Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Apple juice and Carrots

The day has come. I have been so frustrated lately because Blake refuses to take a bottle. Ryan and I have tried to get him to take a bottle so that we could maybe go out on a date together. It has been a while and we thought no problem, just give him a bottle and we are good to go. Well as we have found out, just the sight of a bottle makes Blake scream his head off and oh yeah trying to give one to him FORGET IT. He rufuses to take it. So being the only source of food for our precious baby boy means that I cannot be away for more than two hours. I have been talking to friends and researching all day and realized that since he will be six months old on Sunday (Holy Cow how time flies) it is times to start giving him more than just milk and the rice cereal that he has been eating. I was reading on some baby site this afternoon that it is not that uncommon for babies to refuse bottles if they have only been nursed. I was surprised to see how many people said that their babies totally skipped the bottle stage and went to the sippy cup phase. So I decided to give it a try. Also Blake has not been sleeping well because he is getting so hungry at night so I decided to try the baby food thing too.

When Ryan got home from shadowing today I told him my plan and he hopped on board. I ran to our wonderful Smiths and bought sippy cups and babyfood. I bought Carrots, green beans, sweet potatos, peaches, pears and bananas. A lot of people have told me to give veggies first so we decided to go with the carrots tonight. To our surprise he kind of liked them. Like any baby though he made a mess and probably ended up with more carrots on him than inside him but hey at least he didn't scream. So one thing down, one to go.

I then grabbed a sippy cup and put Apple juice mixed with water in it. I have to admit that I was kind of nervous and thinking that this wouldn't go over so well with him. I handed him the cup that had little handles on each side so that he could hold it for himself. To my complete AMAZEMENT he took the cup from me and went to town. He started gulping that stuff down like he had done it for years. He was so happy and when I tried to take the cup away he wouldn't let go. YAY for sippy cups. He actually drank out of it.

So the test before bed was to put some formula in the cup and see if it would have the same effect as the juice. SURPRISE!! He still drank the milk. He was a little slower and made gross faces but he got more down than he ever has with the bottle. Apparantly our little boy thought he was too good for the bottle. Yay! Now I won't have to ween him off one. I am so grateful for my little boy and love him so much. I love life and what it brings. For me, Ryan and Blake make my life worth living. It is so fun to watch our little baby grow and learn new things. He is amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better baby. Anyway, I was so happy for him and we got it all on tape.


Joy said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! It's good to hear from you. Your baby is a total doll and yipee for baby food! I'm so glad motherhood is going well for you.

Lara said...

Yay, Heather!! You are lucky that Blake will hold his own sippy cup! I am still trying to teach Landon that. So happy to hear that you and Ryan will be able to go out now.

Tori said...

I am so glad it worked, every baby is different. I also wanted to let you know, I have a fantastic book that I have been using for Kaleb's eating it is "Super Babyfood", it is great because it has when to introduce what. It also has recipies for toddlers. And how to make your own baby food, which is what I am doing, it save's lots of money and it is sooo much better for the babies. let me know if you want my help, we could get together one day and make baby food.