So, for the last month or so, the Mr. and I have been discussing food for Adele. You see, she is quickly approaching the 4-month mark, which means she’s officially in the 4-6 month range for starting solids! Holy crap our baby is growing up so fast!
When I was looking up info on solids, I came across baby-led weaning (site). In my crunchy mama fashion I said, “Let’s do that!” The Mr. thought it would be a good way to start solids with Adele, too. Basically, we would wait until she was really ready (much closer to 6 months than 4, of course) and start feeding her finger foods, completely eliminating baby cereals or purees. So far we are pretty hippie-dippie with our ways of raising her, this just flowed right along.
Now that she’s 3.5 months old and we are two weeks away from her 4-month appointment, I’m having second thoughts. I’m allowed to have them, of course, but I didn’t think I would. You see, Adele has not slept through the night yet. She hasn’t even slept more than 5 hours in the night yet, and we normally only get 2.5-3 hours in a row. It.is.killing.me. I’m running on empty here, folks. I haven’t slept through the night in almost a year (because — let’s face it — I didn’t sleep through the night when I was pregnant from very early on).
Now I want to ask her pediatrician if starting her on purees would help her sleep longer at night. And if they will? Holy crap I’m on board. We were up three times last night. Three! I know she’s still hungry at night, and that’s fine. She needs to eat, so I feed her without grumbling. I just fumble a bit and am a zombie while doing it. There have been a few times where I was all googlie eyed at my baby in the middle of the night feeding. So in love, so enthralled with her and what I was doing for her. But then there are the nights where reality is present. And I’m tired. And I’m just trying to not fall asleep while she’s eating or get frustrated when she’s rolling all over the place, crying of course, when I’m trying to change her diaper (which I now don’t even do — she get’s a nighttime diaper on and sleeps in that all night — it’s much better than me getting frustrated with her at night and she doesn’t really pee in it until 5:00a anyway).
It’s just hard. I don’t have much energy for anything nowadays. So, I want to discuss purees and see if they might help her. And if they will, the Mr. and I have some discussing to do. Mama needs to sleep soon.
I guess parenthood is like that. You have all these wonderful ideas in your head about what will work best for your family and your little one, and then reality hits. You realize they may not be the best ideas for your family or little one. As a mother I’m constantly learning to adapt and change my mind and not feel guilty about it. I was in love with the idea of starting her off with finger foods after Christmas to see how she’d do. Now, I’m in love with the idea of possibly starting her on cereal or purees (much rather skip the cereal though, yuck) so we can hopefully get a few more hours of sleep in the night.
So, we’ll see.
So, I’ve done some research, and solids DO NOT necessarily help babies sleep through the night. So, we will not be introducing them for that reason. At this point, I’m not 100% sure what we are going to do. She gets all she needs from me, and I’m happy with that. I think we are just going to follow her lead for now. We’ll see what the doc says when we see him on the 16th!