I’ve always been a big fan of schedules. I can be more relaxed if I know how my day will [sort of] play out, which is better for everyone involved.
Since I “work from home” for a majority of the time (I say “work from home” because you know that’s almost impossible to do with a baby, lol), my schedule is even more important; I do my best to schedule calls and get work done during his naps. Doesn’t always happen…
If I could go back to when my son was a newborn, I would tell myself to CHILL TF OUT on trying to get him on a schedule. Eventually I did learn to just take it day-by-day, and started following his cues. Overtime we compromised and developed a schedule that would work for us him. 😉
My son is 10-months old and we have been using this current schedule since about 8-months. This boy eats like a grown man and I’m trying to wean him off of one of his daily bottles at this moment, but it’s pretty difficult because sometimes I selfishly just want to TAKE A MOMENT TO RELAX and a bottle is a good way I can have that haha. My son has never been one to just sit on my lap; we have to be up or outside or crawling or sticking things in our mouth that we should not.
It’s safe to say I’m well-caffeinated during the day.
Anyways, this is the schedule that my son and I have come to an agreement on. Again, he eats A LOT. Maybe that’s normal? His pediatrician didn’t seem too alarmed. This is also my first child, so I have no reference on what’s normal. But is there even a normal??
Also note that he definitely does not sleep until 6:00 am. That’s just when he gets his first bottle. In theory it makes sense to get him used to eating at 6 so he would sleep until that time. Turns out babies don’t quite work like that.
Sometimes if he is feeling really nice to me, he will sleep up to 2.5 hours for his second nap. But I think he is just catching up from the days he only feels like taking 45-minute naps.
All babies are different. And I second-guess myself every time this hungry baby decides he wants to eat more, or sleep less, or eat less, or sleep more. I guess the moral of this post is to say every baby is different, and if you feel like you are screwing him up, you probably aren’t. 🙂 We are all just doing our best and winging it. Chances are, your baby will turn out juuuust fine!
Posted at 12:30 pm by Kyla Goebel, on February 16, 2019
Hellloo friends! Hope everyone has had a great week. We’ve been running around non-stop lately and spending as much time in the sunshine as we can – until Texas decides to change it’s mind and turn into winter again. C’mon spring, amirite?! Fingers crossed Phil was right about the whole shadow business; I’ve never put as much hope into an animal as I do that dumb groundhog. And we’ve never even met.
When Lad was five months old we started introducing him to purees. I knew I wanted to make his food but I was a little skeptical because I assumed it would be a pain in the hiney. Luckily I was wrong! As tricky as everything else in mommyhood is, making your own baby food is one of the easier parts! We started with a wide variety right away to get him used to a bunch of different foods. Growing up we weren’t allowed to be picky in our house and I’m very thankful for that now that I’m a wise 27-year-old. 😉
I’m sure when Lad becomes a toddler all of our hard work at introducing him to a variety of foods will go out the window and he’ll only want to eat cheeto puffs, but until then, I’m embracing our baby’s distinguished pallet. Haha.
Saturday mornings are usually when the madness happens. He eats avocados more than anything else, so I usually make those every other weekend. The other fruits and veggies tend to last longer so I don’t need to make it that often. Currently, he eats food at breakfast, lunch and supper. He still drinks his six bottles a day along with this because he thinks he’s Starvin Marvin. I’m really not sure where it all goes – oh wait. His diaper. Yep.
I haven’t made any mixed foods yet because I wanted him to get used to the plain foods first. Bananas and avocado are the easiest because I just throw them in the baby bullet with a few ounces of water and they’re done. Sweet potato and butter nut squash have to be baked and cooled first, but I just put them in the oven when I wake up and forget about them for a while.
For the other veggies we cheat. I buy the plain organic kind in the steaming bags and do it that way. When they’re done, just throw them in the blender with some coconut oil and 2 ounces of water. My goal is to have a garden this summer like we had when I was growing up, and make his foods out of the veggies we grow. But my dead cactus in the flowerpot tells me otherwise.
Lad’s most controversial and gag-worthy meal is chicken livers. He started eating them pretty early on and has always liked it. Chicken liver is really rich in tons of vitamins and babies tummy’s are still best at digesting proteins and fats, so it’s surprisingly easier on them than other foods like grains. I put it in a pot with lots of coconut oil, some water, and pink salt, and boil it until it’s cooked. Throw it in the bullet and puree until it looks like a Wendy’s Frosty! It does not taste like a frosty, in case you were wondering.
Sidenote: apparently you do have to freeze the liver for 14 days before cooking it to kill any pathogens. I’m not any kind of expert on this, but I don’t have a microscope and my scientist genes are sub-par. It’s an easy enough step that we can do to be on the extra safe side.
After I make all of the food I put it in ice trays and freeze them into little cubes. When they’re frozen I pop them out of the trays and put them in ziplocks until it’s meal time!
Like I said, it’s all very easy. It takes a few hours a month and you’re good to go.
Here’s the water to food ratios I use. At first I used breast milk instead of water, but I switched to just water so he doesn’t get used to the foods being sweeter than normal. I also add a scoop of coconut oil to the puree’s too; the healthy fats help baby’s tummy break everything down.
It’s all really, really simple. I promise. Especially if you have several ice cube trays and you are able to make a ton of food at once.
When he gets a little older we will start giving him soft foods that aren’t blended up, but we aren’t quite brave enough for that yet. 🙂 Baby led weaning is very popular and a lot of people have tons of success with it! You have to do what is best for your baby and best for your mental state. Haha.
After having seven months of experience in mommyhood, I would have to say the only thing harder than childbirth is……breastfeeding. Holy cow.
Pun intended. El oh el.
Yes, labor is exhausting and painful and blah, blah, blah. But breastfeeding?!? That’s a whole different ballgame. Mainly because it’s so mentally strenuous. And I had noooo idea.
Thankfully, up until this point, we’ve been good with the whole milk sitch. When Laddy was five months old, we decided to try some purees with him and he loooved them! He’s a BIG avocado fan. Just like his mommy.
Buttt just because we added some foods to his little belly, he didn’t cut back on how much milk he drank; he was still holding solid at 5-6 bottles a day. Which is normal and all because babies need milk as a main source of nutrients for the first year, but I was hoping we would at least take a leeeetle less milk. Oh well. It takes A LOT of nutrients to support the triple thigh roll. 😉
But bad news – literally the day he turned six months old my body decided it wasn’t going to produce very much milk anymore. Which toootally didn’t follow my “breastfeed for 1 year” plan. Nowhere in my little head was there a spot for formula.
I tried EVERYTHING to make more milk. I already drink more water than anybody you know (I promise), I put gaaa-rosss brewer’s yeast in my oatmeal in the mornings, I eat my Eziekiel bread (because regular bread hurts the tum-tum), I eat my healthy fats, I already don’t drink any alcohol anymore (because after one drink I need a nap and AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR NAPS), and more recently – get ready for it – I GAVE UP COFFEE.
We’re on day four and I feel a little less like death than I have on previous days. So that’s good. But I really miss my snuggly warm morning cup. But I guess if it means we don’t have to supplement with formula for sweet little LaddyBoy, then so be it.
I’ve done all the research, read all the things, and unfortunately I think my body has had enough. Personally, I think it’s a revolt against Mr. Sucky (my pump). I don’t blame my body. Because I don’t like Mr. Sucky either. And I really don’t like visiting him every 3.5 hours for 30 minutes to only get three or four ounces of precious milk. As much as I hate Mr. Sucky, he is an essential member of the family and we need him.
I’ve mastered pumping in the car, so we can be productive with our driving time. But I get a twitch just trying to line up pump times – with nap times – with feeding times – while scheduling showings and inspections and real estate things and grocery store trips. I’m dying over here.
I know women do it all the time, and somehow manage doing everything with four other children en tow, but I bet they are drinking coffee while they do it. 😉
Just kidding. The fact is, they just have more practice. And they’re clearly better than I am. I’m ok with admitting that.
I’m giving my little bod one whole week. If there is no change, I will just have to accept the fact that this little chapter is done-zo and move on.
We’ve already started supplementing with formula for the time being, and of course I spent a million hours researching which was the best kind, because “first baby privileges”. And I know supplementing is fine. I’m fully aware. But I don’t want to.
But the boy’s gotta eat.
We settled on Holle formula – and he loves it – but it creates some pooping issues for the boy. I know he’ll get used to it and his tummy will adjust, but it’s a bummer. There is a goat milk variety that we may try him on next round. Because if he’s like his mommy he may not do very well on cow’s milk. We have sensitive constitutions.
So, funny story. If you’ll look at this box, you’ll notice that not a lick of the text is in English. Turns out, that is the only box they have. And it will come in the mail the exact same way. In German. With no English instructions. And your husband who has always claimed to be a full-blooded German man won’t be able to read it. Because who can read German?!
I speak read German once a year at the Christmas Eve service when we are singing Silent Night. And one time my brother and I told the Dairy Queen lady danke schön. But that’s it; my vocab is maxed-out.
Thankfully, I was able to google English instructions because apparently this is a common problem for us American folk.
Anyways. It’s a really clean formula and doesn’t have the nasty syrups, or soy or a bunch of nonsense that your baby doesn’t need in it. Plus there’s added probiotics and no GMO’s – I just liked the regulations that Europe has a lot more. I have no idea what “Folgemilch” means, but I’d imagine it’s something good. If you want to try it out for your babe, just click on the picture and it’ll take you to where you need to go!
We’ll see how it goes. We have some weekends away coming up and unfortunately our freezer stash is down to basically nothing. So if we go anywhere he’s going to have to be on strictly formula. Which stresses me out to no end just thinking about it, and I’m getting a twitch right now as I type this and praying to Jesus my boobs decided to start working again.
So prayers for milk – and mental stability – would be greatly appreciated. Also for Reese, because when I stress he gets stressed because apparently I’m grumpy. 😉
Anywho, we will see. The boys gotta eat somethin, right?!
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Five months. F-I-V-E whole months we’ve been parents to sweet little Laddy boy! We’ve learned A LOT and can’t believe how he gets cuter every day. Definitely not biased.
Two weeks ago little Laddy went through what I think was his 18th growth spurt. The little guy eats like a grown man and we were having to bust into our freezer stash of milk to keep up with him all the while I’m pumping every 3 hours. It was an insane time in the Goebel household. It was during that time that me and my milk-makers made the executive decision that we were going to dive into people food.
I’ve been doing a lot of research (first baby privileges lol) and have a lot of thoughts on what a baby should be eating for first foods. If you’re interested, feel free to message me on what I’ve found, but in general, I wanted to keep in line with healthy fats because that is essentially what breast milk is. Fat.
So we went with avocado puree! I blended the avocado up with breastmilk and made baby guac. [I’d like to state for the record that I ate avocados 10 years ago before they were trendy. I’m really annoyed how expensive they are these days due to all of you hipsters out there. Please find a new food item to love and take pictures of.]
We were given a Baby Bullet from a friend and it works faaaantastic. A blender is a-ok too, but mine is a little old and the bullet does a really good job of pureeing . And it comes with little baby food jars that have smiley’s on them hehe.
There are only a few canisters so I’ve been using ice cube trays for the other food. I fill up a tray, freeze it, then put the cubes in a bag in the freezer until we’re ready to use one!
Our first attempt didn’t go so great, as you can imagine haha. But then my mom suggested warming it up a little bit (DUR) and he loved it! So now we have yellow AND green spit-up/snot situations. Life is good. 😉
He still drinks right at 6-8 bottles a day (YEP.), but this is a nice little mid-morning break for both of us. The first year little babies get a majority of their nutrition from breast milk anyways, and the food is just for supplementing. After Laddy turns the big uno this summer (and after I stop crying), we’ll get him onto other things.
All-in-all we’re trucking along over here! This is our favorite age so far. Lad likes to squeal and screech and scream and he cracks himself (and us) up! No teefys yet, but he juuust might gnaw one of his hands off very soon. We go through several bibs a day and still like to projectile spit-up on occasion. He moves his knees a little bit when he is on his tumtum, so crawling may be in our future…yikes! He can roll over from his belly to his back (although I think it’s because he is a bit round in the front and doesn’t have a choice) and rolled from his back to his front for the first time the other day! He is still a champ sleeper (for the most part) during the night and we were able to retire the oh-so-magical sleep sack. He now sleeps spread-eagle, so he is really embracing his newfound freedom.
Now. It’s time to go partake in Christmas merriment!