Thursday, July 24, 2014

Solids or NO Solids?

Since I stopped breastfeeding Henry, I get asked all the time what he eats. Well, formula, of course! Right? I mean, we really don't know what we're doing, we're just winging it here, people! Henry has always been an eater. He nursed nearly every hour until he was about 3 months old. Then we slowly went to two and finally every three hours. Now, at almost 9 months he still eats every three hours. 7, 10, 1, 4 and 7, give or take a little. That's 5 bottles and they're usually 8 ounces. Again, give or take a little. Sometimes they're more if he's in a growth spurt or sometimes they're less if he's teething and fussy. Some people are against solids, and that's totally fine. They say, "food before one, is just for fun." We totally are the fun people so we started introducing solids at 6 months when the pedi gave us the go ahead. From about 6-7.5 months it was only one thing of prune puree every day at 6 pm. Then once he started crawling we introduced puffs (which he LOVES). And I'd say around 7.5 months we started putting him in the high chair at home so he could eat dinner with us. This would include puffs, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, whatever we were eating, that he could have. Same with when we went out to eat. I'd order him some fruit, or applesauce, or pack a puree pouch, and definitely the puffs. We're a couple weeks away from him turning 9 months and we have always stuck with the 5, 8 ounce bottles. Any other "snacks" were just a bonus. We don't count them as a significant nutrient source, they are strictly for "fun." This is just how we roll with things. Henry was showing major interest in what we were eating and was constantly reaching for our plates and our forks, so we thought we'd share! Turns out Henry is not a picky eater! The kid has had avocado, banana, raspberries, zucchini, salsa, mandarin oranges, green beans, the list goes on and on! I had high hopes and ambitions to make all of Henry's food, but life is so busy. Homemade purees went out the window with the cloth diapers. He's not eating fast food or bad food, he's eating fresh, from the earth food. Besides he's passed the puree portion anyway! Again, there's no right or wrong, this is just how we're doing things. We're all learning and doing the best we can, right? :)
 Happy Day!!
xx,
Melissa Loren







7 comments:

  1. Such a fun age and time! I loved trying new foods with my daughter, and 9 months is about the time I started letting her have very small pieces of whatever I was eating. If I didn't, she was very upset about it. My favorite thing to do was give her a mostly eaten corn cob and let her suck on it and chew the last little bit of corn off. She loved it! Ha!

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    1. Henry gets upset too, he knows he's missing out! Haha. Thank you, I appreciate your comment!
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  2. How long do you usually give Henry to finish the 8oz?

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    1. Honestly, it varies, but typically if he's hungry he'll finish in less than 10 minutes. Haha. There are definitely times where in lolligags and it can take him UP to an hour.

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    2. Good to know! I struggle with Gianni's eating a little bit.
      His oz intake varies. I'm sure a great deal has to do with not producing enough breast milk. He's been strictly formula since 7 weeks and he has acid reflux. I'm hopeful his eating will increase as he grows out of the A/R.

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    3. We just went to H's 9 mo appt and he's still in the 25th percentile in weight which blows my mind with 5 8 ounce bottles, purées AND finger foods! But Kory and I were both tiny as kiddos. Gianni will be fine, just keep offering it. :)

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  3. Gianni is the 25th percentile too! 78th for his height though. I'm not worried. He just knows what he needs I guess. If I only I listened to my body as well as he does!

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