it very well and was actually enthused to rake his teeth with a prickly, pokey toothbrush. Of course, we’re talking about someone who likes to stick his toes in his mouth, too.

I don’t understand how he is continuiing to grow, gain weight and go to sleep when he’s not eating. He is seriously eating the equivalent of one decent meal a day. This has been going on for a few weeks now. He continues to drink his milk, drinking about 2 gallons a week. They say as long as they’re eating something that they’re OK. It’s just hard for me to believe that he could feel fine after going from eating 3 healthy meals and 2 or 3 snacks in a day to eating just one meal.

We’ve been wasting lots of food in the mean time, but whatever. I’ll deal with it. I’ve been buying the Wal-Mart brands more lately.

Speaking of food, I FINALLY gave up and let Aidan try eating with a spoon on his own.

I would give him one of the messiest things to eat in his first mom-just-left-me-alone-with-a-spoon-and-food-in-front-of-me meal times.

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Night and day

Aidan slept through the night last night which was a relief considering that I’m now sick.

I figured out a couple of weeks ago that Aidan must be allergic to sweet potatoes and that’s what was causing the rash/blisters on his butt. Mike didn’t remember me relating it to the sweet potatoes and he semi-insisted that we try it again because he thought it may be something else.

I fought and fought since I’m with him 24/5.

I agreed, but only to the Corn and Sweet Potatoes mixed so that way it’s not as strong.

Wrong.

I fed them to him today and he has a bad rash now. I’m so over it. I hate seeing him in pain.

Aidan’s diet

For a short while, I tried to find a smaple of a daily menu for a baby who’s moving towards eating more solid foods. Aidan was to the point that he was eating a ridculous amount of jar food per week (somewhere around 30+) and was still hungry. I knew it was time to start incorporating more fulfilling foods, but I had no idea what!!

I failed at finding anything, but verybestbaby.com never lets me down. Their brochure/packet that I receive regularly in the mail always seems to have perfect timing when it arrives in my mailbox.

When they sent me that last one about a month or so ago, it had a menu and suggestions on what to feed.

First, it mentioned how I need to upgrade his formula from the Nestle Good Start DHA & ARA

to the Nestle Good Start 2 DHA & ARA:

It is cheaper than the previous by about $4 and provides extra iron and calcium my baby needs at his age. They need 9 times the average adult male at 9 months!!!

Next, they gave me a menu of what I should be serving him and mine was skimpy compared to this one.

It looks something like this:

Breakfast: 1/4-1/2 cup of cereal

1/4-1/2 cup of diced fruit

4-6 ozs. formula or breastmilk

Snack: 1/4 cup of apple juice (diluted with water 1:1)

1/4 cup diced cheese or cooked vegetables

Lunch: 1/4-1/2 cup yogurt or cottage cheese

1/4-1/2 cup cooked vegetables

4-6 ozs. breastmilk of formula

Snack: 1/4 cup 100% apple juice (diluted)

1/4 cup diced cheese or meat

1 cracker

Dinner: 1/4 cup diced poultry, meat or tofu

1/4-1/2 cup cooked vegetables

1/4-1/2 cup noodles, rice, pasta or potato

1/4 cup diced fruit

4-6 ozs. formula or breastmilk

Before bedtime: 6-8 ozs. breastmilk, formula or water (If formula or breastmilk, follow with water or wash teeth with damp cloth)

 

This list was created by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Yum yum! Nutrition!

I received another pamphlet/booklet from Nestle: Very Best Baby. They always send coupons for formula and helpful info. This time they sent info on how much and what baby should be eating from 9-12 months. I have been trying to find an example of a meal for a while now.

Now I know.

I also know that at this time in their live, baby needs 9 TIMES more calcium and iron than an adult male!!!!!

In this, they recommended that I start on the Good Start 2 formula because it provides that. We also started adding new foods to his diet: cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt and crackers. We had started giving him teething biscuits a couple of weeks ago and he’s just now getting used to them. He doesn’t like the cheese and I’m giving him cottage cheese today, so we’ll see how that goes. He loves the yogurt!

I’m excited about feeding him new things!! It makes me feel even more like a mom. I like that he relies on me to cut up his food and feed him good things. I can tell that he’s excited about it, despite the semi-sour faces he makes when he tries that first bite.

Being a mom has been the best experience ever. I am glad that I am able to live a healthy, happy life with my wonderful family.

weight loss progress

Since deciding to return to my habit/diet of eating 5 small meals a day, I have noticed a difference over the past 2 weeks.

Two weekends ago (22nd & 23rd) I weighed myself on a scale at work the nurses use, so I trust it. I don’t trust my home one. Last time before that I had weighed 146. I now weigh 141 lbs.!!! According to my home scale I weigh 136, which isn’t true, I don’t think.

Since I weighed myself 2 weeks ago, I know I’ve lost even more since then because my pants are getting looser and my stomach is getting flatter. I just wish I could tighten it.

That’s where I’m going to start working now: tightening the skin by doing sit-ups, crunches, etc. At first when I did this, I had all of that extra weight that my body wasn’t used to supporting so my back would hurt along with other areas, like my knees.

I can’t wait to weigh myself at work this weekend!!

Another benefit of the 5 small meals a day is that my energy is maintained and I don’t feel so hungry when I get hungry. I don’t pig out when I sit down to eat. My stomach has definitely shrunk because I tried to eat more at work last weekend because it was a good dish and I couldn’t. I had to waste the food.

It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I was still eating for two after I had Aidan!!

Last night Mike told me he could see a difference in my face.

I’m so glad to be getting the old me back!!

Hush little baby don’t say a word…

More sleep troubles.

For the past few nights Aidan has gone to sleep around 9pm and woke around 11:30-12am screaming/crying. I now know – well, am sure – that that’s from his two little teeth coming in!

He just isn’t sleeping through the night. He just turned 7 months 3 days ago and still has the same sleep pattern he’s had for several months. He’s pulled a few all-nighters, but not become regular at it. Isn’t it time??

I just wonder if I’m feeding him enough. Here’s his regular day as far as consumption goes:

  • He eats a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, then will drink a little formula before going to sleep for a nap.
  • For lunch, he has 2 jars of food: one fruit and one vegetables. He’ll have a little formula before napping.
  • For dinner he eats a bowl of brown rice and a little formula before napping.
  • His last meal is a bottle of formula with rice in it.

Since I came to the conclusion that he needs a little more food, I started giving him a jar of breakfast food (BeechNut Good Morning brand) with his oatmeal, giving him a little less oatmeal. I also added a jar of fruit when he eats his bowl of rice for dinner, giving him a little less rice.

Does this sound like too much, not enough, just right?? Input please!!!