I Dream of Rafi With the Toothless Grin...
...because that Rafi is disappearing before my very eyes! His two lower front teeth are on the attack! The left one has already cut through his gum and is ever so slowly working its way out; the one on the right hasn't cut yet, but is causing the little guy plenty of pain. On Sunday we tried an ice cube in the mesh feeder, thinking the cold would help, but he wasn't interested. So far he's needed two doses of Tylenol (one Sunday afternoon, one a few hours ago) and a little extra cuddling and nursing, but otherwise he seems to be taking it in stride.
And while ice in the mesh feeder may not have been his thing, peas definitely are! Today I boiled (eight minutes) some frozen organic peas, let them cool a bit, stuffed a bunch into the mesh feeder, and handed Rafi his new "toy." It took him a few minutes worth of random bites all over the thing, but eventually he figured out that yummy stuff would ooze out of one side if he chewed on it. By the time he was done (i.e., asking for a nap), there was neon green pea juice all over his mouth and neck and the collar of his shirt (it snuck in behind the bib), and most of the peas inside the feeder had been demolished with only skins left behind.
The mesh feeder sounds like a great thing. Must keep it in mind. :-)
Mesh feeders are great--try frozen grapes (cut in half before freezing) to help his gums. P liked them a lot more than ice because they were so sweet!
It sounds like Rafi did great with the peas!
Aha - the mesh feeder answers my other (unasked) question about this baby self-feeding thing.
I think, strictly speaking, I am not supposed to be using the mesh feeder for the BLW method. I am also not supposed to be holding up a chunk of banana for Rafi to bite into (as I did this morning, when it got too slippery) or putting bits of avocado on a spoon and handing it to him - but I do those things anyway. Oh well.
Shanna, I've enjoyed your blog for a long time. Mazal tov on the babies.
I had twin girls in July, and I am really interested in your feeding chronicles. It is hard to imagine how much can happen in six months.
I'm also interested in your decision to discontinue vitamins. We are giving vitamins, and it just seems odd that breastmilk isn't enough for healthy babies. I would be interested in hearing what influenced your choice.
Loona - I drafted most of this reply to you forever ago, realized I didn't have an email address for you, and then never posted it. In case you (or anyone else interested) are still reading, here it is:
Well, the fact that Rita kept spitting them out was one reason!
The most pared-down OTC infant vitamin drops contain Vitamins A, C, and D. Breastmilk from a woman consuming a reasonably balanced diet has enough Vitamin A and Vitamin C for infants. Vitamin D does not easily pass in breastmilk, but a relatively small amount of sun exposure is sufficient for most babies to produce enough Vitamin D for their own needs. Since the human body store Vitamin D (saving for a rainy day, as it were), and since my kids spend plenty of time outdoors, I'm not worried about them developing rickets.
BTW, we did not give iron-fortified baby cereals or iron supplement drops either, and their hemoglobin levels were within normal range at nine months old. (Low normal, but normal.)
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