Solids update

Now that DJ is eating more solids I love to make meals fun with lots of choices and colors. I think for school I am going to start packing bento lunch boxes. There are so many great ideas out there. I love that they are fun and promote healthy foods and healthy eating habits

Here is her dinner plate from tonight. I love all the colors.


She did not eat the green beans and only a few carrots. We also served her salmon from the grill and she ate a few bites. Of course the bread, blueberries and watermelon were her favorites.

DJ – 5 Months

Wow, little girl, the past month has FLOWN by and yet it seems like so long ago that you were at the doctors for your four month check up!

Age: 5 months
Weight: 17lbs
Height ~ 25 inches
Sounds I make: Starting to make the “mmm” sounds.  I love the shape that your lips make.  You also have started making loud screeches!
New developmental skills: Rolling over!  On Christmas day with your grandparents and cousins at the house you rolled over from back to belly for the first time.  You were getting so close for a long time but you finally did it.  Ever since we cannot keep you on your back.  Already you can pull your knees up under you and scoot a little across the floor.  It won’t be long before you crawl.
Sleep:  I think we struggled a bit with the “four month wakeful” because you started getting up at least twice per night.  We have started co-sleeping a bit after the second time you get up just so I can get some rest for work the next morning (plus I love the snuggles)
Feedings: Still taking about 4 bottles at day care and nursing 4 times at home.  We started solids (avocado, rice cereal, and sweet potatoes in that order) but you really don’t want much to do with them.  Every few days we are letting you try but you aren’t eating much.
Size clothing: Almost out of 3-6 month clothes.  All the onesies and footed PJ’s are getting a bit tight in length! Still in size 3 diapers though.

 Eyes:  Still very brown!
Things I love:  Looking in the mirror, bath time, rolling onto my belly to reach for toys, the lights on the Christmas tree, and our dog MASON!
Things I hate: Being in the car when you are hungry!
Activities this month: We celebrated Christmas at home and took a trip to see Jaja and GiGi.  You also got to meet your Great JaJa and Bushi!

This was our Christmas card that we shared via email with family and friends:


Toy Giraffe (who we have nicknamed “stevie”) that Dad bought for you for Christmas.  He was right, you love him!


Playing on your playmat with your toys!


The next three were me trying to capture the funny shape your mouth makes when you talk to us!  You laid here on the couch for about 10 minute talking away!




We also got a new swing for Christmas and you love it!  This was a Saturday morning and eventually you fell asleep right here in the front yard.


All bundled up on our way to daycare.


Out running errands with mom and dad one weekend.


Starting Solids

So, as you saw before I starting making some baby food because our little DJ has started solids! Our doctor gave her the go ahead at her 4 month check up. We decided we wanted to wait until Christmas for our first little taste (just to make it special).

The first food we started with was actually avocado! We decided to start with this mainly because J and I love avocados and they happen to be in season right now. I cut the fruit in half and scooped out a little bit of the inner flesh. I had to add quite a bit of breastmilk to make it runny but I think it came out to a great consistency. She actually did pretty good eating it too!

She ate about a teaspoon of avocado three times over the course of a week before we left to go visit my parents for New Years. We weren’t sure what to try next so we went ahead and gave her some rice cereal.
Again, we mixed it with breastmilk for a runny consistency. My dad fed her this the first time and I think experience was on his side because he got her to eat quite a bit of it. It also probably helped that she was entertained in the high chair while 4 other adults laughed at her and took her picture! She has ate this now 3 times over the last week and its going well.

Unfortunately she has a really bad stuffy nose right now so I just don’t think starting solids is a great idea right now. I think we are going to hold off a bit longer until shes feeling better and showing more interest (and less tongue reflex).