So many things are happening in baby world! Lucy is almost sitting up unsupported (she’s currently rocking the “tripod” pose, sitting while leaning forward on her arms), and almost crawling (see video from 2 posts ago), and now we’re beginning to introduce solids. This is something I have fretted about way more than I should have, but I’ve (of course!) done lots of research and we’ve decided to go with a somewhat unconventional approach called Baby-Led Weaning. This approach (BLW to its proponents) has been all the rage with crunchy mamas worldwide, and it fits nicely with our feelings on feeding and approaching parenting naturally. Rather than going the traditional puree route, BLW poses to feed babies real food, and let them learn to feed themselves. No purees, no mash, no “Gerber Graduates”…Their theory is that, like other animals, babies are born with the innate ability to feed themselves (e.g., nursing from birth – no one teaches them that!), so we should continue to encourage them to learn to feed themselves and explore food for themselves. And 6 mos – 12 mos is a perfect time to do it, when, according to the World Health Organization, Lucy is all good just with breast milk until one. So this is the time to have fun! I was really afraid to start (of course the biggest concern is choking, which BLW addresses in full), but I was also really amazed at how naturally Lucy took to the act of feeding herself. We started with green beans and bananas. See below for the footage…I love her facial expressions! She never actually ingested any of it, which apparently is normal. She is just “exploring”…taking a bite, pushing it around in her mouth, and then spitting it out, or just gumming. Since that first “meal,” Lucy has sampled avocado, toast, pizza crust, sweet potatoes, strawberries, cheese, pancakes (plain), scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes, and pasta. It’s amazing to watch and (biased statement coming up), she is so stinkin’ cute! And PS to any moms who want to try this…so far, going to restaurants is a breeze! I just take a few things off my plate and give them to Lucy in finger-shaped pieces. She is entertained the entire time we’re out!
Ooooooh boy! Lucy is so close to crawling! Here is a video of her most recent attempts at mobility. This has been a several week-long evolution, from rolling everywhere to scooting backwards, to her new move, which is a cross between forward scooting and army crawling. She is little miss determined, too. Every morning when I come in her room after a (now, more wakeful) night, she is already up and practicing in her nightgown and sleep sack. She grunts and grunts and smiles when she gets somewhere. Look out, world!
Lucy had her first day of daycare today! Ok so it was a half day, but it felt like an eternity to me! I dropped her off this morning and she was so happy to see everyone! She smiled and cooed as they took her. I’m so glad she was happy! Meanwhile, I cried my eyes out (again)! I know it will get easier. But really, I was so proud of my girl! When I returned to pick her up (early), they said she had been the most content of all the babies! Haha! Go, girl! She must save all her feistiness for her mom! That’s ok, of course.
One thing’s for sure – daycare wears a girl out! I spent a half day there with her yesterday and when we got home, she slept for 3 hours. She is currently sleeping now, too. Being a social butterfly is so exhausting…
Here she is when I picked her up today… There was me, weepy and so relieved to see my girl, and her, looking like “what’s the big deal, mom?” I guess I should get used to that.
Last night we had a wedding to go to, and our good friend Jessie watched Lucy, along with our other friends’ two children. It kind of amazed me how my entire day was spent focused on preparing Lucy for being babysat! I did everything I could to make sure she slept and ate well all day, in hopes of setting her up for success for the night! This was the first time that someone other than family has watched Lucy, and I was worried about how she’d do during her “nighttime fussy time.” I had no doubts that Jessie was fully capable of course; I was more concerned about how Jessie’s evening was going to go! We dropped Lucy off and she was fine – smiley and happy to be with the girls. As soon as we pulled out of the driveway, though, I was the one who was crying! It was as if we were leaving for a month! I boo-hoo’d the entire way to the wedding, and continued boo-hooing up until the ceremony started! Oh boy, with daycare just a week away, how are we going to handle this? I was, however, pleasantly surprised to return 3 hours later to my smiley baby, bouncing away in her chair, well-rested and well-fed. Whew!
I have to say, I was pretty proud of my girl! All in all, the whole being apart from my baby
will get easier, right?
Well, mark your calendars, folks! There’s a new national holiday…Jan 20 was Lucy’s first sleep-through-the-night! Woot woot! Just 2 days shy of her 10-week birthday, she pulled it off. I woke up panicked at 6 AM, realizing I hadn’t seen my baby girl since 9 PM the night before! Was she still breathing in there? Running to her room, there she was, soundly dreaming away. Whew! Then on Friday she did it again! This might just be her biggest accomplishment yet…especially since mama goes back to work next week! And of course, a well-rested baby is a happy baby!
So I mentioned earlier that Lucy has begun cooing so much that it’s like we’re having a whole conversation! She has quite the repertoire of sounds, from squeaks and grunts to snorts and yells, to just general talking noises. She also has begun crying in her sleep which is pretty hilarious. She’s laying there peacefully napping and all of a sudden this fake, doll-like cry comes out. Waaaaah waaa-aa-aa-aah and then, silence. The first couple of times I heard it, I promptly dropped whatever I was doing and rushed over to her, only to find her sleeping peacefully! I wonder what she’s dreaming about…
Check out this video of our “conversation” this morning: