So, Reuben is 8 months/35 weeks old today, and he has been tucking into solid food for 9 weeks now. He has a good appetite and has (so far!) tried everything I’ve offered him. He self-weaned from breast milk before he was 7 months old as he finds food much more interesting and it fills him up.
Breakfast – Wheatabix with milk and banana
Lunch – Sweet potato fingers, sandwich fingers with tuna, grated cheese and avocado, and pear chunks
Snack – Raspberries and rice cakes
Tea – Muesli fingers with blueberries dipped in yogurt and toast fingers with cream cheese
Bedtime – HIPP milk
Plus water with each of these little meals
It’s ironic that Reuben lost his Sophie La Giraffe, the ubiquitous teething toy, the day after his first tooth came through! It was his third Sophie. Two had been lost before that one…
Reuben has the snuffles. There are now 3 extra bedtime activities for us to do after his bath:
1. Deploy the snot extractor gadget
2. Spritz nostrils with saline spray
3. Administer vapour rub to chest and feet
Then sleep suit, sleeping bag, drink of milk, into cot, and Zzzzzzzz
“What a lovely smile.”
“Is he always so smiley?” (Yes)
“That smile has made my day!”
“You must be doing something right!”
“Is he a good baby?” (Yes)
So, the clocks go back on Sunday. In the past, this meant an extra hour in bed though this year I’m not so sure as I don’t know how to explain the concept of daylight saving hours and a lie-in to baby Reuben. Or anything else to do with sleeping and lie-ins.
Instead, this year, I might be up and awake at 2am (with the baby, not sipping cocktails in a bar…) so I can make the adjustments in real time.
When will baby wake-up tonight…
Legs 11 (pm)?
Or, One Little Duck 2 (am)?
Or, Man Alive 5 (am)?
Or, just Lucky 7 (am)!
‘Draught or bottle?’ asked my Dad when I said Reuben wanted some milk!
I started to introduce Reuben to food textures and tastes at 22 weeks, now he is 26 weeks the weaning has stepped up a gear. We’re doing the Baby-led thing with food too. (See about).
So, today he ‘ate’ (well, ate, explored, tasted, dropped, etc.):
An early/3am breakfast of breast milk, then Wheatabix with (HIPP) milk and banana, and a mango finger for breakfast 2. This was soon followed by breast milk again for breakfast 3. 11-zz was homemade fish pie. And lunch was cashew nut butter and cream cheese on toast fingers and 3 blackberries. Then muesli, (HIPP) milk and stewed pears for tea, and a supper of breast milk. Lovely.
The food is organic where possible and he is offered a little amount of tap water along with meals.
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