Introducing Solids!

I’ve been reading a lot lately about introducing solid foods to infants.  While the consensus is to introduce foods after 6 months to decrease allergies, there are those who say to introduce them when the child is ready.  At almost 5 months old, Oscar has practically been climbing over us to get to our plates, so we decided to give it a try tonight with organic sweet potato!  Honestly, this has been the easiest dinner yet.  We should have tied him to a chair earlier!

The best part of eating a healthy diet is that you don’t have to make separate foods for your child.  They can eat the foods you eat!  And there’s no need to puree the mixture, simply mashing with a fork does the job!

introducing solids

Oscar discovered his feet yesterday, so they’re distracting him.

Why did you tie me to a chair, Mommy?

baby's first foods

First bite!

I want to do it myself.

Ewwww.

What issss that?

Get it out!

Introducing solids this first time didn’t go so well. Most of the sweet potato ended up on his chin, on his knees, and on the towel we placed under him.  I doubt he even ate a tsp of sweet potato!  So I finished it :)

I guess when you drink sugary breast milk all day, every day, sweet potato would be pretty gross in comparison!  We’re going to give it a few more days to make sure he tolerates the sweet potato allergy-wise, and then the next item on his menu will be pears!

We’re still discussing whether to give him meat early or not.  We’d rather give him meat than some iron-fortified, constipating (not to mention disgusting!) cereal.  I’m all for it but Yuri is hesitant.  Though, I’ve read a ton of information on introducing solids to infants and Yuri has not, so we’ll see!

Oscar Discovers His Feet

Oscar discovered his feet a couple of days ago, and his new found love of them makes diaper changes challenging!  This kid is strong, and if he wants his feet in his mouth, he’s going to have his feet in his mouth!  I love seeing him reach each new developmental level.

It’s amazing how life changes so dramatically each time they discover something new.  There is no more plopping Oscar on his play mat and running downstairs to grab the laundry.  If I did, he’d roll himself over and slam his little head on our wood floor.  It amazing how fast babies can move before they learn to crawl – and it’s always when you’re not looking!  No more leaving him on the change table while I run to wet a washcloth.  No more leaving him on the couch or the bed.  I’m going to have to start zipping him up in his tent!

Ah, so much easier to reach these things without a diaper!

Om nom nom

Apparently feet taste good because Oscar is a happy camper after sucking on a few toes!

Finally diapered in my new favourite: a GroVia hybrid cloth diaper in icy blue.  It’s not too tight around his chunky thighs and I can make the waist nice and snug on his thin torso!  Dear flying pee, you will not escape this contraption!

I am still on the prowl for the perfect night diaper.  Ever since Oscar started rolling over, his pee has gotten quite sneaky and likes to find the holes created by munchkin’s new favourite sleeping positions, his side and his tummy.  Right now he wears an organic cotton inner with a diaper cover, but since he can feel wet in it he wakes up at the crack of dawn!  I am not a fan.

Photo Shoot

Ok it’s midnight and I need to go to bed, but I wanted to share our latest photos because I think they’re so damn cute! This is what happens when Oscar gets a new outfit…

Oscar Goes Camping in the Kitchen

I have been on a mission lately to find a travel bed for Oscar, both for spending time outside and for traveling.  I was going to go pick up some massive contraption from kijiji.ca until I stumbled across this PeaPod tent in Toronto!  This tent is bad ass.  It has a tiny air mattress and UV protection.  It folds up so small and with the release of a strap it flies open like something straight out of a Harry Potter novel.  It happens so fast that it’s actually scary.

It took awhile to be able to put Oscar in it without him crying, but like anything else he generally likes it if he’s fed and just had a nap!  He was kind enough to play with his Sophie blanket and Giraffe while I did the dishes and cleaned up the sink for his bath!

peapod tent

Watching Mommy do the dishes.

Being a good little munchkin!

Oscar is a hard kid to please at nap time and bed time.  He just doesn’t want to go to sleep.  He won’t even fall asleep in your arms when he’s exhausted.  We’re going to be traveling a lot so he has to get used to sleeping in it.  My plan is to toss him in his tent every single day so that he gets used to it ASAP!

Warm Weather Means Naked Time!

We’ve had a few warm days here in Port Perry, so we’re making the most of our delicious back yard!  Oscar was lucky enough to get some naked time, and we all know there’s nothing better for a baby butt than some diaper-free action!  At Oscar’s request, the images have been kept modest.

Hanging onto a naked baby is not an easy task!

Oscar-Daddy time.

Oscar loves cameras.  I can rarely catch him doing something organic.  When he sees the camera he is mesmerized!

GQ modeling shot.

Camera time again!

I want to get outside and enjoy the weather, but getting Oscar outside and keeping him out of the sun all the time seems like an impossible task.  The last thing I want is a burnt baby, but we need to get out there and get some sun!  So the compromise seems to be minimal shaded time outside, mostly covered.  Who knew you could still get rays in the shade, but you can, and babies even need to be covered in the shade!

Champion’s League

Champions League final

I have dubbed soccer time “Oscar-Daddy” time.  So when soccer is on, I get to shower! Oscar seems to be quite interested in sports.  He’s an avid tennis, soccer, and hockey playoff aficionado.

Oscar is wearing: babylegs, a Flip diaper cover, and a Canada T-shirt from The Children’s Place.

The Hat Model

I took Oscar to Oshawa today to “Stars and Strollers.”  We saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Oscar was a little Angel!  Naturally, it meant that we hit up Carters and The Children’s Place, and Oscar got a new hat that he loved tolerated me putting on him.

The only place Oscar has found his feet is when he’s sitting in his Bumbo.  Otherwise, they don’t exist!  I wave them in front of him while he’s laying down, even, and he’s completely dis-interested.  I’m sure he’ll be eating them soon enough.

 

By the end of it he started getting a little excited and was caught in the act of:

Caught in the act of chair-dancing.

Go Vancouver!

The only way Oscar seems to enjoy tummy time is when he’s watching TV.  Today it was the Vancouver game.  Oscar is a fan!

He was resting his chin on his teething toy and watching intently.

Oscar has rolled over a few times but nothing consistent yet.  I think he’s going to get there soon!  For now he stays where I put him :)

It’s Bumbo Time

I wanted to get one of these chairs, but totally refused to pay $60 plus tax to get one.  And just when I was happy with my decision, we took the dogs for a walk the other night and I saw one in the window at our local consignment shop!  I tried the door, but it was locked.  We had just missed closing time!  Thankfully, the girl took pity on me and let me in and I scored a Bumbo for $25!  Yay!  It was perfect timing because he’s just learning to sit up.

bumbo

Oscar sitting next to my Mother’s Day flowers :)

His first time in the Bumbo was so much fun for him!  He’s just got to get a little more practice before we take the show on the road, but I’m hoping this will make going out for dinner a whole lot easier.

p.s. Oscar’s got game.

The Bedtime Routine

Getting Oscar to bed lately has been incredibly rough.  Some nights he would go to bed without crying at all, but on other nights he would cry for hours.  It was time to make a bedtime routine for him and stick to it every single night.  No more staying up until 11pm!  His new bedtime routine starts at 7pm.

Oscar’s Bedtime Routine:

– Turn on Sleep Sheep
– Change Diaper (sing sleepy Oscar time song)
– Put on body cream/massage
– Wash face and hands
– Put on pajamas
– Read books
– Nursing (no sleeping!)
– Burping (sleepy Oscar time song)
– Bedtime

Last night was the first time I went through this new bedtime routine and it went really well!  He even seemed to pay attention when I read him his bedtime stories.  I think my biggest mistake had been letting him fall asleep while nursing.  Apparently, if you let them fall asleep it’s like a catnap and they can then stay up for hours because they feel energized.  I discovered that coughing scares the crap out of Oscar when he’s starting to fall asleep, so it’s my new secret weapon.

He still cried when he realized he was going in his crib, but I put him in his sleep sac and gave him his giraffe blankie to chew on.  Not even 5 minutes after I closed his door the little man was asleep and he slept for 8 hours straight! However, since he’s not used to getting so much rest, he was wide eyed and ready to get up at 4am.  I just left him in his crib, hoped for the best, and he fell back asleep until 6am.  I was so not ready to get up so I brought him into my bed for a cuddle…

Hopefully it goes this well every night!